It’s another Cinderella/Twilight clone, in fact, it was written first of all as fan-fiction in honor of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight novels, but this one’s definitely for grown-ups!
To get into the story you kind of have to suspend belief; the heroine is Anastasia Steele, a 21 year old virgin who’s never even been kissed. She finds herself in the office of ‘dominant’ Christian Grey who, if he wasn’t so drop-dead gorgeous and sexy, would be seriously frightening and could quite easily be described as psychotic. Despite most peoples’ real-life reaction when faced with someone like that being that of either running away really fast or calling the police, Anastasia sticks around and actually considers all of Mr Grey’s proposals, contracts and suggestions. And, despite Christian Grey supposedly having his pick of all sorts of ready and willing submissives, he’s prepared to stick it out and argue with Anastasia over the finer points.
All that being said though, the story, once it gets going is a real page-turner. I’m not sure I’d recommend it to my friends (unless they were really close friends), nor would I want my Mom to know I read it (or heaven forbid, enjoyed it) or thinking about it, I wouldn’t want my Mom reading it either! But, seen as I don’t know you, we’re never likely to meet so you won’t see me blush, I definitely recommend it!!!
The book is getting some negative opinions slated at it…one reader on Amazon said:
For some strange reason I have the opinion that you need to be able to refer to your vagina as something more erotic than ‘down there’ before you can pull off a significant hotness rating.
I have to say, I disagree…for me, reading books and having all sorts of swearing in it detracts from the story. I’m not saying the language is all flowers and sweethearts, but there’s not gratuitous use of x-rated language.
On the whole, Fifty Shades of Grey is getting good reviews at Amazon…last time I checked it was rated as 4 out of 5 starts which given that over 800 people have taken the time to review it, seems pretty good to me.