Fifty Shades Of Grey: Book One Of The Fifty Shades Trilogy

Fifty Shades Of Grey: Book One Of The Fifty Shades Trilogy

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When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.
 
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

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MORE THAN 100 MILLION COPIES SOLD WORLDWIDENOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTUREWhen literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, ...

E L James is a former television executive, wife and mother of two based in West London. Since early childhood she dreamed of writing stories that readers would fall in love with, but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and her career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel, Fifty Shades...

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Format:Audio Book (CD)Dimensions:6 × 5.08 × 1.65 inPublished:June 5, 2012Publisher:Penguin Random House Audio Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Questionable I read this book as a fan of the Twilight Trilogy who was curious about the fan fiction story of the Bella and Edward. I have mixed feelings about this book. Although I could not put it down, I would feel weird recommending it to someone, and had no desire to move onto the second book in the trilogy.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sizzling Oh my. With this book, people either love it or absolutely hate it. I don’t think there’s an in between. For myself; I love this book because it was mindless. I didn’t have to think too hard to follow the dialog; my emotions were in tact; and I finished it one sitting. And sometimes, I’m a sucker for a little X-rated now and again.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy read Easy read, interesting storyline... 50 shades offers a shock value you weren't expecting
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Perfect! And easy read, with an interesting story... #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my cup of tea. I really didn't know what this book was about. All the hype about this book, so I was really curious and picked it up. I got halfway of the book and it wasn't my cup of tea. For fans of this genre, they will probably appreciate it more than me.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from clear your schedule! you wont put it down this was the first book of it's kind that i have read...and it was essentially porn on paper....only with dialogue. if you are looking for shock value and smut its a great book.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Was pretty good So I wnjoyed reading the beginning and end of this book. It took me longer than most books to finish because I felt it was a bit drawn out in parts but it definitely has the wow did that just happend definitely more than once while reading but have to say this wasnt my favorite of the triolgy #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nope just no I can't stand this series at all. Did you know that it was originally Twilight fanfiction? I didn't. Also I've been hearing about this book a lot when it became popular and I read like a page and... I have no clue what I read. I can't stand it and the writing is appalling. It promotes rape and abuse to it's readers and gives people the completely wrong idea about what BDSM is. I know that some people really enjoyed it, and I wish I could enjoy reading it but I can't.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Just Awful Reads like amateur erotic twilight fanfiction
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicting #plumreview This book and series is do addicting even though not everyone likes them there great books #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book! So many different reviews on this book. In general the writing was not the best but the storyline made it very interesting and made you keep wanting to read it. I read all series of these books. First one was the best
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from What ever floats your boat I honestly couldnt get past the first couple chapters, but some people I know love it
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The book that started it all A definite guilty pleasure
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow the suspense! #plumrewards. The instant chemistry between the two main characters was suspenseful and compelling.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth reading I enjoyed this book series and would definitely recommend them. They might not be everyone's cup of tea but I liked the storyline and the movie. Looking forward to reading the Grey book.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fifty Shades Must read before watching the movie! Although the writing is a bit elementary, it's an easy and quick read! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's okay its not bad, at all. However its not the best written book.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I would give it a zero if I could Possably the worst book ever written only passed by the second and third of the Trilogie. Repetitive and drawn out.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The book that got me into reading believe it, or not this book is the one that actually got me into reading, now after reading about 100 books after this one I can see why people would complain about how bad the writing is and how the plot pretty much doesn't make sense and honestly it doesn't. This isn't really a book that you go into looking for deep and meaningful writing that will emotionally scar you. No, it's more like a fanfiction honestly, so don't go into this book expecting too much from it.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Whoa! On my toes the entire time
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Couldn't get past the writing I read this because every woman everywhere was talking about it, but I just could not get past the horrible writing. I made it through the first and second books, but finally gave up part way through the third. I had zero interest in the characters, and it was so repetitive I was skipping sections.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Spellbinding? I think not! I really struggled to get through this. I found Ana to be a very monotonous, boring character, and Christian the epitome of the controlling, obnoxious, egotistical male. I realize that these are probably tools that the author used on purpose, but while some people may find this contrast exciting, I found it horribly boring. The plot connected, and the writing was average, but definitely very tame in terms of graphic content. If you're a bored housewife - this is your book.
Date published: 2016-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addictive I bought this week a few years ago. Did not think much of it. Just want to read something for fun. I feel like you will love it or hate! I do love it especially the first book. There are give and take of relationship in the book and some of the part is out of this world unreal but it's fun to take yourself out of reality for awhile and drive into the book.
Date published: 2015-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good, I loved it So good, I loved it. Ohhhh my goodness, I have to start reading the third book immediately!!!!!!!
Date published: 2015-07-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Finally...a love story worse than Twilight. Given that this was originally a TWILIGHT AU FANFICTION (and a badly written one at that) and certain details had to be changed for it to be published, is it any wonder why it's so bad? I've read WAY better fanfiction than this.
Date published: 2015-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it It doesn't matter how many times I read it, still feels like the first time, I totally love this book
Date published: 2015-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fifty shades of grey Makes you want you a Christian Grey, not because of his red room.But cause he's all that and then some... Read the d*** book you will see what I'm talking with about.. The series you can't put down once u start... ENJOY
Date published: 2015-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent. Couldn't stop reading I' ve become addicted to all of them. I love the story. Drama and Romance. I have read several time. Never boring. Love it. Drama and Romance. Cogratulations to the author.
Date published: 2015-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read! I thought I would hate these books but I absolutely love them and I'm now reading them for the second time
Date published: 2015-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally gripping The book tells of a beautiful magnetic relationship complicated by a dark past. The combination of pure innocence and raw experience will have you gripping the book till the end x
Date published: 2015-04-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from and not only about a sex. I think it would be a much better read if it had a plot or story line and a little fewer sex lesons.
Date published: 2015-04-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sick It starts out well & gets you into the book. Then it becomes obnoxiously, sickly pornographic. ai thought I'd want to read all 3 books, but the punitive aspects through me off. NO MORE of this smut!
Date published: 2015-04-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Sickenibg l0ve This read is not ny genre. The author gratuitously describes various sexual acts in apt detail. The character Christian Grey hovers between normal-abnormal mode & at times perverted in his sexual obsessions and beliefs, while the protagonist Anastasia Steele is either willfully stupid or mystifyingly courageous in longing for this man. Definitely not my type, nor should he be any other woman's. Read at your own risk.
Date published: 2015-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 50shades of grey Really different, let me say. If you can get past the bondage, it looks like a nice love story. P.s. nobody has that much sex, that's list not love.
Date published: 2015-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny I thought the book was great. The characters were genuine and the story was hilarious and sad. Very entertaining.
Date published: 2015-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting I wish I had bought the trilogy; had to buy book 2 so that I would not be left hanging and will have to buy book 3. It is costing me more so I would recommend that you buy the trilogy.
Date published: 2015-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ummm.. There are probably so many reviews to this book that it's almost pointless to write a review throughout. So I'll just say: "what a book..."
Date published: 2015-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This was a million times better then the movie. Starting number 2 hoping its just as good as this one
Date published: 2015-03-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Seriously??? I couldn't even finish the first book, let alone read 2 more! Where do I begin? The writing is horrific, the characters are bland-boring, the sex is not sexy one bit! This is not a love story. Ladies, there is much better erotic out there. Why are you selling yourselves so short? Save your money....don't read this garbage.
Date published: 2015-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the movie Loved it. Pictures can never capture every detail in a book. The movie had nothing on the true background to the story.
Date published: 2015-02-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fifty shades of grey Beginning very exciting but middle showed qualities unbecoming which made the ending predictable. Doubt that I will see movie now that I am disappointed with the story line.
Date published: 2015-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read... A good book will draw you in, and it should stir emotions. This definately does. I laughed out loud, smiled and got a little annoyed. I was mentally screaming at Ana to listen to her instincts and get a grip! I wish the book to movies would copy the HP series and be exact. Good read.
Date published: 2015-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book Contrary to other reviews I've read I thought that this book was very well written and I would highly recommend it. I have no experience in that type of relationship so I don't know whether or not the author was correct in her interpretation of that relationship style but after going through several English courses I found the book was extremely well written
Date published: 2015-02-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't bother to finish it I'm an avid reader with a broad range of interests, rarely do I not finish a book. This one went to the recycle bin, as it's not worthy of passing on. Grey is a disgusting control freak, Anastasia is...I don't know. Fifty Shades is disturbing, degrading, not even close to entertaining...don't bother. Having trouble with the rating field (don't want to give it one) but the program won't allow that. I grudgingly give it one star.
Date published: 2015-02-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Don't believe the hype! I purchased this book against the recommendation of the bookstore staff. I figured she was probably a book "snob". Turns out she was right. I don't read too much myself, but even I could tell that the book was poorly written, was very repetitive, and just not enjoyable at all. Besides that, the entire book is SO unrealistic that you can't even gloss over it and enjoy the book. To top it all off, Anastasia needs a backbone, and Christian is a messed up controlling jerk!
Date published: 2015-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good storyline.... to sum this review up. Story line was good, terrible writing. Most of the wording was repetitive.
Date published: 2014-08-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst book ever I've bought first one and hardy keep on reading it. Money not well spent. Wouldn't recommend.
Date published: 2014-06-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 50 Shades of Grey If you think you're going to love this think again. By far the worst book I have ever read. absolutely no story and very predictable. An absolute waste of money, I will never believe anything that has hype again. ripped off
Date published: 2014-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love! wish it was more than just a trilogy!
Date published: 2014-04-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Seriously? I don't see what all the fuss is about!
Date published: 2014-02-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible Poorly written, couldn't hold the attention of your average gnat, assuming the gnat could read. It's too bad that the publisher saw the erotica as the money maker and overlooked the fact that the author couldn't string proper sentences together. I gave it one star because the program won't let me proceed with no stars.
Date published: 2013-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Why Do Billionaires Spank So Much I sell books and read this for work. Characters were lifeless and story was predictable. However, it was a cleverly put together book to appeal to a mass audience.
Date published: 2013-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely a Page Turner I loved this series! Okay yes, it is erotic, and very detailed, but the first book captured me instantly, and the third and final book is full of SUPRISES!!! If you want a good read that is full of adventure, action, and excitment this is definitley a must read book!!
Date published: 2013-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! I really enjoyed these books, i have to say the first was my favorite though!
Date published: 2013-03-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not great I bought the series after hearing a lot of hype about it...but I just couldn't get into these books. The writing style is horrible, the plot is transparent, and the characters are unrealistic. D- for this one.
Date published: 2013-02-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Why all this Hype My thoughts: Media hype and curiosity got the better of me and lured me into reading this twisted story. In my opinion, it is definitely not a literary work of art. The heroine’s dialogue in a backstreet language weaves between her subconscious voice and her desires creating a never ending spin that goes on and on. As I read page after page of descriptive sex scenes from vanilla to kinky and the more explicit it became the more I wanted to laugh. The whole premise borders on dumpster sex…. maybe hamburger but definitely not haute cuisine. The author has created some sustained tension to tease her readers but sex and one’s dreams are definitely the meat of the plot. To say this novel deploys every cheap clichés in existence would be an understatement. Enough said time to move on….
Date published: 2013-01-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A waste of time It seems that even with all profanity removed from my review, this website will not allow me to upload my thoughts. I cannot figure out what word is triggering the censor, or maybe its just that my entire review was negative. Freedom of speech be gone & censorship at its finest. Either way, Good Reads allowed it so if you want the flip side to all the hype, head over there. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/487352712
Date published: 2013-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not safe for work. This book blew my mind in the best way possible. It was an easy read, captivating, envy-worthy, juicy AND had good erotica. Actually, it's the other way around. It had good erotica backed up by a pretty interesting plot. You were cheering for Anastasia, the shy, sweet new college grad who lost her virginity to the emotionally challenged but filthy rich, (emotions are overrated anyways:) cocky and environmentally friendly mogul. No other book in the trilogy compares to the first taste of ecstasy this book packed. It gets all redundant and pointless after this but I adored this book despite all the critics saying it was badly written and too pornographical. Say what you must but it was definitely entertaining. So let's give it up for the woman who's probably permanently made 80% of the female population blush just at the sound of the name Christian...
Date published: 2013-01-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible book I am embarrassed to have read only 3 chapters. I have kids and this is shameful literature. If you can call it that. I would have given it zero rating if possible.
