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Books twenty six through twenty eight were the Fifty Shades trilogy. I ended up with all three books on my Kindle and in paperback (garage sale find). Mostly, I read them on the Kindle, but I switched to paperback on the last book when my husband took the Kindle into work for a couple nights.

The trilogy, Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freer, written by E. L. James, follows the somewhat unconventional relationship between Anastasia Steele, a graduating college student, and Christian Grey, a young millionaire. Their relationship goes through ups and downs, there are threats and high points which stretch out through the third novel. It’s been called “mommy porn” for a reason- there are many scenes that are inappropriate for young readers.

My reaction to these books was “Meh”. The writing in the first novel was filled with British slang. If it had been told in third person, that wouldn’t have bothered me a bit, but the novels are written in Anastasia’s voice. The plot, especially in the second and third novels, was choppy, rapidly skipping chunks of time, usually without much explanation. The “threat” portion of the plot (I don’t want to give anything away) seemed contrived and unnecessary. The books were quick reads for me, but I tend not to read romance-type novels often, which may explain my less-than-enthusiastic reaction. I don’t know that I would recommend these books to the few people who haven’t read them.

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