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Fifty Shades Mashup – Alternatives to FSOG

We all know that “Fifty Shades of Grey” is coming out in theaters this weekend, in honor of Valentine’s Day. Slightly ironic, but I’ll stay off that subject – no sense beating a dead horse, and everyone else has already hit on that one. So how about a fresh take – how about alternatives on what you can do instead? I bring you this list of “Fifty Shades alternatives” to give you something else to look forward to instead.

10968613_10205011646002792_1196967777_oFrom Parker Cole we have “Many Strange Women” which tells the story of Solomon Greene and Celeste Martin.  The seductive power of this book matches that of Fifty Shades, all without revealing a single breast. Best of all, it shows relationships as they are in God’s eyes – whether right or wrong, with appropriate consequences. Truly, Greene is the new Grey. You can read my full review here. (Bonus: it’s free until Friday! Extra bonus: in favor of the promotion, this version is a special edition titled “Greene is the New Grey” which also includes extra bonus material!) Also check out the sequel, “The Other Man.”

Fifty Shades of Faithful
Fifty Shades of Faithful

Mary Findley writes her own knock-off of sorts with “Fifty Shades of Faithful.” This book is as unconventional as it is honest, with some brow-raising suggestions, but it’s all done in a very appropriate manner. It details the story of one couple with 20+ years of marriage under their belts who find themselves in the position of marriage counselor. The book includes such things as trust, honesty, playful communication, and even some gentle (and totally appropriate) role-playing.

If you’re wanting to brave the movie theaters on Valentine’s Day weekend, take a look at “Old Fashioned” which will debut the same day. It is a direct contrast to the FSOG movie – instead of explicit sex scenes, you have a couple learning how to maintain an honest, righteous relationship in the face of so much “sex push” in today’s market.

When it comes down to it, there will always be things like “Fifty Shades of Grey.” It’s nothing new, and it’s not going to go away. It’s what happens when we live in a lost world. Rather than protesting against it, and trying to get it banned – instead let’s focus on what we can do instead. These alternatives are more than worth it!

I’ll Settle for Love

I'll Settle for Love ebook
Book: I’ll Settle for Love

Genre: Clean adult romance

She’s always tried to be wife she knew she needed to be, the good girl who always gives her husband sex. It’s the only way she knows how to please.

He feels her distance, the gaping canyon between them, but he has no idea of the cause. When secrets are revealed, it destroys everything he ever knew, threatening all he holds dear.

Secrets form a rocky foundation for a marriage. Will it survive through it all?

“I’ll Settle for Love” is a story of forgiveness and finding who you truly are. A person is not defined by their past, but by what they do today.

I love how accurate the author’s portrayal is. Her writing shows an in-depth understanding of victims and their psychological mindset. After reading two of her other books, I have come to expect it in some degree, but this book takes it to a new level as the author explores just how deeply Lisa is defined by her past, how her entire thought pattern is skewed by what she knows.

Her husband, too, is affected by it. He wants to comfort her, but wonders why she didn’t trust him enough to share her secrets.

Finding forgiveness and developing trust are only a few of the obstacles these all-too-human characters face, but they are necessary ones to overcome if the couple is to find the intimacy their marriage never had.

One of the best things I love about this author’s books is that she always manages to weave a good lesson into the story, without coming across as too preachy. This isn’t just some characters tagged onto a devotion. The Godly lessons learned are real, and they fit the story. There are times when the characters struggle, even fall. They have angry words, they have tense moments. But when the “lesson learned” comes, it’s natural and fitting – you just know that it could not be any other way.

Disclaimer: As the editor, I was part of the publishing team for the author. However, my professional status as an editor does not affect how I view a book as a reader. I do not review every book I edit for, only those that I think are worthwhile, that I can easily recommend.