Ok so really it’s a trilogy review, so sue me.
And yes… I totally bought into the hype, hook line and sinker, and then blew through these books in a matter of days.
There’s been so much said about this trilogy that I am skeptical of my ability to say anything new or different than anyone else has said. It seems like you either love these books, or hate them, and there’s not a lot of middle ground that I’ve seen. There were a couple things that seemed particularly interesting or notable to me, so I’m really just going to share those, because reading the same thing over and over again just gets old, right?
First – this book is about BDSM practices. If this makes you squeamish, you probably don’t want to read it. However, I felt that the book handled the topic very tastefully and responsibly. While this lifestyle isn’t for everyone, there’s certainly nothing wrong with it when practiced responsibly, which is a key theme in the book, especially the first.
Second – while this certainly isn’t “soon to become a classic” level writing, there was a lot more plot than I expected. I got completely hooked on Christian and Ana, to the point that I couldn’t put these books down. Are there times where the voice is just totally off for a minute? Sure. But really, it didn’t bother me because I was so engrossed in the story and it didn’t completely kick me out of that reverie.
Last – they’re not as scandalous as they sound. All the hype (to me at least) made me think that these were going to be OMGSMEXY books. Sure, there’s that. But there’s other stuff too. And the other stuff isn’t just filler.
This seems to be a hit or miss trilogy for everyone, but I am glad that I took a chance on them. They were fun, simple, entertaining reads, which was really good for study mode Cat.