I thought this book was better than the first but....I still really didn't like it. I found it incredibly unrealistic with the time frame and how quic...moreI thought this book was better than the first but....I still really didn't like it. I found it incredibly unrealistic with the time frame and how quickly things happened. I liked Christian a SMIDGEN more, which by no means is saying I like him. I think I actually liked Ana less. She's so whiny and weak. The sex scenes were pretty much the same as the first book and I ended up skimming over those. Actually, I skimmed over quite a bit in this book, and that is VERY unlike me. And the ending made me think I was back in grade school.
On a positive side, there was more of a story line with this book. There were other characters introduced, and actual issues that didn't involve their sex lives. We also got to see a bit more of Christian and Ana's personality. Due to the fact that I had to give the book back in a shorter time frame than I anticipated I ended up reading a bit over 300 pages in one sitting. That's where the drama was nice, in that it kept me interested.
I'm contemplating if I'm going to read the third book or not. I think my issue with these books is they were made out to be so fantastic. And they really really aren't. They are mediocre at best. I guess they'd be nice for a beach read, when you aren't looking for anything serious, or even realistic....but, they just fell flat with me.(less)
I had, of course, heard about these books. Skeptical as I had heard very differing views on them. Some thought it was the hottest book ever, others th...moreI had, of course, heard about these books. Skeptical as I had heard very differing views on them. Some thought it was the hottest book ever, others thought it was a joke. I joined a book club and this was the book series we are reading. I went into it actually excited to read it. Many people told me I'd love it. How very much they do not know me...
I was NOT a fan of this first book. First of all, there is NOTHING romantic about this book and it worries me that there is such a large group of women out there who think so. Christian be batshit crazy with how controlling he is. AND, even before that, I hate how they are automatically SO in love. I'm sorry, but I don't believe in that shit, and the fact that she's never been with anyone before, makes her seem that much more stupid. I dislike Christian, mostly because I was raised to be an independent woman, and I would never let a man dictate things and when I didn't agree, he get's a "twitchy palm". Ana wasn't any better. I get that she's young, but she sounded like a 2 year old half the time.
The writing wasn't very good either. I realize that this is a fanfic. I have nothing against fanfiction. I actually read a great deal of it back in the day. There was great fanfic, where I often thought it should be turned out to the public. This....is not one of those. When they decided to globally publish it, they needed to edit it. Immensely. The repetitiveness was just....horrific. Case in point - holy (fill in the blank). I'm pretty sure if I heard anyone say that phrase in real life, my "twitchy" fist would end up connecting with their face. And the sex scenes that were supposed to be so hot? Ummmmno. I was not turned on. They were not that sexy. For a supposedly BDSM themed book, they had sex in the same style 80% of the time. And it wasn't kinky. It was rather plain. I honestly got bored with the sex scenes.
I'm currently reading the second book, and while it's SLIGHTLY better, I'm actually getting angry reading it. It's the bad writing that's making me the angriest I suppose. Ironically I read through Fifty Shades of Grey in 3 days, but it wasn't because I was so enraptured, it was because I wanted to be done with it as quickly as possible. Plus it was a weekend.(less)
I've read almost all of the books in the Chelsea Handler "theme". While I enjoy her books, I'm not in love with them. Frankly, sometimes her humor can...moreI've read almost all of the books in the Chelsea Handler "theme". While I enjoy her books, I'm not in love with them. Frankly, sometimes her humor can get a little old, and the writing is not exactly linear. I actually liked this book probably the most out of all of them....except possibly My Horizontal Life.
I think part of the reason I enjoyed this book so much was that it jumped perspectives, and so it kept things fresh. I, unfortunately, get bored easily, and so I find I really like books that jump around, while still following a pattern. Two examples of this are The Time Travelers Wife and A Courtesans Guide to Getting Your Man. Some stories I liked more than others, but in general I was laughing. Except Chunk's story, that was not my cup of tea. Dumb...if I had to name it. I did like the pictures that were thrown in though.
So, in conclusion, it's no masterpiece, but if you're looking for something that doesn't take much thinking, and will make you laugh, this would be a good book!(less)
I received this book as an advance copy through Goodreads. So to begin with a summary:
The book is about 3 families who live on the east coast in a lak...moreI received this book as an advance copy through Goodreads. So to begin with a summary:
The book is about 3 families who live on the east coast in a lake area. While the book does encompass each member of the families, it mainly focuses on three woman. Bella from the Barnaby clan, Natalie, the artist, and Morgan the stay at home mom.
With Bella we see her struggle to figure out what she wants from life and if that will include her boyfriend Aaron and his possible new job. Natalie tends to be a bit of a loner coming from a poor background. Will she find love while housesitting for her aunt, and will her true talent finally be recognized? Morgan struggles with the perfect wife persona she's supposed to give off. She loves her son but isn't happy just caring for him, and her husband is mysteriously distant lately.
The book definitely has romance as a center point for all three main characters. This would be perfect as a light, fun beach read. It took me a while to read it as it didn't completely en capture my attention, but I did enjoy it. I think one of my issues was that sometimes it got a bit wordy. Descriptions and reasons were given for little, everday actions that were taken. I also felt the characters were a bit TOO perfect. The ending was also one of which everything came together just splendidly. While I like an ending that is complete, I also like to have some realism thrown in. I mean how often does the fairy tale ending happen in real life.
Overall I did enjoy the book, and this was the first time I had read the author. Again, if you're on vaca, or live on a beach/lake yourself, I can see this being a PERFECT read with a drink in hand. (less)