Sunday, July 8, 2012

Have you met Christian Grey?

CONTEST CLOSED

Ah yes, the incredibly hot and rich and powerful man with the puzzling obsession for young virgins. Well, one particular virgin. That wouldn't be me haha!

Anyway, Fully Booked sent me the hottest book today, the erotic Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James (thanks, Fully Booked!). I haven't read it, just the first few chapters, so I won't be able to give you a full review. But maybe you've read it and you can fill me in on what you think. (If you haven't, then I have a surprise for you later!)

Here's a snap of the back cover so you have an idea on what this book's about:


So I started reading Fifty Shades. This book is really popular with the over-30 market, that's why it's called "mommy porn." Well, I'll tell you my reason for not devouring this book despite my being over 30, a mommy and it being porn: I'm kinda done with erotica!

I started reading romance novels quite young, at 13. I read Mills & Boon, Harlequin and all the historical romance fiction I could find. I didn't really understand all the sex happening in those books but I found them thrilling nevertheless, giggling over phrases like "he entered her garden and she offered up her flower in submission."

Now if you think 13 is too young for books like that, well... You're right. It did turn out for the best. In college, I took a class called Erotic Fiction, aced it (well, my exposure was early!), submitted two of my erotic short stories to the U.P. National Writers Workshop and got accepted as a fellow. There I met a young writer with long hair who had a penchant for puca shell necklaces, tie-dyed clothing and cigarettes. My erotica caught his attention. Eight years (and much shorter hair for him and no more erotic writing from me) later, we got married. 
Matt Bomer, Ian Somerhalder, Henry Cavill. Who do you think
should play Christian Grey in the movie version?
More candidates here

Anyway, back to the erotic books I read way back in the day. The girl is usually 19 years old (safely over the barely legal age) and the man has to be about 10 years older than her, tall, sexy, unbelievably wealthy, brooding, mysterious, powerful. You can imagine that by the time I approached 19, I was expecting to be swept off my feet by a much older, really hot, really rich guy. No dice.

Fifty Shades follows the same formula except this book removed all the flowers and gardens and just got right down to business. Yep, I skimmed through the pages and went to the sex parts haha. I promise to read this book and give you a proper review but for now, how about you read it and tell me what you think?

Yep, another Topaz Mommy giveaway!

Three of my blog readers will win a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James, courtesy of Fully Booked (thanks, Fully Booked!). Just answer this question:

Who is your favorite brooding, mysterious 
hero of romance novels?

Mine is Heathcliff of Wuthering Heights. But my ultimate favorite hero who's not necessarily brooding and mysterious is Vince O. Teves of Vince's Life. Vince is funny and smart and sincere and passionate and romantic. Definitely none of the confusing nightmare mysterious men of romance torture their heroines with. When I read Vince's Life, I wanted Andrea out of the picture. I wanted Vince to marry me! And, come to think of it, he did.

Anyway, answer the question above in the comments below. Simple! Contest ends in 1 week. Good luck!

*Actors' photo from Love & Sex with Dr. Laura Berman

31 comments:

  1. My fave is Max Gallus, from Samantha Sotto's Before Ever After. He depicted a man cursed with immortality that shattered the lives of women surrounding him from several generations. Such a hero he was, when her present-time wife, Shelley took the same potion that cursed Max way back just to be with her husband. That was the most heart-wrenching story I've ever read!

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  2. Mine is Ian Thornton from "Almost Heaven" by Judith McNaught. He's dark and mysterious, yet when he falls for the heroine, becomes romantic and absolutely devoted. Totally my kind of guy. Strong and powerful in all aspects of life, but sweet and soft when it comes to his true love.

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    1. You win a book, Nenski! I like that your Ian is absolutely devoted to his heroine =D

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    2. Oh yay!!! Thank you thank you!!! :D

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  3. My fave would have to be Nate Burke of Northern lights by Nora Roberts! His musculine (he's a cop in Alaska) but with a sense of humor and dont forget mysterious character made me want to move to alaska and find my own macho loverboy.. Even if i freeze to death! Lol.

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  4. Hi Frances! I've enjoyed reading all the three books despite there are overflowing sex scenes and swear words hahaha! and honestly, it's hard to get over the characters and the story. I plan to read the books again in the near future.

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  5. Hi Frances, I hope (fingers crossed) that Ian Somerhalder will get to play the lead role. And now, i am beginning to love Christian Grey, and while reading the book, I am envisioning that Christian is Ian :) - Yel

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    1. I knoooow! When I started reading the book, it was also Ian's face that popped up haha.

