Fifty Shades – My Take

Spoiler alert: If you haven’t read this book yet and are planning to, you may not want to read this.

Just last night I finished reading “Fifty Shades of Grey”, the currently popular novel by E.L. James. I only heard of it recently on one of my favorite mommy blogs, and from the discussions in the comments, I had mistakenly thought they were discussing a sex manual. So I was rather shocked last monday when my husband bought it and said he was going to read it. He said his sister had recommended it. Ha. That should have been a tip off. Well, he gave up on the book about halfway through – too much detail in the sex department. He doesn’t like reading stuff like that. I finally picked it up friday night and completed it by saturday night.

Now, I normally don’t go for those types of novels. I much prefer mystery and sci-fi, and will still read Hardy Boys and Sherlock Holmes if I can get my hands on them. But of course, this held my interest, and not how you would think. Yes, the sex parts were interesting, discriptive, informative, if a bit far-fetched. I mean, how many men can come twice in a row?  What kept me going was this: I wanted to hear more about his past and why the hell he doesn’t want to be touched. What happened to him to make him not want to be touched? That mystery part kept my going and maybe I will just have to get the next two books to find out.

I liked the description of Anastasia’s conscience throughout. All the ways she would react and what she was up to. I also like how she never signed that freaky contract. Hot guy or not, I would not have stuck around with something like that shoved at me. No way! I was proud of her for not giving in to it in the end. She truly believed Christian was capable of more, of love, even though he’s scared of it for whatever reason. Men aren’t typically thought of as moody, but boy, this guy had more mood swings than I’ve ever had. I still don’t know how Anastaisia stuck it out as long as she did.

One thing I did like about him was how honest he was about what he wanted. He was clear on it. Most men aren’t and could take that tip from him. I personally don’t subscribe to his odd sexual taste and would never be keen on being tied up, whipped, spanked, or any of that, but the talking – I’d love for my husband to do that more. He’s more the wake-me-in-the-night-in-and-out type.

I also liked Anastasia’s mother’s explanation about men and how they usually mean what they say – they aren’t trying to be cryptic like women usually are. It’s true that we do analize what our men say and often read into it meanings that aren’t there. I’ve done it. Gotta remember this for next time my husband gets into a rare talking mood.

 Just had a peek at what my husband is up to since he is never up before 9 on Sunday and it is only 6:50. He’s reading the book!!! Ha! I suppose his curiosity has gotten the better of him and he has to finish it. Anyway, a few questions.

Did I like the book? Yes, I have to say that I did, though I would have preferred less sex and more action. I suppose the only reason his secret about not wanting to be touched is not revealed is so that you will read the next book.

How would I rate it as far as romance novels go? I’d probably give it an eight. It is definitly well written, much better than those ones that are all just steamy sex but no story. It has body and the writer knows her stuff.

Would I read it again? Probably not, mainly because I tend to remember books quite well and only reread ones that I love. This didn’t make the “love” list.

So there you have my little summary of “Fifty Shades of Grey”. Tell me, have you read it? What are your thoughts on it?

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