While on vacation in Hilton Head, my mom and I decided to go buy Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James to see what all of the hype was about.
When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.
Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.
This book is intended for mature audiences.
I had heard so much talk about this book but I wasn't sure I wanted to jump on the bandwagon to read it. But while we were in Hilton Head, my mom and I were talking about it and we both decided to go that night and buy the first book. And I'm so glad that we did.
I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed the book. While I've never reviewed them, I've read some erotica before and they were always just kind of "ehh" for me and I thought this would be the same. But I think that this book was a well put-together combination of sex and story.
That doesn't mean that I didn't have a HUGE problem with Christian Grey though. I get that part of it is from the Dom culture but he was over the top controlling. And the stalking freaked me out To me, this all screamed "ABUSIVE"! And I was never okay wit it. But I'm glad that Ana was never really okay with it either. That made it a little more real that she was okay with the pleasure part but not the pain part.
I really liked Ana. I thought she was strong yet vulnerable at the same time. She fell strongly for this guy but realized how wrong the relationship was. And the constant commentary from her subconcious and her inner goddess cracked me up.
I find myself sad that I have other blog tour books to read because I have the next two books in the trilogy sitting here waiting for me to dive in to. My new guilty pleasure. Oh. And I have no idea how they would make this into a movie unless it would be 18 & over only!
I gave this book a rating of 4/5.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2012 Reading Challenge 150+: 57
Completely Contemp Challenge 2012: 2011-2
2012 Mammoth Book Challenge: 5
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