Fifty Shades Trilogy- E.L. James – Review- Spoiler alert!

I suppose I should review each book, then perhaps wrap it up with a summary.  There is no way I can come up with to review this trilogy without giving some spoilers so please don’t read this if you are picky about knowing anything.

Fifty Shades of Grey:  I should clarify first that I read this after going through over 80 romance novels from the 1980’s so it is perhaps true that my mind was a bit mush on the onset.  Taking the bdsm part out, I actually rather enjoyed the story line.  There is substance to the characters and the author gives them both a very deep and interesting past and present.  The bdsm bits, for me, is a bit steamy but honestly a bit disappointing after all the hype.  That being said, I think the sex parts will effect every person differently depending on their personal experiences and open-mindedness.

Fifty Shades Darker:  Here we delve a bit deeper into the past and the why’s of his “disorder” which to some extent I picked up but I am not sure I buy that a 3 year old child would grow up in a great household and still have so many issues.  Part of me thinks this is a bit far fetched.  How many of us remember what happened when we were 3?  Granted it was freakishly horrifying and disturbing but really, would someone grow up in a healthy, loving home holding on to these issues of such a young age?  I’d be curious what a psychologist would say about the likelihood of this.

Fifty Shades Freed:  Mr. Grey grows up, love and care is a wonderful thing but I admit to missing some of the progression of the bdsm.  The author seems to skip a bit in this book, I admit to wishing there was more games in the playroom.  It’s a lovely ending I suppose but I wonder if Mr. Grey gets itchy after a while being husband and daddy.

For the summary:  The hardest part to digest was the virgin gone sex pot in one step.  It’s a bit tough to swallow, pun completely intended.  I loved the way the former subs kept popping up.  This was quite funny for me, and she handled it quite well.  This vulnerable, virginal girl who is also independent, can shoot a gun and handle herself with opposition.  I would even venture to say if there is a fourth book, she would become the dom and he the sub in the relationship.  It seemed to be heading that way.  This trilogy has jump started my sex drive a bit, I will admit.  We should all cherish those we love so passionately.

Please if you are looking to read this, go into it with a light heart and remember it’s not smut (to me) so if you are looking for that, go get a porn magazine.  At least that’s how I see it.

Book 83, 84 and Finally number 85

Emma Goldrick’s “My Brother’s Keeper”

Again I find myself having difficulty getting into the story simply because neither character seemed that attractive to me.  I wonder if I am actually just shallow in this way.  Otherwise, a decent story of rather unlikely love coming to be.

Michelle Reid’s “A Question of Pride”

Ah the office affair that was supposed to stay easy but gets VERY complicated.  I loved this story.  I liked this male character’s turn into being a responsible adult.


Reader’s Digest Condensed Books:  1. Mary Higgins Clark’s “Let Me Call You Sweetheart”, 2. Clancy Carlile’s “Children of the Dust”, 3. Harry Stein’s “Magic Bullet” and 4. Dorothy Gilman’s “Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer”.

  1.  “…Sweetheart”:  Great story, I love this author.  One of the ones I forget how much I like until I read them again.  Good mystery and drama with a little romance.
  2. “..Dust”:   An interesting southern story, was not painful to read.  Good characters and interactions.
  3. “…Bullet”:  Scientific drama that is gripping and exciting though a bit “tech-bookish” ..fed my geek side well.
  4. “Lion Killer”:  Hated it.  Ok hate is a bit strong but this one was painful to read.  The last few pages were ok but the lead up was excruciating for me.   I could however, see a 70 year old woman who didn’t travel much in life truly enjoying this.

And that completes the romance novel marathon!

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Book 78, 79, 80, 81, 82

Jane Corrie’s “Bride for Sale”

The hardest pill to swallow in this story is the age difference depicted in the front photo.   I didn’t find him that much older in the story but the front photo has him looking like her Grandfather.  Not a bad story, it held my interest.  The arranged married idea modernized added some humor to it.

Robin Donald’s “A Bitter Homecoming”

This guy was rather irritating with his nastiness towards her, I wanted her to punch him sometimes.  I’ve ridden out hurricanes before and they aren’t fun but I’d ride one out with this guy any day. 🙂

Alexandra Scott’s “Love Comes Stealing”

Enjoyable story line, the hardest part for me in this was getting past the 80’s wardrobe descriptions, they just sounded funny to me but back then we looked awesome didn’t we!!?

Emily Spenser’s “Where Eagles Soar”

Ah finally a self sufficient woman, strong with her convictions and taking life on … falling in love with a man who appreciates her.  Great adventurous story.

Jacqui Baird’s “Dark Desiring”

Dangerous Italian Men!  Again we have a large age gap which is a bit hard to swallow but the story was fun and kept me reading.  I wasn’t sure if he really had feelings for her or not, the author kept that well under wraps.

Final two books are:  Michelle Reid’s “A Question of Pride” and Emma Goldrick’s “My Brother’s Keeper”

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Book 72,73,74,75,76,77

Sara Craven’s “Comparative Strangers”

Nothing to complain about, this story was a good read.  I couldn’t predict everything.  Which at this point in reading these novels I was starting to get a bit bored with the stories.  Awkward situations make for the best romances, don’t they?

