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For many readers, it was this book that brought them back to, or introduced them to reading. Me included. I read quite a bit while in middle school and high school – romance and mysteries, and then when I went away to college, I found myself too busy to read for pleasure. Career, marriage and kids soon followed and reading books were far and few between. It wasn’t until 2012 when my father fell ill and I was at his bedside 24/7, whether at the hospital or at his home, that I dove headfirst into reading again. A friend recommended a new book that was all the rave called Fifty Shades of Grey. Admittedly, I was skeptical at first. But once I started the book, I continued straight through the series and haven’t gone more than a few days between reading a book since!
This is my 6th time reading this series, and since I hadn’t started reviewing books formally, I never wrote one for FSoG. So, here we go:
Christian Grey has become the ultimate symbol for the billionaire, dominant, alpha-males. Tortured, sexy as hell and overly generous, he is a woman’s dream. I think it’s the tortured part that pulls women to him. Ok, admittedly, the hot sex “ain’t all that bad” either. But, I think our need as women to take care of, heal, and soothe others, is deeply tapped into when we read about Christian. He has so many issues that my heart breaks every.single.time I read his story.
In this book, we are introduced to Christian and his lifestyle choice. We get a glimpse into why he is the way he is, controlling and DOM-ineering. We begin to see how the lovely independent, smart-mouthed, Ana, begins to bring about change in him. I think this change happens because for the first time ever, someone wants him for HIM and not for his lifestyle, or for what they can get from him. As well, she doesn’t take his crap. She stands up to him and no one ever does that.
There is so much more to this story than just the erotic elements, and I think what I take away from the series as a whole ***SPOILER*** is this is a story about an abused child – at the hands of his mother and her “boyfriends”, and then as a teenager at the hands of “Mrs. Robinson”. And as the series unfolds, we see the healing of Christian Grey, we see that his “kink” is no longer needed to make him feel fulfilled. He is able to accept love, embrace love and give love. And in by doing so, that life style is no longer a need, but a welcome pleasure. ***END SPOILER*** (I am declaring spoiler here, even though I don’t know anyone who hasn’t read this series.)
Much to my excitement, I will be seeing this on 2/12 with my besties. We are going to a dine and view theater. We will be eating, drinking and we will be very merry! 🙂
I just came across this, has anyone else seen this yet? Christian Grey’s interactive apartment
***To read an excerpt about featuring Christian and Ana’s first kiss go here (link will be live 2.14.2015)***
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1) by E L James
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.
This book is intended for mature audiences.