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Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever (The Ghetto Girl Romance Quadrilogy #1)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  729 ratings  ·  154 reviews
The Best Parody of The #1 Bestseller In Its Genre
Get your unique take on the fastest-selling book ever!

Keisha Beale, a street-wise Chicago south-sider two years out of DePaul University, is a quarter million dollars in start-up capital away from realizing her dream of owning a recording studio/record store. She takes the place of her more business-savvy partner in a meeti
Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Jungle Fever Press via CreateSpace (first published October 29th 2012)
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I'm starting this off by sharing the definition of the word parody, because I truly believe that a parody is not what Mrs. Lewis gave us. However, I am not complaining at all!!! This book definitely had the humor and it was in the style of Fifty Shades. The story was completely different and in a lot of ways much better than the original Fifty. I rate it a solid 4.55 stars! Instead of Ana with her inner goddess and annoying monologue you get the funniest imaginary Id and Super-ego ever and you
Nia Forrester
Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever is not at all what you might think.

For starters, I should say that I have a love-hate relationship with the Fifty Shades trilogy by E.L. James. I think the writing wasn't . . . well, whatever, but let's just say I wasn't impressed by her craftsmanship. But (and this is a BIG but) she had something that many writers who are great craftspeople don't have - she had a definite ear for what resonates emotionally. Despite my eye-rolling over some of her word choices, I ha
Christina Wilder
This needs to effing STOP.

Oct 17, 2012 Sarah marked it as never-will-i-ever
I literally just don't have any words.

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Oh the irony!

Typically, I would never pick up a parody, so, I am not quite sure why I picked this one up, but I sure am glad I did! Besides the title that is a little cringe worthy, the rhetoric throughout the books had me enthralled – yes, enthralled. I was a little apprehensive about even laughing at some of the off-color comments – glancing around to make sure it was ok to laugh and it was, so I did. After all, it IS a parody, it’s supposed to be funny, right? Funny it was! It was surprising
The Black
Whenever the next big thing breaks out it begets a slew of imitators. They run after the bandwagon like children after an ice cream truck, trying to jump on, trying to hitch a ride on the momentum of the success of the original. Oftentimes the imitators fail miserably in comparison to that original.

Since the wild success of E.L. James’ “Fifty Shades” series there have been untold numbers of bandwagon chasers – novels about domination and submission, bondage, and of course the fair “maiden” and
I don't know if this is a true parody or not because I have put off reading Grey for so long, but this book certainly stands strong on its own. Going in I really didn't know what to expect because I didn't read the product description, but saw all the great reviews so I'd figured I'd give it a shot, and I was presently surprised. I thought Keisha was going to be some round the way chick who was going to get on my nerves quickly, but she was quite the opposite. Yes she was a bit ghetto at times, ...more
stop hating the damn book! there is nothing racist about it! only a racist would think that the book has racial aspects in it. pull that stiff cock out of your asses and see the book for what it is! LOGICAL. Given the chance I would read this book again in a heartbeat because I liked it. It is clearly stated on the back/summary that it is an INTER-RACIAL RELATIONSHIP! what part did you not understand? this book had me going from the first paragraph! If you don't like it, go choke on a stiffy
Piper Anderson
First and foremost, I haven't been moved to do a customer review in a lot time, so this is saying something. Anyway, I was hunting around amazon looking for something to read. The funny thing is, I'd been looking up reviews to see if others shared my frustration with the Fifty Shades of Grey series. The characters, their chemistry, their...everything, just didn't do it for me and I couldn't even finish the last in the trilogy. Let me say, I've been tired of the same old same old in the romance g ...more
I really loved this book. I couldn't put it down. It was funny, it was romantic at times and definitely steamy :). Tristan is definitely swoon worthy lol. I know women like Keisha and it was interesting reading how she handled the situations she was put in. I loved her relationship with Tristan and I can't wait for the next book.
♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee)
Nov 24, 2012 ♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee) marked it as um-how-about-no
This is a book? Seriously? Was cocaine and ground up crystal meth being pumped through someone's air vents??! Because that's the only way I can see anyone thinking this is a good idea. Bad bad book idea! BAD!
Paganalexandria **wicked juices bubbling over**
I was ambivalent about this book when it's existence became known. I loved Fifty Shades Of Grey, am a big fan of interracial romance, and was terrified of the offensive mess this parody had to be. The beginning of this book tries very hard to set up the parallels of FSOG with an urban twist. Our heroine is now Keisha Beale from the hood, instead of innocent Anastasia Steele. Brunette Christian Grey is replaced with Blonde Tristan White. She is a fledgling record executive instead of a publishing ...more
I did not know what to expect when a friend said I should read this book, I am so glad I did. Yes this book is a parody from Fifty Shades of Grey but that is not all it is this book is a Wonderful funny story, a sexy story, a emotional story. I really like Tristan and Keisha together I was afraid Keisha would be a ghetto ignorant character, she is nothing like that she is a educated black woman so don't let the title fool you. Tristan is a character you will fall in love with he is a sexy Dom an ...more
Audio CD/unabridged/Erotic Romance: First, a disclaimer because I got this from GRs for a honest review. I remember as a teen that the movie "Love Story" used to get a (**)** star review because you either love it or hate it. I liked this audio as a guilty pleasure, but I found myself yelling back at the Keisha, a lot.
While I didn't read the original 50 because it was so poorly written, I did read the beginning, the contract and some of the "good parts" (which weren't very good).

