Even with the clever title and lesbian marketing ploys, 50 SHADES OF PINK leaves a lot to be desired.
After 5 years of working in the drudges at Virago Magazine, Lindsay Pinke finally has a chance to make or break her career…if she can get her shit together long enough to impress her idol Colette Duarte, executive editor of Virago Magazine. Colette gives Lindsay a task: interview and write a story about Victoria Nox, CEO of Nox Media Holdings, and the coveted position is hers. Victoria isn't known for her transparency in general, but when it comes to Colette, she's downright opaque. As Lindsay spends more time in Victoria's company, she's slowly seduced by the older woman who takes her on a journey of sexual discovery she never dreamed possible.
50 SHADES OF PINK bills itself as the lesbian version of that other popular "Shades Of" book. As my opinion of that book isn't high, I've avoided any knock-off like the plague, however I was hopeful that this might be a better, hotter girl-on-girl version. Sadly, I was mistaken.
Unfortunately, the grammar and consistency errors were glaring, and the storyline was simply cringe-worthy. From phantom haircuts to overnight sexual prowess to head-scratching sentences, 50 SHADES OF PINK had a "huh?" for everyone. Like this gem from Lindsay's roommate Jayden:
"Of course I am, but I also have some suspensions."
I'm pretty sure the author meant suspicions. Or maybe opinions? Questions? It really could go in any of those directions. Or maybe Jayden was a closet Dom who had some cool suspension contraptions in his walk-in closet. Whatever.
And look, I know all of us women get our monthly visitor, it's a fact of life. However nothing about it should be attempted to be made into a sexy thing. Ever. Just...NO NO NO. As the bloody first sexual encounter, it totally turned me off and made me want to quit reading. As if that's not bad enough, it was mentioned repeatedly throughout the book...is this a fetish I don't know about? AWKWARD!! Even without the period play, the sex was just eh, and while I usually love hot girl-on-girl stories, this book just didn't carry the erotic punch it could have. All of the main characters were mildly unlikeable and I just didn't connect with any one of them.
Bottom line: Skip this bad knockoff of another bad book. It was poorly written the first time and this isn't much better.