Monday, September 19, 2011


Posted by Laurielu Bona Fide Reflections at 12:01 AM
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Bona Fide Reflections will be featuring the author E.L. James for the blog hop. Ms. James has written two emotionally poignant contemporary erotica novels. The first book in her trilogy is Fifty Shades of Grey and the second book is Fifty Shades Darker. Her third book will be published some time in 2012.  I will be giving away one copy of each book to one lucky winner. The winner will be announced September 27th. You must be 18 or over to win these books due to the sexually explicit love scenes contained in them.

I have posted reviews of both E.L. James' books below.  For the weekend, I will be posting an interview with Ms. E.L. James. The only thing you need to do to enter the giveaway is complete the  Rafflecopter (at the end of this long post) and leave a comment on this blog post with your name and e-mail so I can contact the lucky winner September 27, 2011. The other options are just that - optional. Thanks for stopping by.

Review of Fifty Shades of Grey:

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)

Phenomenal  Erotica Reading

Fifty Shades of Grey, (Fifty Shades #1) by E. L. James is a fantastic debut contemporary erotica romance novel (with some BDSM elements) that I absolutely loved. The magnetism between Christian and Ana is nothing short of phenomenal. Ms. James has a way of engaging the reader and fully investing them in an unforgettable romance that is Mr. Grey & Ms. Steele. They are a perfect foil for each other.

Anastasia Steele must interview Christian Grey who is an entrepreneurial mogul for her school’s paper because her best-friend and roommate, Kate, is stricken with the flu. So, ensues the fateful meeting of Ms. Steele and Mr. Grey. Their attraction to each other is immediate. He is cool and all smooth masculine grace while she is a bit klutzy but proves herself to be smart and competent during their interview even though she does tend to let her inner dialogue filter through to some of the questions which she would like to completely forget once she leaves his office.

He follows up her fateful interview with him by stopping by her place of employment to see her and engage her in more conversational byplay. Their romance is not your plain vanilla variety once it gets started. His predilections in the bedroom go way beyond Ana’s innocence and non-existent sexual experience - to put it mildly. He wants her; but, there are some very interesting strings that will be attached to their relationship if she chooses to participate in an affair with the sexy, enigmatic Christian Grey.

As they get to know each other, there are some serious juxtapositions that occur on a personal level for both of them opens their eyes and their hearts to each other. He is controlling and all kinds of fifty shades of messed up; but, she recognizes the emotional turmoil in Christian and it calls to her on a level she never thought to experience. While, she has no frame of reference on which to guide herself through this tumultuous and challenging relationship, especially when he continues to hold himself at an emotional distance, she is captivated by him. The reader becomes enraptured as much as Ana in the mystery that surrounds Christian and only serves to cause the reader to fall hard for this charismatic, controlling, provocative man.

This story is full of personal growth, heartache, and a lot of capriciousness supplied by Mr. Grey that is constantly giving Ms. Steele emotional whiplash which lays down a gauntlet of emotional challenge. Ana's inner goddess and subconscious play a comedic role in helping her deal with her Fifty Shades of Grey. Her innocence, tenacity, and sense of self is the perfect antithesis to Mr. Grey's overwhelming personality.

Adding to the sweetness and hilarity of the story is the e-mail communication between the hero and heroine that also pulls you in to the enjoyment and magic of the story. Fifty Shades of Grey is the first book in a trilogy that starts an emotional journey and is a profoundly moving and dynamic story. The ending will leave you feeling understandably shocked, yet craving and coveting more of Ana Steele and Christian Grey. This is a prodigious debut novel that I highly recommend to all romance genre readers. The talent that is Ms. E.L. James is not to be missed.

Review of Fifty Shades Darker:
Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)

Amazing Romantica/Erotica Read

Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades #2 by E.L. James is another stunner of an erotic romance book. It starts up where Fifty Shades of Grey ends. Anastasia Steele has broken up with Christian Grey because his demands were too overwhelming for her manage. Even though not much time has passed since their separation, they are both heart sick and make their way back to each other through Mr. Grey’s crafty machinations. Meanwhile, fresh out of college, Ana is trying to establish her career in the publishing industry.

The plot of this book takes Ms. Steele and, especially, Mr. Grey down a much more treacherous impassioned journey when it comes to opening up and laying bare a myriad of feelings compounding the confrontation of deep rooted emotional scars. As layers of Christian’s past are stripped away, Ana and Christian grow exponentially as a couple by learning to meet each others emotional needs, further entwining their already connected hearts.