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Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever is entertaining, comedic and much more believable in my opinion than its parodied counterpart. The main heroine, Keisha, kept me in stitches for the majority of the book with her sassy, yet naïve inner commentary. Although the book is obviously a parody, I would like to see these characters in their own unique settings that don't mirror storylines I've already read. Keisha and Tristan were likeable, relatable and hilarious in their own rights, and I almost felt like ...more
Rob Fuller
Dec 26, 2012 Rob Fuller rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Rob by: Author Blog
I first heard of this book when I saw a Q&A that L.V. Lewis had done during the recent Author to Author Blog Hop. Her answers regarding this book made me run to my computer and order it. I was hooked and L.V. has a new fan. I'll admit that I haven't read a single page of the 50 Shades books, and after reading L.V. Lewis' take on the subject, I have no desire to even attempt to now. L.V. Lewis has created a sexy, sassy, smart, and witty take on the genre. Whether you call it a parody or a sat ...more
So, a friend of mine dared me to read this book, and I went in expecting to really hate it, but I really enjoyed this one. It was very funny but what made me really like this book was Keisha's reactions to Tristan being a dom. Especially when she saw his "playroom", I was laughing so damn hard. Hopefully the 2nd book comes out soon so I can find out what happens with these two.
Hated to admit that I enjoyed Fifty Shades of Grey so therefore Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever piqued my interest. I am usually not into Erotica but my office mate enjoyed it so I had to check it out especially since I had read Fifty Shades... poorly written and all. Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever is funny, crazy and almost believable. I had problems identifying with Keisha and her mindset. I wish the author would have taken the time and made me FEEL like she was a strong black woman instead of TELL ...more
David Ketelsen
I haven't read the 50 Shades of Gray books so I don't know how this book, 50 Shades of Jungle Fever, compares but it's obvious from reading it that this isn't strictly a parody. This book is a serious exploration of a woman's journey to realize her dreams of owning her own business and also to explore her own sexual and romantic desires.

L.V. Lewis is a very good writer. I was impressed over and over at how well she used humor and sensitivity to write this book. I definitely and strongly recommen
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. Hmmm...not sure what to say about this book. My apology to L.V. Lewis...but I didn't like it. I feel bad about saying that, really. I thought because it was a parody, it would be funny, but it wasn't really (okay, I smiled slightly a couple of times). It seemed a bit juvenile actually, even though it definitely contained adult content. For me the book didn't get interesting until the characters became real, with real problems, at the very end ...more
As an IRR/Fifty Shades Imitator, this book was pretty good. However, I do have to say that it had some moments of corniness intertwined within the story.

