That's what I've heard. I don't know if I can truly stomach something like that. FSoG is not REALLY BDSM, so I think that's why it was so palatable.
I tried The Story of O years ago and it is way too hardcore for me, serious pain involved and there is a moment where she looks in the mirror and thinks when she sees the bruises of how much her lover cares for her. Ugh. I am more of a BDSM light reader, for sure, lol I doubt 50 Shades would be as widespread popular if it were more hardcore.
I'm so glad you liked it. I really loved that you the author didn't attempt to make her characters American. Brit humor is so different from ours, less filtered I think. I love it!
I'd much rather a Brit author write Brit characters than try and fail to make them American. I really enjoyed 50 Shades but one of my pet peeves with it was in this area. I enjoy humor, something that 50 Shades had so I was happy to find it there in Strangers.
Has anyone tried Kristen Ashely? I am currently on a glom! Her heroes are so unapologetically alpha. I tried Knight first and I kept thinking...this writing and dialog is so bad, but I kept going because it was unlike any romance novel I'd tried before and in the end when I finished it I went on to find more of her stuff. Started one series of books with Mystery Man and am making my way through.