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 a 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.
I should say from the very start that if you are not aware (I’m sure everyone knows but just want to warn you) this book is all about the darker sides of sex and the subject matter may offend!
Warning over! – So, this is another book I had no intentions of reading, however the very lovely ladies at CountryWives had a competition on Twitter to win a copy so what the heck I had a go and was delighted to win! If you read my reviews before, you know I am not a lover of reading the “IT” book that everyone is talking about, as often the hype is bigger and better than the book. In this case I think it is. There is only one reason I can see why this book is the talk of the town, whether you love it or hate it – the subject matter of Sex is making it something it maybe shouldn’t be.
When I was at school as a teenager the must have book was Judy Blume’s Fovever. Ralf (you must have read the book to know what I am talking about!!) was our introduction to sex – it was a must read for all young teenage girls and whilst Fifty Shades is MUCH more graphic and in some places ridiculous and dark it will be the book that young girls read. Do I agree they should, as a Mother of a daughter, no I don’t think they should one two counts. It paints an unrealistic picture of sex and the response of a female body (I think you know what I mean – it doesn’t happen the first and every time – unless you are extremely lucky!!) and also it paints a very horrid picture of what a man can be like.
I can’t comment on whether it is written well or not as I’m not a writer and there for am not qualified to judge. I found elements repetitive and almost like the Author wanted to write about darkest sides of sex and domination and then added a story around it which was weak in places.
Did I enjoy – yes, I was addicted to it and I think that is more because of the subject matter. Do I agree it is the best book of 2012, by no means no. It is the “IT” book and I understand from both sides of what people are saying. Some love it, some hate it and I can agree with both. What I do know is that I couldn’t put it down and if I am honest, I’m a little disappointed in my reaction!
Will I read the other two books in the trilogy – probably not unless someone lends them to me. I won’t be going out of my way to buy them for myself. I have never had so many texts from friends asking if I have read a book and if I have it can they borrow it. Amazing what publicity good and bad can do for a average book isn’t it! I take my hat off to the Author - this is no way near the quality and standard of Harry Potter but as each of us have a view of the book, another handful of £’s are going into the Authors purse so I am guessing our reviews no longer matter!
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