When the series came out with a lot of fanfare, I was bemused, and frankly, a little alarmed. I couldn't quite wrap my head around the stark contrasts between Christian Grey and my notion of a romantic hero. I'm sorry, Mr. Grey, but you fall far short of the mark.
This post is for those who are wondering what to read if they're NOT enthralled by 50 Shades of Grey.
Meet Wes. He empowers Lauren by showing her how to throw a punch and protect herself. He volunteers to teach self-defense to women. He's the kind of man who'd arrest Christian Grey for assault and battery. He'd be outraged by the rape and manipulation.
There are heroes out there - sexy lovers who know how to treat a woman right. They would take a bullet for her before they'd raise a hand against the woman they care for.
Love isn't about losing self-worth. It's not about fear or degradation. It's not about pushing a woman so far she falls apart. Love is about ruining her lipstick, not her mascara, and doing it with tenderness and passion.
Read about a real hero. Check out Friends and Lovers today.
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