Other than that, if I hadn't read such glowing reviews, I would have passed on this book, because the cover is ugly and non-descriptive.

Giving this one 3 & 1/2 stars...


10/31/2013 Update **

The author made an excellent decision when she updated the cover, because the previous cover was
Lillian Mackenzie
I literally have not finished the book yet, but I am writing my review now. The book is just that good. It has a perfect blend of humor, romance, erotica and relatability. The man character Keisha is so awesome in the "self talk" department; and, Tristian hungers for her like a ravenous beast. This book has definitely kicked the thermostat up a notch in my bedroom.
Constance Burris
This book is being billed as a parody, but I'm guessing that's for P.R. purposes because the book was great, classy, and almost flawless. It should be more like 4 1/2 stars. I read the entire book in one day. I refused to put it down.
Genocide criminal genius & master of all villainy Unknown
......well then......

I'll just.....uh.........leave.........

Taria Reed
I liked the humor the author injected into her story. I disliked the cliffhanger ending. cliffhangers and serials are NOT my cup of tea and this has both. :(

I really did enjoy the story but I found myself getting bored with the day to day life of the characters. I needed something to happen. The few bits of drama that were thrown in weren't enough to keep me going. I couldn't understand why Keisha just couldn't come clean about her past. Pride is not an attractive quality at times. I don't think
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I want more. This was so good I can't wait to see the love blossom between these 2
Monica **can't read fast enough**
This is the first parody of a popular book that I have read and I am so glad that I took a chance and gave it a try. This book was laugh out loud funny and Lewis was not trying to pass it off as anything more than what it was-a fun, sexy romp with lots of humor. I've always been in touch with my Triple G: Ghetto Good Girl, but I now want to get in touch with my Fairy Hoochie Mamma. I enjoyed Keisha's initial reaction to the whole idea of BDSM. Her decision to put her reservations aside and go fo ...more
Lynne (Mama's Dirty Little Reads)
Oh this book killed me (in a good way of course). Not sure what i was expecting with a parody book, let alone a parody book of my most favorite and what i consider the granddaddy of them all, “Fifty Shades of Grey”. I was saying in my head, “the author better not make Christian looks like some creep or I will be sending a very unpleasant email to this chick.” So I started and from the very first line:

“Pursing my lips in frustration, I brush my hair back and tame it with the last bit of gel left
I was kind of unsure about reading this book, since I'm not big on IR and know absolutely nothing about BDSM. In addition, I have no interest in reading Fifty Shades of Grey, so I didn't have a reference point for this book. BUT, the reviews were great (and there are lots!) and one of my favorite authors was touting it, so I took a chance. SO glad I did! I was immediately drawn in from Page 1 and really enjoyed it. Keisha's internal dialogue was hysterically funny, as were Triple-G and Fairy Hoo ...more
For what it was, this was a great book. It was a parody on the original E.L. series, "Ghetto Style ". Fortunately the writing, was a lot smoother than it's counterpart and it was hilarious. There are words in which you may have to use a dictionary, but it adds to the flavor of the book. You have a young, girl a couple of years, college graduate getting a chance to realize her dreams in starting her own business. She needs capital, and meets the a magnate willing to give her what she needs, on hi ...more
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L. V. Lewis is a married, mother of four who lives and works in the Florida Panhandle. A bestselling author whose career was launched when she decided Fifty Shades of Grey needed a little more diversity and comedy. She penned Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever as a parodied response to those wildly popular books from a woman of color.

A voracious reader since Kindergarten, Lewis loves nothing more than
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“There is something immensely scary about putting yourself out there for people to love or hate you, fan or pan you, review or screw you.” 16 likes
“I vacillate well between the ghetto and the private sector, but only in small doses. I'm too much of a "keeping it real" kind of girl to survive in the corporate world.” 2 likes
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