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    2. same here! I keep picturing Ian Somerhalder. It seems like the character was written for him ;)

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  6. Oh gosh! I miss Vince. ;) I used to read the Vince's Life also... he's every girl's dream. Now I'm curious and wanted to meet Christian Grey. -A

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  7. Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is quite memorable. Distant and mysterious,his appeal was so powerful that even when he lost his arm and eyesight, Jane could not just resist marrying him.

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  8. I'm done reading the 3 books =) I can't wait for your review of the book 1. Iba kasi pagikaw ang nagrereview =)

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  9. My favorite is Nicholas Stafford from Jude Deveraux's "Knight in Shining Armor". I read it waaayyyy back when I was I think in my first year high, I borrowed it from my best friend's family library. I was intrigued by the title, thinking that it might be a fairy tale...well, low and behold...it was...well, that started my fandom to the author. Nicholas was an earl in the Elizabethan time that got "magically" transported to the late 80s to a "hopeless-love-starved girl", they then journeyed on the path on how to bring back the Stafford family's honor and the cause of his "untimely-death". Well, almost everything I liked came true inside the novel, love story, fantasy, time-travel, fashion of the Elizabethan area, hot-dreamy-like sex...everything I loved, especially the Nicholas who is the "Knight in Shining Armor" who was a "sex-god" in his era.

    hahaha, gosh, I do hope my entry doesn't look like a summary

    ~Natalie <3

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  10. Hi. I've already read the three books. Two thumbs up. Whoever gets this book will be so delighted. Good luck.

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  11. Mitchell Wyatt of Every Breath You Take by Judith McNaught

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  12. I'm torn between Ian Thornton (Almost Heaven, Judith McNaught) and Clayton Westmoreland (Whitney My Love, Judith McNaught)! Hmm, but if I really have to choose one, i think it would be Clayton. Him and Ian both fit the perfect hero profile - goodlooking, rough exterior but really good deep inisde, rich and generous! But Clayton takes the cake for me because of his humor! I remember a lot of laugh-until-i-cry moments between him and his heroine, Whitney. But then maybe that's what makes him more - because his heroine is a beautiful character as well. Haha, just goes to show it really takes an amazing woman to bring out the best in a man!
    - Leah David

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    1. You win a book, Leah! I like that your Clayton is generous and funny =D

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  13. My favorite is Leo from Love the One You're With. He's depicted there as someone who's brooding, mysterious and most of all, a great writer. He's very deep and portrayed as your someone that got away. Though he broke the heart of Ellen, the lead character, there is something about his whole personality that cannot make Ellen forget him. So much so she risked her new marriage, husband and big house and meet with Leo just to answer "What ifs" between her and Leo.

    I got the book as a gift for my birthday.I can't find to take it down. Leo was someone who's very passionate about his writing craft yet shares a soft spot inside him especially if it's concerning Ellen. And you know what's the sexy thing about him is that he doesn't want to be tied down. He's passionate, sexy and someone who speaks his mind. :)

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  14. Mr.Darcy of Pride and Prejudice is my favorite! Quite a classic! His cold and mysterious demeanor which might be arrogant for some is quite appealing for me. His I-am-better-than-you antics is quite amusing but he can be quite a gentleman at times though. I can't forget his line to Elizabeth: "by you, I was properly humbled."

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  15. I'm still giggling over Clayton Westmoreland, the Duke of Claymore. A character from Whitney, My Love by Judith Mcnaught. I will never forget him, strong yet sensitive, and the I-know-what-I-want-and-I-know-how-to-get-it-attitude and somehow Clayton became my 'standard' when it comes to men. I read it some years back, when I was still in my teens and I swear, I wished I live in that place and time and be swept off my feet by the Duke!

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  16. Jaja Borja-LaureJuly 11, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    My favorite leading man who still haunts me to this very day is Zane MacKenzie of Mackenzie's Pleasure by Linda Howard. I got to know him during my college years when reading romance novels was such a welcome escape from college lessons. For me and my fragile heart then, he exemplifies mystery and romance and sexiness! As a Navy SEAL, Zane doesn't reveal much to his leading lady Barry Lovejoy and that only adds up to his sexiness. The fact that he rescued a helpless spoiled brat from kidnappers was surreal. It was more surreal when they eventually fell in love and got married! Sigh. Thinking of him brings back happy feelings! :)

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  17. Hi Ms. Frances...i love the intensity and the passion of the character of Robert Kincaid from the 1992 best selling novel of Mr. Robert James Waller. His character is that of a National Geographic photograher out to take some photo essays of known bridges in the country and this brought him into the bridges of (sleepy)Madison County and into the life of Francesa Johnson. For four days they found a zion they never knew existed until they met!!! It's a heartbreaking love story too because despite the obvious desire they have got for each other, Kincaid himself had to let go of her and what could have been a "them"...! Painful as it was for her too, she decided that those four days were enough to carry in her heart for a lifetime and ultimately to her grave to makeup for what the Hubby have not exactly shown her in their married life:(
    --Carmen Watkins

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  18. My Favorite will is Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy in Pride and Prejudice- Like Christian Grey he is Handsome, tall, and intelligent, but rather un-social, has aloof an decorum. But he doesn't have a dirty habit.. Parang masungit sya pero nakakakilig ang moments nila ni Elizabeth.

