Loaned to me from a boat friend who usually has opposite opinions on books. When a friend asked me what it’s about I emailed her this. Thought it would make a sufficient blog post.
Ana doesn’t realize how pretty she is.
She trips and falls into the office of CEO to interview him and thinks he is arrogant.
Mr. Grey somehow is enchanted. Mr. Christian Grey is young and gorgeous and super rich and is a control freak and apparently is becoming a poster child for how a cruel upbringing can ruin you.
Ana is a virgin, newly graduated from college, doesn’t care about her appearance and only likes classic British literature. At the beginning, she doesn’t drink alcohol and is apparently clumsy.
Mr. Grey sends her a mint condition first edition of Tess of the D’Urbervilles. She won’t accept it.
They meet again.
He warns her away.
Later, she drunk dials and he rescues her from a bar.
After getting sick and hung over, she realizes margaritas and wine and champagne and cosmos are awesome!
She loses her virginity to Mr. Grey.
He asks her to sign a contract to be his submissive and shows her the ‘play room’.
The rest of the book is her thinking about what that means while they also act out some of what that means: spanking and kinky sex, etc.
I expect the remaining two books are about how they fall in love and live happily ever after.
I was surprised it wasn’t as bad as I feared but I did get irritated with him telling her she is a ‘good girl’ and her inane shock & surprise and all the inner dialogue between herself, her subconscious and her inner goddess. It was a lot easier to read this while enjoying a glass of white wine.
I actually enjoyed the email exchanges.
I looked up the following words:
Concupiscent, in situ, taciturn (in the book a bunch of times), enigmatic, mercurial (this was in the book abt 5 times), syllabub, priapic, bespoke, profligate, becloud, oneiric, abjure, syncretic. I wonder how many other people looked any of these up as well.
Three stars; I will probably never get to the other two books in the series. (I never do; don’t see why this would break that trend.)
I recommend you first read Tess by Thomas Hardy.
And, may I suggest instead/also you read Sugar in My Bowl, collection edited by Erica Jong? 😉