Date published: 2012-11-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Somewhere between wasn't bad/liked it.... I agree with other reviewers that the repetative nature of this book becomes annoying after a while. I did not find the book shocking in the least, as a matter of fact I was expecting more. Grammatical and spelling errors always throw me off and this book is no exception, although they were minor. It's a book of fiction, a fantasy, I get it, but Anastasia is a bit unbelievable. It's hard to imagine a virgin being able to perform the way she does. Anastasia should have been a girl with a teeny bit of experience. It is a fast read and I did find myself wanting to turn the pages for more, to find out what happens, to see if the book lives up to the hype, which in the end I think it may have just done so marginally. But it left me still wanting more, I was hoping to be shocked and I was let down.
Date published: 2012-11-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book I enjoyed fifty shades of grey but I find their are some things missing. The characters are not developed enough to my liking. The book was addicting though, once you started getting to the interesting stuff you did not want to stop but at the same time, I feel like things were missing in the book. It was also romantic at some times which I enjoyed, because it took away from the sex a bit, it was also repetitive sometimes. I would still give the book a try it's good but not the best I've read.
Date published: 2012-11-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst Book I've read in a long time I am sorry to everyone who loved this book, but even as a mindless easy beach read this book is terrible. The plot is predictable and tired. Actually even calling it a plot line is overly generous. The characters were dull, simple and almost annoying. I stopped reading it because I couldn't stand reading her pathetic(and incredibly repetitive) train of thought. Terrible, absolutely terrible.
Date published: 2012-11-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very apt. Terribly repititious. I cannot abide a poorly written book and this one is probably one of the worst. This author must have a very limited vocabulary.
Date published: 2012-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprizingly Good I was quite surprized to find that I quite enjoyed reading this book. I had read that it was fluffy, soft porn with little literary merit. I found however, it rather the opposite. First of all, I find E L James uses sophisticated vocabulary and witticisms throughout her writing. I particularly liked the clever banter between Ana and Christian during their emails. I also enjoyed references that Ana makes to her inner Goddess at moments when Christian gets her mojo going. I had never thought like this before and it made me more aware of what a person's inner dialogue might sound like when in a heady, lusty relationship like this one. Next, the character development made me understand the dynamics of a dominant-submissive relationship. E L James does a great job of initiating the reader, along with Ana, to this world. Obviouly, the author has done her research because the decriptions are so precise that we can almost feel the sensations ourselves. Finally, I enjoyed how the character of Christian evolves and softens in this book. It makes me want to read on into the trilogy in the hopes that there actually is the potential for what Ana truly wants and craves: true love and not just a convenient arrangement with physical and material benefits. Cant't wait to read on!
Date published: 2012-11-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A bit limp I was on a long train trip from Stalingrad to Peking, so I had a lot of time to read this book. I had heard good things about it from my minister, my pastor and my spiritualist. Once the train left Lenin station, I got comfortable and settled in. I read it all in one go. Not because I enjoyed it, but because it was the only distraction from the voluminous amount of vodka my fellow bunk mate, Sergi, a Soviet soldier back from Poland, was consuming. the book starts out a bit slow. In the beginning, Falstaff, the protagonist, is very comfortable with public nudity, but after the fall of the Empire, his sword becomes, how should I put this,...er..listless. He goes on a quest to find some steel for his blade and ends up meeting Margaret Thatcher at a commune in Sweden. They fall passionately in love and engage in what can only be described as acts of pure carnality. Mrs Thatcher is a demon in the sack and shows Falstaf what it means to really be a man. Steamy erotic scenes aside, the writing was pedantic and shallow. The introduction of the wombat as a secondary character was completely superfluous and the cameo by Shawadawady, ridiculous. All in all it was a time waster not quite of the first water. 2 out of 6 for me.
Date published: 2012-11-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meah.. not what I was expecting After all the hoopla I really thought this was going to be a great book. But it's just a glorified Harlequin Romance - one of the more steamy ones, granted, but if you like good writing this really isn't the right book for you. I really find it hard to believe how incredibly popular the books are, considering how mind-bogglingly average it is. If you want a book about sex, read it. Or read some other romance novel. If you need to read it to see what everyone is talking about, save your money and just borrow it from the library!
Date published: 2012-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING This was by far beyond an amazing book. Everything was amazing, this is the first and only time that I felt like I needed to turn the page. It was just so amazing! It was just so sexy and hot. Not a childrens book to be honest, but it,s a must read. I loved it!
Date published: 2012-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazing! THis was by far beyond an amazing book. Everything was amazing, this is the first and only time that I felt like I needed to turn the page. It was just so amazing! It was just so sexy and hot. Not a childrens book to be honest, but it,s a must read. I loved it!
Date published: 2012-10-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Giving this a 1 is being too generous! I don't know what all the hype is about for this book. It is very poorly written, I felt like I was reading a book meant for teenagers, except for the subject matter. Some reviewers have called this "literary art". OMG people! This is garbage, not art! Ana is totally unbelievable as a character, and Christian is an abuser of women, plain and simple. BDSM in the bedroom between consenting adults is one thing, but this extends outside the bedroom, and with all the hype and Hollywood rushing to make the movie, it's troubling because the book, to me, says this kind of thing is OK, because Christian is a troubled soul who had bad things happen to him. I've heard so many people say "Oh, I'd love to meet a Christian, he's so romantic". People, wth?? He's a control freak who likes inflicting pain! He makes Ana feel horrible all the time, she cries regularly. The sex scenes are terrible and totally unbelievable, no first timer would be able to "perform" the way Ana does. I've had people say to me that the story gets better in book 2 and 3, I won't find out because I'm not wasting my time on it. I've heard the author is a fan fiction writer and her followers bought the books, and that's how the hype began. She should go back to fan fiction.
Date published: 2012-10-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Worth The Hype! It was a good series. I read it because everywhere I turned someone was reading or talking about it. The story line is good and intertwined through the 3 books. The grammar however is annoying, something I couldnt read around. Everytime I went by a mistake I was irritable. Did no one edit this book? Not to mention, since when did we start calling the female body part by random names, it is what it is, let's be adult about it. This is a book about sex after all. Even kindergarten children call the part by what it is. Calling it "my sex" or any other random nickname distracts you from the overall flow of the novel
Date published: 2012-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Amazing!! I absolutely loved this book
Date published: 2012-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Book!!!! okay so this book is definitely not for kids under the age of 18 cause there is way too much graphical detail in it but for those who like that kind of thing this is the book for you. For those who love a good romantic story this is also a great book for you! I only started reading this book because my cousin told me about it but the way she had explained it was way off compared to what exactly happened, however a great book in itself, i would totally recommend this to people because of there is no lack of drama!!!
Date published: 2012-09-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste of time Badly written and the story just wasn't good. I regret the time I wasted reading this.
Date published: 2012-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book ever I love the story in this book everyone thinks it is about the sex but is is so much more the story is such of love and passion and loving someone no matter what there flaws and standing there with them and working with eachother to make it all work I could read this book over and over I just finished all 3 and am going to start from ok 1 all over again. I just could not get it out of my head I read all 3 books in about 5 days I just could not put it down. I really hope she come out with another series similar to this. Love it, love it, love it
Date published: 2012-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Love of My Life Personally, I absolutely loved the entire series. As soon as i finished this reading this book I went out and bought the rest of the series. It does have a lot of sexual content, however there is still an amazing story line behind all that. E.L.James does an incredible job of describing the protagonist, Christian. The reader knows enough to get an image of him and his exterior motifs, however there is no such thing as knowing enough about Christian Grey. The novel is a little mysterious, very romantic and absolutely incredible! HIghly recommended!
Date published: 2012-09-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from It is what it is It isn't as great as people seem to think. Its a poorly written story by a first time writer. There really isn't a storyline and the characters transition too quickly. My opinion: read it but don't buy it Not worth the money.
Date published: 2012-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 50 Shades of Grey This is a great work of literary art and I have totally enjoyed reading this trilogy. For those who think this book is simply about sex, then you definitely aren't grasping the "whole" story. I feel sorry that your lives are so black and white and "in the box". Let yourselves enjoy the "story" but don't forget the underlying message...what happens to children often dictates who, and what, they will become in adulthood. Let yourselves go...enjoy this work of art!
Date published: 2012-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WHOW! James has definately hit the top with this one!! I am not a fan of erotic romances, however this one is something else. I could not put it down. It is without a doubt very well written to hold the reader on and on and on............ I am looking forward to the next two, which I will buy next week. Go for it!!
Date published: 2012-09-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It is what it is. I find all of the reviews of the Fifty Shades trilogy amusing. I read the first book and enjoyed some parts of it, but I certainly do not think it is worthy of any kind of "literary" rating. Let's call a spade a spade - this book should only be read for the sex. Similarly, a porn movie should only be watched for the sex...the acting is terrible, the storyline is terrible, the characters have no depth, the presentation is sub-par etc. etc. I have never heard someone compare a porn movie to a real movie. Why should we expect the characters in Fifty Shades to have depth? It is, quite simply, not that type of book. I have no idea why anyone would attempt to rate this novel based on literary standards. It is what it is. And that is ok.
Date published: 2012-09-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Overrated, at least Book 1 I finished Book 1 of this so-called-amazingly-attractive book of this exciting sexy trilogy. It was like reading some latest version of high school drama in a trendy tone and vivid graphics in mind. The story is plain in most chapters which i was expecting much more. More details, more heart aching descriptions, more unexpected excitements between Ana and Christian. I can't help being disappointed to read through all those superficial words one after another. I was screaming in my head " come on, give me something real, something powerful, something shcoking!" however it was really just an ideal dream partner on every girl's list. I wouldn't even consider what Grey had to go through in his childhood as something dramatically shaocking or eye popping as we all have read or seen tons of stories like that. Thankfully i captured the heart racing in the last chapter of Book 1 which brought me a bit more motivation to read Book 2. Let's just hope Book 2 will break the ice.
Date published: 2012-09-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Impressed This book was torturous to read not only because of the content but because of the writing style which was comparable to a 14 year old's diary. The authenticity of numerous aspects of this novel are lacking to an irritating extent.
Date published: 2012-08-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disgusting & Boring!! It took me a long time to buy this book. I hummed and hawed about it for a while. I've even read several of the reviews here about the book. I thought I would secretly enjoy the book even though I'm totally not into the "Mommy Porn" thing. I thought I would smile, guilty, thinking it was a pretty HOT book! I've heard all the hype about the book, I've heard about the baby booms that have happened as a result of this book. I've heard of thousands of "normal, every-day" women raving over this book. Which is why it surprised me so when I took that all into account when I read this book. (Granted, I'm only halfway through..but still...is my opinion going to change???) Women! I dont' care what kind of fantasies your into - what kind of roleplaying you're into. How can you, as a woman even THINK about allowing your husband or boyfriend - someone who you truly LOVE give you PAIN and think that this is pleasureable?? I just can't wrap my mind around that. How can pain be pleasureable?! It doesn't make any sense to me. My husband would never dream of hurting me. We have fun in the bedroom. We use bondage. But we certainly (Hell! No!) don't use pain in any form whatsover. If I'm not having fun, he's not having fun. We love each other deeply. We trust each other. We would never hurt each other, and you will never convince me that paddles, whips, etc are pleasureable in any way, any form. I think I'm almost disappointed with the book. I'm so bored reading the sex scenes (and yes, disgusted). This is so out of my realm. My husband and I have an awesome sex life, but it has nothing to do with pain. Good for you if you like this book, but there is something seriously wrong with you if you do. pain and pleasure will NEVER go together in the bedroom with me. it doesn't make any sense why you would want to hurt someone you love....don't get it.
Date published: 2012-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprised at how much I liked this 22-year old Anastasia is just finishing her degree when she meets Christian, a 27-year old, extremely wealthy businessman. It's obvious from the start that Christian is a control freak, but Ana is drawn to him, anyway. Though Christian initially tries to dissuade Ana from her interest in him (and tries to deny his own interest), it doesn't work. What Ana (who's never had a boyfriend) doesn't know is that Christian is into BDSM. That's all Christian wants, no “relationship” for him, just kinky sex, agreed upon with a contract, but Ana wants more. I've never read erotica before, but I was surprised how much I liked this. It had a good story, I thought, and moved quickly. Though I mostly hated control freak/stalker Christian, I felt for Ana. I will definitely be reading the second book in the trilogy.
