By Jeffery Self Editions: ebook, paperback Published: February 2013 by Riverdale Avenue Books Genre: Adult MxM Contemporary / Erotic Romance / BDSM Source: NetGalley
Meeting his celebrity crush was one thing, but even Hollywood could not have written what happened next. Inspired by E.L. James’ international phenomenon, 50 Shades of Grey, Jeffery Self’s 50 Shades of Gay tells the story of a young celebrity blogger, Alex Kirby, who interviews Taylor Grayson, a superstar leading man in Hollywood blockbuster films. Grayson also happens to be a closeted gay man with a passion for BDSM. When Grayson draws the younger man into his private orbit and initiates him into his sexual world, the younger man can tell that kinky sex has shielded Grayson from having a real emotional connection with another man. But he is head over heels in love with the older, powerful, gorgeous man who has selected him for the pleasures of submission. Ultimately, Alex decides to experiment with the power differential between them, and see if he can break through the armor that Grayson and his layers of Hollywood handlers have imprisoned him in. Will he be able to open Grayson up to real intimacy, or will he cause Grayson to end the relationship and cut himself off yet again?
Bomy’s Flutter: brilliantly funny and intense
World Building: Contemporary L.A. , celebrity meets regular guy sort of setting
Characters: Alex was nothing like Anastasia, I felt, though many traits were common. He’s not clumsy though he is a virgin, he’s got a killer sense of humor that had me laughing all through the story, and he’s very charming. And after you read the whole story, you’ll see another major difference between them: he doesn’t lie down and take it or run scared in the end, the man gets some sense about the situation and states his limits, sticks to them and cracks the shield of his 50 shades of effed up. I loved Alex without a doubt, all on his own and in the couple. He made sense to me.
Taylor was just as magnetic as the Grey of 50 shades, but with less baggage and more guts, I think. I liked him, very alpha and all, but also vulnerable. And ultimately he made the right choice in a tough spot, so all my respect for him.
Their pair was cool to read, they had awesome chemistry, hot smex and touching romance, despite Taylor’s attempts to avoid it. 🙂
Plot: The story does have common elements with the original 50 Shades, but it differs in what I’d call main points. This story, though intense, strikes me as very believable and I liked it better, actually. (sure had to do with my reaction to the characters, mainly Alex)
Writing: Brilliant, in my opinion. The characters felt strong, they made sense all through, their dialogue was super fun and the overall feeling of the story was that it was well done.
Curb Appeal: Hot cover, gutsy title to go with the gutsy story and big time impulsive buy material.
50 Shades of Gay makes no secret of the fact it’s a gay version of 50 Shades, but in my opinion it’s a better done story and I won’t lie, I enjoyed it more then the first 50 Shades book (as the second I enjoyed less then the first, and didn’t yet read the third). I say read this of you liked 50 Shades, because this is a gorgeous and super fun read.