What Is It About?
It is the story of a virtuous American girl who meets this young billionaire who absolutely captivates her. They start seeing each other but he runs hot and cold. She is determined to find out why and is shocked to discover that he lives the dominant and submissive sexual lifestyle. He is both horrified and tantalised by this and fights against many conflicting emotions as to whether she wants to explore this erotic relationship. The story is about her love for this man who is more complicated than any person she has ever met and the many secrets he possesses.
The reason why the story didn’t progress for me is the fact that the writer was clearly writing the book with the second of the trilogy in mind. Yes, that is fine to do but you still need to give the reader something. …… kept her cards close to her chest and always alluded to things we as the reader needed to find out and never really revealed everything. They only action that happened in the book was when they broke up, we didn’t find out about his childhood all that much or about his “Mrs Robinson”. If this was revealed it would have progressed the book a lot further and would have made it worth reading. However, to me it was just about the sex.
The sex scenes…Yes, there was a lot of sex and was quite visual, but I couldn’t get into it. At times, it was really lagging and uninteresting. There was many times where I put it down and didn’t pick it up for a few days, and to be honest I didn’t want to pick it back up, the only reason I did was to say that I read the whole thing. I found that it was extremely laborious to read, at time is was downright hard! I was putting it down every few lines to convince myself to keep going.
I found the characters quite dry and I couldn’t see what it was about Christian Grey which made him attractive and sensual in nature. I found both he and Anastasia very two dimensional characters. Anastasia just annoyed me. Every time she said oh my and oh please, I wanted to throw the book against the wall! Shut up! I feel that if she had down played Anastasia’s arousal rather than making it so blatantly obvious, it would have had a stronger effect. I found the sex scenes hard to read and in particular when she lost her virginity… I didn’t really see the realism in it. Perhaps, she should have said ‘ouch’?
There were some redeeming qualities. The beginning made me giggle, however that was generally in anticipation of something happening and then it didn’t really. It was the waiting for something to happen that made me excited, only to be disappointed. Around page 300 I did invest in it, and started kind of linking it, but then when it went into the sex scenes again I slid out of that state of mind. At the end I had started liking the characters and did get a little emotional when they broke up, however I attribute that to my being the most emotional person on the plant who cries at the drop of a hat. Maybe as I had never even read a romance book was the reason for not liking it. Perhaps, I should have probably started with a romance and progressed to erotica. I feel like I may have jumped out of my spec-fic boat into the vast, unexplored erotic ocean without a life vest. I can see why people like it if you are interested in erotica and it is very kinky. I am not going to say that I am against the concept or dominant and submissive topic explored in the book, because I am not. I think everyone expresses their sexuality in different ways and it is not as if it is something new. People have been living that lifestyle for centuries, but I think it may have shocked some naïve people. I think that that is a very interesting concept and I would like to read about it some more, perhaps from a better writer. Fifty shades has not put me off erotica and I want to explore it more, I have decided to read the Sleeping Beauty series by Anne Rice. She is a wonderful writer and her novels are filled with this electric sensuality, so if she can do that in her paranormal fiction books I can only imagine the magic she can do with a full on erotica!
Let me know what you thought of the book, all opinions welcome!