Victor Rasuk Cast As José Rodriguez in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’


By A. Charlotte Rose

Watch out Christian Grey. That other guy who wants to get into Anastasia Steele’s panties is in the house!

Actor Victor Rasuk, 29, is the newest cast member to be added to the Fifty Shades of Grey movie! He will play José Rodriquez, Anastasia Steele’s ‘good friend.’

Rasuk is known for his appearance in How to Make It in America TV series, 2010-2011. He also played Dr. Ryan Sanchez in six episodes of ER, during 2008-2009. He has done a number of movies and appears, also in 2014, in Godzilla.

His big break came playing skateboard pioneer Tony Alva in The Lords of Dogtown.

José, of course, is a continuous source of irritation to uber-possessive Mr. Grey, because Christian knows he wants Ana, even if she is in denial about it–and even though she has no romantic interest in José.

It was José’s ill-fated attempted kiss, while Ana was out drinking with José and Kate, that led to the relationship with Christian. Christian showed up just as José was trying to steal a kiss from Miss Steele. Do you remember what happened immediately after that?

It will be fun to see Jamie Dornan and Victor Rasuk man up against each other!

As mentioned, he is 29, but he definately looks young enough to play José, who is 20 or 21 (he’s a year behind Ana, who is 21) when we first meet him.

Find out more about Victor Rasuk on his IMDb page.

What do you think of our José?

Take Poll: What is Screwing Up the Fifty Shades of Grey Movie?

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Media is buzzing about the delay in the start date for production on Fifty Shades of Grey. It’s moved from November 1 to December 2. And now everyone is wondering if it will be ready for theaters by August 1, 2014.

To those of us following the trials and tribulations of casting and getting it into production, it seems to be troubled.

But maybe this is just the stuff that happens when movies are made … and this one is under a public microscope.

The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy flew off of book shelves and has sold 90 million copies worldwide, with devoted readers around the world. It seemed like a book everyone wanted to be affiliated with the film, yet when it came to casting, producers have been challenged.

What do you think are the main issues holding this movie back?

Psychologists Agree Erotic Romances Can Help Your Love Life

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By A. Charlotte Rose

Erotic romances can help you explore your fantasies, stimulate your libido, and bring you closer to the one you love, according to three psychologists I recently interviewed.

Even though these books may be a little addictive, they are, overall, good for your emotional health and your love life.

They Offer Fun, Fantasy, and Exploration
“The benefits of erotic romances can fun and entertaining to read, encourage fantasy, and encourage explorations of new sexual activities in a safe way. These may be activities that you do or don’t want to try in real life, or may not have the opportunity to try in real life. Do erotic romances create false expectations of men? Perhaps. But no more so than Disney, Jerry Maguire (since when do we need someone else to complete us?), or just about any romantic comedy ever made. If you are someone who left Mr. and Mrs. Smith feeling despondent that you are not married to Brad Pitt or left Harry Potter looking for your magic wand, then yes, you may want to exercise caution when reading erotic romances. However, for most people, erotic romance novels are fiction and can be used as wonderfully sexually stimulating tools for fantasy.”
-Alexis Conason, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist

They Are Great Aphrodisiacs
“Erotic romances are an important way to get in touch with your romantic feelings and sexual fantasies. They are a way to develop those fantasies, to better understand what you need, what turns you on, and what helps you feel very intimately connected with your partner. Erotic romances can be great aphrodisiacs, and truly a benefit to relationships. Or they can be a fulfillment in themselves and a detriment to your relationship. Isn’t this true of so many things in life? If you can bring it home and share it, it’s great. But if you escape into it, and meet your needs in a more solitary and self-absorbed way, it can become a problem or worsen existing problems. We want to feel the heat! But the important thing is to take those home, talk about them, enact them, experiment, and be freer as a couple.”
Carl G. Hindy, Ph.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist

They Help You Accept Love
“There are multiple benefits to erotic reading material. Specifically for those that are uncomfortable with intimacy or their sexuality, reading erotic romances can increase comfort. For couples that have problems with differing sex drives, I recommend reading these novels as foreplay or a way to increase desire. Additionally, these novels often describe relationships between individuals that learn to accept the love of another and be vulnerable. This is modeling positive outcomes for individuals that struggle with allowing themselves to be open and vulnerable in relationships.”
Nerina Garcia-Arcement, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist

This was originally published in my Hot Romance column on The Three Tomatoes

Top Authors On Why Erotic Romance Books Are Good For Us


By A. Charlotte Rose

Although erotic romance books have been around for a long time, they seem to have experienced an amazing resurgence since Fifty Shades of Grey. That book, which has been on the best seller list since last year, has certainly helped the genre go mainstream!

