While nothing has gained quite the same level of popularity as the Fifty Shades trilogy, we’ve got a whole slew of billionaire romance books like Fifty Shades of Grey for you to enjoy.
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The New York Times bestseller, Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James shot to popularity because of its scandalous erotic scenes and the intense love story between billionaire Christian Grey and student reporter Anastasia Steele.
Their tumultuous relationship had readers flipping pages at lightning speed, discussing it with friends, and then going to see the blockbuster movie adaptation starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Fanning. Before we get into books that gave us that same vibe, let’s look at E.L. James’ other stories.
Special Edition Fifty Shades Books by E.L. James
Fifty Shades of Grey and its follow-ups, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, became THE book to discuss when they were initially released 10 years ago. Insatiable readers clamored for their copies and rushed to the theathers to see the adaptation.
The success of the trilogy prompted a spin-off series (Grey, Darker, and Freed) rehashing the same events told from Christian’s perspective. Frankly, they were better than the first trilogy as Christian was always the stronger character.
Now, the original series is being re-released with a new cover to celebrate its decade-long success. We’ve put all the editions of both series in the space below.
Originally written as Twilight fan fiction, Fifty Shades of Grey tells the story of Anastasia Steele, an innocent young woman who quite literally falls at the feet of young billionaire Christian Grey.
Their up and down relationship had the world atwitter. He wanted a submissive, but Ana challenged him at every turn. And their red room of pain is the stuff of legend. This is the series that brought BDSM into the mainstream.
While the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy was told entirely from Anastasia’s perspective, Grey and the subsequent books are told from Christian’s point of you.
I thought these books were so much better than the first in the series because we got insight into what was going on in Christian’s mind.
I personally was not a fan of this book because I didn’t think the characters had any chemistry, but I had to include it on the list.
The premise is that Lord Maxim Trevelyan is struggling with life as a newly minted Earl. He then falls for his housekeeper, who we come to find out is a victim of sex trafficking. My biggest issue? If you hated that Anastasia used to think about her “Inner Goddess” you will hate that Maxim says Fuck a Duck all the damn time.
Steamy Books like Fifty Shades of Grey
Looking for your next 50 Shades style book-boyfriend? Let me introduce you to Jesse Ward. He’s rich, handsome, controlling, and an ace in the sack.
His love story with Ava is all cliches and “central Jesse Cloud 9s” and I was totally into it. Look, sometimes we need a little fluffy palate cleanser and This Man is the perfect book series for that.
If you are a fan of Fifty Shades of Grey, you will love Aleatha Romig’s addicting 5-book series. While on vacation, Alex has a one-week affair with a billionaire, but he can’t let her go.
Their love grows and so does the drama. When they get back to reality, life just gets crazier and crazier. This series is all drama is WILD. It’s fast-paced and unbelievable, but total reading chocolate.
This steamy book is the first in The Ravenhood series by Kate Stewart about modern-day Robin Hood-type characters and the woman who falls for them.
Cecelia is spending the year with her ultra-rich, distant father in order to gain her inheritance and get her mother out of poverty. But when she falls in with the wrong crowd, she loses her head and her heart.
Immediately upon finishing, I jumped into book 2 which is even better. It’s gritty and dark and has lots of steamy sex scenes so this book is not for the faint of heart.
Books Like Fifty Shades of Grey Set in New York City
Crey and Holly’s love story starts as a one-night stand but turns into a marriage so she can get out of a contract with her record company and he can take control of her.
He’s a billionaire businessman from NYC, she’s an up-and-coming country singer from Nashville. They are worlds apart and that push-and-pull goes a long way in creating the tension of the series….but be warned. There is very little story and a whole lot of sex.
I was instantly pulled into Gideon and Eva’s romance and I devoured 2 of the books on vacation. The books are like fifty shades of grey without the whips and chains.
It’s a steamy romance full of chemistry and characters with dark secrets. The biggest difference is that both characters are wealthy and both have trauma in their past. I think it makes it feel like the power dynamic is more evenly distributed in the Crossfire Series.
The first in a series, this one is QUITE steamy – so pass if you are under 18! When the arrogant prince meets a sassy waitress, sparks and pies fly.
Soon their steamy love affair had him questioning if he should give up his throne for love. This whole series looks at the love stories of the siblings in this royal family and it’s fun!
If royal reads are your cup of tea, we’ve got book lists for you! Enjoy royal romances, books about royalty, and books like The Crown!
If you like your steamy books with a side of humor, you will love Emma Chase’s Tangled series. Drew is used to getting the ladies of new york city to fall into his bed with ease.
But when smart and beautiful Katherine joins his father’s firm, she doesn’t fall as easily. Which of course means he wants her more! It was predictable but fun and is the first in a series.
More Books like Fifty Shades of Grey
There are lots of other books like fifty shades of grey out in the world. Maya Banks, Christina Lauren, J. Kenner, and more authors all have books similar to the Fifty Shades trilogy that you can find in the widget below.