|The Series in order from left to right -- Fifty Shades of Grey (1),|
Fifty Shades Darker (2) and Fifty Shades Freed (3)
To start off these book was enthralling -- they had me under a spell for all 3 of the books. ~For my book standards that is pretty damn good~ They were honestly an amazing read - I was a bit tentative starting the books ~I was in such a blank spot -- by that time I had read all of my collection a few times over.. Just plain bored and my enthusiasm levels were low~ However, this is one of the best series the romance genre has to offer..
Anastasia "Ana" Grey née Steele, a university graduate who becomes the assistant to the commissioning editor at SIP (later the commissioning editor). At the start of the series Ana starts out shy and quiet in nature and emitted an aura of innocence however through the series progression she becomes more confident in herself and actions -- frequently standing up for her beliefs and strived to protect her loved ones.
Christian Grey, a billionaire CEO of Grey Enterprises Holdings Inc. At the start of the series Christian is reserved, possessive, stalkerish, authoritarian, elusive, mercurial, serious, arrogant, cold-hearted, controlling ~Definitely controlling~ and lacked in empathy and sympathy, though with time (through the series) these qualities lessened or vanished and were replaced with love, kindness and caring etc etc etc ~All the mushy lurrve qualities -- BTW the controlling is still there~ as he openned up his distraught and depressed world to his love Ana.
At the start (Fifty Shades of Grey) Christian ~With all his ugly qualities~ contracts Ana Steele to be his sub.. ~Yes when I say sub I mean the whole BDSM scene~ Ana is of course a virgin and is completely innocent when it comes to the topic of sex and doesn't have any experience ~Hence dubbed virgin -- why am I repeating myself I'm not sure~.. By saying that she doesn't know the difference between right and wrong when it comes to BDSM or sex hence questioning everything that they adventure upon ~Too much to list and not gonna tell you.. you'll just have to read it -- besides im trying to make this review as least dirty as possible~.. Ana very well becomes attracted - and eventually in love - with Christian and wants to be in a relationship with him. Ana feels a connection to him that she has never felt with any other person and she wants him in her life. ~Her attempts to balance the connection and love for Christian were depicted fantastically.. It's really easy for the readers (excluding myself) to react, think and feel the exactly the same as her -- Ana is an extremely relatable character~.. However this is not the case with Christian who is emotionally unstable and strives to control and dominated everything ~and I mean everything when I say everything~ (including his sex life -- BDSM dominant).. His BDSM necessities clash with Ana's wants for a loving relationship -- he needs Ana to live basically.. The contract becomes void due to differing ideas and Ana walks out on Christian regardless of her love for him.
One big No No for me was the BDSM -- I'm not a BDSM reader or follower - I don't understand it ~I'm not saying this to offend anyone~.. The BDSM scene felt foreign to me but E.L. James made it seem entirely believable and put a good spotlight upon it.
From the first page of their encounter, the chemistry between Anastasia and Christian was off the charts -- their Dom/Sub relationship was so intense. Their connection throughout the novel radiates strength despite Ana and Christian's backgrounds -- the constant back and forth of them trying to fit together, trying to understand what the other wants, what they themselves want, etc etc etc. The dialogue, the emails, the banter and flirting between them was marvelous -- ~Silly grins plastered my face for most the entire book~..
This goes back to my first point, but I was just so amazed by how realistic their relationship seemed, despite the BDSM sub/dom factor It was complex, distressing, uplifting and somewhat hopeful.
(Fifty Shades Darker), Anastasia Steele has broken up with Christian Grey because his demands were too overwhelming for her manage. (Not much time has passes since their separation) -- tare both are heart sick and make their way back to each other through Christian’s crafty ploys. Meanwhile, Ana establishes her career in the publishing industry.
The couple journey down a much more treacherous impassioned journey when it comes to opening up and laying bare many deep rooted emotional scars. As layers of Christian’s past are stripped away, Ana and Christian grow as a couple by learning to meet each others emotional needs, further entwining their already connected hearts together.
Two women from Christian’s past push Ana’s hot buttons which forces the couple to confront the outcome of Christian’s past predilections. Parallelally, Ana contends work issues -- her boss and his questionable intentions...
~Do note this book contains little to none BDSM rather extremely hot plain/normal "vanilla sex" -- quoted by Christian Grey himself~
(Fifty Shades Freed), this book was the most perfect way to end the series -- the couple progressed immensely but suffered their share of setbacks.. ~I'm not gonna delve into this too much because I would most likely unleash all the good spoilers -- they are that great~.. The couple in themselves have changed immensely (especially Fifty -- if you've read the book you'd know that he is Christian) and also the characters around them.
This series felt completely honest; the main characters, their relationship, and the subject matter. Reading this book feels like an intimate act, because Ana and Christian are truly laid bare for the reader to see. Their relationship is so honest -- they both try to be open with one another about their feelings and their doubts, they work through their relationship and help each other face their pasts and ultimately become better people..
This series is extremely well-written. The obstacles are within themselves and their relationship as well as other happenings (not going to explain it will spoil the second book). It had subtle but sizzling chemistry and sexual tension, complex and sophisticated characters and plots ~the characters and storyline weren't cliched or superficial in any way, shape or form... YAY YAY YAY~... However I do have a bone to pick with this series -- there is a level ~for me -- maybe not for you~ where too much sex just makes it boring ~despite how descriptive E.L. James writes it~ this book series went over the top sometimes and I felt myself becoming bored of the frequency...
I'll leave you with this quote (which I found in one of Fifty Shades Darker reviews [by Elizabeth] -- I think it summed up the whole series)
"You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly" - Sam Keen, Author