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Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
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Read from December 01 to 03, 2011

Fifty Shades of wonderful, emotional sexy roller coaster. There are not words enough to express how much I love this book. Fifty Shades was recommended by a friend, and completely different than my usual genre choice and "comfort zone" in reading.

I am so glad I listened to her recommendation and gave it a chance. For anyone wary of the genre and subject matter, I still urge you to give it a read. The BDSM, while an important aspect of the story, is not abusive. This is, at it's heart, a romance with some seriously kinky, steamy sex.

Christian Grey is haunted, driven, brilliant... a young CEO with enough emotional baggage to clothe China. Anastasia is a young soon-to-be college graduate, with her own self esteem issues and naivety in her affect on the men around her. Through a quirk of fate, Anastasia must interview Christian in her roommate's place. From the moment they meet, sparks seem to fly off the pages...

This is not a porn put to page, but a heart wrenching, touching story between these imperfect characters. (Not that the characters are not written well... they are vivid in detail, but imperfect as regular people are imperfect.) It sweeps you into the character's heartaches, and takes you on the journey with them. By the end of the book, despite my personal feelings of such bedroom behavior, I found myself wishing I too, could roll my eyes and bite my lip just before sinking in submission before Christian.

I had initially intended to just read this book, and move on to another in my "usual" genre of PNR or UF... but once I reached the end... I was upset, depressed. I wanted more, needed more. I tried to force myself to move on, but found myself musing on my recollections of Fifty Shades. Luckily, an angel of a GR friend charged in like a knight in shining armor... with Fifty Shades Darker tucked under her arm...

Try it, you may be surprised how much you'll not just like it, but crave more.
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E.L. James
“Why don't you like to be touched" Ana whispered, staring up into soft grey eyes.
"Because I'm fifty shades of fucked-up, Anastasia”
E.L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey

E.L. James
“- "Why don't you like to be touched?"
- "Because I'm fifty shades of fucked-up, Anastasia”
E.L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey

E.L. James
“Don't get your panties in such a twist... and give me back mine.”
E.L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey



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P.A. Lupton Great review Alana!


Alana ~ The Book Pimp I loved it so much, I had to try and do the review justice


Alana ~ The Book Pimp Did you like the knight in shining armor bit?


P.A. Lupton Alana wrote: "Did you like the knight in shining armor bit?"

I laughed, and you definitely did the book justice. I think it's so great when someone who doesn't normally read the genre reviews the book. It's good for those readers who are scared.


Michelle(Chelle) aka Nightshade - Cake Whisperer Awesome review Alana. Mirrors all my own feelings of the book.


message 6: by OddModicum Rachel (last edited Aug 03, 2014 08:39AM) (new) - added it

OddModicum Rachel Oh yay! I've not read this, and annoyed by the buzz, was kinda waffly about it... I'll definitely give it a go. Honestly, sounds like a modern day steamy Jane Eyre based on the blurbage. lol BTW... just realized I'd not asked you... have you read Anne Rice's Beauty trilogy? How's about Anne Bishop's dark and luuurvly Black Jewels Tril? If not... based on what I've seen of your taste.. those are my fave examples of seriously erotic literary fantasy. I still need to read the Bishop Black Jewels books following the trilogy (1st 3 books have an omnibus, handily).. but I've kind of been saving them because they're soooo good. ;)


Alana ~ The Book Pimp OddModicum Rachel wrote: "Oh yay! I've not read this, and annoyed by the buzz, was kinda waffly about it... I'll definitely give it a go. Honestly, sounds like a modern day steamy Jane Eyre based on the blurbage. lol BTW......"

I've read the first book in the Beauty series, but was easily 20 years ago... I can't remember much except that at that point in time, I was shocked right out of my underwear by it. I wasn't ready for that type of book then, though I should pick it back up and continue the series at this point.

Haven't read the others you mentioned yet.


message 8: by OddModicum Rachel (last edited Aug 12, 2014 08:44AM) (new) - added it

OddModicum Rachel Yeah, beauty books are all very darkly erotic... lots of bdsm. But it is handled in a rather... um... say poetic way, like Anne Rice normally describes things, and it is in a fantasy context.. sort of a Dystopian Fairy tale world, which for me, makes it much more acceptable. I've got no issues with what others do behind closed doors, but whether I enjoy reading about it or not is another story. However this was very tasteful. Or at least as tasteful as possible given the subject matter. I read them very early, too. Was definitely my first exposure to dark sensuality.


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