Published June 20th, 2011 by Vintage Books.
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 realise 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. (Goodreads)
Published April 17th, 2012 by Vintage Books.
Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house.
But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.
While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life. (Goodreads)
Published April 17th, 2012 by Vintage Books.
Book Depository (different cover than the one pictured)
When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees.
Now, Ana and Christian have it all—love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own identity. And Christian must overcome his compulsion to control as he wrestles with the demons of a tormented past.
Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to make Ana’s deepest fears turn to reality. (Goodreads)
These books are for mature audiences only. They contain BDSM and it can get quite intense. Although the first book seems to have the brunt of BDSM, the other books mention aspects of it. Ana and Christian like kinky fuckery, as Ana calls it. So be forewarned. It’s quite an adventure, but if you don’t mind delving into the depths of Christian’s dark past, reading about the D/S lifestyle then you probably wouldn’t mind the entertaining value and deeper story that this trilogy provides. But these books are not for the faint of heart. Some people will get it and love it and others just won’t get it. The writing itself does get a bit repetitive, but it’s super fast paced and so intense I couldn’t help but overlook the repetition and lack of varied vocabulary. These aren’t books you read for great writing, although there is such a great story here.
Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades of Grey was an experience. I vaguely knew of the red room and what I was in store for but even knowing what I was getting myself in to, I had no idea it would be as intense as it was. I wasn’t really paying attention to the writing so much in Fifty Shades of Grey as I started to in the other books because the story just took me by the hand, drug me down the hall and barely let me go when I closed the book after I was done.
Fifty Shades Darker
After the conclusion of Fifty Shades of Grey I had no idea the direction Fifty Shades Darker would take, but it was romantic in an unexpected way. It also focused less on BDSM and dove into the plot and the mystery of Christian’s past. There were grammatical errors that had me cringing they were so obvious. It made for a bumpy reading experience at times. Again this book was fast paced, addictive, but still had repetitious qualities that could be picked apart if that’s what you’re looking to do.
Fifty Shades Freed
Fifty Shades Freed really packed a punch. Nearly until the end of Fifty Shades Darker everything seemed like it was working out, that things were in a good place moving forward but then things go wrong and this time Christian is not to blame. While the twists were mostly predictable just like the writing itself was again a bit repetitious, that’s not the value in these books. So many things happened in Fifty Shades Freed. We finally get some answers about Christian’s past, and thanks to the rather lengthy epilogue we get to see what happened after.
I don’t think I was quite ready for the overall impact of this trilogy. This story really reached deep and touched something inside of me I was not looking to obsess about right at the moment. Now I know why so many of my friends and readers in general, were MIA to the world until they were done reading all three books. I am definitely a Fifty Shades fan and I am not afraid to say it. I know these books aren’t for everyone, but they were definitely for me, and if you’re looking to spice up your reading and are willing to keep an open mind even if you’re turned off by Fifty Shades of Grey and continue reading I think the overall experience is so good. I gave all 3 books 5 stars for the entertainment value, the story, the characters, and just my overall thoughts and feelings. Now to see the movies!