Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I really must be behind the times, because I had not clue what fan fiction was all about. Honestly, that's probably a good thing because I probably would have never read this book...which, by the way was wonderful and fantastic and not at all what I would have expected from fan fiction. From the descriptions I have read, fanfic is not my kind of read. Actually, I am not certain I am clear on that genre, but I digress, that is a topic for another day...
FIFTY SHADES OF GREY is dark and romantic, but don't expect roses and rainbows, because you will be really disappointed. Christian Grey is beautiful and wealthy and confidently in control, but that is all just a shiny veneer that protects the tortured soul that lives inside. All of Mr. Grey's carefully crafted control slowly begins to unravel once Anastasia Steel stumbles into his world.
The interaction between Christian and Anastasia is lovely and romantic, but also maddening--at times driving me to the point of insanity. Christian brings light and drama to Anastasia's existence. He opens the doors to a world that is so foreign to her that she has a tough time wrapping her mind around the concept of the relationship Christian wants to share with her. In a flash, she finds herself toggling between the life she once knew and the new life she is becoming acquainted with...a world filled with mystery, intrigue and darkness, a lot of darkness.
I was very impressed with how E.L. James painted the picture of the uber dominant, Christian Grey. I could have very easily disliked his character, but there was something in her depiction of Mr. Grey that just hit all the right spots (and I do mean all) perfectly for me. Christian's character kept me a little off kilter. I loved how he could be brooding and scary then, the second I decided to hate him, he flipped the switch to Prince Charming mode and I wanted him to lay me out on the nearest piece of furniture and have his wicked way with me. I can't even imagine what it must be like for the very inexperienced Anastasia. Extremely disarming I am sure.
I am intentionally steering clear of too much discussion about Ana's struggles with their relationship, for fear of revealing too much. Her emotions are a large part of what makes FIFTY SHADES OF GREY unique from all the other D/s stories that are on the shelves.
I highly recommend this book, it is beautifully written. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY has BDSM elements, but don't let that deter you from picking it up, it's mostly about domination and submission with a little spanking and flogging for good measure, but nothing too heavy. I think this book has the potential to appeal to the masses. GET IT. READ IT. You will love it!
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