Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One - reviews

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Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One reviews

76 reviews
  • 5 stars: 22
  • 4 stars: 16
  • 3 stars: 18
  • 2 stars: 10
  • 1 stars: 10
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3.4
76 reviews

I didn't like this book for the characters or BDSM or the romance, or even the sex; only for the story. I can't recommend this, especially if you're new to erotica; this is not the kind of book you want your first experience to be. I don't recommend this to you even if you read a lot of erotica, either, because you probably won't be able to finish it. So I guess I don't recommend it to anyone.

This book is definitely worth buying just for the experience of the author's creativity. It has a great story and experiences that you can only imagine!

The erotic bits did their job, so I can let them help me somewhat overlook the rest of the poorly-written book, but I cannot get over Grey's stalking and Anastasia's self issues. However, since I didn't fully hate it, I'm willing to give Book Two in the series a try.

If you like Twilight, stop reading my review and just go read the book. Nothing I say should stop you from reading this book; you'll like it. If you're still reading, I think there is a large demographic of people who are not that comfortable with their own bodies and sexuality, who have trouble expressing their thoughts and feelings about sex. This book might help them expand their horizons, but if you can use the word vagina I would say look for something better.

This is part one of a three-part series of poorly written BDSM novels. They follow an overpowering, control-freak millionaire and a weak, submissive, recent college graduate that engage in a Dom/sub relationship. The sexual inaccuracies and terrible characters will drive you crazy, but the glaring typos, misspelled words, and poor grammar may drive you crazy first.

Overall, I'm pretty ambivalent about this book. The sex scenes were hot, and the main story line was actually pretty promising, so it was really just the execution that I found lacking. Would I recommend this book to others? Uhhh... Meh. I was curious about 50 Shades, so I picked it up and read it. Now I know what it's about. If you want to do the same, you're more than welcome to it.

Overall I found the book to be worth my time. Not worth a second read though so if you can get a deal on it, I recommend it. Also: I wouldn't get this product used or from the library. Books go through a lot and you hold them for hours...

Overall this wasn't a waste of time for me. I thought the story was developed well and the characters (apart from originally being the Twilight fan-fiction it was) were well developed and thought through. The ending was a shocker, which I was pleased with. At time it could lose my interest but could also very quickly grab it again.

Exciting and fun read! Heavy erotica mixed with an awesome love story! The book helped add spice and give ideas in the bedroom. Very easy and quick read once you get started. It is not a discreet cover, and a larger book, so keep it hidden from children or those you may not want to see it. Worth the time and money!

After all the hype, I finally purchased the book and it's very good. If you like dirty, naughty, sexy books, I suggest you read this.

I would recommend this book for anyone that loves erotic novels. It has a few downfalls, but all in all, if you really like to read, then you should have no problems finishing it quickly.

Fifty shades of grey is (514 page) book about a complicated relationship, romance and sex. However it does put BD/SM in a negative light implying something is wrong with you if you live this way of life. This book is definitely geared toward women because it paints our dreams and sometimes unrealistic expectations in men.

This book opened me up to the nature of a Dominate/submissive relationship. I found it erotic and making me wish I had this kind of relationship. I want my own Mr. Grey. If you know him, send him my way!

This book to me was great, in all honesty this book has major flaws but if you're just looking for a book to entertain you and consume you, not expecting a well written book then I say go for it, you’ll love it, but if you're a novel reader or are expecting this to be some well written English literature style BDSM book, then don’t waste your time or money. I enjoyed all three books and am looking forward to the movies, definitely worth the money.

This book is the best one I have read in a long time. Ana and Mr. Gray have an up-down relationship, but u can tell they have love for each other even if Ana is like a deer in head lights.

Fifty Shades of Grey is a romance novel, and a pretty good one. Its primary appeal is to women who read romance novels. I did find some of it quite tedious and repetitive, on the whole I found it an easy read and mostly enjoyable. You will either love or hate this book. It's all about individual taste and opinion.

Fifty Shades of Grey is a novel about a college student named Anastasia who gets introduced to some of the world of BDSM by an older and richer man. Although the book does have a lot of sex scenes, it was not intense enough for me and seemed to fit the genre of "romance" more so than "erotica".

Do not read this book. It is a waste of time. I did hear the other books were better, but I am not wasting the time reading them to find out!

I really did enjoy reading the first book in this installment, it was sexy, had good potential, gave me new ideas to freak things up in the sack... and most importantly... got my engine running. I could not put this book down!

