I caved to the reviews and read the trilogy and I cant for the life of me see what all the fuss is about. The series was awful. The writing was terrible, the story was unrealistic and it was basically Twilight. Swap out the shiny 17 vampires with adult sadists and there you have it. Shy, self conscience girl meets dark, handsome, rich man with a past and they fall in the kind of love only seen in Nicholas Sparks novels (in 5 weeks mind you) and he changes for her. She want understand why. There are countless chapters of incessant whining from each character. I swear if I read, "Dont leave me, my world would collapse," one more time I thought I would throw up. People dont change in 5 weeks and sadists dont speak like that. No one says, "you beguile me."
And the sex. In the first book, it was rather steamy which was probably the only redeeming quality. Then it got old. Fast. These two fight and have sex and rarely have time for little else. It was unrealistic to have such mind blowing orgasims so frequently. Then comes the part where she is in danger and needs rescuing and here comes the knight with a bullwhip. And finally in the end, everyone gets what they want without having to sacrafice anything or anyone. Just like Twilight. Its maddening that people think this was anything short of terrible.
I hate that writers can turn out garbage, especially about weak females who need rescuing but that never have to loose anything or anyone and have a perfect life in the end. One that gives up her will for the love of a man that she cant understand why he loves her so much. It was bad for pre-teens in Twilight and now its bad for young women. Where are the strong women, who dont need rescuing. Who understand their self worth and have a healthy self esteem???
And no one found all the S&M awful? I mean how can anyone think this is romantic when someone says they want to beat the crap out of you in one sentence and then begs her not to ever leave in the next? Its just stupid and a waste of my time and money.