When I wrote my first erotic romance 20 years ago, it was sold in the secret back section of book stores, sex novelty shops, or by mail order, in a plain brown wrapper. How things have changed! Books are so much more accessible now due the advent of the e-reader, the convenience (and addictive nature) of technological wonders such as the Amazon “one click” buying method, and the explosion in self-published books in the erotic romance genre.

I remember being one of the most popular guests at cocktail parties in the nineties once the hostess revealed, “She writes erotic books.” It was rare for a woman to write erotic fiction back then. Guys would happily gather around me to ask if I got my story ideas from real life (wink-wink). But women just were not as open or interested in talking about sexy books… then.

Today, women are proud devotees of the erotic romance novel. From what I have witnessed, many have absolutely no problem talking about sex, publicly drooling over hot alpha male heroes they adore, or posting a comment in social media suggesting that reading a particular scene inspired them to, um, jump hubby’s bones. The Internet has made reading a social and community experience, where women connect to share their excitement. (They are very vocal about criticisms, too).

And they love the authors of these books—like sisters, and best friends. It is like a sorority, where the authors are very accessible, social, and have genuinely warm relationships with their fans. In the past year there has been an explosion of multiple-author book signings, bringing many best-selling authors together at once; and events like The Naughty Mafia in Las Vegas and Wicked Girls Book Night Out where fans can meet and party with their favorite authors.

The general consensus is that erotic romances are good for us — even if we temporarily get a little lost in them and lose sleep because we can’t put the book down without finding out what happens next.

I spoke to some of today’s best-selling authors — Jasinda Wilder, M. Leighton, and Michelle A. Valentine — and also asked several psychologists to chime in on the benefits of this trend. Here are some of the insights they shared:

They Help You Express Yourself
“I believe the steamy romance novel craze has helped women in expressing their own sexual desires to their partners in a healthy way. Reading these novels give them a sense of empowerment over their own physical needs and allow them to know they aren’t alone—that it’s okay to want a fulfilling sexual relationship. I can’t tell you how many times readers have told me that their husbands thank me. It’s nice to know that not only have my stories entertained them, but have improved their quality of life as well.”
-Michelle A. Valentine, best-selling author, The Black Falcon Series, Demon At My Door

They Help You Explore
“I have gotten loads of feedback from women telling me how much acting out the scenes from my books has enriched their love lives or how the material has encouraged them to be more creative. And too many times to count, I’ve gotten messages from women saying their husbands thank me. LOL While that is humorous, it seems that kick-starting the libido with sensual reading can end in some fun time between mates. Pleasurable reading followed by pleasurable exploration. I call that win-win!”
-M. Leighton, best-selling author, The Bad Boy Series, The Wild Ones Series

They Show You What a Good Relationship Can Be
“Why is erotic romance good for readers? It’s spice. People talk all the time about “spicing up their love life.” Usually this takes the form of pornography and sex toys. Now, there’s nothing wrong with those things, but if your love life with your partner is failing, those things are merely temporary solutions to a permanent problem. Reading erotic romance can be different. If the story is as much a true romance, where the love is as vital as the sex, then the couple can find a sense of renewal; they can see a different way of doing things. I’m not saying it is sex therapy, but it’s close. It’s new, it’s different, it’s titillating, and all this, with only words on a page. It’s an escape; it’s a fresh perspective on love, on sexuality. Erotic romance, at its best, shows what a good romantic relationship should be: a balanced, erotic partnership, wherein both people seek the pleasure and happiness of the other person as their primary focus.”
-Jasinda Wilder, best-selling author, Stripped, Falling into You, Big Girls Do It Better

This was originally published in my Hot Romance column on The Three Tomatoes.

Fifty Shades of Delay: Filming to Start December 2

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By A. Charlotte Rose

October 28, 2013– Looks like production on the Fifty Shades of Grey film adaption will begin December 2, rather than November 1, which was the start date set when Charlie Hunnam was to star in the role.

Fifty Shades of Grey News and the Examiner reported this weekend that production would be delayed. The Hollywood Reporter today confirmed the delayed start date for production of the film.

Even though producers finally secured their star, Jamie Dornan, to portray Christian Grey, apparently more time is needed to prepare for the role.

Maybe he needs to work on turning that lovely Irish lilt into a more Seattle sounding voice? Or maybe he needs to take some “dom lessons” with a professional master; or work out for a slightly hunkier Christian Grey-like physique.

Could it be that his wife, musician Amelia Warner, is pregnant and about to give birth and they are giving him some time to become a daddy? They were spotted shopping together in London this weekend and she looked pretty well-along in her pregnancy?

It would be nice to think his production schedule will allow him to be there for the birth of his first child.

Or maybe the whole movie just needs a little more time.

