**An ARC copy was provided by NetGalley**
Anna Steal (aka Bella Swan, aka Ana Steele) is still a ditzy college student in this parody of Fifty Shades of Grey/Twilight and fanfic in general. Instead of the obnoxious eye-rolling, Ana picks her nose and instead of her inner-goddess, she has an inner guidette.
Anna meets Earl Grey (aka Edward Cullen, aka Christian Grey) when she is sent in her best friend, Katheleen Kraven’s place. Kathleen is thirty-eight, has a weird obsession with 16 and Pregnant and likes to do Nyquil and Red Bull bombs. Anna is interviewing Earl Grey for Boardroom Hotties magazine.
Grey is still a corporate mogul and he is still into BDSM, (Bards, Dragons, Sorcery and Magick) and doesn’t date, instead he prefers LARPers (live-action role playing).
In this parody, Merkin pokes fun at the fan fic turned million dollar sensation, Fifty Shades of Grey and its predecessor and knockoff (I mean inspiration) Twilight. The book follows the basic storyline of Grey and pokes fun at all of the most annoying parts and manages to get some digs at Twilight as well.
The first sex scene will leave you with tears streaming down your face and stiches in your side. But it gets better, the infamous tampon scene will leave you breathless with hysterics.
Some of Earl’s fifty shames include shopping at Walmart, Nickelback, Olive Garden , a Tom Cruise obsession and his Dorm Room of Doom.
From the cover of the book, to the final hilarious page, Fifty Shames of Earl Grey, is a book worth checking out whether or not you liked Fifty Shades of Grey or not. I laughed throughout and continued to do so as I thought about a few memorable scenes after I was done reading.
And here are some of my favorite quotes:
Holy Mother Effing Sparkly vampires is he hot. (pg 7)
After Anna leads him to the tape aisle at Walmart: “He picks up the most expensive brand , which runs $3.99 a roll. This guy is a total baller.( 26-27)
Kathleen would call him a Trent Reznor, since he has a nine inch nail. (pg 83)