Date published: 2012-08-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Glad I borrowed these. I read the first book and attempted to read the next one. I was bored and found the characters in the book empty. I did not finish the second book and decided that Ana and Mr. Grey would continue on in this sad and idiotic relationship so I just could not read any more. It was torture...and not in a good way.
Date published: 2012-08-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I want my money back.. I managed to read a couple of chapters before stopping. It felt boring and flat. Then I picked it up again to give it another try. I kept thinking the book would get better but it didn’t. It got worse. This book was way too long and the pacing is all over the place. I kept thinking it would end. I kept praying that it would. I just wanted the book to stop already, but since I started the book I just had to know if she signs the contract. That’s what kept me hurrying to the next page. At one point my eyes glazed over and I even skipped a couple of chapters. I get the Twilight retelling. Her best friend is in love with her, he tries to kiss her and Christian swoops in to save the day. I don’t honestly know why Christian is even attractive at all. He is possessive, controlling, domineering and in a couple of swift one-liners, Ana falls for him. Seriously? You’re not in love sweetie, you’re in lust. You barely know him, and he won’t even tell you about his past, yet you trust the man? And these whole dominate/submissive relationship is so odd. The way he controls her! It’s crazy! Can you imagine being with such a control freak? He even wanted to control what she ate!!!! I am appalled at his stalker abilities! This man raises a red flag Ana. Run the other way!! Also, I couldn’t possible understand how could she love someone who takes pleasure in giving pain? I don’t understand how she could care about him. He was abusive! If Ana says another thing about her “inner goddess” I swear…I’ll scream. It’s so wildly annoying. And how in the world does she have such low self-esteem? Be confident for Pete’s sake! Christian Grey is into you and if you have doubts then lady I think you need a self-esteem check. Can you tell I didn’t particularly like Ana? How in the world did you fall for Christian? Maybe it was because he was good looking. That is the only thing she worships about him in the entire book. Oh Ana how I wished you thought with your head and heart instead of your loins. Those sex scenes were NOT hot or steamy. It was a little frightening. Why in the world would you sleep with someone who enjoys giving pain? Yes, I’m talking about the one scene where he spanks her. No more like hits her. And I can’t even look at a tampon the same way again. That part made me cringe and I almost dropped the book. And that contract!!! Why was it plunked into the book? It seriously made me laugh out loud. You can definitely tell that I did not care for any of the characters and most of this review was a rant about how much I disliked them. There wasn’t much to like in my case. I’ve read great romance novels and great erotica novels, and this one is NOT one of them. Sorry everyone, but if you trust my judgement, please don’t waste your time reading this book.
Date published: 2012-08-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from BOOK WAS A WASTE OF TIME!!! Total piece of S**T I DONT KNOW WHAT THE HYPE WAS ALL ABOUT!! SERIOULSY JUST LIKE ANY REALITY TV..THE MEDIA WILL MAKE ANYTHING LOOK LIKE MILLION DOLLARS THESE DAYS... THE IDEA OF THE STORY IS INTERESTING, BUT MANN OH MAN THE WRITING IS PIECE OF CRAP. I DONT KNOW HOW I GOT UPTO 158 PAGES BY FORCING MYSELF TO READ AND SEE IF THINGS WILL GET BETTER. LIKE SERIOUSLY FANFICTION HAVE BETTER WRITERS THAN HER..DONT KNOW WHO DECIDED TO PUBLISH HER. COULD NOT GET A CLEAR PICTURE OF THE CHARACTERS IN THE BOOK, WORST SEX SCENES OF ALL TIME, DIDNT SET THE MOOD FOR ANYTHING. OH BTW THIS IS NOTHING LIKE TWILIGHT, I WUD CALL THIS A MANUAL FOR THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY THAT WE ALL SHUD HAVE. YEH I REGRET GETTING THE SET AND NOW I CANT EVEN RETURN IT.
Date published: 2012-08-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Tedious!! PLEASE don't waste your money! Some people told me the writing left a lot to be desired. Some said the characters and the plot were rather flat and disappointing. But, nevertheless, everyone told me that I absolutely HAD TO read them, these books that couldn't be put down. "Get all three at once" I was told, "you won't want to stop reading, not even for the time it takes to download them to your reader!" What finally convinced me was a news headline that said "Fifty Shades" was the bestselling English book ever! SERIOUSLY?!?! By the time I reached the halfway point of the first book, it became predictable and tedious. I kept hoping for more; a new chapter would begin with hints of plot and character development, maybe even some interesting secondary characters, only to revert back to yet another sex scene. Don't get me wrong -- I enjoy a good sex scene as much as anybody. But, when it's one after another ... well, quite frankly, it loses it's edge. It's like watching a porn movie over and over again. It's just gets boring. At first, it made me wonder about the reading public. HOW could so many like it?!? I know there are many tastes out there and many books to satisfy those tastes, but HOW could this book appeal to so many? In the end, it really is just a good example of superb marketing and how it can so effectively fuel and manipulate a herd mentality. Hey ... I was curious ... I bought it too. And, now that it's too late to get my money back, I've become one of the millions in that herd that have made it a bestseller. Learn from my mistake!! If you haven't bought it yet, don't!!
Date published: 2012-08-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from So bad ! Probably one of the most dissapointing book I've read, the writing is sub par an the author obviously doesn't know anything about BDSM, there's no character development and the characters are also unrealistic and readers can't connect with them. Overall I think th people that read these and liked them are lacking in their sex life because nothing is blush worthy or outrageous. A waste of money in my opinion and I have no idea how these are popular.
Date published: 2012-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I thought it was wonderful despite some of the negative reviews So I looked at this book a couple of months ago and read the reviews and decided that it probably wouldnt be worth a read based on those mixed reviews. Then last week after talking to someone who was reading the book I decided that I would give it a shot. At first I thought the way it was written was very simple and a little annoying but it got better and before i was finished the third chapter I was in love. The chemistry between the 2 main characters is addicting and I was totally drawn into the story and couldn't put the book down. It's a true romance - far fetched and unrealistic but totally captivating :) have no expectation reading this book and let yourself be drawn in, and you may just find yourself falling in love with these 2 characters. Ordered the other 2 books and can't wait for them to be delivered. I'm glad I read it :)
Date published: 2012-08-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay at best This trilogy's storyline is a steamy rip off from Twilight minus the vampires and werewolves. It was okay at best - an amusing quick read until the other books I am waiting for are released.
Date published: 2012-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Passionate and Erotic The Fifty Shades Of Grey Trilogy is a great book. Yes there is a lot of sex in the books but lets be real who doesn't want a amazing relationship with hot sex all the time. These books are what most women fantasize their relationship could have some of. (Maybe without some of the crazy drama but who would read the books if that wasn't in it) I laughed, I cried and I felt the passion between the two charaters Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. For the people who disliked them that's your opinion and it's alright to have it but you may have missed the whole idea of these books. I very muched loved getting lost in these books and I am on my second round of reading them. Read them for yourself and make your own decision.
Date published: 2012-08-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Totally disappointing Well... I must say this book was a total disappointment. I didn't want to read this, but the hype was high that I decided to give it a shot. Mistake! The "couple" is all wrong, and it is in no way sexy. I don't know how these books reached the top, but I was severely let down.
Date published: 2012-08-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Important yeah, hi sorry to interupt your internet surfing but, uh i thought i might let you into the circle of knowledge. You see that book in the left hand corner? Yeah that's what the reading world likes to call 'erotica'. Know what that is? Porn. It is porn. Poorly written porn. Believe me when i tell youit is not worth it, and you aren't missing out on much. Hope this helped.
Date published: 2012-08-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from One of the Worst books I have ever read. I picked up this book because of all the hype, and to satisfy my curiosity. Big mistake. The author uses only one adjective through three books to describe the female anatomy. Ana and Christian have the same argument about control and power through three books. This book does not portray a healthy sexual BDSM relationship between two people, in fact, there is nothing even remotely realistic about their relationship at all. The books all read like they were written for someone who can`t read above a seventh grade level, and finally, who the heck says `Laters baby`in the 21st century!! this book infuriated me!
Date published: 2012-08-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not thrilled This is a harlequin porn in my view, and the authors quality of writing is not at all seductive. I was very bored and dissappointed with the book. If the writing was better, it may have been somewhat believable.
Date published: 2012-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I honestly do not know where to begin with this book. I was so hesitant to read it at first but I couldn’t fight off the pull any longer since it seems that this book is all everyone is talking about. I took a leap of faith and began to read. I couldn’t get over the fact that I had already read the first chapter when it was titled Master of the Universe – a Twilight fan fiction. I almost wanted to put it down but I pushed myself to read father, and boy am I ever glad that I did! This book is about young Anastasia Steele who has to interview a very wealthy businessman because her friend Kate is too sick to do it. Ana volunteers and when she meets this business man – Christian Grey – she cannot get over how stunningly handsome he is and the way he makes her feel – down there (as she writes). It turns out that he feels the same way about her. Christian couldn’t get enough of Anastasia. She learns more about him as the book goes on. It is called Fifty Shades of Grey because Christian Grey’s moods can change with every breath that he takes. Ana learns of his kinky side which includes the Red Room of Pain. He is a kinky man, plain and simple but there is a reason he is like that. He was adopted into a loving family but before that he was a little child of a crack wh*re mother who barely took care of him. Anastasia cannot accept the lavish gifts he gets for her even though all he wants is to make her happy. Anastasia is torn throughout the entire book whether or not she should stay with Grey and his sex-filled ways or run for the hills. I love the emails they send between one another. Keep an eye on Greys title when he writes off. Sometimes it changes and I can’t help but smile whenever I read them. It was decently written and I found a few mistakes, but other than that, I was satisfied with my read. I have to read the next book now. What can I say, I’m hooked!
Date published: 2012-08-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing! Violence against women is NOT exotic or romantic. Women are more intelligent than this book portrays them. We've come further than this. Definitely not worth the price and i won't buy the rest of the trilogy.
Date published: 2012-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Repetitive, predictable--yet very addicting Like many others, I only picked up this trilogy for the hype. I was hesitant on buying the whole box set at once instead of a book at the time, but now I'm glad I did, because it's addictive! The quality of writing is okay, and the story plot is nothing extraordinary--it was actually quite easy to tell that this trilogy was originally fan fiction. Somehow though, EL James has created an addictive story that has kept me up for many nights in a row reading. I rarely read adult fiction unless it's for school (most of my reading is in the young adult genre), let alone erotic fiction, but the sex was SO repetitive. Seriously. At first it was like "whoa", but by the half way point of the first book, I became completely desensitized of it. By the time I got to the half way point of the second book, I actually became annoyed and frustrated. Every time a detailed sex scene came up--and it's very often--I wished EL James could have just hinted towards it and skipped the details completely. It's THAT repetitive. Christian Grey, or as I like to call him by his self proclaimed name, "Mr.Fifty Shades of Fucked Up", is round character, yet easily predictable. Reading through the first book, my eyes were narrowed towards his character as I was ever so skeptic. I kept doing a psychological profile on Christian as I read it. To me, it was very easy to figure out why his character is the way he is with sex, food, and being touched. It only took me the first seven-or-so chapters to figure his character all out. So when Christian does explain why he is the way he is, I was not at all surprised. The story line itself was predictable, but I believe that figuring out Christian's character very early in the book causes me to feel so. Here gets to the part I don't understand: despite what I have said about the book (and it's not the most positive), how is this book so addicting? How am I addicted to the story of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele? I'm halfway done the third book now, and I've spent all week inside, glued to the books. Whenever I peeled myself away to do others things, I kept thinking "I need to know what's going to happen! I need to know!" It probably has something to do with the sexual tension--though I am annoyed and desensitized by it. There is just something about this fictional couple that I can't let go of. This is not necessary something I'd read again, but it's cute. Well, the second book in my opinion is cute. I actually squealed at the ending...I just wish EL James could stop writing so many sex scenes in this trilogy.
Date published: 2012-07-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Fifty Shades of Boring I read this book only to find out what the hype was about and it didn't live up to its expectations AT ALL - Fifty Shades of Major Disappointment. It was completely repetitive and so predictable. The writing was like it was written by a teenage girl - how many times can one person say "Jeez" throughout a book. If rumours are true in that a movie will be made based on these books, I hate to watch a movie based on a "zero storyline" and nothing but sex. I definetely won't be reading the next two books. I had a very difficult time getting through the first one. Not recommended at all.
