What I Read – The Stranger (Just One Night, Part 1)

I didn’t read 50 Shades of Grey and I don’t intend to. It’s not the genre I have an issue with though. From what I’ve heard, it’s actually a poorly written book with a weak plot. I admit, I was mildly curious when the book was at a fever pitch. Then, I watched this clip of Gilbert Godfried reading a passage:


That, combined with a series of articles and critiques about it, I was able to confirm it really wasn’t for me.

I think this erotica trend in literature is great though. I know there’s always been dirty prose and pornography out there for women, but never before has it been so accessible and acceptable. Men have always cornered the market on smut, and it’s great to see us finally getting our share. Chalk one up for equality! Plus, anything that gets people reading these days is a plus.

Still, this genre really isn’t my cup of tea. However, when one of my favourtite author released an erotic fiction novel, I had to check it out.

You guys, this was…hot.

*fans self*

I was expecting something cheesy, melodramatic, and rife with gratuitus sex. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to read an engaging and thought provoking story with multi-dimentional characters. As well, her approach to writing about the sexy times (and there are a lot in this very short novel) is elegant and tasteful (for example, she doesn’t refer to it as the sexy times), while still maintaining the salacius nature. It was descriptive without being overly vulgar.

The story ends with a major cliffhanger, but It’s part of a trilogy, and the next installment is scheduled to be released on March 18.

I’ve already pre-ordred my copy and cleared my schedule for that day.

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  1. I want to watch the video you posted, but I’m at work so I’ll have to come back later. I appreciate your recommendation. I have no desire to read 50 Shades pretty much for the same reasons you described, but I don’t mind sexy at all, I just want the writing to be good.

  2. I did read the 50 shades books, and I enjoyed them because you are right, this is really the first time an erotic novel became not only accessible, but acceptable and could be openly discussed with women everywhere.

    Now I’ll have to go and checkout your recommendation.

  3. very interesting. i read two of the grey books and hated them. i’m not sure why i read two…i was giving it a secind chance, i guess!!

  4. Ooh! I will have to look into this. I admit I read 50 Shades due to the big fan fare, but oh my the writing was horrible! It was on probably an 8th grade reading level and after awhile it became so mundane and tedious (including the sex scenes). So sad I wasted part of my life, ha ha! Heather

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