With all the hype around this book, I wasn't sure what to expect. First of all, I hated twilight so I was a little weary about the characters. Second of all, BDSM? Whoa, never been there before. But I was actually pleasantly surprised. I thought the characters were great and I thought Christian was leaps and bounds better than that Edward character. Same with Ana, there's a girl who is not a complete idiot but is still a romantic, I liked it! The sex scenes were hot and not too out there but I kind of wish there was more story... I love the relationship between them and I enjoyed the scenes when they were at Christian's parents house or gliding. I hope James expands on the story a little more in the next books. Overall, a pretty good read and it's definitely racy!