Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James Review

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Series: Fifty Shades #1
Pages: 356
Publication Date: May 26, 2011
Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
Reviewer: Amber R.

When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind - until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time.

The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her - 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 adoptive family – Grey is man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical and daring affair, Ana learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny.

Can their relationship transcend physical passion? Will Ana find it in herself to submit to the self-indulgent Master? And if she does, will she still love what she finds?

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.


I started and finished this book in one sitting, in the middle of the night. I absolutely loved this book. From the first moments, I loved Ana. She is so adorably awkward. The magnetism between Christian and Ana is palpable from the first moment they meet. Probably because Christian is so friggen intense and hot. Ana defied him and pushed him from the get go. Which was pretty hot to read about, especially because Christian is such a control freak. 

Ana and Christian's blossoming relationship is beautiful and heartbreaking. Christian is so unwilling to relent but Ana just does something to him that causes him to step outside of his comfort zone. Ana has to come outside hers as well. 

Seriously this book had me heartbroken and laughing within just pages. Don't let all of this talk fool you though, there are some extremely, extremely, extremely, sexy, sexy, sexy hot sex scenes. I had the windows open, fan going, ice water on hand! This book was hot!

Must read, MUST! They have to go on your to read list if they aren't already there. I am so excited to read the next ones! 


  1. Amber, I agree with you. I loved Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker and enjoyed Fifty Shades Freed. I think readers either love or hate these books, but no one is indifferent.

  2. wow I really need to try it, I keep hearing so amazing things about it, and I want even more to read it. I hope I'll like it as much as you do.

  3. Oh yes! Loved them too! I finished book one in the middle of the night and had to instantly buy the second one and read a while before I could even consider going to bed.

    Thanks for sharing your review!

  4. I've been thinking about getting this book (audio), it came out a few weeks ago, it seems that you either love it or hate it, I' gonna have to find out for sure.
    Your review has definitely moved me to the get it side.

  5. I'm so pleased to see a positive review of this book because I thought I was the only blogger who loved the series. At the heart of it, this is a love story and you know what, if you didn't like Twilight then you're probably not going to like this book either and it seems to me that the negativity is coming from those people.


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