Date published: 2012-07-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too Much Hype I had heard so much about this book so I decided to buy it and see what everyone is talking about and really there is nothing to this book. It's all how much a billionaire can make a woman explore his fantasies and not even consider what she wants in the relationship. It gets tiresome to hear Anastasia say "My Inner Goddess" this and that. Wow hard to believe this book is a New York Times Best Seller.
Date published: 2012-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG I thoroughly enjoyed the trilogy. I believe in the journey not the destination. I got a kick out of Ana's inner goddess. I could picture her every step of the way. Use your imagination people. The emails are hilarious especially the subject and how they changed who sent the email. People are missing the details and there were plenty. Life can be taken too seriously and these books definitely made me laugh. My only concern is that the movie goes too much for the erotic side and doesn't keep more to the Love story because that is what it was. I found the last chapters in book three especially clever.
Date published: 2012-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it alot! I can see how opinions can go both ways, I did feel it drug on a bit. In the end though, it was one of those books I had to buy the rest of the trilogy asap! I fell in love with the story, the characters and I had to see how the story ended!
Date published: 2012-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Where do you stand with this book? Love it or Hate it? This is an erotic/romance series, so some readers will find the theme "hard" to handle at times. (pun intended) Besides the crap writing and inconsistencies, it is an enjoyable story of fluff, romance and control (due to fear and other things). Enjoyed the inner thoughts of Ana's subconscious and inner goddess, also the playful emails between Christian and Ana. Admittingly, there are some good laugh out loud scenes while reading this book. Read it to find out if you love or hate, or if you are somewhere in between
Date published: 2012-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Readers are too critical Personally, I loved this book. It was an easy, fun read. Many readers are complaining about the female character and how she cannot stand up for herself, etc.; however, it is evident that the novel entails dominance and submissiveness, so it's only expected that the characters play those roles. This book was probably written to be a fluffy erotic read for certain types of people--- E.L. James most likely didn't think it would be one of the most talked about novels.
Date published: 2012-07-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh, not really into it. So after all the 'hubbub' about this book, finally picked it up. Gotta say, not so keen. Found my self pushing to get through it. The story behind it isn't all that great. I mean, yes, the sex is entertaining, but I don't know. It didn't hold up to my expectations. Characters aren't great and make me more mad then anything. Going to force through the next two, mainly because I've already purchased them. Hoping though that perhaps the story line will pick up? Become a little interesting perhaps? Maybe be able to relate a little more to the characters? Who knows.
Date published: 2012-07-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible. I began this book knowing almost nothing about it and definitely without reading any of the many negative reviews that are available so I would say I read it with an open mind and gave it a fair shot. It didn't help. It didn't take long before I discovered that James really needs a thesaurus. The constant use of the words "Oh my", "Crap" and "Inner goddess", for starters, was unbelievably annoying. There is such a weak plot it's not worth trying to find one amongst the poorly written sex scenes. As for the characters, I know almost nothing about them -- some more very poor writing. Ana is the worst female main character I've ever had the misfortune of reading about (and I've read Twilight!) She's weak and uninteresting. She admits to being afraid, but allows this man to control her... because he's good looking!? She allows him to control her whole life, down to her meals, doctors, medications and exercise regime?? Am I really reading this in the year 2012?? I won't comment on the accuracy of the BSDM element of the book as it's an area I have no experience or knowledge about, but from my point of view it was just plain awful writing. I would rate this book at a grade 7 or 8 level writing ability. All in all, I hated the book. The idea of a widely popular erotic fiction seems on its surface to be a great one, but in my opinion this was too poorly written to fit the bill. Save your money, don't buy the book!
Date published: 2012-07-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Modernized, formulaic bodice-ripper Three things I was either sick of or bewildered by early on in this book: 1) Ana's 'inner goddess'. 2) Ana biting her lip (how there was anything left of that lip by page 20 is a miracle because she chomped on that sucker almost twice a page). 3) That I'm still reading this modernized, formulaic bodice-ripper bewilders me.
Date published: 2012-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart stopping I just finished reading the first book in less then a day. I have never been so drawn to a book like this in my life. Fresh and heart pounding, this book left me panting for more.
Date published: 2012-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT I read this whole trilogy in exactly a week. Could not put the books down. My favorite book was the 2nd in the trilogy, but they were all equally as good. Yes some stuff became a little repetative after awhile, but you cannot help but he lured in to the premises and ofcourse Christian Grey. I am sad the trilogy is over!
Date published: 2012-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pleasantly Surprised I had read a lot of negative reviews about this book, so I was hesitant to read it. I'm glad I did. I can see why some people dislike it though, as it can be a bit vulgar at times. It's one of those books that you have to take it as it is. I am glad I gave it a chance!
Date published: 2012-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Erotic nature aside, a great read! I had never read an erotic novel before and I was definitely skeptical as to whether I would like this book or not. I had heard from friends and family that it was great so I bought the box set. The erotic nature of the book wasn't anything that put me outside of my comfort zone, and the actual plot line of the novel was definitely something I enjoyed. I would describe this book as Twilight meets erotica (after all, it was originally based off of Twilight fan fiction!), and I would definitely recommend this book for someone who enjoyed the plot line of those books. Throughout the novel, there is a lot of different music mentioned, and I found myself listening to these songs on YouTube to get a better understanding of the nature of what I was reading. I explored E L James' website and found that she had all of the music mentioned throughout the book listed there. I would definitely recommend taking a look at the "soundtrack" for the book at www.eljamesauthor.com. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as well as the remaining two books in the series. It has a beautiful plot, and the characters are developed well overly the course of the series. A DEFINITE recommendation! :)
Date published: 2012-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! I loved this book! It was a bit hard to get into but once the story gets rolling, it was amazing! I loved the characters and the plot. It is definitely an erotic read! I purchased this and the entire trilogy online and I feel like it was definitely worth the investment.
Date published: 2012-07-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It served its purpose Anyone disappointed or angry with this book, expected too much and took it way too seriously. It was mindlessly entertaining, I mostly skipped the sex parts because they got repetitive, and I enjoyed it. It was fun.
Date published: 2012-07-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a bit of a let down I was kind of upset with this book , seeing how i fell in love with the first one.. I like not knowing what's coming next and with this i found i knew what was going to happen ... but it was still not to bad.Will read the last just to see the outcome
Date published: 2012-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unexpected I admit that i picked it up out of curiosity. This book starts out slow, took about 100 pages to real me in. But it does heat up and did get my attention, along with an awareness of style and terminology which was previously unknown to me.
Date published: 2012-07-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not even worth stealing. Unless you suffer from the kind of self-loathing that drives you to cut yourself at night while you sit on the edge of your bed whimpering along to songs by The Cure or Depeche Mode, do not read this book. This book is the literary equivalent of flogging your genitalia with razor wire. E L James is an awful hack writer who makes Stephanie Meyer's "Twilight" seem like literary genius. The sex is ridiculously narrated, the characters have zero depth or consistency of personality, the dialogue sounds like something George Lucas would write if he were addicted to smack and Jane Austen novels. Heap on to this pile of steaming moose droppings the fact that James has absolutely no clue what BDSM is about, the mindset of Doms and subs, or anything related to the scene that she didn't skim off a poorly written wiki on the subject, and you have a book that isn't fit to be used as emergency buttwipe in a campground outhouse. If someone tries to give you this book, punch them in the face until they drop it on the ground. Then, pour lighter fluid on the book and light it on fire. PS the only reason I gave this a 1-leaf rating is because there is no option for negative #s of leaves.
Date published: 2012-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent read I picked this up on a whim, while at the book store with my son. Started reading right away and I quite enjoyed the story. Not written the best, but the plot line ( singular) was decent. Really wished the author could have went in depth a little more with other characters and it seems like at the end of the third book, she got lazy ( or it was rushed) handed it off to other family to read. Don't read if you thing rough sex is considered abuse.
Date published: 2012-07-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hyped For those of you reading this book because of all the hype around it, I advise you don't read it cause you will be let down. I was lent the book and was hooked on by the first chapter, simple read, too much sex at some points, (Yeah, I get it, they can't keep their hands off each other), the writing isn't the best but still thought the story was an interesting one. Looking forward to starting the 2nd book.
Date published: 2012-07-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from It's Just a Story? soulvictim's comment: I'm sorry you are disturbed by my alias. It was a name I chose when I was younger and I stuck with it as it holds a lot more to it than it sounds. Ignore names, focus on the reviews. What I really want to ask is: Why do people have to look at things like this in such a negative light? I understand there are a lot of disturbing suggestions to female servitude - I admit, I felt disgusted with a lot of "the rules." However, I believe most people who have opinions such as yours are afraid that those who are unable to form their values without books such as these are going to let them dictate their lives. This is an unfortunate occurrence and why Twilight received such backlash. If people don't let books dictate their lives, they won’t. my respone to soulvictim: Thank you for your comment. I submit that most women do not wish to be tied up or beaten when having sex with their partner. The fact that bondage and S&M are a minority preoccupation speaks for itself. I feel that popular fiction like Fifty Shades glosses over the realities of bondage and S&M and sexual violence that actual women experience. I would ask you to consider why you think women might be offended by representations of women who are “submissive and obedient” to men. I would also like you to consider why the “brooding bad boy” image holds such an interest for you. I suggest that Christian is more than a “bad boy”. He is a sadist who inflicts pain on his partner for his own pleasure (no matter how conflicted and complicated he is portrayed to be). In the real world innocents do not “tame” bad boys; they usually end up being abused by them. Stories that do not comment on this reality in some manner—as this material certainly does not to any intelligent degree—perpetuate myths like that of the downtrodden overcoming superior forces (think of the Pandorans beating up on the humans at the end of the movie, Avatar . A realistic ending would have the native folk crushed into blue ooze under the tracks of the bulldozers). You’re right, of course, as you say in your book review this is just a story, like Avatar, but it’s one that helps perpetuate myths of female subservience and male superiority. Question: Why should Anna go through several hundred pages of bondage and S&M torture in order to finally tame Christian? Isn’t he man enough to do that for himself?
Date published: 2012-06-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Harmless Reading or Abuse Training: A Further Comment “Lorie Ludtke's comment: You know I am really tired of people reading a book and deciding it is an example of abuse. Spend some time at a shelter or speak to someone who has been abused. I can tell you in an absolute that is not what this book is about in any way shape or form. Abuse is not a consenting sexual relationship where you have a say in how things go or how far they go. While S&M is about control it's not about an abuse. I suggest you study a little bit harder because it appears your idea on what an abusive relationship is has been sadly misguided. What do we need to be empathetic about when two consenting adults have an exciting sex life. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that a man would spout uninformed garbage about what abuse to a woman is.” My response to Lorie Ludtke's comment: Lorie, I’ll respond to your comment, here, because Chapters only allows a limited number of words per review, and I’ll respond civilly. I suggested in my review of Fifty Shades that it was sanitized and cleaned-up. It is. It’s safe, commercial pornography—supermarket checkout-counter safe. It’s legal—it does not cross the threshold of Canadian obscenity laws (as confusing as those laws currently are). It’s like wallpaper or Muzak; we practically breathe this stuff, today. My concern is that the novel is part of a continuum of abuse beginning at the (supposedly) innocuous romance novel level and proceeding up the scale to hard-core, violent and abusive pornography. I think it is easy to dismiss it, as some have, as “mommy porn”. You suggest S&M is not about abuse, instead it's about "control" but let’s ask: who’s really in charge—the billionaire “dom or the 21 year old, university graduate and virgin "sub" Anastasia? (“Dom”, “sub”, so cute; de Sade must be rolling over in his grave!) Let’s ask: who is being excited and at whose expense? I note in one recent Chapter’s review by Michelle Knuttila that “a few husbands” are encouraging their wives to read the books. Female servitude remains the sexiest thing going, it seems. Another reviewer, with the somewhat disturbing name of soulvictim, says “it is just a book”. But, I contend, the stories we tell about each other reflect who we are and influence who we become. Perhaps if Christian had been balding, overweight and 58 instead of preternaturally handsome and 28 then this dreck might have held my attention a shade or two longer, though I suspect not. Finally, is “exciting” the only means by which we judge our relationships and the stories we read and write about them? I think there are many dimensions to a relationship and many ways to explore our sexuality within them, ways that are not ‘bound’ to concepts of unequal power and violence—no matter how air-brushed and ‘harm-free’ that violence is portrayed. Learning the best slipknots to use to hog-tie a woman is one skill I can do without. Duct tape, anyone? Don
Date published: 2012-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read lots, but I'm not a fast reader. So when I finish a book in less than a week, there is something to be said about that. I do have some complaints and agree with most that E.L. James is not the most talented writer. She repeats a lot, which gets annoying, and most of the book did seem like it was all over descriptive sex scenes throughout. However, I really enjoyed the concept - brooding "bad boy" trying to be tamed by the innocent woman he feels drawn to. I've always been a sucker for those kinds of stories and I always will be, even if the writer is not up to par with other great authors. I do also see why a lot of women would take offense to this book as it does show the way the male society wants women to be: submissive and obedient. The same thing happened with Twilight. I am a strong, independant woman, and would not have tolerated what the charming Mr. Grey expects. Honestly, I was disturbed with some of the themes presented in this book, but rather than taking offense to that and realising it is just a book and therefore, not real, I focused on what was the cause of it all, such as the young Ana did. Once you stop worrying about how offensive some of the content is to women, it is a very intriguing book. I couldn't wait to find out what happened next and sadly I have to wait to read the other two. I have already recommended this book to several friends. I believe people just need to form their own opinion, and as long as they don't beleive that the relationship in this book is healthy and the way they should be behaving with men (such as a lot of young girls sadly did for Twilight), I believe women can enjoy this as much as any other book they've read.
