Fifty Shames of Earl Grey: A Parody

Fifty Shames of Earl Grey: A Parody

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by Fanny Merkin, Allyson Ryan
     
 

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Young, arrogant tycoon Earl Grey seduces the naïve coed Anna Steal with his overpowering good looks and staggering amounts of money, but will she be able to get past his fifty shames, including shopping at Walmart on Saturdays, bondage with handcuffs, and his love of BDSM (Bards, Dragons, Sorcery, and Magick)? Or will his dark secrets and constant smirking

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Young, arrogant tycoon Earl Grey seduces the naïve coed Anna Steal with his overpowering good looks and staggering amounts of money, but will she be able to get past his fifty shames, including shopping at Walmart on Saturdays, bondage with handcuffs, and his love of BDSM (Bards, Dragons, Sorcery, and Magick)? Or will his dark secrets and constant smirking drive her over the edge?

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"Erotica is hard. Comedy is harder. If anyone can pull this off, it's Andrew Shaffer." —Paul Bogaards, publicist for E. L. James
Library Journal - Audio
Anna Steel is young and naïve. Her roommate is an alcoholic. Her best friend is a beefcake with a My Little Pony addiction. This unlikely trio are stumbling toward adulthood when dangerously rich deviant Earl Grey enters the scene, whipping everything into a farcical frenzy involving a Walmart-shelf-like variety of erotic role-playing. An unbelievable set of characters in even more unbelievable circumstances poke fun at both the Twilight and Fifty Shades phenomena. From characterization to language, mocking is the name of the game. Narrator Allyson Ryan delivers with comedic excellence. VERDICT This one is so bad, it's hilarious. Highly recommended to those unable to blush but ready to laugh.—Lisa Anderson, Omaha P.L.
Kirkus Reviews
Can a young, preternaturally successful corporate executive overcome his 50 shameful secrets to find true love? Andrew Shaffer (Great Philosophers who Failed at Love, 2011), writing as Merkin, skewers both E. L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey and Stephanie Meyer's Twilight in his debut novel. Both series are certainly ripe for parody, yet Shaffer misses a real opportunity by indulging in easy, crude jokes, rather than incisive satire. Shaffer's Anna Steal, like James' Anastasia Steele and Meyer's Bella Swan, suffers from a relentless interior monologue. Unfortunately, she offers little in the way of thought or advice, but instead wonders how elevators work and gulps in awe of Mr. Grey. Anna meets Grey while interviewing him for Boardroom Hotties, the magazine her too-often-hung-over roommate writes for, and the attraction is instantaneous. Grey quickly seeks to acquire Anna, dazzling her with his wealth by purchasing Wal-Mart just to give her the afternoon off for a date, buying Washington State University just to relieve her of taking tests, flying her about in his fighter jets and helicopters, ordering two of everything on the room-service menu, and whisking her away to a private island. Yet Grey has "dangerous" secrets. Unlike Edward Cullen, who was a lethal vampire, or Christian Grey, who sought the perfect submissive for his domination, Earl Grey indulges in rather tame danger. His secrets include a fondness for spanking, swimming in silver thongs, dressing up as an elf, and decorating with black velvet paintings. Warning Anna about his kinky sexuality, he introduces her to his Room of Doom, where they play Bards, Dragons, Sorcery and Magick. More a Master of Dungeons and Dragons than BDSM, Grey shocks Anna not with his deviance but his self-delusions. Anna may learn to laugh with, instead of at, Grey, but the constant lampooning leaves the reader numb.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452638119
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
07/10/2012
Edition description:
Library - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 6.56(h) x 1.08(d)

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"Erotica is hard. Comedy is harder. If anyone can pull this off, it's Andrew Shaffer." —-Paul Bogaards, publicist for E. L. James

Meet the Author

Allyson Ryan has narrated over eighty audiobooks, among them On the Divinity of Second Chances by Kaya McLaren, for which Allyson received an AudioFile Earphones Award. She can also be heard in commercials, animation, video games, and promos. She has an extensive stage resume and can be seen as "Mom" in TV shows and commercials.

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