#1. Magnolia Road by J. Lynn Bailey :
“When Bryce’s father, Congressman Hayes, orders her to Granite Harbor, Maine, due to a string of threats to their family coming from an unidentifiable source, she doesn’t expect Ethan Casey, the sexy soldier who slept with her, then walked out, without so much as a goodbye, to be her landlord.”
Fifty Shades of Grey is a lot like Twilight, in that it’s the story of an archetypal insecure, socially-awkward but obviously attractive young woman who pursues an abusive relationship with a dangerously controlling but über-handsome young man. This, of course, isn’t surprising as Fifty Shades of Grey started out as a Twilight fanfic named Masters of the Universe.
The story starts out with Anastasia—not Bella Swan—Steel who, in some bizarre reality, helps a flu-ridden friend out by attending their really important interview that they couldn’t, for some unknown reason, reschedule for a more convenient time. It’s at this interview that she meets super-rich and oh my gosh so handsome Christian—not Edward Cullen—Grey. Several chapters later and after a date with Mr Grey, our wonderfully naive protagonist enters into a sort-of BDSM relationship with Christian. Seemingly overnight she goes from a 21-year-old virgin who has never even masturbated (weakly explained by mentioning she is a Christian) to a sex goddess. The story then focuses on Anastasia trying to change a broken man—and by broken, I mean a sociopathic, abusive, megalomaniac that refers to someone being a virgin as an ‘issue.’
“Love it or hate it, you’ll never forget it. In this heart-warming YA novel, Swoon Reads star Sandy Hall explores a classic high school celebration, capturing every relatable and hilarious teen milestone along the way.”
#4. Gimme Some Sugar (A Southern Eclectic novel) by Molly Harper:
“Lucy Brewer would never have guessed that her best friend, Duffy McCready (of McCready’s Bait Shop & Funeral Home) has been in love with her since they were kids. Fear of rejection and his own romantic complications prevented Duffy from confessing his true feelings in high school, so he stood by and watched her wed Wayne Bowman right after high school. Wayne had always been a cheapskate, so it comes as no surprise when he suffers a fatal accident while fixing his own truck.”
“With a colourful, eccentric cast of characters, razor-sharp observations, and her signature wit and charm, Sophie Kinsella crafts a humorous, yet thoughtful portrait of a marriage and shines a light on the danger of not looking past the many layers of the ones you love to discover how infinitely fascinating—and surprising—they truly are.”