According to the North Vancouver News, Fifty Shades will be filming at the Northshore Studios in Vancouver, BC. The code name is “The Adventures of Max and Banks.”

As the Alan Baltes of the Examiner reported this weekend, filming is set to begin in Vancouver on December 2.

It was announced last Friday that True Blood actor Luke Grimes has been cast as Christian Grey’s brother Elliot Grey in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” film.

The talented Jennifer Ehle will play Ana’s mother, Carla.

And of course, Dakota Johnson, is still hanging in there as Anastasia Steele. To the delight of fans, Dakota has been letting her roots go dark, letting the blonde grow out, so she can get ready to transform into Ana’s long dark hair. She is wearing lighter lipstick, rather than the dark red in so many photos, which is helping to highlight her youthful looks.

So that’s four cast members that we know about. So many more to go!

Wonder when we will hear about who has been cast as:

Kate Kavanagh, Ana’s best friend
Jose Rodriguez, the other man/good friend
Ethan Kavanagh, Kate’s brother
Grace Trevelyan-Grey and Carrick Grey, Christian’s parents
Mia Grey, Christian’s sister
Ray Steele, Ana’s Father
And of course, Taylor, the bodyguard

Who else still has to be cast for film one in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie trilogy?

Favorite Reads: Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day


People ask me all the time for my favorite books. Many fans say that E.L. James got them reading again. This begins our series, “What to Read After Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Bared To You was the first book I read after Fifty Shades.

I read it as a publishers advanced galley and was glued to it.

The story of the relationship between Gideon Cross – the blue-eyed, dark-haired, dominant billionaire who owned half of New York – and Eva Tramell really held my interest. It was fascinating to read about a guy or sorta reminded me of Christian Grey.

Everyone knows about this book now, and it has grown from a trilogy to a series of five, with three books out so far. Author Sylvia Day has been writing erotic romances for a decade but this series truly put her work on the map in a big way. She is also president of the Romance Writers of America. This book, and author Sylvia Day, helped change the erotic romance industry.

Here’s the reading order:

Bared to You
Reflected in You
Entwined with You

For more information on Books four and five in the series, visit Sylvia Day’s Web site.

Originally published in my Hot Romance column at The Three Tomatoes.

How Christian Grey Can Help Your Orgasms

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By A. C. Rose

Ever wonder about the brain chemistry of sexual desire that is at play in Fifty Shades of Grey?

We are all hormonally driven creatures, and Ana and Christian are no exception. It could be that the Big O in Fifty also represents the hormone oxytocin.

Although oxytocin was often thought of as the bonding hormone between mother and child, it exists in both males and females and has also been found to be a hormone that intensifies in the orgasmic experience. Kerstin Uvnas Moberg, M.D., Ph.D. has studied this hormone extensively.

Ana and Christian are constantly having sex, in all three books in the trilogy. Most mortal women would not be able to tolerate the sheer magnitude of it – not without some injury or occasional infection – but Ana is young, nimble, and eager and Christian is a skilled lover. They work it!

Every sexual encounter culminates in one or more orgasms, for both partners, which means the release of oxytocin for these two is off the charts. Hence, those two are in a constant waterfall of oxytocin.

This could explain, in part, why they fell in love with each other so hard and so quickly—they spent so much of their relationship basking in the embrace of each other and, what is affectionately known as “The cuddle hormone.”

It is understandable that we, the readers, went along for that ride with them! Raise your hand if you felt it was YOU in the red room, or if you strongly identified with and desired the kind of pleasure our Ana was experiencing in the book.

In The Oxytocin Factor Dr. Moberg writes. “Studies of human sexual relations have shown that oxytocin levels rise powerfully in the blood of both males and females, and reach maximum concentration with the release of orgasm. Oxytocin may also stimulate the muscle activity related to orgasm in both men and woman (p. 118).”

Oxytocin is responsible for making people feel calm, relaxed, and even sleepy after intercourse. It has been known to make women want to cuddle after lovemaking, and give both partners the feeling that they cherish remaining close and connected in sexual afterglow.

“With oxytocin pulsating through your bloodstream, it seems that this love with last forever,” Moberg writes. “Often at this point, partners speak of how much they mean to each other (p. 119).”

The risk with oxytocin released with orgasms is that it can enhance emotional bonds even for those who are not sure if they are right for each other. But in the long run, “a sold sexual relationship promotes feelings of increased security and decreased anxiety in the mating partners (p. 120).”

Luckily, Ana and Christian found their way–and humped their way–to an enduring love.

One of the benefits of reading Fifty Shades of Grey is it made us horny. Many women reported jumping on hubby. Just goes to show you that increasing orgasmic pleasures with the one you love can enhance that feeling of cherishing each other, for real, not just in fiction.