Ana Steele is about to graduate college, but first she volunteers to interview Christian Grey, the university's elusive eligible bachelor benefactor. Sparks fly instantly between the pair, and Ana soon finds herself the object of Mr. Grey's interest.
Innocent to relationships and sex, Christian catches her off guard with an indecent proposal to be the submissive to his dominant self -- in and out of the bedroom. In return, Christian agrees to delve into a side of relationships he has never before embarked on: intimacy and romance. What follows is a journey filled with confusion and turmoil as each tries to make it work without compromising who they are.
For me the book was a D, but only if D stands for dirty, delightful and definitely delicious. No stranger to romance, but a relative innocent to erotica, the book's sexiest moments had me muffling my giggles in a pillow so as not to disturb the broomies upstairs. Paired with the sexy came equally sentimental, funny and intriguing moments, which made the story whole.
The widely popular eBook is now available in mass print, gaining notoriety as "mommy porn." But beyond the steamy sex and tension lies even greater issues, which the author handles beautifully. More than a story about sexual preferences and a virtuous woman versus a libertine, the book delves into complex issues about adoption, abandonment and feminism.
With a surprise twist to the conclusion, the novel successfully made me care about the characters and the story enough to start the second book within minutes of finishing the book.
Rating: 4.5 of 5
Read my review of Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. Read the transcript of my friend and I's virtual book chat on book one.
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