There isn't a downside to buying this book. I have introduced it to my sisters and even my mother and they have all loved it. Some find it romantic, while others, including myself, just find it sexy. The characters are likeable, if not frustrating at times, but if they weren't, then they wouldn't be relatable, which is what makes a book worth reading.

This is a great read! My roommate told me that she wasn't into it because she heard it was just all about sex, but it's not. Although 85% are sex scenes (which are great), the other part of the book is an amazing love story that will hook you!

For E. L. James' first book, this isn't very bad. I can admit I was stuck for a little while, but this book is very interesting. I would recommend it to my friends.

Christian wants a BDSM relationship with Ana. Ana doesn't want the pain from the BDSM, but gets excited with some of the arrangments made between them. The couple eventually falls in love and work out an equal relationship between BDSM and vanilla sex.

“He grabs me suddenly and yanks me up against him, one hand at my back holding me to him and the other fisting in my hair. “You’re one challenging woman,” He kisses me, forcing my lips apart with his tongue, taking no prisoners. “It’s taking all my self-control not to fuck you on the hood of this car, just to show you that you’re mine, and if I want to buy you a fucking car, I’ll buy you a fucking car,” he growls.”

If you enjoy reading erotica, Fifty Shades of Grey is worth your time. If you want to over-analyze everything, don't bother - you will be very disappointed with this book.

This book has some info of the dom and sub life style I really didn't know so while Ana is looking it up so was I. I was somewhat as shocked as she was, and just like her I wanted to do it as well. Funny what we find out about ourselves from a book. This book can turn you on, over, and upside down all in one. And at the end it is leaving you wanting more.

If you're wanting to start BDSM or are an active dominator, you'll love this book! Have fun with this book as it's intriguing and is fun to read as you get further and further in this book. It's a great erotica book and you'll be glad to have bought it, and the good thing about this series is that they're talking about making it into a movie.

I was a little disapointed with how the author portrays the BDSM lifestyle. In real life the Dom/me would talk to the sub a lot more about what he wanted of her. He would show her how things needed to be, and then start laying the ground rules for what they were going to do. To me it read like a romance with a little kink thrown in to the mix.

Besides all the other things that are horrible in terms of plot and character development, this text is just poorly written. It isn't worth a breath or an eye banter, and it should not be recommended to anyone else when there is so much more available. I wish I could give half stars.

If you are new to reading erotica, and particularly BDSM erotica, you will probably find 50 Shades of Grey enticing, although it is not that well written. But, if this is a genre you've read before, or if you have any real life experience in BDSM, it's sure to leave you frustrated and wanting more.

Never have I read the word 'Crap' so many times in an erotic novel. In all seriousness, though, please do yourself a favor and skip this book. It's badly written. Just because a novel is 'erotic' in theme, doesn't mean format and effort have to go out the window. This novel lacks plot. It lacks real, deep characters. It lacks a thesaurus. Skip it. It's 'Crap'.

I wouldn’t recommend reading Fifty Shades of Grey unless you’re fatally bored and have exhausted all other options. The mania over this book is mainly due to sexual repression, and it's only redeeming quality is that it may help people to realize it's okay to have and explore different sexual proclivities.

This is a disappointing book, the story line is very thrown together without thought and erotica implies sex, but this book has very little sex in it,

The characters are juvenile and shallow. The writing is weak and without revision. You have to be able to enjoy things on a very basic level without much deep probing and thinking to want to keep reading. It's not for me, but if your curiosity is there and you want to read it, then go for it. If you want to understand what it's about then Google it or read about it on Wiki and get the run down. Don't waste your money, borrow it from a friend that read it or go to the library.

If you enjoy a quick, first-date-to-engaged-in-under-a-month style of romance novel, this book is for you. Any Twilight fan will enjoy this plot. Experienced members of the BDSM community won't be able to prevent themselves from dissecting every scene and activity described in this poorly researched novel.

If you're looking for a sexy, fun read either alone or with your partner, this is a great choice. It may not be spot-on details-wise, but I don't think you'll be complaining.

After hearing about this novel for ages, I had to give it a try. It's not completely terrible, but I can see why many people will hate this took. The writing isn't that good, and it doesn't display BDSM relationships well. For those in vanilla relationships, though, they might like it. Me? It's okay, but I won't be re-reading it.

This book is interesting and stimulating and you just might learn something from reading it. While it could have been better written, it has gone the rounds of every female in the family from the 21 year old to the 75 year old and I have not heard one single male family member complain.