Date published: 2012-06-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolutely disturbing I honestly cannot understand why so many people enjoy this book. I'm no prude nor am I unread in erotic literature, but this trilogy is absolutely vile. The characters have no depth, the writing is absolutely horrendous and there is, quite simply, no plot. To use a pop culture reference, Twilight has a better love story. It is a book that paints women as spineless, obedient and abuse-worthy objects who have no other desire than to be subjected to a deranged, broken man's every whim and fancy. I am not one to discriminate about other people's sexual practices, but what is portrayed in this book is tasteless and trashy. I've read bad paperbacks in a random airport with better love scenes and less repetitive non-sense. Save yourself the money, do NOT buy into this publicity stunt for something that can hardly be called literature.
Date published: 2012-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME This triology set of 50 shades were the best books I think I have ever read! I couldnt put it down and found myself taking every minute I wasn't busy to read. I would definently recommend it to other readers!
Date published: 2012-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great series! Very entertaining!
Date published: 2012-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC!!!! I absolutly LOVED this book, I've read the whole trilogy twice now & can't wait to see who they cast as Christian Grey in the movie version of this book I have recommended & will continue to recommend this trilogy to everyone I know It really has a way of heating up things up in your bedroom, I know a few husbands that are now encouraging their wives/girlfriends etc to read these books Excellent Fantastic story very well writen & easy to get lost in =)
Date published: 2012-06-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I REALLY DON'T GET THE HYPE Sweet, young and virginal college student Anastasia Steele is doing her sick friend a favour when she goes to interview multi-billionaire Christian Grey. As soon as she walks into his office the attraction is palpable. He is kind enough to warn her that he is “not the man for her” but this does not deter him from pursuing her to the point of stalking. You see, Christian has a secret. Instinct clouded by sheer physical attraction Ana agrees to see Christian and agrees to sign a non-disclosure agreement (what girlfriend wouldn’t?) and he quickly introduces her to his “red room of pain” explaining he likes to engage in BDSM. Ignoring her better judgement Ana listens to her “inner goddess” and decides to experiment with Christian. This book has been getting quite a bit of hype and I understand there is a movie in the works. Personally, I don’t get it. I have no objection to erotic literature, and there is some that is very well done, but this book falls flat. In fact, as I was reading I couldn’t help but think if the author left out the “kinky” stuff it could well pass as YA. Ana is beyond annoying (she is involved with a “dominant” and keeps repeating “he is sooooo controlling” … dah!) and Christian, rather than being the erotic teacher, falls half a step short of creepy stalker dude (no amount of money and good looks could make up for his actions, even outside his red room!). And now I am about to say something very sad. Despite the fact that this is not the best writing I have read I have an idea in my head as to where the story is going to go … I NEED to find out if I am right … so sadly am going to venture on to the second book in the series. That’s the price of my frustrated writer/inquiring minds personality.
Date published: 2012-06-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Sanitized Abuse I read this book for an essay I recently wrote on pornography. Fifty Shades had been declared pornographic by a Florida library and I thought it would be a topical reference. Beyond the fact that the writing is abysmal, the characters are one-dimensional,and the plot as thin as ice on an April lake, there is something rather disturbing about how we as a society have come to accept as normal imagery of female torture and subjugation. James's sanitized, cleaned-up depiction of S&M and bondage practices, as air-brushed as the best Playboy spread, trivializes the growing violence against women and children increasingly prevalent both in the pornography industry and in our culture today. American writer, Chris Hedges, calls such normalization the mainstreaming of "porn chic" where images and practices once considered unacceptable are today common currency. The increased presence of pornography, via computers and the internet may have the effect of turning us into jaded consumers of the latest sensation-laden product. We are becoming like junkies, addicted to increasingly violent and abusive images and ideas. Hedges says we are becoming a society that has lost its ability to have "empathy". When it becomes boring to read about or view images of tortured women, what will be next.? I am a 58 year old man and what I find most disturbing about reading this trash is that I was not particularly shocked by it. I wish I had been. (I note that the Barrie ON Chapters/Coles has available over 400 copies of the book. Shameless pandering! Isn't that what pimps do?) Don
Date published: 2012-06-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What is all the hype about? I must be a prude because I don't understand why this book has become such a success. I was actually enjoying the first part of the book, and then everything changed for me when the relationship between the two main characters evolved. I actually found myself feeling more, and more angry as I advanced through the book. I didn't feel that the book was extremely well written, in fact, I found it very repetitive. After the halfway point, I surrendered to the fact that I really didn't care for the book, and was disappointed that the next chapter didn't change my mind. I ended up just skimming the end. I can understand getting lost in a fantasy relationship, but this isn't something that would ever interest me. I loved the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon, and I'm sure that my husband would want me to find another series like it.... but he really struck out with this series. I won't be reading the next book!
Date published: 2012-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicted to this book OMG...I could not put this book down, have completed the second book and look forward to the 3rd...a modern adult romance for modern adult women. This is not a harliquin romance....and if you are offended by sex dont read it.
Date published: 2012-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooked I had no idea what this book or trilogy was about before purchasing it. It was recommended by several people as a must read and I was curious about all the hype. I was at first a little thrown by the writing style of the author, but quickly lost myself in the book. I read the whole thing in a day and will be buying the second one tomorrow. Even as I discovered it was a romance novel in no way did I expect where it was headed. Interesting to say the least. Since finishing the book I have read reviews both condeming the book as they claim it is about controlling women because Christian wants to dominate Ana...if you actually read it you will see it is Ana who makes all the decisions and choices. Not that she necessarily wants to make them but they are her choices none the less. I have read other reviews claiming the book is about women empowerment........though is seems contradictory to my above statement I completely disagree with this as well. Ana is experiencing her first love and wants nothing more than to be loved, this is the basis for all of her decisions. She is not trying to empower herself and if anything she is young, naive and foolish. The very opposite of a woman who one should look to as a symbol of empowerment. What I feel the book is about.....and please feel free to argue this point.....are two people both with low self esteem masking their true selves the best way they know how and finding a connection they haven't found elsewhere with eachother. Regardless, I wanted the couple to work even though their romance is far from ordinary and I am completely absorbed in the author's world. Don't get me wrong though, I don't see myself digging out a flogger anytime soon but it definately got my attention!
Date published: 2012-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Personally I loved this book! I knew I was not going to be impressed by the writing and the editing could use some work. All in all the book delievered. I laughed out loud, cried and could not put the book down.
Date published: 2012-06-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This book is overhyped I borrowed this book off of my friend because everyone was talking about it and after reading it I'm left wondering why. I have personally read way better erotic fiction. It could be that I didn't like it because of the use of bondage, which doesn't do it for me at all. Or it could be that the main male character was a domineering jerk that tried to buy love. But these are personal feelings and someone who is into BDSM may enjoy it. The scenes where the girl was beating beaten for sexual pleasure made me angry, because she clearly wasn't liking it. Then afterward the guy showered her with gifts, making me feel bad for her, because he was treating her like a prostitute, no matter how much he said he wasn't. The male character was not appealing to me at all, and I found it difficult to believe that someone like Anastasia could fall in love with him so easily. That fact that she actually fell in love with someone like him made it hard for me to relate to her as a character and I slowly became disinterested in her and what was going on in her life. I slowly came to see her as desperate and unintelligent and that turned me off of her character completely. So at this point I have no attachment to either of the main characters. Christian is the type of controlling jerkbag that I loathe and could never see myself being with , therefore even the sex scenes weren't exciting. Like how I would imagine having sex with someone I wasn't interested in: mechanical and chore-like. I kept reading thinking that he would redeem himself somehow, but he just kept getting worse until the point near the end that he beats her so badly during sex that she breaks it off with him while sobbing in pain. The scene was like a bad domestic violence situation, a subject I'm very touchy with, but my anti-bondage stance is part of my personal opinion and may not be a deal breaker for another reader. Now I'm not saying the sex has to be romantic and fluffy, but I would prefer some sort of mutual emotional connection between the characters and not just some "contract". In the end, I'm glad I didn't pay for this book and I also won"t be reading the rest in the series. My time is better wasted in other ways.
Date published: 2012-06-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eminently erotic. When I read the mundane description on the site, I wasn't really keen on buying this book. However, once I got it, I actually couldn't put it down. It contains many sex scenes and foul language. Do not read if you're not at least 20 and over. I thought that Twilight was sort of better than this, but that's really biased only because I really liked how Stephenie was so good at describing the setting and environment, and this was E. L. James lacked. In my opinion. Moreover, this book, near the end, really leaves you hanging and makes you want to read the next book immediately. I can't wait till my next two books arrive in the mail.
Date published: 2012-06-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 50 Shades of S*#T! The writing is terrible and plus it is so obvious that the author knows nothing of the BDSM lifestyle. I am sure it isn't that hard to research. Plus it is making it seem like people who engage in this lifestyle all have "troubled" pasts and are abused, which is so untrue. But good on EL James for making good money on pure drivel!
Date published: 2012-06-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from mixed feelings with all the hype about "fifty shades" i went diving into this first novel with high hopes and expectations. some where met and other failed completely. 1. the sex scenes are hot! if you don't get turned on you may consider reading another author that is more smutty. now im not saying everything that happened in this book i would participate in. but james does a great job on turning you on 2. protagonist is irritating with subtle hints of sweetness. she is the reason i will never read twilight. a beautiful and extremely intelligence whiner. i mean get she's does not have much experience with anything to do with the opposite sex. i find her too whiny and it drove me insane. bits and parts i liked of her perspective, because she is funny. 3. definitely an over the top exaggerated version of a prince charming coming to the rescue fair maiden. you will see as you continue reading not really my type of book, but i can see why people are hyping about. i have been told by friends the 2nd and 3rd is a lot better and the 1st is the weakest link. don't let my personal thoughts sway you from reading. i just prefer books with more sentimental material and substance. as you have seen the past books i've read.
Date published: 2012-06-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from gets better with music Loved the series, not too fond of the first book, but I found that listening to the author's playlist for the books helped. Books two and three are infinitely better - better character development, drama and excitement. Definitely listen to the music though - that was the turning point from "could care less" to "enjoyment" of the story.
Date published: 2012-06-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Loved it but hated it at the same time. Personally this book is either something you fall in love with or hate. From the second page i was completely engulfed and it's such an amazing experience when that happens with a book. Here's the thing though i didn't like the way the author talked about sex it was a turn off really like how is using the word buttock at all sexy? i would also really like to know what the hell they meant by "my sex" like what is that? Other then that i feel the book was good other then some aspect to it. Although i kind of feel like it's a write off of twilight in the end cause it seems like a new moon thing will happen with the next book in the trilogy. Not trying to spoil anything but honest opinion here, because of that aspect of it i am debating as to if i should read the other two but will see. Hope this helps.
Date published: 2012-06-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from really -- no plot, no story I am surpised this is such a hit. It seems trivial to me, very old idea, kinky rich guy and virgin who becomes sex addict. I wasn't upset by it; I just didn't think it was a story. I couldn't really identify with characters - they seemed one-dimensional.
