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3.0 out of 5 stars An older man on truckling, March 7, 2012
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First, a disclaimer. I am a male senior citizen, a semi-retired gynecologist whose customary literary fare is spy novels and military techno-thrillers. I have never read a romance before, except perhaps for junior high's "A Tale of Two Cities" (or was that a classic?) But after the recent hullabaloo over James' "Fifty Shades," I opted to give the genre a glance.

The book's protagonist is college student Anastasia, who has never had sex or even "touched herself." I had to suspend disbelief at the social and sexual naivete of this twenty-one year-old, but I guess this implied vulnerability makes her more attractive as a romantic heroine. Yet it doesn't take her long to rectify this situation, and soon she is having orgasm after orgasm at the behest of her "dominant" partner, Mr. Grey. At my age, my arthritis flared up just reading about Ana's sexual gymnastics. And for some reason, I kept thinking about her contracting genital warts. Soon, however, Ana's endless pyrotechnic climaxes resembled repetitively watching porn: after a while, it leaves me bored and yawning. That said, there was a definite infectiousness to the plot; and taking Viagra to stiffen my resolve, I persevered.

James' strong suit is her ability to elicit sympathy in the protagonist. I wanted to find out what happened to Anastasia, and that lent the story a compelling, page-turning quality. James is a polished novelist. Her dialogue is crisp, her prose poised, and her paragraphs well-parsed. The author's considerable skills notwithstanding, would I pick up an erotic romance like this again? Probably not.

But that's just me.
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2012 6:51:30 PM PDT
Ditto I aggree

Posted on Apr 8, 2012 6:57:46 PM PDT
Oh I'm sure you will based on your review

Posted on Apr 8, 2012 8:04:16 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 8, 2012 8:15:08 PM PDT
Care says:
This review was absolutely hysterical!!! Anyone else who didn't find the humor in this, should definitely "lighten up!" I won't waste my time on these books!!

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 6:41:07 AM PDT
monkeyshine says:
Probably one of my favorite book reviews ever.....honest, humorous, and informative.

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 10:06:17 AM PDT
TM 13 says:
This review was wonderfully entertaining and hilarious!! When is your first book being published??

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 6:56:15 PM PDT
Bonsai Babe says:
Sir, thank you for making my day. This is literally the best review on Amazon. Hell, the review is probably better than the actual book XD XD

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 10:42:09 PM PDT
Scenicroute says:
You should write books! Your review made my evening!

Posted on Apr 10, 2012 8:33:01 AM PDT
Hayden says:
I will not only read your books if you write them, I will promote them for you as well. I think you would have a lot to give to the literary world!

Posted on Apr 10, 2012 12:49:54 PM PDT
D. Molay says:
Best comment I've read in a long time - had me laughing for an hour. Given your sense of humor and ability to write well, I must agree with one of the other commenters - you should write a novel.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 5:30:51 AM PDT
A review worth reading since it also includes a review of a senior citizen - ya gotta love us old ones especially when we say it like it is. Think I'll pass on "Fifty Shades" and request the Doc start a review practice.

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