Fifty Shades of Grey. Fifty shades of hrm? When this book recently popped up on my radar and really how could it not since People magazine has been to...moreFifty Shades of Grey. Fifty shades of hrm? When this book recently popped up on my radar and really how could it not since People magazine has been touting it's praises, I decided to jump on the so called band wagon and read it, I love a good erotic novel. However while I enjoyed it, it failed miserably as a true erotic novel and I'm wondering if the author has bothered to read any real erotica if she has then perhaps she needs to reread it and take notes especially for the BDSM, I'd like to recommend the Beauty series by Anne Rice. The sex scenes the way she's written them here are tepid at best, over too quickly and repetitive, the BDSM aspect is lacking. Now on to the characters...
We have the closed off and over bearing Christian, a wounded boy trapped in a man's body. His first few year's of life were horrible and have made him into the person he is a guy who doesn't believe he deserves love, doesn't think he can love anyone and the only way he can show emotion is through rough sex where he is lord and master, but don't touch him! He's intriguing but I'm left feeling like I don't really know the character, I want to form an attachment to him but the author keeps him at bay.
Next is Ana, who quite frankly I'd love to hit in the face with a frying pan but I'm afraid it would turn her on. She's lived a sheltered life, no real boyfriends and zero romance experience. She talks about how moody Christian is but quite frankly I think she's a bit bi-polar too. One minute she is strong and going to stick to her guns but "her Fifty" gives her that look and suddenly her lady-bits become inflamed and she caves in unless they are emailing then she has a backbone. I feel sorry for her but a part of me likes this idiot girl.
All that said I did enjoy reading this but it is most definitely a fluff book or a pre-meal snack as it has no real meat to it. The characters are one dimensional and while there is a decent base for them the author failed to bring them out of their box and into the light, a real shame too.(less)
I enjoyed the first book in this series, the second was even better, this one shouldn't have been published as it is written. The first half of the bo...moreI enjoyed the first book in this series, the second was even better, this one shouldn't have been published as it is written. The first half of the book I had to make myself read, it was drawn out and monotonous, the entire book was filled with mistakes (no proof readers?), parts were redundant and one sex scene was the same as the other just with the words switched around a bit. By the end of the book I was ready to rip out my hair if I had to read "my sex" or "against my sex" again. Come on! There are so many other ways to describe a woman's lady bits.
I was very interested in the dynamics of Christian and Ana and what made him tick. We got a taste of who he was and his story in book one, more in book two and the third in the series should have wrapped it all up in a neat little package, yet it failed miserably to do so. Instead we lost strong Ana, who continually begs Christian to not be mad at her and who can't stop talking about how hot he looks, in favor of repetitive sex scenes. I actually started to loath her and I lost all respect that I'd gained for this young woman who discovered her backbone, only to lose it at the mere scowl of her new husband.
The Jack plot could have been excellent and played out a lot differently especially the climax, there should have been more action involved instead of coming across as a filler in between sex scenes. The book just came across as rushed with no real thought put into it, it was like the author sold out and wanted to get something out as quick as possible to the readers instead of honing her characters and for that there should be a bounty hunter out looking for her. (less)
I really enjoyed this book, in fact other than sleeping for a few hours I haven't put it down. Parts of it had me laughing, parts had me sobbing and o...moreI really enjoyed this book, in fact other than sleeping for a few hours I haven't put it down. Parts of it had me laughing, parts had me sobbing and others had me seeing red from anger. Back then when racial tensions were so high I just cannot see an African-American woman trusting a "white lady", not with something so intimate as her thoughts on her employer not when her very life could be at risk. I do admire all three of these women, they are all strong. Skeeter for not turning a blind eye to what back then was a way of life. Aibileen for loving all of her children even when their own Mamas didn't and for teaching that little girl that she was going to be somebody one day, for having the courage to get up and live when she lost her own son and for being willing to tell her own story and get her peers to do the same. Minny was my favorite character, she was full of sass, anger, personality, an iron will and a heart even though she tried to hide it. She spoke her mind, darned of what people thought, she is really what made the book happen and when she told Miss Celia about The Terrible Awful Thing I wanted to stand up and cheer! There was a quote from the book that I had to mark so that I would remember it "Saying thank you, when you really mean it, when you remember what someone has done for you--it's so good."(less)
I absolutely LOVED this book! I don't know if it's because I grew up in Georgia or because I lost someone to pancreatic cancer or because the characte...moreI absolutely LOVED this book! I don't know if it's because I grew up in Georgia or because I lost someone to pancreatic cancer or because the characters seemed so real, whatever the reason this is definitely a favorite. The author really drew me in to this book, by the end I felt like I had grown up with them and had a beer or three with them sitting on the front porch. I'll admit, I shed a few tears at the end.(less)
Not bad, I really enjoy Dan Brown's books even if they do make me question the world and google things like mad, lol. Like all of his other books I co...moreNot bad, I really enjoy Dan Brown's books even if they do make me question the world and google things like mad, lol. Like all of his other books I couldn't put this one down, I'm hoping for another book in this series. (less)