Date published: 2012-06-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Poorly written but juicy read. Get it if you want mind numbing entertainment or have nothing else. Fifty Shades of Grey is the first book in a trilogy by E.L. James. The story follows the budding relationship of college student Anastasia Steele and billionaire CEO Christian Grey. The trilogy began as a Twilight fan fiction (originally called Master of the Universe) It was eventually reworked and expanded into the trilogy as we know it today. Anastasia is a graduate student who fills in for her sick roommate Kate to interview the elusive entrepreneur Christian Grey. She doesn’t really know anything about him, so she is shocked to see that he is young and very handsome. She feels like a bumbling idiot and doesn’t think that the interview goes well, but there is clearly chemistry between the two. Coincidences bring them back together and Ana finds herself drawn to him, and Grey admits he desires her as well. He wants her to sign a contract to become totally submissive to him as her sexual dominant. She is very innocent and he doesn’t realize just how much this will change her life. The reason I picked up this book was the major hype surrounding it. There was a front page article in Entertainment Weekly, online buzz, and of course word of mouth. I heard mixed reviews on the books so I thought the best way to judge was to read it for myself. The book is definitely not a literary masterpiece in any way, shape, or form. This is definitely a guilty pleasure and rightly so has been described as ‘mommy porn’. Think of a movie analogy not every film will win an academy award some movies are purely for entertainment purposes. Fifty Shades of Grey is just that. The book reads like a woman’s fantasy with the author occasionally using the thesaurus and inserting a fancy word, but sorry that does not make it better. Who uses besieged let alone twice in the same paragraph. Also a grown woman should not call her vagina her ‘sex’. That really bothered me. As we read the book through Ana’s point of view we hear her inner dialogue or thoughts and man is she annoying most of the time. Her lack of confidence and self-esteem was very irritating. I have to admit that I didn’t hate the story, but it’s definitely not like the YA books that I’m used to reading. The book is definitely not for everyone especially the young or innocent! I feel like Christian takes advantage of Ana’s innocence and sometimes I felt like slapping her (or him!) She’s never had a relationship or a boyfriend before of course she is going to fall for this guy who gives her so much attention and dotes on her. She has no frame of reference to determine if this is a healthy relationship (definitely not) The ending of the book left me wanting to know happens next. I think that E.L. James just split a very large book in three sections so we don’t really get any resolution in this first book. I’ve invested so much time reading about these characters that I need to know how it turns out. This is relatively quick since lots of pages are emails or lists, so I easily finished it in a day. I hear that Universal bought the rights and there will be a movie coming out. I don’t know how it will translate to film as it is practically pornography. It will definitely have to be rated R. In conclusion this is a poorly written and executed book that is a juicy read. Check it out if you want some mind numbing entertainment or have nothing else to read. Check out my blog for more reviews http://bibliophilesisters.wordpress.com/ Add me on Goodreads to see what I'm reading now http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3565173-allison-allain
Date published: 2012-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly enjoyable! A good fluffy read! Picked this book up because of all the commotion surrounding it on the news and the fact that it was being banned in some libraries. I was expecting it to be WAY more intense sexually given all the stink people were making. HOWEVER, I found this one to be quite mellow compared to the other 2 and didn't really understand what all the fuss was about with people being offended. Definitely enjoyed reading them even though they are fluffy and lovey and sappy. I enjoyed the whole series, will recommend them and will most likely read them again. How can you not like Christian Grey even a little bit by the end? ;) Happy reading!!!
Date published: 2012-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Normally this is not the type of book I would read. I COULD NOT PUT THIS DOWN! This book is very graphic and sexual to say the least, but it left you wanting more and when I say that, I mean the how and why. E L James did a wonderful job on this book and grabed many peoples attention. Hopefully there will another book (4th) as I think there is still more that could be told with this story! Enjoy the reading folks and I recommend you reading it on a weekend otherwise you may be tired when you have to go to work. Read all three in two days.
Date published: 2012-06-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Meh! Everytime that I turned around for the last few months I saw someone reading this book so when I actually got around to reading it myself I was expecting a somewhat decent story but l was left feeling disappointed with the weak storyline, characters and writing. I am glad that I didn't buy the book and instead borrowed it from the local library.
Date published: 2012-06-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from well...had high hopes just finished the book. what can i say. i knew what i was getting myself into when i picked up the book. but still continued on. definitely not literature, but an easy trashy read where the story just dragged on in the same manner repeatedly. descriptive yes. inspirational no.
Date published: 2012-06-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Needs a better heroine So I have joined the Fifty Shades group, which seems to consist of every woman I know over the age of 15. I knew going in it was based on Twilight Fan-fic, so I was prepared for disliking the main female character, Ana, as much as I did. I will not go on about the bad editing, as it's been done in countless other reviews, nor will I complain much about Ana's constant references to he inner goddess or her fondness for the phrases "oh my" and "holy crap". It's insanely irritating and seriously, how does a girl get by when all she does is whisper? Wanted to punch her in the face! What I want to comment on is my sympathy for Christian for having fallen for such a ninny. *spoilers below!* I have read much about how Christian Grey is nothing more than an abusive psycho and I have to disagree. The problem is that he fell for the wrong girl. There are many girls out there who would not be so horrified by his lifestyle because they have stepped outside their bubble at some point in their lives. He has a past that has messed him up and that he does not want to talk about. Ana does not understand why he won't tell her every detail about his life and so she is constantly pushing his buttons. Despite this need for his dirty secrets, she is horrified that he asks her when her period is as this is "too personal". Whatever! If you're with the guy, he has a right to know, doesn't he? Another point of defense is that he tells her everything he is going to do, in minute detail, before he does it, followed by "do you understand?" If she is uncomfortable with anything, this is the time to speak up. Instead, she nods and thinks to herself "why does he want to hit me?" I could go on and on in this vein. I will finish the series to find out what happens (although I'm not anticipating any big surprises). It's a compelling, trashy, beach read with too much mundane sex. Seriously, I found the sex a bit boring after a while as there was SO MUCH of it!
Date published: 2012-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read it knowing it's not an award-winning book Got through all 3 books rather quickly and really did enjoy them. I started the series knowing that it wasn't a literary stunner but was curious to see what all the commotion was about. With that attitude, I had a great time getting through the books (yes, a little too much "inner goddess" and mulitple orgasms). I must admit, EL James did make me have a big crush on Christian Grey!
Date published: 2012-06-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Very Good Poorly written. Weak characters. I do not recommend this book at all.
Date published: 2012-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic I read them all twice the first book was a little hard to get through but once you give the story a chance i couldn't put them down i pray theres more to the story and can't wait for the film well done EL James!! amazing erotic dark, love story once you see the big picture!! i might even read it a third time down the road!!
Date published: 2012-06-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Just Plain Bad All Around This book was terribly written. It's very hard to criticize the story without sounding disapproving of the BDSM lifestyle, so let me say, that I am totally NOT disapproving. BDSM done properly is very, very emotional and powerful and fulfulling. What we read here, however, is controlling, abusive behavior masquerading as a OMG Save The Pretty Man story with the heroine's shining, sparkly love. It's thinly disguised Twilight fanfic and it shows all over the place. Trust me, there are far better stories out there in fanfic. And you can read them for free! :) Please, don't waste your money or your time on this crap.
Date published: 2012-06-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from possibly the worst series of books I have ever read twilight used be that series, how fitting that what began as twilight fan fiction has taken its place. it is poorly written, as was twilight, but I can forgive that if the characters are welldrawn and the plot is well constructed. that was not the case with these books, they are repetitive, I seriously thought what a great drinking game they would make, everytime someone says 'you are mine' or 'inner goddess' or 'apex of my thighs' you could take a shot, however you may end up with alcohol poisoning. The sex scenes were not 'hot' or realistic (I mean really does she have some sort of hypersensitivity issue that she orgasms 2-3 times every time they have sex?) and they were repetive too, and the big secret Christian didn't want to tell her, that he finally does in book 2 is so pathetic, any one with half a brain figured that out in the first book. In short, if you want a good romance read Lady Chatterly's Lover if you want porn watch porn. don't waste money on this drivel.
Date published: 2012-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED this trilogy Firstly I'd like to say that I understand everyone has there own opinions; but remember no one was holding a gun to your head and saying "read this book". If you didn't like it you should have stopped reading it end of story. Stop being so critical about grammatical errors and incorrect sentences. If you’re so put together than go write your own book, see how perfect you are. Sorry my rant is done. Moving on.... my actual thoughts of this book was that I found it very endearing. In some parts yeah I did ask myself "what the heck am I reading?" but I’m glad that I continued on. There was some shocking situations throughout the trilogy but I must say that by the end of book one I was all teary eyed. I know how emotional, right? Lol. All in all, it was just a great romance story with some seriously steamy bits, almost like a modern day Beauty & the Beast with an erotic twist lol. I agree with other reviewers and am sad that I’ve finished the trilogy and wish there was more. This should definitely be a show on HBO!! haha! I’m happy that in the last book there was a quick chapter written in Christian’s point of view and, truthfully, I would love to read a book about him prior to him meeting Ana. I guess we had the sweet-girl-next-door’s POV; but to see his would be interesting. Bottom line, I totally recommend people to read this book. There’s more to it than the Dom-Sub relationship that people seem to dwell on!
Date published: 2012-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best trilogy I've read in a while I started reading this book on a whim, deciding to break down and read it due to all the popularity (a new author and the books hit record-setting numbers?!) thinking that there would be a boat load of sex in it, which is all fine with me. I started into the first chapter and after that I became completely engrossed in the first book, completing it within a couple of hours. I moved on to the second and yet the same thing happened and so on. I would recommend for every person to go out and purchase this trilogy, because it captivates you and takes you to a world all it's own. I'm very sad now that I've finished the trilogy and almost wish that there were more books. Either way I'm very happy I've read them, and as for being "changed" by the book, it only makes me want to find my own Christian Grey that much more..or rather my own fifty shades.
Date published: 2012-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great First Novel Loved the first book, COULD NOT put it down...2nd was equally good, the third...well..disappointing frankly
Date published: 2012-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Guilty pleasure...read it for entertainment This was truly a guilty pleasure. I really hadn't paid attention to the hype. I only bought it because it was referred by a friend and I finally have some time to read. I love it. I finished reading the trilogy in a week. I couldn't put them down. Yes, I agree with some of the critiques, not the best writing, all the sex got boring etc...but I was taken enough to want to know where the book was going. It's fantasy taking me out of my day-to-day routine. Even finishing the book I can't get enough of it. I keep picking up a book and skim for interesting bits (not the sex scenes, they really got boring) revealing vulnerabilities in the characters. I consider myself neither prude nor full on feminist. I'd like to be pampered from time to time but I'm more comfortable opening my own doors and ordering my own food, at the same time, I sometimes would like to have nothing to think about. I enjoyed being drawn into the book curiously and intently and in another world so different than my own. This book has not inspired me to research S&M or BDSM (whatever that is acronym is). I don't know what people are referring to as "real" erotica but clearly this isn't it. It's a fun read for me who finds it hard to find a book that captivates my attention, reading until odd hours of the night. Twilight, Dragon Tattoo, Hunger Games. Did them all. All captivating in their own way. Some better written than others but all entertaining. Give it a read if you're looking to get out of your routine and for light entertainment.
Date published: 2012-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Congrats to EL James It was a slow start due to narration style but it picked up quickly. Great job with character fleshing, makes you care about them deeply. Much more to this story then just the erotic side, which is also handled in a realistic manner. I really congratulate the author on breaking the barrier for erotic literature, crossing over to popular fiction is not an easy feat considering the content. Loved this entire trilogy; I couldn't put it down even though I tried so that I could extend my time with the characters. Would really be interested on another volume just to see what Christian and Anastasia are up to now.
Date published: 2012-05-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A disgrace to literature It sickens me that this book is so popular. It's poorly written fanfiction with the names changed. I could barely skim the first 100 pages and don't know how any literate person could look past the barely-there-plot, glaring grammatical errors, awkward sentences and constant British-isms. Don't get me started on the sex scenes. "Oh jeez...holy f***... My inner goddess is dancing a tango!" The editor should be fired. Worst of all, this book romanticizes an abusive relationship. Christian (aka Edward) takes controlling to a whole new level. BDSM is a legitimate fetish (not restricted to those with "tortured" pasts) but it is CONSENSUAL and it DOES NOT LEAVE THE BEDROOM. Clearly the author did zero research on this. The story blatantly violates those rules with Christian's ridiculous contract. That's just abuse. If you're looking for a steamy erotic romp, there's better. If you're looking for an epic romance, there's better. If you're looking for fanfiction, you can get it for free online. Don't waste your money on this.
