Road Trip

How I Found My Own Mr. Grey

Fiction - Womens
266 Pages
Reviewed on 06/24/2015
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Author Biography

I'm a first time author, but have always had the dream of writing. Life got in the way. So after retiring from the post office I've used my free time to learn and study about writing and publishing and took a giant leap of faith with my story. I live in the northwest suburbs of Chicago where I've been all my life. I live with my husband of 36 years and have two grown children who live near by.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

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.

Ronald E. Isaacs

The book was excellent, and it kept my attention from the very beginning. Keep on writing!

Nancy Boro

All women should read this book to be reminded we aren't alone, many of us have the same issues after 20+ years of marriage. Mel reminds us we all need to take some responsibility to get the passion back!


I couldn't put this book down! I think Mel is a character many women can relate to at this time in our lives. Married for years, kids are out of the house (finally), Mel and Peter are settled into a very dull routine. Sometimes we just need reminders of what brought us together! Netsrake has a witty sense of writing; the sex is hot, but there's a story and that's what kept me captivated.
When's the next book???

Nancy Curley

I loved the book! Thank you to the author for writing a book that every middle aged woman can relate to. It was a fast read only because I wanted to know if the characters stayed together and added romance back in their marriage. The author made me feel that the characters could have been any one of the my friends.. excellent read and highly recommend to all.. loved the ending!

Eleanor Roose

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Mel, the main character is very witty with a great sense of humor and she certainly knows how to tell her story that so many other woman could or want to relate to. It was nice to hear how "Stella got her groove back".


I am soon going to be 50 myself; I also had a strange fascination going on with the 50 Shades series, so this book spoke to me on many levels. And if you're a woman "in her prime" who HASN'T read 50 Shades, this book should encourage you to open your mind to new adventures and endless possibilities. Thanks for making me smile and for sharing your story.

MR Review-Alberta


It has been said most people lead lives of quiet desperation. Such is the case with Peter and Mel, married for 35 years, and now empty nesters. There was lots of sex and overt loving in the beginning, but age, ailments, menopause and ennui have eroded what they once had.

They are taking their yearly holiday trip by car to Wyoming and, in an effort to not have to talk to her husband, Mel is reading Fifty Shades of Grey on her ereader, and fantasizing every mile about Christian Grey, Peter, and every man she meets along the way.

Can she get Peter to take over as the masterful lover she wants? Can they regain some of their early life sparks? If they don’t, are they headed for divorce court? Seemingly they have nothing in common any more, and the ten year age difference which didn’t seem to matter 35 years ago, looms as a whole generation of difference as they age.

Mel shows a remarkable heroine’s journey, and her self-deprecating humor is infectious.

I know there are many women out there who will identify with this couple, and I’m sure many will try to regain the spark in their own relationship after reading Road Trip. I think you’ll like it a lot.