I personally did not find the book to be as much of a hype as friends had made it out to be. However, I am more into the kinky side of sex already. I can see it being a big deal for those who have vanilla sex (a term that I had learned in the book meaning casual sex). This book will definitely make your panties wet or give you a stiff one. The text of the book is quite large. Unfortunately, you will get through the book pretty fast, due to this so you're best off to buy all three at once.

This book made my Inner Goddess shake her head in disbelief. Though this is a book that someone could read that may be interested in a good fantasy. It is mostly a misrepresentation of BDSM. The erotic scenerios where very quick and not really all that arousing. A good book for someone who wants a good read and doesn't care about the facts.

Oh, my, my! Christian Grey, you can have your way with me. I loved this book, it was over too soon for me. Can't wait to finish the other two books.

This is a great story, not the next great work of literature. Funny, dark, sexy...everything you need in a romance novel.

If you're looking for something different than your regular romantic novels, give this a try. It might open up your mind to something new that you might just enjoy.

This book is like the saying your Mother or Father taught you as a child. "If everyone else jumped off a bridge, would you do it too?" Yes, I just compared reading 50 Shades of Grey to jumping off a bridge. Just because your friends are doing it, doesn't mean you should too. If you do, you will be equally as hooked on the story as your friends.

What a joke. I'm sure someone with more experience could have done an amazing job with this concept. Frankly, the character profiles are terrible and contradict themselves frequently. It is very difficult to read because it is absolutely atrociously written! People say she gets better as you continue, but I don't care. I'm not reading this to see her improvements. I can't help but get mad at how the author degrades Anastasia's personality faults like she does. Harsh? Maybe. True? Absolutely.

If you're a practiced kinkster: don't bother with this book. You'll roll your eyes at it. If you're a newbie to kink but curious: pick a book that is less likely give you bad information and scare the shit out of you. If you're a raging feminist or queer: read the book just so you can throw stones at it If you're none of the above: read it if you must, but withhold judgement

Do not start reading this book expecting much, the sex is pretty generic romance and there's a lot of areas that could have been much better.

If you enjoy long romance novels, dont care to much about the story being believable, and can over look bad writting, it is a great book.

Although the hype surrounding it may excite you enough to run out to your local bookstore RIGHT NOW, I hope that you will reconsider. If you do read the book, I hope you will consider the fact that it does not accurately portray the BDSM lifestyle or relationships and take it at face value - a romance novel.

Fifty Shades of Grey is a good introduction to erotica and/or BSDM-type novels. It is an entertaining read, if you can look past the poor writing.

This is not the book for you if you are interested in BDSM. The book definitely does not portray that well at all. If you have nothing better to do, it won't kill you (don't quote me on that) to read it.

Once you get to the action of the book, you just won't be able to put it down. Well, unless you aren't that excited.

Overall it was just okay. It was an easy read and could spark great conversations at the workplace, friends, or even a partner. It could cause the reader to examine their own sexual limits and maybe push them a bit further. Sadly, the female character is portrayed as weak, inexperienced, and at times, an unwilling participant in BDSM. The male character is portrayed as having some baggage, anger, stalker, and control issues that I just found more scary than erotic for most of the book.

If you want a non-biased review of this book, from someone NOT in the BDSM community, here it is. This review is taking the book as it was meant to be: an erotic fiction, and nothing more.

I read this because of all the hype over it, but was a little disappointed. Its really wasn't all that great. If you're looking for a quick and easy read, try it out. If you're looking for insight on the BDSM world, keep looking.

This novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, had potential to be a great erotica series, but it fell flat due to a lack of editing and rushed writing.

This book consumed a week of my life I'll never have back. It is an offensive collage of terrible writing, one-dimensional characters, and disturbing portrayals of dominant/submissive behavior. With a different jacket on the book, you may actually mistake Christian Grey for Patrick Bateman.

Book one opens your mind and sets you up for books two and three. It had me pretty excited and daydreaming about the things I could do with my husband.

I am only on Chapter 18 right now, but at the rate it is going, and from what I've read so far, I will more than likely give the other two books a try. I just wish that the girl had a little more confidence. Honestly, I feel like any woman should try and get what they feel they deserve, not just wait for it to happen. I know that has nothing to do with the sexuality of the story, but then again, there is always something sexy about a confident woman.

Overall Fifty Shades of Grey was an okay book. It took me longer than a typical book to read, and I often found myself not even wanting to read it. I stuck it out and am now satisfied that I completed it. I was initially taken aback by some of the things that I was reading but only because I have no experience in any alternative lifestyles. I'm sure eventually I will finish the trilogy, but I have no burning desire to right now.