Reinforcing the plot are two women from Christian’s past who push Ana’s hot buttons forcing the couple to confront the outcome of Christian’s past predilections. Concurrently, Ana is having to contend with issues at work involving her boss and his questionable intentions towards her. The much needed comic relief comes in the form of Ana’s inner goddess and her subconscious that help her through her emotional ups and downs. Adding to the reader’s spectrum of emotion are the emails between Mr. Grey and Ms. Steele that cast poignancy and some additional humor to the story line.

This novel also has Christian and Ana dealing with his past in a very “in -your- face” fashion that will have the reader cringing at moments from the emotional voracity, making the reader’s heart ache, and bring the reader to his/her knees. E.L. James’ ability to rent such feeling from the reader is extraordinary. Fifty Shades Darker is an all together different journey than it’s predecessor; however, it demands no less from the reader’s affections. If anything, it demands more. E.L. James offers readers a story that is unforgettable, stunning, passionate, sexy, needful, cathartic and glorious.

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Happy Reading from Bona Fide Relfections!!

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Blue Shedevil on September 19, 2011 at 1:46 AM said...

I do love to be first in line! Spot on as always and a smoking review. I stand in awe.

Jennifer on September 19, 2011 at 2:01 AM said...

I keep hearing about this one and how hot Christian is! Now you tell me there's two? I may need the cold shower beforehand.

Sam,E and R, Awesomness on September 19, 2011 at 4:04 AM said...

Great giveaway babE! You know how much I loved these books!

Come see my giveaway!

Elena on September 19, 2011 at 5:09 AM said...

*Squee* I just finished this novel and am dying to read the second one!! I'm getting antsy, I love it!

Great Review Sseetie!

Jen at Red Hot Books on September 19, 2011 at 7:55 AM said...

This isn't my usual thing but I've heard lots of buzz on this book. So I'd like to give it a try.

Ren on September 19, 2011 at 7:59 AM said...

Aww, me, me!! Great review Laurie.With all of you pimpin' this book at Twitter and Goodreads, its make me really want to read it! Christian Grey seems like hero who I will love in the end =D

Thanks for the giveaway!


Erika @ Badass BooK Reviews on September 19, 2011 at 8:16 AM said...

pick Me, Pick Me!!


Great stuff Laurie!

Erika @ Badass

_yay_ on September 19, 2011 at 8:54 AM said...

I agree with everything you said.
How could I not??? #TeamFiftyShades ;-)Funny - I, too mentioned the email exchange in my review haha.
Great giveaway. Whoever wins is one lucky SOB!!!!
_yay_ @ BookthatThing!

Julie Jansen on September 19, 2011 at 9:30 AM said...

Nice to meet you! Great contest and having fun on the blog tour ;)


Alyssa (Hesperia Loves Books) on September 19, 2011 at 9:53 AM said...

Would love to win, I've heard great things about these books!


kissablesweet1 on September 19, 2011 at 10:00 AM said...

Can't wait to read this one. It sounds wonderful!!!

macladie25 at yahoo dot com

fun blog!

MadHatter on September 19, 2011 at 10:59 AM said...

Hoping to get the book and read it!


Arianne Cruz on September 19, 2011 at 12:01 PM said...

thanks for this giveaway :)
GFC: Arianne Cruz
email: cruz042 at csusm dot edu

ebaker on September 19, 2011 at 12:19 PM said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Amanda W. on September 19, 2011 at 3:30 PM said...

Thanks for giving the chance to win! These books look great!

kayla on September 19, 2011 at 3:51 PM said...

These books look really good.

Ronda (Queentutt's World of Escapism) on September 19, 2011 at 7:12 PM said...

Wow this is an awesome Hop. These books look very good and I love erotic books - hee hee.

Amanda on September 19, 2011 at 9:29 PM said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

GREAT giveaway!


metallifan15 on September 20, 2011 at 12:57 PM said...

I've herd nothing but good things about this trilogy between you and Elena (luniesr) on twitter *grins* Got me all wanting to go on a buying binge, yet again...LOL

Great review! It will be a fun read to add to the TBR stack! Thanks for the review and giveaway.


Sapphyria on September 20, 2011 at 1:34 PM said...

I've not heard of this trilogy until now--Boy I love blog hops!!


shadow_kohler on September 20, 2011 at 4:23 PM said...