Date published: 2012-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely surprised. At first I was kind of weary about reading this entire trilogy of books. I've heard a lot of buzz going around about them, and it was either extremely good buzz or extremely bad buzz, there wasn't really any happy medium I found. However with that being said, I decided to purchase all 3 books. Thinking that hey if I don't like them I can give them to someone else no big deal. After I had read the first few chapters I felt like "Fifty Shades of Grey" sounded familiar like I had already read it before, then I realized that I had. As a Twilight fanfiction known as "Master of the Universe". After realizing that I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue reading the books, But I did and I was actually quite surprised at how much they all drew me in, I was sucked into the world of Fifty Shades, and honestly couldn't put the books down. I finished all 3 books in 3 days, and absolutely loved them. Sure some of the "language" in the books seemed adolescent to me, but I looked passed that because I actually really enjoyed the books. They are something you either love or hate. There are not to many books out there nowadays that truly suck me into their world, so it was a nice surprise to finally find something that did again. It saddens me that I am done them kind of feels like I lost apart of myself. Almost want to open them up and start reading them again. I definitely recommend this book if you're looking for something to suck you in. Something that makes you laugh, cry, love, and even maybe feel a little frisky. Ha.
Date published: 2012-05-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolutely the worst book ever written Please, do not purchase this book. Do not read it. It is so poorly written that the mildly interesting story is completely ruined. Such gems as "her face blushed as scarlet as the communist manifesto" and "But my hips start to move involuntarily, gyrating to their own rhythm, caught up in his cool vanilla spell" make it obvious that EL James is no real author. This was originally a Twilight fanfic and that, too, is obvious - Ana is very "Bella", a stunningly beautiful virgin who somehow is oblivious to the fact that everyone she has ever met is in love with her and she is completely perfect in every way. This book is just awful. Do not give EL James your money. Read some real fanfic for free or the "50 Shades of Suck" tumblr. At least it is funny.
Date published: 2012-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this series I read the fifty shades series and loved them all. I couldnt put the books down. Im a little stuck on what to read next I was wondering if anyone had any books to suggest that were similar? Thanks :)
Date published: 2012-05-22

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CHAPTER ONE   I scowl with frustration at myself in the mirror. Damn my hair—it just won’t behave, and damn Katherine Kavanagh for being ill and subjecting me to this ordeal. I should be studying for my final exams, which are next week, yet here I am trying to brush my hair into submission. I must not sleep with it wet. I must not sleep with it wet. Reciting this mantra several times, I attempt, once more, to bring it under control with the brush. I roll my eyes in exasperation and gaze at the pale, brown-haired girl with blue eyes too big for her face staring back at me, and give up. My only option is to restrain my wayward hair in a ponytail and hope that I look semi-presentable.   Kate is my roommate, and she has chosen today of all days to succumb to the flu. Therefore, she cannot attend the interview she’d arranged to do, with some mega-industrialist tycoon I’ve never heard of, for the student newspaper. So I have been volunteered. I have final exams to cram for and one essay to finish, and I’m supposed to be working this afternoon, but no—today I have to drive 165 miles to downtown Seattle in order to meet the enigmatic CEO of Grey Enterprises Holdings, Inc. As an exceptional entrepreneur and major benefactor of our university, his time is extraordinarily precious—much more precious than mine—but he has granted Kate an interview. A real coup, she tells me. Damn her extracurricular activities.   Kate is huddled on the couch in the living room.   “Ana, I’m sorry. It took me nine months to get this interview. It will take another six to reschedule, and we’ll both have graduated by then. As the editor, I can’t blow this off. Please,” Kate begs me in her rasping, sore throat voice. How does she do it? Even ill she looks gamine and gorgeous, strawberry blond hair in place and green eyes bright, although now red rimmed and runny. I ignore my pang of unwelcome sympathy.   “Of course I’ll go, Kate. You should get back to bed. Would you like some NyQuil or Tylenol?”   “NyQuil, please. Here are the questions and my digital recorder. Just press record here. Make notes, I’ll transcribe it all.”   “I know nothing about him,” I murmur, trying and failing to suppress my rising panic.   “The questions will see you through. Go. It’s a long drive. I don’t want you to be late.”   “Okay, I’m going. Get back to bed. I made you some soup to heat up later.” I stare at her fondly. Only for you, Kate, would I do this.   “I will. Good luck. And thanks, Ana—as usual, you’re my lifesaver.”   Gathering my backpack, I smile wryly at her, then head out the door to the car. I cannot believe I have let Kate talk me into this. But then Kate can talk anyone into anything. She’ll make an exceptional journalist. She’s articulate, strong, persuasive, argumentative, beautiful—and she’s my dearest, dearest friend.     The roads are clear as I set off from Vancouver, Washington, toward Interstate 5. It’s early, and I don’t have to be in Seattle until two this afternoon. Fortunately, Kate has lent me her sporty Mercedes CLK. I’m not sure Wanda, my old VW Beetle, would make the journey in time. Oh, the Merc is a fun drive, and the miles slip away as I hit the pedal to the metal.   My destination is the headquarters of Mr. Grey’s global enterprise. It’s a huge twenty-story office building, all curved glass and steel, an architect’s utilitarian fantasy, with GREY HOUSE written discreetly in steel over the glass front doors. It’s a quarter to two when I arrive, greatly relieved that I’m not late as I walk into the enormous—and frankly intimidating—glass, steel, and white sandstone lobby.   Behind the solid sandstone desk, a very attractive, groomed, blonde young woman smiles pleasantly at me. She’s wearing the sharpest charcoal suit jacket and white shirt I have ever seen. She looks immaculate.   “I’m here to see Mr. Grey. Anastasia Steele for Katherine Kavanagh.”   “Excuse me one moment, Miss Steele.” She arches her eyebrow as I stand self-consciously before her. I’m beginning to wish I’d borrowed one of Kate’s formal blazers rather than worn my navy-blue jacket. I have made an effort and worn my one and only skirt, my sensible brown knee-length boots, and a blue sweater. For me, this is smart. I tuck one of the escaped tendrils of my hair behind my ear as I pretend she doesn’t intimidate me.   “Miss Kavanagh is expected. Please sign in here, Miss Steele. You’ll want the last elevator on the right, press for the twentieth floor.” She smiles kindly at me, amused no doubt, as I sign in.   She hands me a security pass that has “visitor” very firmly stamped on the front. I can’t help my smirk. Surely it’s obvious that I’m just visiting. I don’t fit in here at all. Nothing changes. I inwardly sigh. Thanking her, I walk over to the bank of elevators and past the two security men who are both far more smartly dressed than I am in their well-cut black suits.   The elevator whisks me at terminal velocity to the twentieth floor. The doors slide open, and I’m in another large lobby—again all glass, steel, and white sandstone. I’m confronted by another desk of sandstone and another young blonde woman, this time dressed impeccably in black and white, who rises to greet me.   “Miss Steele, could you wait here, please?” She points to a seated area of white leather chairs.   Behind the leather chairs is a spacious glass-walled meeting room with an equally spacious dark wood table and at least twenty matching chairs around it. Beyond that, there is a floor-to-ceiling window with a view of the Seattle skyline that looks out through the city toward the Sound. It’s a stunning vista, and I’m momentarily paralyzed by the view. Wow.   I sit down, fish the questions from my backpack, and go through them, inwardly cursing Kate for not providing me with a brief biography. I know nothing about this man I’m about to interview. He could be ninety or he could be thirty. The uncertainty is galling, and my nerves resurface, making me fidget. I’ve never been comfortable with one-on-one interviews, preferring the anonymity of a group discussion where I can sit inconspicuously at the back of the room. To be honest, I prefer my own company, reading a classic British novel, curled up in a chair in the campus library. Not sitting twitching nervously in a colossal glass-and-stone edifice.   I roll my eyes at myself. Get a grip, Steele. Judging from the building, which is too clinical and modern, I guess Grey is in his forties: fit, tanned, and fair-haired to match the rest of the personnel.   Another elegant, flawlessly dressed blonde comes out of a large door to the right. What is it with all the immaculate blondes? It’s like Stepford here. Taking a deep breath, I stand up.   “Miss Steele?” the latest blonde asks.   “Yes,” I croak, and clear my throat. “Yes.” There, that sounded more confident.   “Mr. Grey will see you in a moment. May I take your jacket?”   “Oh, please.” I struggle out of the jacket.   “Have you been offered any refreshment?”   “Um—no.” Oh dear, is Blonde Number One in trouble?   Blonde Number Two frowns and eyes the young woman at the desk. “Would you like tea, coffee, water?” she asks, turning her attention back to me.   “A glass of water. Thank you,” I murmur.   “Olivia, please fetch Miss Steele a glass of water.” Her voice is stern. Olivia scoots up and scurries to a door on the other side of the foyer.   “My apologies, Miss Steele, Olivia is our new intern. Please be seated. Mr. Grey will be another five minutes.”   Olivia returns with a glass of iced water.   “Here you go, Miss Steele.”   “Thank you.”   Blonde Number Two marches over to the large desk, her heels clicking and echoing on the sandstone floor. She sits down, and they both continue their work.   Perhaps Mr. Grey insists on all his employees being blonde. I’m wondering idly if that’s legal, when the office door opens and a tall, elegantly dressed, attractive African American man with short dreads exits. I have definitely worn the wrong clothes.   He turns and says through the door, “Golf this week, Grey?”   I don’t hear the reply. He turns, sees me, and smiles, his dark eyes crinkling at the corners. Olivia has jumped up and called the elevator. She seems to excel at jumping from her seat. She’s more nervous than me!   “Good afternoon, ladies,” he says as he departs through the sliding door.   “Mr. Grey will see you now, Miss Steele. Do go through,” Blonde Number Two says. I stand rather shakily, trying to suppress my nerves. Gathering up my backpack, I abandon my glass of water and make my way to the partially open door.   “You don’t need to knock—just go in.” She smiles kindly.   I push open the door and stumble through, tripping over my own feet and falling headfirst into the office.   Double crap—me and my two left feet! I am on my hands and knees in the doorway to Mr. Grey’s office, and gentle hands are around me, helping me to stand. I am so embarrassed, damn my clumsiness. I have to steel myself to glance up. Holy cow—he’s so young.   “Miss Kavanagh.” He extends a long-fingered hand to me once I’m upright. “I’m Christian Grey. Are you all right? Would you like to sit?”   So young—and attractive, very attractive. He’s tall, dressed in a fine gray suit, white shirt, and black tie with unruly dark copper-colored hair and intense, bright gray eyes that regard me shrewdly. It takes a moment for me to find my voice.     “Um. Actually—” I mutter. If this guy is over thirty, then I’m a monkey’s uncle. In a daze, I place my hand in his and we shake. As our fingers touch, I feel an odd exhilarating shiver run through me. I withdraw my hand hastily, embarrassed. Must be static. I blink rapidly, my eyelids matching my heart rate.   “Miss Kavanagh is indisposed, so she sent me. I hope you don’t mind, Mr. Grey.”   “And you are?” His voice is warm, possibly amused, but it’s difficult to tell from his impassive expression. He looks mildly interested but, above all, polite.   “Anastasia Steele. I’m studying English literature with Kate, um . . . Katherine . . . um . . . Miss Kavanagh, at WSU Vancouver.”   “I see,” he says simply. I think I see the ghost of a smile in his expression, but I’m not sure.   “Would you like to sit?” He waves me toward an L-shaped white leather couch.   His office is way too big for just one man. In front of the floor-to-ceiling windows, there’s a modern dark wood desk that six people could comfortably eat around. It matches the coffee table by the couch. Everything else is white—ceiling, floors, and walls, except for the wall by the door, where a mosaic of small paintings hang, thirty-six of them arranged in a square. They are exquisite—a series of mundane, forgotten objects painted in such precise detail they look like photographs. Displayed together, they are breathtaking.   “A local artist. Trouton,” says Grey when he catches my gaze.   “They’re lovely. Raising the ordinary to extraordinary,” I murmur, distracted both by him and the paintings. He cocks his head to one side and regards me intently.   “I couldn’t agree more, Miss Steele,” he replies, his voice soft, and for some inexplicable reason I find myself blushing.   