#HunkDay: 50 Shades of Jamie Dornan

If you couldn't tell by our Five Weeks of Fifty Shades feature, the team here at Romance at Random is pretty excited for the 50 Shades movie to premiere this weekend. That's why we're dedicating this week's hunk day to one hunk, the very sexy Jamie Dornan aka Christian Grey.

Film Review: FIFTY SHADES OF GREY (*Spoilers!)

We know you're curious about the movie. Who isn't? We're happy to share: author Sofia Tate snagged a spot a Fifty Shades screening, and shares her thoughts on the film event we've all been waiting for! (If you haven't read the books, spoiler alert...)

Five Weeks of Fifty: Authors Discuss the Fifty Effect

With over 100 million books sold worldwide, we all know how Fifty Shades of Grey affected readers. But how did this blockbuster series affect romance writers, many of whom were writing erotic content long before Christian Grey became part of the lexicon. Today, six authors share how Fifty Shades of Grey changed the landscape of erotic writing for them.

Five Weeks of Fifty: Why We Fell So Hard For Christian Grey

Millions of women around the world have fallen for Christian Grey since the publication of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey and now they (we) eagerly anticipate seeing him come to life next month in the film adaptation of the book. Admittedly, some of us get tingly all over just thinking of it. But in those less intoxicating moments, when the heady arousal induced by thoughts of this iconic book boyfriend subside, do you ever wonder how we fell so hard for Mr. Christian Grey? I spoke to Barna William Donovan, Ph.D., a communications professor at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, N.J., and an author and expert on fan behavior, about why Mr. Grey had us from, “I exercise control in all things, Miss Steele.”

Five Weeks of Fifty: First Impressions of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

One month from today, the movie we have all been waiting for hits theaters! In anticipation, we will countdown with Five weeks of Fifty, celebrating the phenomenon that is FIFTY SHADES OF GREY with weekly posts about how our love affair with the book began, what we’re most excited about with the movie, thoughts from writers on how it affected their careers, and more.


Is it me, or is every trailer they release getting hotter? I guess this one is technically SFW, but it kinda doesn’t feel that way…enjoy!
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Inside #RT14 – Best T-shirt Shop – Fleurty Girl

We came across Fleurty Girl while exploring the French Quarter and had to come in when we saw their “Fifty Shades of Cray” t-shirt! In addition to their play off the E.L. James’ best seller, they have more creative NOLA inspired t-shirts. Check out their full collection at Fleurty Girl French Quarter (632 St. Peter Street New Orleans, LA 70116 504.304.5529) or visit them online at FleurtyGirl.net and use the following code to get $5 off any purchase of $25 or more! Code: LOUIS9143 Expires 6/30/14 *Online orders only. Not valid in-store. Not to be combined with any other offer.
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Must-Have Scenes for the FIFTY SHADES Movie

Aside from the obvious scenes we all want to see (aka the sex scenes) in the Fifty Shades movie, there are other moments in the book I really hope make it to the big screen. These are scenes that are so funny, so character revealing, or just so classic Fifty Shades I can’t imagine a film without them.  Below, my top five. 1. Ana interviews Christian Grey.  Ana is out of her depth when she stumbles – literally – into the office of billionaire mogul Christian Grey to conduct an interview. She is awkward and bungles things a bit, asking among other things “Are you gay, Mr. Grey?” But he is clearly taken with her. Why it belongs in the movie: The tension and banter in this scene set the tone for the… Continue

Jamie Dornan Wins Big at IFTA Awards

Jamie Dornan, aka Christian Grey, won in the best actor category for his role in The Fall at yesterday’s Irish Film and Television Academy awards. Around here, we all know he wins the award for “Actor We’re Most Looking Forward to Seeing In Love Scenes in February.” Until then, check out this pic of him and his gorgeous wife, Amelia Warner. (A tough act to follow, Dakotah!) Personally, I want to get my hands on copies of The Fall and also New Worlds. From what the press is saying about these two dramas, he’s got the acting chops to back up those Irish good looks. It’s looking promising for Fifty Shades. Jamie Dornan and wife Amelia Warner at the IFTA awards.

