Published by Vintage Books on April 3rd 2012
Challenge Theme: A self published book
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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.
Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.
I know I am waaaaay late to the party on this one but I finally read this book and it was meh to me. I read the Crossfire series by Sylvia Day prior to Fifty Shades and that series is just soooo much better! For one the story is better, I actually liked those characters, and the writing was heads above this book. Fifty Shades was entertaining enough for what it is but I really disliked both Christian and Ana, at least in this first book. When I don’t like the characters it is hard to get invested in their story. I am going to read the trilogy just because I am curious if I will eventually like those characters or if the writing gets any better. I just felt like I was reading the same thing over and over again. This book could have been much shorter. Good for E.L. James for the success of this book but I am just not so impressed by it. I will say that when everyone was reading this years ago all that was talked about was that is was “mommy porn” and honestly I was expecting sex scenes on every page. It really is light erotica in my opinion. I also have never engaged in a BDSM relationship, nor do I have any desire to, but I feel like this was very BDSM light. I honestly don’t think the author has any clue about that lifestyle and didn’t do much research prior to writing this story. Sorry Jen, I didn’t love your book, haha.