When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind - until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time.
The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her - 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 adoptive family – Grey is man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical and daring affair, Ana learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny.
Can their relationship transcend physical passion? Will Ana find it in herself to submit to the self-indulgent Master? And if she does, will she still love what she finds?
Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.
FIFTY STARS (ALL SHOUTY CAPITALS)
Subject: (Hopefully, a Proper) Fifty Shades of Grey Review - the Second Time Around
Date: January 11, 2012 1353
To: E.L. James
My inner Goddess is sprawled out on the chaise lounge, with her left arm draped across her eyes and her right hand over her chest trying to steady her breathing. There are no words to describe how much I love this story. This is my second time reading this brilliant piece of literature and it was just as good as the first time I read it. No. Strike that. It was FIFTY times better.
The story is all kinds of emotional. I've never read anything that even came close to all the feelings I felt when reading this. I'm 100% sure it is all because of Christian Grey. Oh, Christian. His character is so overwhelming, he literally commands your utmost attention. He knows what he wants and he knows how to get it. He's so unbelievably sexy, its extremely unfair to all other book heroes. And who can forget Ana. Innocent little Ana did not know what she signed up for, did she? Then again, she never did sign that agreement. I love how her character is able to slowly peel away the hard layers of Christian. Because of her, we get to see the sweet & carefree side of him. She gave us more reasons to love him. However, it wasn't enough. She wanted more and, God knows, the readers of this book wanted more.
Ms. James, I thank you again for writing such a beautiful story. I love it. Its as simple as that. It is by far my absolute, most favorite story ever. EVER! (With more SHOUTY CAPITALS). lol. I'm off to re-read Fifty Shades Darker, again (BTW, it's my second favorite book). By then, I'll be ready for your third and final book. My inner Goddess & myself cannot wait :)
--Below is my review from September 17, 2011 - After the first time I read this book--
10 stars (at least). I need a some time to process what I just read. As Ana would say, "Holy Crap!" I've never been so absorbed in a book before. I'm completely speechless right now. I need to start Book 2 like STAT. It got so emotional at the end that I found myself tearing up. Will definately be editing this review later, but right now, I need to start Book 2.