Friday, June 15, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James

Anastasia Steele is an ordinary girl that catches the eye of an extraordinary man.  Christian Grey always gets what he wants, and he wants her. Despite an unusual arrangement the two find they are pulled to one another. Their story is full of love, anguish, stubbornness, intrigue, and (shall I say it?) erotica.  Fifty Shades of Grey has gripped the imagination and fired up the libidos of millions of readers world-wide. 

One thing you show know about this book is that it is a trilogy, but different in that it is basically one long story divided into three books. The first and second book literally leave you hanging and the next book picks up immediately with no back story. In order to get the whole story, you must be willing read all three books. You also can not pick up in the middle of the series and expect to understand what is happening.

The other thing you should know about this book is that it is extremely explicit. I lovingly refer to it as my favorite "smut book".  While the storyline is fairly interesting, the author makes no attempt at hiding the fact that she is writing a sex book. In contrast to most books, the action of the story is sprinkled between the numerous sex scenes. A tact that I found highly entertaining and just a little bit embarrassing in the beginning, but as the story moved on I found myself skimming through those parts.  By the third book I was glad when the author left the characters at the bedroom door having had my fill of the Red Room. Fifty Shades of Grey is worth reading. Although predictable, it moves quickly and leaves you feeling.....umm fulfilled. It's become common ground for women that have nothing else in common. Everyone loves a little Christian Grey. It's sure to be fueling fires and sparking love lives for quite some time.

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