Copy Of New 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Novel Stolen A Week Before Release

Hopefully it happened in a sexy way at least.

Fifty Shades of Grey lovers got their film adaptation of E. L. James' aggressively steamy novel earlier this year, and even if it generally received poor reviews, moviegoers probably showed up just to see two hot people do sex things to each other — and that's what they got. James' prequel to the series, Grey, will have to tide fans over until the next film hits in 2017, but now there's a risk they could have the fun prematurely spoiled. A finished copy of Grey was stolen from publisher Penguin Random House UK ahead of its June 18 release.

As the first three books in the series have been told from the perspective of Anastasia Steele, the big draw of this novel is flipping to the other side of the relationship to get a window into the mind of troubled billionaire Christian Grey. The release is set to coincide with the character's birthday and currently the publisher intends to keep that schedule.

The theft understandably raises concerns that sexy details may be leaked ahead of the book's public availability (honestly, who cares if unsexy details are unearthed), but a spokeswoman for the Kent police in southeastern England said officers are investigating the situation. Who knows, maybe the culprit is objectively sexy themselves and will thus eventually be detained in some sort of sexy fashion. 

Regardless, surely the main characters of the book themselves have strong opinions about the crime.

When Christian first heard about it he was all:

Anastasia, too, was shocked.

She tried to comfort Christian, but he was like, 'Nah. That's not cool.'

So, what are two attractive people to do in such a predicament?

A little of this.

A little of that.

Mostly that.

Can't wait for June 18!

(H/T: CNN)