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Fifty Shades of Messed Up!

They toss all the rules out the door. But then one of Gray's ex subs comes to hurt him. Ana has to deal with Mrs. Robinson. Some of Gray's past is revealed.
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Pros:
Easy to follow, gets you out of the daily grind
Cons:
Sex is repetitive
Rating by reviewer:
3
useful review

About author

The author is E.L. James. The book is published by Vintage Books and a division of Random House Inc.

The author started to write these books in 2009 after she finished the Twilight Saga. She says these books are just fantasies that she has had. It is part of a midlife crisis she was going through. She plans to write one more and then she doesn't know what she's doing after that. She lives in west London for the last 20 years with her husband and 2 sons.

    • Well known author

Content / Style / Audience

This is the continued story of Gray and Ana who are entering in a Dom and Sub relationship. They are tossing out all the rules of the original contract that Gray has in order to try more. But more can come with more baggage than one has counted on. Ana gets to confront Mrs. Robinson, which ends up more like Mrs. Robinson confronting Ana. One of Gray's exes comes in trying to mess things up for them.

Gray tries to change all his controlling ways. He is doing a good job. If we could only all could get our men to change this quick, right, ladies?

Then you have a life changing decision that Ana has to make. She talks to Gray's therapist in order to make that decision. So much is going on at once. Yet the writing is simple enough you can follow along easy enough.

The writing style is simple and easy to read. I have to say, my youngest child could read this book and she is 12. She could have read this in 4th grade when she could read at a 7th grade level.

I really think these books are geared for the normal house wife. I can see why they have been a big hit and why women are flocking to it. If you’re tired of your normal sex life this book with its light Dom and Sub play can give hope to any bedroom.
  • Who / How / What
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Alone
    • Book club
    • Couples
  • Where
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    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Anywhere
    • Bath
  • General
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    Other tags that are useful and descriptive for this product.
    • Erotica
    • Non-fiction

Design

This book measures 8x5x1. It has 532 pages. The paper is of good quality because they don't tear when you turn them. Also there is no blurry letters. The binding is holding tight because I roll the book when I hold it. There has been no buckling seen yet.

The black and white cover is discreet. The title in white lettering does not jump out at anyone saying erotic novel. The Mask on the front you could be reading a play. How ever if anyone gets close enough to read the title they will know right away what you are reading only because this book has been in the news right away. Most people are very willing to talk about this book as soon as they recognize the cover.
    • Soft cover
    • Well made

Personal comments

I have read book one and now book two. Book three is on its way. I am somewhat confused to where this is all going with the plot. It all is clashing together. You have Gray's past relationship coming back to haunt him in more ways than one. You have this relationship that went from Dom and Sub to a love story. Now you have a twist I never saw coming. The story line is okay. It’s somewhat believable. It's just you start one way in book one and you think, “Oh this could get interesting.” The second book isn’t keeping up the interest. I think it is winding down.

Experience

I like the book, but it is a little repetitive in the sex area. The story line is good, but I think it is simple writing and you can get through the book fast. I like it because for a few minutes it takes you away. It can give hope in a relationship that in the darkness there is light. People can relate to that.
    • Alone
    • Couples
    • Travel
Follow-up commentary
I see this book as more of a struggle with the relationship and where it will go than it as a book about BDSM. I see them as two people who have had completely different paths; one of innocence, and one of who know what yet. It's like they need each other to bring out the best in themselves -- to make each other whole. They say opposites attract... I don't think you can get more opposite then these two. They struggle through some rough stuff, but they seem to be able to find their way back to each other. The BDSM is just a bonus.
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Comments
  • Kitka
    Kitka  
    Great review on this book, I have similar views on it. I didn't mind reading all three for something different to read but I wasn't totally impressed with them either. Thanks for sharing your review with us
  • Cinnyree
    Cinnyree  
    isn't his name Grey not Gray?
  • justme23
    justme23  
    Thanks for the review!~
  • MilyxXxD
    MilyxXxD  
    ty
  • skeeterlynn
    skeeterlynn  
    Thank you for the review
  • Stinkytofu10
    Stinkytofu10  
    Great review, thank you!
  • Missmarc
    Missmarc  
    Great review, thank you!
  • Sunny Meadows
    Sunny Meadows  
    you all are very welcome.
  • Kayla&JJ ?
    Kayla&JJ ?  
    Cinnyree is right. It's Grey. :3
  • SaiDiscordia
    SaiDiscordia  
    Thanks for sharing. I think too many people go into the books thinking that these are going to be all about BDSM. What people need to realize is that they are at heart a love story that has some elements of BDSM. This is a story that is more about inner struggles and learning that relationships take work, communication and trust.
  • Sunny Meadows
    Sunny Meadows  
    I thought win reading book one it was going to get more into bdsm. But as I moved into book two it turned in to a relationship struggle/ love story. but it did get me thinking
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