E.L. James books in order
Erika Leonard, popularly known by her pen name E. L. James, is a British author of the bestselling provocative romance Fifty Shades of Grey Series.
Born in Willesden, Middlesex, Erika is a former TV executive, wife and mother of two.
Although she had been writing romantic fiction novels since 2009, her career took off in 2012 when the Fifty Shades Trilogy became a worldwide bestseller.
Her novels have sold over 125 million copies across the globe, with over 35 million copies sold in the United States alone.
Erika was named among "The World's 100 Most Influential People” in 2012 by Time magazine, and is currently based in the leafy suburbs of West London.
Genre: Roman (New Adult)
- The Mister (2019)
- Fifty Shades of Grey (2011)
- Fifty Shades Darker (2012)
- Fifty Shades Freed (2012)
- Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian (2015)
- Darker: Fifty Shades Darker as Told by Christian (2017)
- Freed: Fifty Shades Freed as Told by Christian (2021)
Detailed book overview
It’s safe to say that Maxim Trevelyan has always had it easy in life. He is rich, handsome, has aristocratic connections, and rarely slept without someone by his side.
All this however changes in a heartbeat after tragedy strikes, leaving him with all the riches, estates and responsibility that accompanies taking over his family’s noble title; a responsibility that he is not prepared for.
Despite all this, what challenges Maxim the most is his desire and longing for the enigmatic Alessia Demachi.
Can Maxim be able to protect the mysteriously beautiful and musically gifted Alessia from the dark clouds of enmity that constantly follows her?
How will she react when she finds out that he is also hiding secrets of his own?
First Release: 2019
Literature student Anastasia Steele is impressed when she goes to interview Christian Grey. The young entrepreneur is gorgeous, intelligent, yet still intimidating.
Innocent and naïve, Ana finds herself intensely attracted to him despite his mysterious nature.
Equally unable to resist her, Grey engages in a romantic relationship with her, albeit on his own terms.
Despite all the perks that come with success in his multinational businesses, vast wealth, and loving family, Christian Grey is a man haunted by demons and overwhelmed by the incessant urge to control.
During their fiery physical affair, Ana will not only discover Christian Grey’s secrets, but also come to learn of her own dark desires.
Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson
Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Marcia Gay Harden
First Release: 2011
Publisher: Vintage Books
Fifty Shades Darker is the second installation of the Fifty Shades Trilogy.
Intimidated and abashed by the singular tastes and dark secrets of Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele ends the relationship with the young, gorgeous, intelligent entrepreneur; choosing instead to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house.
Despite moving on, she can’t continually ignore her desire for Christian which haunts her every moment. Eventually giving in to her weaknesses, she accepts to abide by a new arrangement proposed by him.
Whereas Christian battles with his inner demons, Anastasia knows she has to face the spite and resentment of the women who came before her, and make what will arguably be the most important decision of her life.
Director: James Foley
Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Kim Basinger, Marcia Gay Harden
First Release: 2012
When the ingenuous Anastasia Steele first met a dazzling young entrepreneur by the name Christian Grey, the two set off a romantic affair that would change their lives forever.
Surprised, fascinated then eventually repelled by his striking erotic preferences, Ana wants a more solid commitment; something Christian agrees to due to his determination to keep her.
Although they have love, intimacy, riches and basically everything else they could ever need, Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will be a monumental task, whereas Christian is convinced that he has to subdue his obsession to control.
The two look like they could overcome whatever challenge that comes their way, but jealousy, misfortune and destiny itself will conspire to transform Ana’s deepest fears into her worst reality.
Director: James Foley
Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Jennifer Ehle, Marcia Gay Harden
First Release: 2012
Christian Grey is obsessed with being in control.
Everything in his life was always neat, well arranged and completely empty, until the day he met Anastasia Steele.
He tried everything he could to forget about her shapely limbs and collapsed brown hair, but this only made him develop deep emotions well beyond his comprehension.
Will being with Ana help him overcome the nightmares from his childhood that continually haunt him, or will his overly controlling behavior and queer sexual desires scare the girl away?
This is Fifty Shades of Grey as seen through the eyes of Christian Grey.
First Release: 2015
What began like an intense sensual affair between Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele ends in heartbreak, yet Christian can’t seem to get over Ana. Adamant to win her love back, he does his best to contain his darkest desires and urge to be in complete control; choosing instead to love Ana on her own terms.
Terrible memories from his childhood however haunt him, and his quest is further complicated by Jack Hyde; Ana’s conniving boss who equally fancies her.
Will Dr. Flynn, Christian’s therapist, succeed in helping him tame his demons, or will in Elena and Leila drag him back to his grim past?
In the event that Christian wins her back, will such a wounded man ever keep his promise?
First Release: 2017
Christian Grey is about to marry Anastasia Steele.
Does he really have what it takes to be a good husband?
His father is uncertain, his brothers want to arrange an unforgettable bachelor party, and his fiancée won't promise to obey.
And with marriage come new challenges.
As their passion grows more intense than ever, Ana's combative nature continues to trigger Christian's wildest fears and tests his desire to be in control.
Threatened by old rivalries and bitterness, one misjudgment could send them in opposite directions.
Will Christian triumph over his childhood demons and the troubles of his youth?
Will he at long last be freed?
First Release: 2021
Publisher: Bloom Books