If the name E.L. James is not high on your list of authors as the seasons are about to change by the time you reach the end of the season, you will. James has written the "Shades of Gray" trilogy.
It is a trilogy based on a simple premise: an author receives and assignment to interview a billionaire entrepreneur. That seems like a simple enough assignment but it is far more than that.
Working closely with the subject of her interview, Christian Gray, Anastasia Steele, a person who is very innocent in the ways of the world and the ways of love, finds herself wanting Gray more and more.
Gray, acting aloof, finally admits that he, too, wants Ana and they begin a physical affair where Gray's addiction to an individual style of sexual encounter may seem to some like a giant step backward in the writing world. Gray has an obsession with rape and the willing Steele succumbs to his domination.
Interestingly, though many would have it otherwise, the Fifty Shades of Gray has been atop the New York Times best-seller list for weeks.
Indeed, it is a very quick read as the scenes are vivid and they move quickly from one point to the next.
Gray, a driven entrepreneur billionaire is a man with special tastes and it takes a woman with similar tastes to last with him. In this case, the more-than-slightly naive Steele is that woman. Indeed, Steele finds that she is attracted to the sexual lifestyle that Gray advocates.
The writing is good, description is excellent and if James, a London-based writer, keeps her slightly irreverent, yet searching voice then she will be on the NYT's bestseller list again and again.
Her writing style is simple and direct and her scenes, though quite graphic, also work with the story she has crafted. It would seem that James' work has actually touched on a nerve that many people would like to think has been cleaned from society, but it seems like it hasn't.
James' work is quite good and she deserves the success she is creating.
If you are looking for a good quick read for an afternoon or evening or a long weekend, the you may find Fifty Shades of Gray is that work.
As it stands now, James' work has not only drawn the attention of the reading world and the NYT bestseller list, but she has also captured honors for from GoodReads as 50 Shades has won an award for Best Romantic novel.
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