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  19. I just watched the DVD version of Phantom of the Opera (2004 version, the one directed by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber) and it featured the very young Gerard Butler as the Phantom. He was so amazing in his character that he fit my description of a brooding, mysterious man in a love story. Although not the hero in the story, the Phantom definitely captivated Christine with his music, magic, mysterious past and charm. A night with the Phantom brought about her sexual awakening and the experience let her spirit soar!

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  20. ahahahaha!
    LOL!
    i had a good laugh imagining you & vince. i remember seeing your pic with him when u were still young with him having long hair! LOL!
    OMG!
    im sorry but im really having a hard time picturing vince (based on what i gather from reading his blog) who had a penchant for puca shell necklaces, tie-dyed clothing and cigarettes. i pictured him as a nerdy-type (sorry,vince!u know that im a blog reader,no?) guy who walks with his head buried on books who most likely collects bookmarks & got an IQ like einstein! peace po!
    XD

    i haven't really read this one yet though i know a lot of people around me had read this. i have the soft copy but ebooks just doesn't sit well with me since i prefer to have the real book. tsk! i have a lot of ebooks but i still haven't bought a kindle (crazy,right?) just because i still like having the whole book on my hand the scent of a paper wafting on your nose giving u a tell tale sign of a new world that you could experience with it.

    anyway...
    just like u, i started reading romance novels at such an early age... my passion for reading made me such a bookworm that i would read anything that i could get my hands on... magazines (my mom got a whole collection of liwayway mags back then), newspapers, brochures...anything!
    the first romance novel that i read was a tagalog pocketbook while i was on my grandma's house. i finished it in a span of 1 1/2 hours (i was in grade 6 back then!) & that opened a whole new world to me. my grandma also got harlequin & mills & boon before. she loves anne mather! i have been addicted to the whole 'knight in shining armor' story!i won't go into details how i would spend my allowance buying paperbacks but to make the story short, i grew up with them! i even dreamt of being an author!

    so, going back to your question...
    this is a tough question since i can't pick one among my favorites so i'll just have to go over to my collection & do 'eeny meene miny moe'
    *stands up & headed over to my shelf*
    *sings the song while pointing to my books one by one*
    .............
    Bertrice Small-A Moment in Time
    OMG!
    Madoc of Powys, Prince of Wenwynwyn
    Love this story to bits! actually this is my first novel from bertrice small & i was hooked after that!A story of love that crossed through time...
    A man who is ready to sacrifice everything just for the woman he loves... even his own magic, that had been passed down from generations to his family just to be able to find the woman that he is destined to be with.
    *sigh*
    *clutches heart*

    i don't even know if my readers know that i love to read romance novels...hahaha!

    i know my comment is long (you know my comment is always long kasi nga hnd na ko nakakapagcomment e..haha!) but i cant help but give a shoutout to the girls who love Judith McNaught & Jude Deveraux. I love your picks too,ladies!!!!!

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    1. You win a book, Thiamere! I like that your Prince Madoc sacrificed everything for the woman he loves =D

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  21. Mr. Darcy of Pride and Prejudice!
    I just love.... everything about him. :)

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  22. My favorite book character is Dorian Gray from The Picture of Dorian Gray but he's more of a villain with the way he acted in the book and its not a romance novel so I have to choose Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. I really like his mysterious aura and the love-hate relationship he has with Elizabeth. What I love most about him is his sincerity. He has genuine concern to his friend, he is a doting big brother to Georgiana, and he does everything for Elizabeth to win her heart even if he doesn't like it (helping Wickham) or how he doesn't care how people (like Lady Catherine) would react of their union because of their large gap in social status. He is my ideal guy in every way but I guess he only exist in the pages of a book.

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  23. I love Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. There's just something so romantic about how intimacy is described in that period without it being pornographic. Bitin and yet...

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  24. Hi Frances, how interesting your love story is! :) Now I wanted to read Vince's Life. :D

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