When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind - until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time.
The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her - 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 adoptive family – Grey is man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical and daring affair, Ana learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny.
Can their relationship transcend physical passion? Will Ana find it in herself to submit to the self-indulgent Master? And if she does, will she still love what she finds?
Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.
**Summary taken from Goodreads**
GUEST REVIEWED BY: Victoria
Thank you, Claire for letting me review on Sparkly! Never having written a book review before I'm not entirely sure how this will turn out. So here goes! It's a collective review of all three books in the 'Fifty Shades' trilogy by E.L. James. The premise throughout the series is, boy meets girl. Boy wants girl. Girl wants boy. Boy wants girl on his terms. His terms being he wants girl as his submissive. Girl is sexually inexperienced and more so in the BDSM world. And so the story begins of them exploring this life together. In between falling in love there is dealings with jealousy and insecurities and A LOT of baggage and issues.. oh, and there's a subterfuge sabotage/kidnap/attempted murder plot thrown in for good measure too.
So, what did I enjoy from Fifty Shades? Christian Grey. Successful businessman, Dominant, tortured hero, was one of the few characters I liked. Most of the time. He was amusing, arrogant and had a depth that, loathe or love him, you'd remember him long after you'd finished reading. He was just this side of arrogant and overbearing bossy that still had me liking him because his love for Ana was forever present in everything he did. Throughout the trilogy, the couple share many emails and I adored this aspect, they were short, romantic, angry, amusing, loving. This was when I enjoyed reading about them most. Such a nice aspect to add to a book to convey dialogue without the trappings of inner monolgue.
The secondary characters, on the whole, were an enjoyable mix to the stories. Both sets of parents and Christian's brother Elliot. I found all the rest just too much, like they were dumped into the mix for filler, there was no need for them to be there and just detracted from the main couple.
Ana is a mass of contradictions throughout the whole series. I had to keep telling myself she was young, inexperienced or I would have abandoned reading. It was only the sweet elements that kept me going, because as a heroine, Ana was TOO irritating to tolerate without something else holding me to the book. The inner workings of her mind; namely her subconscious and her 'inner goddess' we were privvy to were repeatitive and just short of insanely annoying. I dreaded seeing "My inner goddess...." it felt like every other page she was there, so much so both inner voices became their own characters. Three irritants all rolled into one. All her bouncing back and forth between what she hated and loved and wanted and didn't want and was outraged over and wanting to be with Christian and not wanting his lifestyle to provoking him into spanking her to hating being spanked. I wanted to yell for her to choose one emotion, one thought and just stick with it for an entire page. She made me dizzy and confused reading her. And a wee bit mad :P
You can't review a BDSM book and not mention the actual sex. There is a lot of stirrings in the cyber world about this trilogy and how it's "mommy porn" I'm not sure if that's meant to be a derogatory term, mum's can't openly enjoy reading something sexier than a copy of "woman's weekly" ? I'm neither a mother or a fan of porn so I wouldn't call these books by that term. I do read erotica so my range is quite vast to what was given in Fifty Shades. All the technical 'BDSM' terminologies were correct, yet the conflicting emotions from Ana made most of the 'Play' scenes in Grey's red room interrupted any enjoyment of what was happening on the pages. Christian gets kudos for his bondage skills, though.
Back to the sex. Was it erotic? at times. When both characters were on the same page of what they wanted. Which wasn't often. Ana changed her mind SO much. Was it shocking, disgusting, waaay ouy there? No. Even the most vanilla of readers in the erotica genre wouldn't or shouldn't be shocked or disturbed over it. Their sex without all the trappings of BDSM was more enjoyable, actually. Grey has a dirty mind and mouth and doesn't hold anything back in what he wants and when he wants it. That was another element keeping me reading.
Once I'd finished the third book, My overall opinion was in fact, they HAD been an entertaining read, the things I didn't like paled a little in the shadow of a really sweet endearing love story. And who doesn't love a love story? Boy meets girl and falls in love and has some hot sex. The end.
Too many phrases repeated over and over, an Inner Goddess I would have happily strangled with Grey's tie and a heroine full of contradictions, yet the underline love story of two characters coming together, overcoming a tortured past and being worlds apart in their beliefs and wants, was actually quite lovely. Good or bad, I found it to be a compelling read.
“This is a man in need. His fear is naked and obvious, but he's lost. . . Somewhere in his darkness. His eyes wide and bleak and tortured. I can soothe him. Join him briefly in the darkness and bring him into the light.”
“My subconscious is furious, medusa-like in her anger, hair flying, her hands clenched around her face like Edvard Munch's Scream.”
Had to include a subconscious quote -laughs-
I would rate the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy: 3.5 out of 5.
PS. I don't ever want to hear the phrase "Fifty shades of fucked up" again. Please and thank you.