What’s the best erotic book like Fifty Shades of Grey?
With fans all over the world looking for a follow-up read to the popular novel, many erotic authors are vying for their attention.
And why not? The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy introduced us to a whole new genre of reading. While not everyone is comfortable with BDSM (Bondage, Discipline, Sadism, and Masochism), one thing they are comfortable with is reading about fictional women and being privy to their sexual escapades.
You probably wouldn’t have a hard time finding a book like Fifty Shades of Grey, but we’ll do even better. If you’re looking for a sexually-charged erotic novel written by a provocative author, look no further than The Imperfect Gentleman by Jacqui Sinclair.
Here’s why we think The Imperfect Gentleman is actually better than Fifty Shades of Grey. And we don’t just mean the writing.
Anastasia vs. Madison
First of all, Anastasia Steele from Fifty Shades of Grey, despite having an exotic, strong sounding name, is anything but. She might mean well, but deep down, she’s a naïve, insecure, hunk of clay waiting to be moulded by the first person that has the chance to manipulate her.
Frankly, a lot of women might have a hard time connecting with Anastasia on any meaningful level, emotionally and experientially. It’s hard to empathize with a 21-year-old, bright-eyed college graduate who’s never been drunk, or had sex, or let alone been kissed. How many women do you know who are like that?
Enter Madison, the protagonist of The Imperfect Gentleman. Madison is a 22-year-old college student who lives at home and works as a waitress to help pay for school. And no, she isn’t a virgin. Maddie is confident, daring, adventurous, spontaneous, an opportunist, and assertive. She’s also a hopeless romantic. She’s like you and me: a realistic, albeit flawed, character who’s just navigating life.
Christian vs. Derrick (and Robert…and Josh)
For starters, Christian Grey is far too young to be as worldly and brooding as he is purported to be. Christian might know fine wine, or how to dress and tie a knot, but he’s too much of a manipulative, damaged, passive/aggressive young man with mercurial mood swings to really get the message across. A book like Fifty Shades of Grey warrants a much stronger character, one that would realistically be old enough to have the experiences of a character like Christian Grey.
Enter Derrick from The Imperfect Gentleman, a much older, handsome, and dominant millionaire who has experienced life. If he says he likes a particular wine, you know he understands what he’s talking about, because he’s old enough to have tasted more than a few glasses. Derrick is a successful, demanding businessman; so naturally, he has difficulty separating work life from play. Madison tries to give him a run for his money, but she gets distracted along the way by other imperfect men, like Robert and Josh, which is understandable for a young woman who’s young and exploring her options. So not only are the characters more relatable, but so is the storyline.
BDSM vs. Adventurous, Toe-Curling Sex
Finally, we get to the secret sauce—the sex. We love being titillated, and we were in Fifty Shades of Grey. We get the excitement of being pushed up against the wall in an elevator and passionately kissed, or the excitement of being blindfolded. We even understand the appeal of being spanked.
But from our experience, a lot of women who read a book like Fifty Shades of Grey or other erotic novels want more than ephemeral nuances. They want hardcore, real-life sexual experiences that they can escape in. Fifty Shades of Grey might get you excited, but with The Imperfect Gentleman, you’ll want to slip away to the bedroom for a little extra “me time.”
The sex in this novel is hot to say the least. In Madison’s world, sex and experimentation go hand-in-hand. And “no” isn’t really in her vocabulary, so she’s up for anything. How else can you explain what happened against the tree, on the stairs, in the restaurant, in the car, in front of the mirror, or the grocery store? (Once you read the book, you’ll understand what we’re talking about.)
Overall, The Imperfect Gentleman isn’t just a book like Fifty Shades of Grey, but it’s a more satisfying alternative. Not only are the characters and the storyline much more representative of real life, but the sex scenes are MUCH hotter, the characters are more believable, and the ending has a huge twist that you’ll never see coming. What more do you need in an erotic book?
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