This month L.V. Lewis, author of the award-winning, bestselling Jungle Fever Series is running a FREE promotion of the collection — the Jungle Fever Duology.
She thought this might be a great opportunity to take a look at a few other smoking hot series that are perfect for women of color who are fans of Fifty Shades of Grey. LV has listed them below along with their summaries and the series reading order.
Allow us to introduce you to Tristan and Nathan White, Dominic Armstrong, Liam Wilder, Fernando Rubio, Soren aka Father Marcus Stearns, Kingsley Edge, Ramesses and host of other dominant alpha males with dark secrets, hidden pasts, and ripped hot bods under their expensive tailored suits (or priestly robes, as it were).
Series Reading Order: Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever, Exit Strategy (Both Books in Jungle Fever Duology Boxed Set)
50 Shades of Jungle Fever
A bi-racial–African American and Brazilian–woman with a troubled past, Keisha Beale has been so focused on her business pursuits that her love life has been non-existent. Tristan White, the devastatingly handsome CEO of White Enterprises, and one of the richest men in Chicago, has everything, but doesn’t think love is something he needs. When their worlds, sparks fly! Will their arrangement survive the emergence of the pesky emotion he’s tried to hard to avoid?
Assailed by demons she thought she had conquered, Keisha Beale has uttered the words to end her tumultuous relationship with Tristan White. Separated, they grapple for a time with their personal demons. However, when their lives apart become unbearable, a credible threat brings them back together prematurely. Reconciliation is short-lived, and danger necessitates they part indefinitely. Will Keisha’s youthful indiscretions or Tristan’s un-reconciled feelings for an ex derail their tenuous arrangement? Will this be the end of the indecent proposal that became a fairy tale? Or will Keisha and Tristan reveal the trauma from their pasts so they may heal and completely embrace their relationship?
What Will Keep You Reading: Did we tell you that Tristan and Nathan White are identical twin dominants? Um, Yes, they are. One wields his power in the board room, while the other is most comfortable on the parquet floors of basketball arenas. Yet, they both wield power in the bedroom, and have dungeons kitted to their specific proclivities. Yesss!
2. Monster by Francette Phal
Series Reading Order: Monster, Lick and Devour
Accidental Gold digger.
Circumstance forced Eden Mercer to sell herself to Dominic Armstrong for half a million dollars and in return she is to play the dutiful wife in public and submit to him completely behind closed doors.
Dominic is Ruthless, manipulative and sadistic but Eden is determined not to break under his cruelty. But how does one persevere when in the clutches of a Monster?
What Will Keep You Reading: In a word, Redemption. Dominic is a sadistic, no holds-barred protagonist who could be billed really as an antagonist. The early part of the book will make you want to put it down, but when more of his past is revealed, he will become the sympathetic character that you once hated. And, he’s sexy as hell.
Series Reading Order: Waking Kiss, Fever Dream
A stranger in the wings, a traitorous pair of toe shoes, and a traumatic turn dancing with The Great Rubio… For ballerina Ashleigh Keaton, it’s been one hell of a night.
But it’s not over yet. When Rubio drags her to a private party at his friend’s house in the ritzy part of London, she meets Liam Wilder, a lifestyle dominant and frighteningly seductive man. Liam pursues Ashleigh, attracted by her strength and talent, but she has secrets—an abusive past and a crippling fear of intimacy that prevents her from connecting to anyone, especially a playboy reputed to be legendary in bed.
Eventually he wins her trust and sets out to heal the troubled dancer, awakening her to a world of sensual abandon in a series of “sessions” at his home. But how pure are his motives? Is he helping her or endangering her fragile soul? Liam hides his own destructive secrets, and so does Fernando Rubio, their temperamental friend. Over time the three become embroiled in a tangle of artifice, fears, and lies that threaten to undo everything they’ve worked for.
Will Ashleigh and Liam find the strength to defeat their demons? Or are they cursed to sleepwalk through life, afraid to experience the passion and intimacy of love?
What Will Keep You Reading: The Great Rubio aka Fernando Rubio! The Dominant Brazilian Ballet Dancer extraordinaire who provides both comic relief and sexy times. I love how the author effortlessly juxtoposes the worlds of BDSM and Ballet in these stories.
Series Reading Order: The Siren, The Angel, The Prince, The Mistress, The Saint, The King, The Virgin, The Queen
Notorious Nora Sutherlin is famous for her delicious works of erotica, each one more popular with readers than the last. But her latest manuscript is different — more serious, more personal — and she’s sure it’ll be her breakout book… if it ever sees the light of day.
Zachary Easton holds Nora’s fate in his well-manicured hands. The demanding British editor agrees to handle the book on one condition: he wants complete control. Nora must rewrite the entire novel to his exacting standards—in six weeks—or it’s no deal.
Nora’s grueling writing sessions with Zach are draining… and shockingly arousing. And a dangerous former lover has her wondering which is more torturous — staying away from him… or returning to his bed?
Nora thought she knew everything about being pushed to your limits. But in a world where passion is pain, nothing is ever that simple.
What Will Keep You Reading: Extremely intelligent, sexy writing. The Jesuit Priest, Soren, Nora’s Master, makes this series sinfully delicious. While Kingsley Edge and many other diverse, sexy characters keep the stories of Mistress Nora’s escapades interesting.
Series Reading Order: The Awakening, Legacy, Tempest
An erotically charged journey inside Atlanta’s African-American Fetish/BDSM community. The first in the series revolves around an African-American dominant couple, Ramesses and Neferterri, and their submissives, told in a conversational style.
“What goes on in the Palace, stays in the Palace…”Life seems well within the “Nubian Underworld” of the ATL, as Ramesses, his wife Neferterri, and their submissives are at the center of what can only be described as “paradise” by those who have seen the debauchery within. Amenhotep, Ramesses’ mentor, is on the verge of bringing in his newest slave to reside with him at the Palace, and the entire community has been invited to witness the decadence of the grounds and the libidinous nature of the guests in attendance.Unfortunately, life is not always a bed of roses… sometimes the thorns must be felt.All hell breaks loose when Ramesses and Neferterri begin losing their submissives for a variety of reasons, and Amenhotep gets caught up in a sting operation that makes the local news and threatens to blow the lid off of the Atlanta Fetish community that thrives on the anonymity that is enjoyed by all. Despite it all, everyone in the circle is there for one another, no matter the consequences.
What Will Keep You Reading: Rashaan is the real deal. His books ring truer than most because he writes from experience. If you like your fiction heavily steeped in reality, The Chronicles of The Nubian Underworld are your gig.
Have your read these books? If not, what are you waiting on to snap them up? What other series featuring HOT, diverse, multicultural characters would you add to this list?