FIFTY SHADES: The Lines I Can’t Live Without

There’s a lot of excitement for the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey film. As much as I’m looking forward to seeing Christian and Anastasia brought to life on the big screen, the book lover in me is already thinking about my favorite dialogue that I don’t want to see lost in translation. These are some lines I hope make the final cut: 1. “I thought you were a natural born submissive. But quite frankly, Anastasia, I’m not sure you have a submissive bone in your body.” – Christian Grey 2. “If you were mine, you wouldn’t be able to sit down for a week after the stunt you pulled yesterday.” – Christian Grey 3. “I’m not a hearts and flowers kind of man…I don’t do romance. My tastes are very singular. You should steer… Continue

Fifty Shades Revealed

The first footage of Fifty Shades of Grey was revealed today at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. Universal debuted a clip showing Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey meeting for the very first time. The Hollywood Reporter says, “The clip showed leads Dakota Johnson (Anastasia Steele) and Jamie Dornan (Christian Grey) meeting in Grey’s office (“Mr. Grey will see you now,” says the receptionist), in coffee shops, and the hardware store where Anastasia works, all familiar scenes from the book.” And, “While based on E.L. James’s erotic novel, the film looks to be more romantic than sexual. There was a brief glimpse of Johnson wearing a black blindfold in a red room, but most of the focus was on the couple’s courting [“courtship”]. “Hearts and flowers-that’s not who I am,” says Grey at one point in the… Continue

How Jamie Dornan Gets in the Mood

Those lucky Brits – they get the royals and Jamie Dorman’s next on-screen project: While we have to wait until February to see Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades, they have the upcoming U.K. television series New Worlds.  But at least Americans can take credit for the source of his sexy inspiration. According to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, Dornan said that he  watched a DVD marathon of Sex and the City to get himself in the mood to shoot racy sex scenes. Chalk one up for this side of the pond!

E.L. James Writing Again??

This Saturday, E.L. James posted a picture to her Instagram that got fans talking. The caption was: “It’s been awhile..” Could she be writing again?!! Marie Claire shared James’s thoughts from an Entertainment Weekly interview: “…she did reveal to Entertainment Weekly at the end of last year that she’s already completed a new, unrelated project.”
What do you think?


It’s only been a month since filming wrapped on Fifty Shades of Grey, but star Dakota Johnson already has her eye on her next role. Deadline Hollywood reports that the actress is in talks to play the love interest of Johnny Depp in the film Black Mass, the story of Irish mobster Whitey Bulger and FBI agent John Connolly. But Fifty Shades fans, don’t worry: Deadline also reports that she is slated to return for three – possibly four – future Fifty Shades movies. Who are you more excited to see her with onscreen, Jamie Dornan or Johnny Depp?

Motherly Love: Marcia Gay Harden and FIFTY SHADES

Mothers never get the attention they deserve, and the world of Fifty Shades of Grey is no exception. We’ve read a lot about Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, but what about the woman playing mama Grey, Marcia Gay Harden? The Oscar winning actress cast as Dr. Grace Trevelyan tells Entertainment Weekly she “shame read” the book in order to prepare for the role. Marcia, honey, the only shame is that you haven’t read it before now. But on a more positive note, she gives the thumbs up to the casting of her on-screen devilishly dominant son: “He’s beautiful. He’s chiseled beauty and the camera eats it up. He’s an Irish boy.” How’s that for motherly love?

Fifty Shades Star Jamie Dornan Appears In First New Worlds Trailer

Jamie Dornan may be playing Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, but he’s looking pretty sexy as rebel Abe Goffe in Channel 4’s historical drama New Worlds.
Channel 4 just released their first trailer for the new show, so you can get a glimpse of rebel Jamie.
The bad news (for me and anyone living in the U.S.) is that it’s only airing in the U.K.
Fingers crossed PBS will air this?!
If not, I guess we’ll have to wait til it comes out on Netflix.

Angelina Jolie on Fifty Shades Rumors

How close was Angelina Jolie to directing Fifty Shades of Grey? Back in 2012, before Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson were even considered for the main roles of Christian and Anastasia, there were reports that Angelina Jolie was in talks to direct the film adaptation of E.L. James’ bestselling novel.