Awesome giveaway! I really want to read these.
name: Shadow
email: shadowluvs2read(at)aol(dot)com
Thank you!

geschumann on September 20, 2011 at 6:50 PM said...

Love to read different & new to me authors. Thanks for the giveaway! Gloria

geschumann at live dot com

Anne R on September 20, 2011 at 9:44 PM said...

The book sounds great. thanks for the giveaway.

areeths at new dot rr dot com

kissablesweet1 on September 21, 2011 at 8:54 AM said...

The book sounds terrific. Great review!! The blog hop is a really cool idea.

macladie25 at yahoo dot com

PamM on September 21, 2011 at 12:24 PM said...

Thanks for the great giveaway.
kydirtgirl68 AT gmail DOT com

Barbara on September 21, 2011 at 1:01 PM said...

Great review...I'd love to win/read these books!

Temperance on September 21, 2011 at 3:56 PM said...

Thank you for the giveaway:)

Ellen Elizabeth on September 21, 2011 at 6:46 PM said...

Hi! Thank you for the give away! I love the color of your blog by the way, very cute! (:


NerdyGirl88 on September 21, 2011 at 7:03 PM said...

Sweet giveaway!! Good luck everyone!!

TinaBuriedUnderBooks on September 21, 2011 at 8:07 PM said...

Thanks for the Hawt giveaway.


Lori Z. on September 21, 2011 at 10:42 PM said...

What a great giveaway. I had not heard of this author or these books, but they are definitely going on my TBR list.


Proserpine on September 23, 2011 at 2:57 PM said...

Hi! I don't know the author E.L James but your reviews are making these books sounds pretty good! I Love getting to know new author (to me) :)Thanks for this giveaway!


Jean Vallesteros on September 23, 2011 at 5:54 PM said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway my co-blogger. I'm just hoping along today. And Nice to meet you :)

Don't forget to enter mine:)

my e-mail:
jeanbooknerd [at] gmail [dot] com

Anonymous said...

Just popping by to say hi ☺ I'm trying to visit every one and promote each page individually, my progress is sadly very slow. It was a great post and I'm off to shout your name to the twitter heavens!
Jen ;)

Anonymous said...

Great review ! Would love to read the books !



Julee J. Adams on September 24, 2011 at 9:58 AM said...

Sounds like a good story with lots of, um, tension, in a good way!

Thanks for the review and giveaway.

juleejadams (at) gmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

Loved your review! Would love to read these :)

Jodie Riverina Romantics on September 24, 2011 at 7:59 PM said...

I have been hearing so much about this series lately.

I can't wait to get my hands on it.

riverinaromantics (at) gmail (dot) com

Jodie @ Riverina Romantics

E. B. Walters on September 24, 2011 at 9:15 PM said...

Just making my rounds, joining blogs and tweeting. Nice blog and the reviews of your book makes me want to read it---it is going on my TBR pile. I'm not in the contest.

JoAnna on September 25, 2011 at 1:57 PM said...

Thanks for the giveaway! The books sound great!

beckerjo at verizon dot net

Nikki on September 25, 2011 at 4:35 PM said...

Ive bumped into this book a few times...Sounds awesome!!

Anonymous said...

You make these books sound amazing!

I want to read them now!!!

Mellysa on September 26, 2011 at 5:30 AM said...

Ahhh...can't wait to read this one! Thank you so much for the giveaway! ;D


Yamapink on September 26, 2011 at 5:52 AM said...

Great review, I'm a fan of her.. please pick me! :D I can't buy the book online because I don't have credit cards. but a very good friend gave me the ebook as a gift. Now I really want the paperback version. Sorry if this sound too desperate. and I'm 24 btw :D

tomapink at gmail dot com

Yamapink on September 26, 2011 at 5:52 AM said...

Great review, I'm a fan of her.. please pick me! :D I can't buy the book online because I don't have credit cards. but a very good friend gave me the ebook as a gift. Now I really want the paperback version. Sorry if this sound too desperate. and I'm 24 btw :D

tomapink at gmail dot com

Ramblings of a Part time Druid on September 26, 2011 at 6:37 AM said...

I want to read this book.. i've heard great things.



Sang K. on September 26, 2011 at 7:56 PM said...

I've heard great things about this trilogy. Definitely on my "To-Read" list!


AshleyS on September 26, 2011 at 8:13 PM said...

Thanks for the giveaway!!
Ashley Siegle

Cocktails and Books on September 26, 2011 at 8:30 PM said...

The book sounds awesome!