Series: Fifty Shades #1
Published by Vintage Books on June 20th, 2011
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Erotica
Source: bought in-store
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 managed to read a couple of chapters before stopping. It felt boring and flat. Then I picked it up again to give it another try. I kept thinking the book would get better but it didn’t. It got worse. This book was way too long and the pacing is all over the place. I kept thinking it would end. I kept praying that it would. I just wanted the book to stop already, but since I started the book I just had to know if she signs the contract. That’s what kept me hurrying to the next page. At one point my eyes glazed over and I even skipped a couple of chapters.
I get the Twilight retelling. Her best friend is in love with her, he tries to kiss her and Christian swoops in to save the day. I don’t honestly know why Christian is even attractive at all. He is possessive, controlling, domineering and in a couple of swift one-liners, Ana falls for him. Seriously? You’re not in love sweetie, you’re in lust. You barely know him, and he won’t even tell you about his past, yet you trust the man? And these whole dominate/submissive relationship is so odd. The way he controls her! It’s crazy! Can you imagine being with such a control freak? He even wanted to control what she ate!!!! I am appalled at his stalker abilities! This man raises a red flag Ana. Run the other way!! Also, I couldn’t possible understand how could she love someone who takes pleasure in giving pain? I don’t understand how she could care about him. He was abusive!
If Ana says another thing about her “inner goddess” I swear…I’ll scream. It’s so wildly annoying. And how in the world does she have such low self-esteem? Be confident for Pete’s sake! Christian Grey is into you and if you have doubts then lady I think you need a self-esteem check. Can you tell I didn’t particularly like Ana? How in the world did you fall for Christian? Maybe it was because he was good looking. That is the only thing she worships about him in the entire book. Oh Ana how I wished you thought with your head and heart instead of your loins.
Those sex scenes were NOT hot or steamy. It was a little frightening. Why in the world would you sleep with someone who enjoys giving pain? Yes, I’m talking about the one scene where he spanks her. No more like hits her. And I can’t even look at a tampon the same way again. That part made me cringe and I almost dropped the book. And that contract!!! Why was it plunked into the book? It seriously made me laugh out loud.
You can definitely tell that I did not care for any of the characters and most of this review was a rant about how much I disliked them. There wasn’t much to like in my case. I’ve read great romance novels and great erotica novels, and this one is NOT one of them.
Sorry everyone, but if you trust my judgement, please don’t waste your time reading this book.
I bought the entire trilogy on a whim, and they’re in need of a good home..
You could win one prize pack of the trilogy that includes
- Fifty Shades of Grey
- Fifty Shades Darker
- Fifty Shades Freed
Rules and Regulations
- Ends on September 30th, 2012
- Canadian residents only
- Total prize value is approx $30 CAD
- I will not be responsible for lost or damaged packages