For someone who isn't a fan of romance novels but likes some good old fashioned erotica this book was a dud. For someone who does like romances this book may entertain but will not stand out. Unfortunately I was hoping this book would help make the BDSM lifestyle more understood but instead it seems to just feed into the stigma that those involved are somehow damaged.

If you value your sanity, if you have even a shred of respect for actual books, if you've read anything more than a picture book explaining the differences between colors at the ripe age of five, give this offensive, problematic book wide berth. You can find far, far better erotica online, and for free.

If you want to know what all the fuss is about, pick yourself up a copy! I had to find out what all my friends were talking about; all of them were saying how hot and great this read was. I had to know, and I am happy I did. This is my twilight! I hear this book may be made into a movie, and I will be first in line. Team Grey all the way!

Whereas Fifty Shades of Grey is by far not the best written book ever released, it is by far not the worst. Yes the characters are unbelievable and it is based on a fan fiction but it makes for a great lazy summer read. One of the best things about the book is just how amazingly bad it is; the main character uses the phrase "inner goddess" at least 36 times in the first book alone. The book is not going to be winning the Pulitzer Prize anytime soon but it is a good way to waste an afternoon.

For me this was a quick read book, nothing too spectacular but not bad. I think there has been too much hype over this book and therefore, was a letdown to me.

This book is pretty hit or miss. The sex is hot, but the writing is not. It could be a fun vacation read, but don't expect major literary value.

If you can get past the concerns I mentioned, the story is engaging because of the innocence of Ana as Mr. Grey introduces her to a world she had known nothing about. Her character is headstrong, knows what she doesn't want, and likes to bargain with Mr. Grey, even though at first glance he is not one to bargain. Just because I have issues with the writing style, that doesn't mean the plot isn't enjoyable. Ultimately, fiction should be entertainment, and on this point it hits a home run.

A book that has BDSM themes abounding that is accepted by mainstream society. This book has broken a barrier in society and has an engaging plot and characters that you are interested in. If you do enjoy the first, make sure the second volume is close by, the book does end on a cliffhanger. Overall, a good book that brings sex & BDSM into the mainstream.

If you can overlook the juvenile writing style, Fifty Shades of Grey is truly a beautifully written love story. Despite the repetition, the sex scenes are sexy, romantic and even a little kinky. Being unfamiliar in the world of BDSM, I thought the BDSM aspect was pretty tame and there was never a point where I wanted to stop reading. I honestly wish the more conservative would look past the 'dangerous' aspect of this story and really look to seeing that this is a great story of redemption.

I liked the fact that it got the word out about the BDSM Lifestyle, that this book is making "vanilla" people think about kink. However, I do not like the fact that this book is basically saying that if you live a BDSM Lifestyle, that you must have been damaged at some point. This is simply not true.

A mild bondage book with a good love story by an author who gets better every page. It just leaves some to be desired and doesn't live up to the hype.

The style of writing is different, you either love it or hate it, but it is worth reading at least once!

Not a bad read. I wouldn't say it's a complete abomination to the BDSM world. It's fun, it's fiction, it's fantasized. Grey becomes a romantic character that you want to love and hate. However, as someone who practices BDSM with my Dom, I simply can't give a higher rating to something that paints Doms and subs to be damaged or "abnormal." Grey truly isn't as 'extreme' as Anastasia's mind makes him out to be. This is a love story with whips and control involved and you can't expect much more.

As something that started out as a Twilight fanfiction, I hadn't expected this book to be great, but after hearing all the hype, I just had to read it myself. I'm definitely not the biggest fan. This book is about Anastasia Steele an innocent, plain girl who finds herself in a relationship with Christian Grey, a billionaire who just happens to be into BDSM. It poorly portrays a BDSM relationship, though and since Ana is so innocent and vanilla, she tends to say a lot of rude things about BDSM.

Again I am going back to the hype that this caused... Clearly everyone, weather they admit it or not is infatuated by SEX. And Sex sells big time. So this woman wrote a story about crazy wild lovely sex and got published, I honestly think its awesome. Just wish it was written better. I give it a 4 of 5 because the first is my favorite so far.

Fifty Shades of Grey is the book everyone is talking about, mostly women, raving about how it has improved their sex lives with their partners. It was originally Twilight fanfiction. It has a mysterious male character, the guy that every woman wants and the lucky one that gets to be with him. There is mystery, suspense, kink, passion, a hint of love and a lot of sex. One should be aware though that this isn't an accurate description of why and how a BDSM relationship starts.

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