Apart from the paintings, the rest of the office is cold, clean, and clinical. I wonder if it reflects the personality of the Adonis who sinks gracefully into one of the white leather chairs opposite me. I shake my head, disturbed at the direction of my thoughts, and retrieve Kate’s questions from my backpack. Next, I set up the digital recorder and am all fingers and thumbs, dropping it twice on the coffee table in front of me. Mr. Grey says nothing, waiting patiently—I hope—as I become increasingly embarrassed and flustered. When I pluck up the courage to look at him, he’s watching me, one hand relaxed in his lap and the other cupping his chin and trailing his long index finger across his lips. I think he’s trying to suppress a smile.   “S-sorry,” I stutter. “I’m not used to this.”   “Take all the time you need, Miss Steele,” he says.   “Do you mind if I record your answers?”   “After you’ve taken so much trouble to set up the recorder, you ask me now?”   I flush. He’s teasing me? I hope. I blink at him, unsure what to say, and I think he takes pity on me because he relents. “No, I don’t mind.”   “Did Kate, I mean, Miss Kavanagh, explain what the interview was for?”   “Yes. To appear in the graduation issue of the student newspaper as I shall be conferring the degrees at this year’s graduation ceremony.”   Oh! This is news to me, and I’m temporarily preoccupied by the thought that someone not much older than me—okay, maybe six years or so, and okay, mega-successful, but still—is going to present me with my degree. I frown, dragging my wayward attention back to the task at hand.   “Good.” I swallow nervously. “I have some questions, Mr. Grey.” I smooth a stray lock of hair behind my ear.   “I thought you might,” he says, deadpan. He’s laughing at me. My cheeks heat at the realization, and I sit up and square my shoulders in an attempt to look taller and more intimidating. Pressing the start button on the recorder, I try to look professional.   “You’re very young to have amassed such an empire. To what do you owe your success?” I glance up at him. His smile is rueful, but he looks vaguely disappointed.   “Business is all about people, Miss Steele, and I’m very good at judging people. I know how they tick, what makes them flourish, what doesn’t, what inspires them, and how to incentivize them. I employ an exceptional team, and I reward them well.” He pauses and fixes me with his gray stare. “My belief is to achieve success in any scheme one has to make oneself master of that scheme, know it inside and out, know every detail. I work hard, very hard to do that. I make decisions based on logic and facts. I have a natural gut instinct that can spot and nurture a good solid idea and good people. The bottom line is it’s always down to good people.”   “Maybe you’re just lucky.” This isn’t on Kate’s list—but he’s so arrogant. His eyes flare momentarily in surprise.   “I don’t subscribe to luck or chance, Miss Steele. The harder I work the more luck I seem to have. It really is all about having the right people on your team and directing their energies accordingly. I think it was Harvey Firestone who said, ‘The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.’ ”   “You sound like a control freak.” The words are out of my mouth before I can stop them.   “Oh, I exercise control in all things, Miss Steele,” he says without a trace of humor in his smile. I look at him, and he holds my gaze steadily, impassive. My heartbeat quickens, and my face flushes again.   Why does he have such an unnerving effect on me? His overwhelming good looks maybe? The way his eyes blaze at me? The way he strokes his index finger against his lower lip? I wish he’d stop doing that.   “Besides, immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control things,” he continues, his voice soft.   “Do you feel that you have immense power?” Control freak.   “I employ over forty thousand people, Miss Steele. That gives me a certain sense of responsibility—power, if you will. If I were to decide I was no longer interested in the telecommunications business and sell, twenty thousand people would struggle to make their mortgage payments after a month or so.”   My mouth drops open. I am staggered by his lack of humility.   “Don’t you have a board to answer to?” I ask, disgusted.   “I own my company. I don’t have to answer to a board.” He raises an eyebrow at me. Of course, I would know this if I had done some research. But holy crap, he’s arrogant. I change tack.   “And do you have any interests outside your work?”   “I have varied interests, Miss Steele.” A ghost of a smile touches his lips. “Very varied.” And for some reason, I’m confounded and heated by his steady gaze. His eyes are alight with some wicked thought.   “But if you work so hard, what do you do to chill out?”   “Chill out?” He smiles, revealing perfect white teeth. I stop breathing. He really is beautiful. No one should be this good-looking.   “Well, to ‘chill out,’ as you put it—I sail, I fly, I indulge in various physical pursuits.” He shifts in his chair. “I’m a very wealthy man, Miss Steele, and I have expensive and absorbing hobbies.”   I glance quickly at Kate’s questions, wanting to get off this subject.   “You invest in manufacturing. Why, specifically?” I ask. Why does he make me so uncomfortable?   “I like to build things. I like to know how things work: what makes things tick, how to construct and deconstruct. And I have a love of ships. What can I say?”   “That sounds like your heart talking rather than logic and facts.”   His mouth quirks up, and he stares appraisingly at me.   “Possibly. Though there are people who’d say I don’t have a heart.”   “Why would they say that?”   “Because they know me well.” His lip curls in a wry smile.   “Would your friends say you’re easy to get to know?” And I regret the question as soon as I say it. It’s not on Kate’s list.   “I’m a very private person, Miss Steele. I go a long way to protect my privacy. I don’t often give interviews . . .”   “Why did you agree to do this one?”   “Because I’m a benefactor of the university, and for all intents and purposes, I couldn’t get Miss Kavanagh off my back. She badgered and badgered my PR people, and I admire that kind of tenacity.”   I know how tenacious Kate can be. That’s why I’m sitting here squirming uncomfortably under his penetrating gaze, when I should be studying for my exams.   “You also invest in farming technologies. Why are you interested in that area?”   “We can’t eat money, Miss Steele, and there are too many people on this planet who don’t have enough to eat.”   “That sounds very philanthropic. Is it something you feel passionately about? Feeding the world’s poor?”   He shrugs noncommittally.   “It’s shrewd business,” he murmurs, though I think he’s being disingenuous. It doesn’t make sense—feeding the world’s poor? I can’t see the financial benefit of this, only the virtue of the ideal. I glance at the next question, confused by his attitude.   “Do you have a philosophy? If so, what is it?”   “I don’t have a philosophy as such. Maybe a guiding principle—Carnegie’s: ‘A man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.’ I’m very singular, driven. I like control—of myself and those around me.”   “So you want to possess things?” You are a control freak.   “I want to deserve to possess them, but yes, bottom line, I do.”   “You sound like the ultimate consumer.”   “I am.” He smiles, but the smile doesn’t touch his eyes. Again, this is at odds with someone who wants to feed the world, so I can’t help thinking that we’re talking about something else, but I’m mystified as to what it is. I swallow hard. The temperature in the room is rising, or maybe it’s just me. I just want this interview to be over. Surely Kate has enough material now. I glance at the next question.   “You were adopted. How much do you think that’s shaped the way you are?” Oh, this is personal. I stare at him, hoping he’s not offended. His brow furrows.   “I have no way of knowing.”   My interest is piqued. “How old were you when you were adopted?”   “That’s a matter of public record, Miss Steele.” His tone is stern. Crap. Yes, of course—if I’d known I was doing this interview, I would have done some research. Flustered, I move on quickly.   “You’ve had to sacrifice family life for your work.”   “That’s not a question.” He’s terse.   “Sorry.” I squirm; he’s made me feel like an errant child. I try again. “Have you had to sacrifice family life for your work?”   “I have a family. I have a brother and a sister and two loving parents. I’m not interested in extending my family beyond that.”   “Are you gay, Mr. Grey?”   He inhales sharply, and I cringe, mortified. Crap. Why didn’t I employ some kind of filter before I read this straight out? How can I tell him I’m just reading the questions? Damn Kate and her curiosity!   “No, Anastasia, I’m not.” He raises his eyebrows, a cool gleam in his eyes. He does not look pleased.   “I apologize. It’s, um . . . written here.” It’s the first time he’s said my name. My heartbeat has accelerated, and my cheeks are heating up again. Nervously, I tuck my loosened hair behind my ear.   He cocks his head to one side.   “These aren’t your own questions?”   The blood drains from my head.   “Er . . . no. Kate—Miss Kavanagh—she compiled the questions.”   “Are you colleagues on the student paper?” Oh no. I have nothing to do with the student paper. It’s her extracurricular activity, not mine. My face is aflame.   “No. She’s my roommate.”   He rubs his chin in quiet deliberation, his gray eyes appraising me.   “Did you volunteer to do this interview?” he asks, his voice deadly quiet.   Hang on, who’s supposed to be interviewing whom? His eyes burn into me, and I’m compelled to answer with the truth.   “I was drafted. She’s not well.” My voice is weak and apologetic.   “That explains a great deal.”   There’s a knock at the door, and Blonde Number Two enters.   “Mr. Grey, forgive me for interrupting, but your next meeting is in two minutes.”   “We’re not finished here, Andrea. Please cancel my next meeting.”   Andrea hesitates, gaping at him. She appears lost. He turns his head slowly to face her and raises his eyebrows. She flushes bright pink. Oh, good. It’s not just me.   “Very well, Mr. Grey,” she mutters, then exits. He frowns, and turns his attention back to me.   “Where were we, Miss Steele?”   Oh, we’re back to “Miss Steele” now.   “Please, don’t let me keep you from anything.”   “I want to know about you. I think that’s only fair.” His eyes are alight with curiosity. Double crap. Where’s he going with this? He places his elbows on the arms of the chair and steeples his fingers in front of his mouth. His mouth is very . . . distracting. I swallow.   “There’s not much to know.”   “What are your plans after you graduate?”   I shrug, thrown by his interest. Move to Seattle with Kate, find a job. I haven’t really thought beyond my finals.   “I haven’t made any plans, Mr. Grey. I just need to get through my final exams.” Which I should be studying for right now, rather than sitting in your palatial, swanky, sterile office, feeling uncomfortable under your penetrating gaze.   “We run an excellent internship program here,” he says quietly. I raise my eyebrows in surprise. Is he offering me a job?   “Oh. I’ll bear that in mind,” I murmur, confounded. “Though I’m not sure I’d fit in here.” Oh no. I’m musing out loud again.   “Why do you say that?” He tilts his head to one side, intrigued, a hint of a smile playing on his lips.   “It’s obvious, isn’t it?” I’m uncoordinated, scruffy, and I’m not blonde.   “Not to me.” His gaze is intense, all humor gone, and strange muscles deep in my belly clench suddenly. I tear my eyes away from his scrutiny and stare blindly down at my knotted fingers. What’s going on? I have to go—now. I lean forward to retrieve the recorder.   “Would you like me to show you around?” he asks.   “I’m sure you’re far too busy, Mr. Grey, and I do have a long drive.”   “You’re driving back to Vancouver?” He sounds surprised, anxious even. He glances out of the window. It’s begun to rain. “Well, you’d better drive carefully.” His tone is stern, authoritative. Why should he care? “Did you get everything you need?” he adds.   “Yes, sir,” I reply, packing the recorder into my backpack. His eyes narrow, speculatively.   “Thank you for the interview, Mr. Grey.”   “The pleasure’s been all mine,” he says, polite as ever.   As I rise, he stands and holds out his hand.   “Until we meet again, Miss Steele.” And it sounds like a challenge, or a threat, I’m not sure which. I frown. When will we ever meet again? I shake his hand once more, astounded that that odd current between us is still there. It must be my nerves.   “Mr. Grey.” I nod at him. Moving with lithe athletic grace to the door, he opens it wide.   “Just ensuring you make it through the door, Miss Steele.” He gives me a small smile. Obviously, he’s referring to my earlier less-than-elegant entry into his office. I blush.   “That’s very considerate, Mr. Grey,” I snap, and his smile widens. I’m glad you find me entertaining, I glower inwardly, walking into the foyer. I’m surprised when he follows me out. Andrea and Olivia both look up, equally surprised.   “Did you have a coat?” Grey asks.   “A jacket.”   Olivia leaps up and retrieves my jacket, which Grey takes from her before she can hand it to me. He holds it up and, feeling ridiculously self-conscious, I shrug it on. Grey places his hands for a moment on my shoulders. I gasp at the contact. If he notices my reaction, he gives nothing away. His long index finger presses the button summoning the elevator, and we stand waiting—awkwardly on my part, coolly self-possessed on his. The doors open, and I hurry in, desperate to escape. I really need to get out of here. When I turn to look at him, he’s gazing at me and leaning against the doorway beside the elevator with one hand on the wall. He really is very, very good-looking. It’s unnerving.   “Anastasia,” he says as a farewell.   “Christian,” I reply. And mercifully, the doors close.

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