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Road Trip: How I Found My Own Mr. Grey is a contemporary women's fiction novel written by Allyse Netsrake. Mel Hemmings is bored with her marriage and has considered divorce for some time now. When Peter, her husband of 34 years, announces that he wants to go to Yellowstone for vacation this summer, Mel's distinctly underwhelmed by the idea. She has trouble spending an hour with the man, so how is she going to survive hours and hours in the car with him? She'd rather just go on vacation by herself and visit with Olivia, her best friend since forever. When she laments about the whole depressing scenario to Olivia, she mentions the one bright spot in the vacation fiasco -- she'll get a lot of reading done. Olivia's got a recommendation for Mel's reading pleasure, a scorcher of a trilogy that's gotten a lot of notice, Fifty Shades of Grey. So, when Mel and Peter set off on the first day of their trip, Mel prepares to spend her time reading and fantasizing about luscious men.
Allyse Netsrake's contemporary women's fiction novel, Road Trip: How I Found My Own Mr. Grey, is a humorous and spicy story about travel, reconnection and romance. A thwarted and unfulfilled romantic, Mel's fancy is instantly captured by the story she's reading, and her fantasies about cowboys are hilarious and poignant all at the same time. Somewhere along the way, Mel and Peter's fairy tale romance got lost in the routine of home, work and family, and, when she begins to fantasize about him, the dynamic of the story really begins to pick up. I love road trip and travel stories and was pleased when Mel began to relax a bit and take some ownership of their vacation. It's also very heartening to see Mel begin to get her self-esteem back, as she progresses from fantasy to the reality of herself as a sexy and vibrant woman. As the title makes it rather obvious, there's a lot of heavy-duty passion going on between the pages of the book, and Mel's the type of girl who does kiss and tell, so Road Trip may not be a book that's appropriate for readers who insist upon 'clean' fiction. For anyone else, it's recommended reading.