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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!

Review – The Other Man

The Other Man, by Parker J. Cole

He was the only man who’d ever tamed Martin’s Mercury, the fiery temper that lands on every member of the Martin clan. With him, she finds a safe haven, a calm within the storm of her uncontrolled emotions.

But both have secrets, a past that they bring into their marriage. And in marriage, secrets do not long remain hidden. It is not too long before the young newlyweds find themselves out of wedded bliss and into marriage trouble. How far will these consequences lead them?

The sensual passion continues in this exciting sequel to “Many Strange Women.” Once again, the author does a stellar job of inciting passion without delving too deeply into the bedroom – but that certainly doesn’t stop her from delving deep into the heart!

Jacob’s secrets lead him to withdraw from his wife. Leah’s nature takes over as she finds herself running, from her husband, herself, and her God. The actions of both characters lead to devastating consequences and leave both wondering if their marriage will heal.

The first book dealt with passions and lusts of the heart. This next one looks at the hurts of the heart, and how intricately we are influenced by what others do – and who we should be turning to instead. At the same time, it is not preachy. The message is woven so closely that it is a part of the story itself, a natural part – it could not be any other way.

As with “Many Strange Women,” the Easter eggs continued in this story, as well. Once again, this story is modeled after a Biblical parallel, and the Easter eggs follow suit. These eggs are cleverly hidden and take some searching to find. They don’t detract from the story, or even add to it (so if you miss them, it won’t hurt), but they do make for an entertaining read as you marvel at the author’s wit and talent!

Also check out my review of the first book in this series, Many Strange Women! You can also read another excellent review of The Other Man by author Michelle Brown.

Disclaimer: I was privileged to be part of the editing team for this book. However, that in no way affects my opinion of the book itself. I enjoyed the book and was happy to provide a review. I only recommend books that I believe are worth recommending, regardless of my part in producing the book.

Review: Many Strange Women

Review: Many Strange Women, by Parker J. Cole

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He’s a repentant playboy haunted by his passions and his dreams. She’s given up on having dreams, and instead confines herself to the 18th century with costumes and old-fashioned mannerisms. They make the most unlikely couple, he the epitome of the modern world, she stuck in times past. To each other, their match is an escape – but to God, it is one ordained in heaven, to give them true freedom.

When the author first told me of this book, she described it as “edgy.” I disagree – I would rather term this book as “real.” The author delves into a realm few dare to touch. Those that do mention it do so with an aversion, barely doing more than brush against it.

In contrast, Parker dives in with both feet. The characters are both extremes, but in them can be found a reflection of every person, making the reader face full on the depths of the heart – both the good and the bad.

The book has been described as a “Christian Fifty Shades of Grey.” In fact, the marketing hashtag for the book is #Greeneisthenewgrey. Is it possible? Something as hot as the story of Christian and Anastasia, their steamy but controversial story, wrapped in the folds of Christian values?

Well now it’s here. “Many Strange Women” is passionate, but without the explicit sex scenes found in the infamous FSOG series. In fact, you won’t see so much as a single boob – and here is the true talent of an author. To make a story so passionate, so rife with sensual desires, without dropping the clothes, that takes talent.

I’ve already said that the book is Christian, and so it is. It was pleasant how the author managed to weave a Christian tale without preaching in your face about it – she simply presented the characters as they are. They are average people, with their own qualities and faults. Besides that, I loved how the author included Biblical references in the story itself – not verses, specifically, but a nod to the Bible story that this book is modeled after. Reading “Easter eggs” if you will, which were a nice touch.

The only markdown I would give for this book is the editing. Rarely would I so highly recommend a book with so many errors, but this is one exception I am happy to make. The book is indeed filled with typos and misplaced punctuation, but the story itself draws your attention away from the text itself, until all you see are the characters.

The author has certainly done a masterful job, and I would highly recommend “Many Strange Women” to any reader.