Five Things We Love About Jamie Dornan

1. He’s Irish. Which means he has a cute accent, comes from the land of Guinness, and has luck on his side!       2. This Calvin Klein ad is–in our opinion–one of the steamiest ads they’ve done and it features Jamie.  We definitely wouldn’t mind coming across this in a magazine.
Photo courtesy of E! Online 3. He’s a new father to baby girl with his beautiful wife Amelia Warner. We both love and hate this. Hate it because it means he’s taken, but love it because Amelia Warner is gorgeous and we’re happy he’s happy, right? 4. He’s endorsed by Kiera Knightley (who he dated for two years). She says, of his role in 50 Shades, “He’s a very good looking boy, I’m sure the girls will love him.” A post break-up… Continue

Teaser: Fifty Shades of Grey Lingerie

I called this a teaser, because it’s just that.* There is a beautiful line of lingerie designed with Fifty Shades of Grey in mind..but we can’t get our hands on it! It’s available only in Sweden. The best we can do is show you this video of the fashion show. *Unless you’re lucky enough to live in Sweden. And..in that case, can you please, please mail me some of those beautiful pieces?!
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Fifty Shades of White and Red

The Fifty Shades of Grey mania continues with the latest of the official merchandise. E.L. James had a hand in creating two wines, one white and one red. The white is called “White Silk” and the red is called “Red Satin.” Here’s what E.L. had to say about them: “If you spill the wine, I will punish you, Miss Steele.” – Christian Grey Wine plays an important role in Fifty Shades of Grey, reflecting the sensuality that pervades every encounter between Anastasia and Christian.  I’ve always had a penchant for good wine, so helping to create the blends Red Satin and White Silk felt like a natural extension of the Fifty Shades Trilogy.  I hope all of you curl up with a glass to savor the romance and the passion. You can buy them hereContinue
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Five Things We Love About Dakota Johnson

1. She said this in an interview with Elle: “I don’t have any problem doing anything. The secret is I have no shame.” Umm..we totally love that attitude! If she can have no shame while acting out some, ahem, interesting scenes with Jamie Dornan, then we can be less ashamed of being the first one to dance at the birthday party or sing in the shower. 2. Her mom is Melanie Griffith. Her dad is Don Johnson. And we love Melanie Griffity in Working Girl. Don Johnson’s not too bad himself in Miami Vice. 3. She understands that not all love stories are the same:  “I just really understand it,” said Johnson. “I think it’s an incredible love story and that’s why it’s affected so many people. Erica (EL James) did a really good job of… Continue

Start Preparing: 1 Year Until Fifty Shades of Grey

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you’re all having a lovely, romantic day… but if you’re not, never fear, because next year is bound to be better (pun intended!). The movie version of Fifty Shades of Grey is due out next Valentine’s Day and who could ask for a sexier V-Day gift? So what should you be doing to prepare? We’ve got three suggestions: 1. Don’t miss a thing. Follow E.L. James on Twitter and like her on Facebook and get all of her updates. Maybe you’ll get a sneak-peek, maybe she’ll keep it all close to her breast until release day, but if you’re going to find out, she’ll be the one to tell you! You can also follow @FiftyShadesFilm and @FiftySOGfans for fan discussions and updates! 2. Read up on kink. If Fifty Shades… Continue

#Cover Reveal – Bared (Club Sin) by Stacey Kennedy

In a novel that’s perfect for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey, Stacey Kennedy returns to Club Sin with another wicked and wild tale of submission, seduction, and love. At Las Vegas’s exclusive Club Sin, Aidan Knight is the Master, unleashing the erotic yearnings of his submissive lovers. But his dominant façade conceals a devastating loss—something he instantly recognizes in his personally trained submissive Cora Adams. Sworn to unearth her secrets, Aidan uses his seductive skills to ignite her wildest desires until Cora yields to the pleasure she can find only with him.


This week we’re giving away 10 copies of A MILLION DIRTY SECRETS by C. L. Parker, a wickedly erotic new novel of innocence, desire, and unbridled pleasure. Winners will be emailed this Friday, so enter to win below! As always, you can head over to Romance at Random’s Giveaway Tab, for any giveaway details you might need, and we’ll remind you every day during this week to enter via Facebook and on Twitter. Follow us now so you won’t miss out!