Monday, May 7, 2012

Book Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

This book is dirty!! I had recently finished another book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series so I wasn't sure if I was really in the mood for another romance novel, but my friend Crystal insisted that I had to read this book immediately. By the time I was about halfway through a few days later, the hype had reached me. Everyone seemed to be reading Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.

As for me, by then I was completely sucked in and can't begin to describe my reaction to this book. But I'll try.

This. Book. Is. PORN.

I kid you not, this is the most erotic thing I have ever read. On several occasions I found myself thinking incredulously, "Did she just write that?!"

Fifty Shades of Grey follows literature student Anastasia Steele as she interviews young entrepreneur Christian Grey. She encounters a man who is "beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating." Innocent Ana completely falls for Christian and unable to resist Ana’s "quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit," Grey admits he wants her, too -- but on his own terms. This is where it gets kinky. Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. "The couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, and Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires."

The author follows a loose storyline throughout the book in order to connect Ana and Christian's sexual encounters. The book was a huge page turner mostly in that I couldn't wait to read what the author would come up with for them next. It was literally like a train wreck that I couldn't look away from. Ellen Degeneres is calling it "Mommy Porn," and it seems everyone is hooked.

Most ironically, the story takes place in Seattle and Christian Grey lives at Escala, a building I am very familiar with due to my previous job. The whole time I just kept thinking, "Wow, there's a Red Room of Pain in the penthouse at Escala, huh?" Somehow it wouldn't surprise me.

Oh goodness. Even as I type I'm not sure if I want to post this... I'm a little mortified that I read this trash, but even more embarrassed by how much I enjoyed it. Plus, little did I know it's only the first book of a trilogy. I'll be sure to update you all on the second installment. Just don't tell my grandmother.



  1. I've actually read quite a bit of erotica, and 50 Shades of Grey is rather tame compared to some of the things I've read! (And not as well written)

    If you enjoyed it, I suggest getting your hands on some really well written erotica. :-)

  2. Seriously.....all the nurses at my surgery center are reading this. Libraries have pulled the book off shelves here. There's so much hype about it!

  3. I'm the slowest reader ever and finally just finished this book (and i noticed the girl on the bus next to me today was reading it as well!). It took me about 5 chapters to actually get hooked...I thought the beginning was so slow! And the writing was so annoying to me (all the "inner goddess" references drove me insane! I wanted to punch her inner goddess!) but I tried to ignore that and just enjoy the book. I did really start liking it towards the middle, even though the author kept repeating the same phrases over and over again (like Grey saying "I'm going to have you now", lol who says that?). But of course I will read the next two just to see how it ends! Oh and I must have a dirty mind or something because I was expecting it to be a LOT dirtier and thought it was actually more like R-rated than X-rated! I thought there would be more kinky stuff going on, guess that's what the next two books are about!! I should probably order part 2 now so I have something to read on my Kindle for my ride home!

  4. I am about halfway through the third book right now and trust me, if you read the other books you are going to want to chop her inner goddess's head off, as well as Ana's. He just continues to look at her with his "smoldering grey eyes" and "takes her" over and over again in the exact same way. I've started to just gloss over the sex scenes, they've become so boring. By the third book he's turned into the most insane control freak ever and the plot is completely ridiculous. I wish I would have stopped after book one but since I only have a couple hundred pages to go in the entire trilogy I feel like I should push through and finish it. What an epic waste of time.


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