Hello my friends! Hope everyone's having a lovely reading week!
The only book I've read this week is part two of the Fifty Shades series, Fifty Shades Darker:
Although it is a highly sought after series for its titillating content, the reality is, this is the story of a blossoming romance in romantic settings. Don't get me wrong, there is definitely a lot of raunchy sex scenes and the f word is used quite a bit, but I found I could see past all that to the storyline, which is actually riveting. (Loving the cover too!)
After the first book, which is essentially about how Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele meet, and begin their relationship, book two has them realising they might actually be in love, and we follow them as they enjoy expensive restaurants, masquerade balls, drive luxurious cars and wear exquisite clothing. It's all very Pretty Woman! Then it gets serious, with a few stalkerish characters, including a couple of Christian's exes, and Anastasia's boss, and some visits to Christian's shrink to find out more about Christian's past and his obsessive behaviours.
The worst thing about this series is the over-use of phrases like "you're biting your lip again, Miss Steele," and "he cocked his head to one side." There are many other repetitive phrases, and it is very annoying to read them over and over. I'm wondering what the editor was doing when they were meant to be
refining the book??
However, I have found the storyline to be highly engaging, and it doesn't hurt to read a few sex scenes - they are in most adult fiction books anyway. In fact, there were a few scenes that I skimmed over
to get to the story again!
I'm looking forward to the next instalment which I will be reading this week,
in which one of the stalkerish characters really gets scary!
I'm joining up with Sheila at Book Journey to see what everyone else is reading:
Have a fun week!