The erotic romance everyone's talking about. Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, this novel will possess you, and stay with you forever.
When innocent and unworldly Ana embarks on a daring, passionate physical affair with successful billionaire Grey, she starts to uncover his secrets and explore her own dark desires.
When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews the incredibly successful Christian Grey for the student newspaper, she finds him enigmatic, intimidating and incredibly attractive. Convinced their meeting went badly, however, she puts Grey out of her mind - until he shows up at the store where she works part-time.
Ana, innocent and unworldly, is shocked to find herself desperately drawn to him. Unable to resist Ana's beauty, intelligence, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too - but only on his terms.
Shocked but thrilled by Grey's erotic preferences, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of his success - a multinational businesses, wealth and a loving family - Grey is tormented by demons and consumed by his need to control. When the new couple embarks on a passionate, daring affair, Ana explores her dark desires and uncovers Grey's secrets in the process.
The first instalment in the Fifty Shades trilogy by E L James, 50 Shades of Grey is erotic, romantic and totally addictive. The Fifty Shades Trilogy (Part II: Fifty Shades Darker and Part III: Fifty Shades Freed) is a tale of BDSM romance that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.
- Author: E L James
- Format: Paperback
- Publisher: Arrow
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Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James 8 out of 10 (152 reviews) Write your own review
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Reviewed: September 4, 2015 by PirateQueen, a Bisexual Engaged Female
I will warn you immediately - I am professionally biased in this review, so read on with trepidation... or not, lol, because that is one of the reasons why I love the 50 Shades books.
I won't even touch on the controversy... in my experience, controversy can always be found everywhere, and there are very few cases out there where there is a good reason for it.
So I'll just talk about this book and my own impressions, and not get into a crazy rant of any kind. :)
Love it or hate it, I will say this for James - she did her homework on psychology. Grey (and Ana) are definitely people who are subject to their environment, their interaction, their own strengths and weaknesses, and for me, for all that there are some pretty dark moments in there, that is the main appeal of the book, because the characters are and remain highly realistic.
(As I said, I am professionally biased here... :) ).
To me, this trilogy is about love. About change, maladaptive responses being shifted because of someone you love, and the realisation that everything is ok (bondage included) insofar as both partners enjoy it. Ana does not sway Christian from using BSDM into perceived "normal". They're just a couple figuring out what they want and how far they feel comfortable going, and that under the burden of quite a lot of personal baggage. Neither is the bondage practised too extreme or too vanilla - what people often forget is just how personal this is. Sure - if you like to do very violent things to your partner or vice versa, or use very specific toys, everything else will be vanilla... but don't forget, there are couples who think that going for the girl on top is kinky, so don't waste time laughing at them, simply accept that that's how they feel, and live and let live.
That's precisely what is so great about this book - the live and let live aspect is strongly there throughout the series.
The first book, while somewhat dark in places, also doesn't go nearly as dark for me as the third... I'd say my personal fav is the second, because I am very uncomfortable with some aspects of the play for personal reasons (and that means I just skip along, lol).
Tip - we used the sensory deprivation as in the book (without the fancy sound system, though :) ) and it was fabulous, I can't think of why we never got to that idea before!
I also like James' style. Sure, it's a bit fanfiction (it was a fanfiction once, remember?), but it grows in time, and it definitely grows on the reader. I'm not a lover of first-person experience style... thus far, there have been only three writers who have made me like their work, and James is one of them.
Is it slightly awkward? Well, Ana is the person speaking, and she IS awkward, about a lot of things.
So I find it almost endearing.
These are good books to read. I haven't read the newest book (Grey) yet, but I do hope she hasn't changed anything or taken him out of character, which can happen all too easily. I will definitely read it in the future, though... :)
The first book is a book of learning to know each other. And the film just doesn't do it justice. Not for me, anyway, or my partner. What I really love is the ending, with Ana realising she can't try that far, and leaving... just to realise that they need to figure things out a different way (as does Grey). I think everyone can find a bit of something to like in this series, so I ask you to read it, without bias, and make your opinion then. I was sceptical at first too... but then I loved them. :)
- The story
- I skimmed some of the scenes for personal reasons
- Bottom line
- A brilliant read
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Reviewed: June 14, 2015 by HoneyBear7, a Straight Engaged Female
Fifty Shades Of Grey by E L James is one naughty read. I absolutely loved it. As usual, I was behind on the times and everybody I knew had read the book. Except me. I wasn't sure it was going to be something that I could get into or not, but after reading the first book, it left me wanting more. Talk about kinky romance, this book has it all and has become a favourite of mine.
The book begins with Anastasia Steele about to do an interview with billionaire Christian Grey. When they first meet she can't help finding him interesting and a little arrogant, but highly good looking. She soon finds herself wanting more of Christian Grey while new urges swarm through her body. Grey finds himself attracted to Ana as well, and they both can't seem to stay away from one another.
Ana, a virgin, finds out that Christian likes to be in control of everything, especially during sex, where he is the dominant and wants her to be his submissive. A little wary, Ana agrees, but only because she would do anything to be his.
I really liked this book and found that it flowed pretty well. It did take till chapter five to get interesting though. I highly recommend this book and will definitely being reading book two and three.
- Just about everything.
- First few chapters were slow.
- Bottom line
- Love it. New favourite.
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Reviewed: March 15, 2015 by mrs.hiskett
I have this in my naughty collection! This one of the rare naughty books that actually focuses not just on the sex but also has a storyline (AT LAST!).
If you want full description without cringe worthy words, then this is for you. I found the BDSM was light in comparison to other books but enough to get arousal going. Has lust, BDSM, decent storyline, and overall a good book. And somehow we all have the fantasy Mr Grey secretly, so easy to relate to.
- Storyline clear and thought provoking.
- Bottom line
- Just buy it! You'll get what the reviews mean when you read it for yourself.
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