50 Shades of Grey
by E.L. JamesPublished by: Vintage Publish Date: May 25, 2011 Genre: Contemporary erotic romance Series: Fifty Shades #1 Source: personal kindle copy My Rating (4.5 of 5 Stars)
Blurb From Goodreads:
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’m rating this one 4.5 of 5 Stars
So, after all the hype and seeing this book everywhere, I knew I had to pick it up and give it a read. I am very happy I did, 50 Shades of Grey is a really good book, the relationship between Anastasia and Christian is complex and compelling, and the sex is hot. However, I would not say that 50 Shades of Grey is exactly a favorite book, I didn’t buy it 100% and for that reason I can’t give it the full 5 stars.
From the get-go, the story is interesting, Anastasia is off to interview the elusive, powerful mega-rich and powerful Christian Grey. The interview is unexpected and from the start Anastasia and Christian have a spark. As Anastasia goes on to finish college and get ready to move to Seattle, Christian pursues her and at the same time warns her off. He is a contradictory, curious, and powerful character. Their relationship progresses really fast, their connection is deep from the beginning and they both have to learn how to accommodate the other person. It’s not an easy task because of Christian’s background and his proclivities. They have a long road ahead of them.
My main hang-up with 50 Shades is the unlikelyhood of Anastasia being so innocent. 50 Shades of Grey portrays Anastasia as a VERY innocent 21 year old woman, finishing college. She is so innocent, that she claims to never have been good and kissed, or curious enough to try anything sexually related. I’m sorry, but I don’t buy that. A beautiful girl in her early 20s doesn’t get through college, especially a non-private college, without even a kiss. I rolled my eyes and this issue I have bugs me. Now, not everyone will agree with this thought, but I just don’t buy it, and that’s my opinion.
I believe the appeal to 50 Shades of Grey is the contradictions of Christian, he has continually changing mood swings and ups and downs. You never know what he will do next or how he will react. He had a terrible childhood, and it affects his behaviors as an adult. He is a dominant male, and that translates to the bedroom. This is where people start calling the book a BDSM book. However, I would not classify the book as such. While there is some bondage/submissive sex, that is not the biggest point of the book. That is an issue that the couple have to work out. In essence, the BDSM type sex makes it hotter to read, but it is not a true dominant/submissive relationship.
50 Shades of Grey is a powerful book about a deep, complex relationship. It ends on kind of a cliffhanger that had me reeling and dying to pick up book 2. After 1 book, I am attached to the characters and I have to see how their story plays out, I am hooked. However, since I did not fully believe everything in the book, I rate it *almost* 5 stars.
How about you? What did you love/hate about 50 Shades of Grey?
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