Diana Hamilton’s “Dark Charade”

Ah the twisted Sister-In-Law in this is epic.  What sinister places she went to inside her head!  Oh and the romance was lovely too.  The wonderful man who keeps trying and won’t let her go.  🙂

Diana Hamilton’s “The Wild Side”

I recognize what the author was doing but I admit to having a hard time finding anyone named Waldo romantic.  Once I put his name aside, he was an interesting dilemma in her world.  Why do we equate romance with abduction though?  Obviously, he didn’t have any truly bad intentions which makes it sexy.

Jean MacLeod’s “Meeting in Madrid”

A lovely fantasy type story.  Going abroad to tutor a child and finding love in the rough and sexy uncle.  Add an antagonist, the Sister-In-Law who feels threatened.  Very nice.

Bethany Campbell’s “Sea Promises”

This short story packed a lot in it.  Tragedy, possessiveness, family obligation, tough girl and the man who makes her feel safe and feminine.   I love stories that take place on the cliffs of the Northeast, there’s just something mysterious about it.

Joanna Mansell’s “The Night is Dark”

Lots of adventure and odd circumstances.  Enjoyable read.

Sally Wentworth’s “Ultimatum”

A very adult situation, I enjoyed this book and it’s turns.  The man isn’t classically handsome, and enjoys a dangerous hobby.  What I didn’t like was her stupidity in trying to change the man she was supposedly in love with.  I didn’t agree with her stand on it and was frustrating reading her thoughts and the lousy ultimatum she threw down.

The next book is Jane Corrie’s “Bride for Sale”

bride for sale


Book 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, and 71

Joanna Mansell’s “Illusion of Paradise”

This book struck me as rather unusual for a romance novel and I enjoyed the adventure side of it.  Fun, serious, analytical, deep and finally romantic.

Emma Darcy’s “The Positive Approach”

I admit I was a little pessimistic with the title, sounded rather cheesy.  Although I had a hard time grasping the very love at first site of it all, the way they met was wonderful.    I loved her independence but grabbing on to this deal was a choice well made in my opinion and of course, we expected there to be love in the end right?

Patricia Wilson’s “Impossible Bargain”

This story touched me a couple of times.  Very realistic and moving, truly warm story.  One of the few I would love to see made into a tv movie.  Strong characters and a juicy story.

Susanne McCarthy’s “Too Much to Lose”

Lovely story, I could very well picture it as I was going.  Had me laughing in a few parts and upset in others.   This book could have been longer or add a sequel to it.

Roberta Leigh’s “No Man’s Mistress”

A fun story with a few turns in it, I truly wanted to see her succeed both in career and in love.

Daphne Clair’s “No Winner”

Another one that I fully admit I had a hard time getting into simply due to the absolutely ridiculous front cover.  This guy just looks goofy.  The story however was touching and although I figured out quickly who he was, the telling was fun to read.  The negative is that again I find myself having a difficult time equating romance with forcing sex.

Carole Mortimer’s “To Love Again:

Ah the fight against what is inevitable.  This story grabbed me and didn’t let go.  Truly enjoyed the struggle both characters had with the love that was obviously there.  This male character is every woman’s dream.  Masculine but tender and protective.  Huzzah!

I know I’m pounding through these, figured I would once I got to these short Harlequin’s.

The next one is:  Sara Craven’s “Comparative Strangers”


Book 60, 61, 62, 63: “Equal Opportunities”, “An Expert Teacher”, “Smoke in the Wind”, By Love Bewitched”

Penny Jordan’s “Equal Opportunities”

I admit to having a tough time with this one simply from the fail portrait on the front.  Shallow of me?  Yes, I found out that I enjoy a romance novel much better if the portrait of the main characters are attractive people and this one fell short.  If not attractive, let my imagination create them instead.

The story was ok, very unrealistic and difficult for me to imagine.

Penny Jordan’s “An Expert Teacher”

I liked the background story in this, of them spending secret time together when young then finding each other again.  Lovely and finally a storyline that I could actually see happening.  I do wish he’d kept his Irish accent though, for selfish reasons.

Robyn Donald’s “Smoke in the Wind”

Ok this one was difficult for me in the sense that I wanted to club the guy over the head on a couple of occasions.  What a horrible thing to do to someone and the author truly pulled it out to have a story come around to the point where her forgiving him was palatable.

That it evoked some emotional response from me gives testament to the story.

Violet Winspear’s “By Love Bewitched”

I had a hard time with this one.  To find romance out of forced sex is a stretch for me.  True that it was implied that she did respond to him some but she definitely felt violated.  Add to that the age gap and it was a difficult story to embrace.

The next book is Joanna Mansell’s “Illusion of Paradise”


Book 59: “Dangerous Obsession”

Patricia Wilson’s “Dangerous Obsession”

This was an ok story.  I am getting a little tired of the strung out “does he love me, does she love me, oh but what about this or that in the way”,  in these books due to lack of communication though.  Maybe that is true to life?  I suppose.

The next book is Penny Jordan’s “Equal Opportunities”