Grey by E.L. James

June 23, 2015 Book Review 2 ★★★★

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Grey by E.L. James
Series: Fifty Shades of Grey as told by Christian
Published by Cornerstone Digital on June 18, 2015
Pages: 576
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In Christian’s own words, and through his thoughts, reflections, and dreams, E L James offers a fresh perspective on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the world.
CHRISTIAN GREY exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty – until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him – past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.
Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

Well, no wonder Christian’s 50 shades Mrs Robinson…

I’m going to keep my review for Grey fairly short, after all we’ve been here before. I started this on Friday night with a glass of wine in my hand and a smirk on my face. Yes, it was a little more expensive than what I normally pay for an e-book and it was a story that I knew the ending to already. All I wanted was a few questions answered, so in essence, I got exactly what I wanted…inside Christian’s head.

The storyline was the same (surprise, surprise) and the characters were the same (surprise, surprise), but it all felt a little different. Christian sees people in a way Anastasia doesn’t. He is cynical, judgemental and abrupt. He pays people to do as he says and doesn’t care what they think…until he meets and starts to care about Ana. The changes are slight as the story progresses, a thank you here and a thoughtful gesture there. We see this man with a stoic facade that shelters his vulnerable thoughts. At first, he thinks it’s just a matter of getting Ana to sign the contract, but she questions everything and some things he’s not ready or willing to discuss. He’s never felt this way before and doesn’t handle the changes well. He can’t comprehend why Ana can’t just do as he says. He doesn’t see it as him being bossy, he sees it as him trying to protect and look after her.

The biggest draw for me in reading this story was finding out a little more about Mrs. Robinson/Elena. I didn’t think it would be possible but I hate her character even more now. Christian makes decisions based on what Mrs. Robinson would think or say. Would Mrs. Robinson approve of Ana? Should he introduce them? Should he drop everything to have dinner with Mrs. Robinson? Would Mrs. Robinson approve of the way he was handling things? If Christian did what Ana just did, what would Mrs.Robinson’s punishments be? It was all just a little creepy and as we know not resolved in the first book. Mrs. Robinson still treats him as her submissive to some extent.

Grey gave me some answers to questions I had and left me still wanting to know more. The sex scenes were hot, the thought processes interesting and Christian’s protection of his submissive’s past and present very evident. It wasn’t a perfect read, but I still enjoyed it. I will definitely be going back for more.

Rating: 4 Stars.

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I’m a happily married Aussie chick who loves to read and review romance, drink coffee and stalk David Gandy.

2 Responses to “Grey by E.L. James”

  1. Victoria Black

    I lost a huge portion of my life, wedged to the couch, reading the Fifty Shades trilogy. I pre-ordered Grey as soon as I saw it advertised on Amazon. I agree with almost everything you said, Sassy. While there are some parts I’m skimming over, because I feel like I’ve read them before, I’m so glad I bought the book. I’m loving getting inside Christian’s head. The only bit I didn’t quite get at the time and still don’t get now, is why the hate against Elena? Christian keeps making the point that he would be dead if it weren’t for her.

    • Sassy

      Hey Victoria,

      I hate her for taking advantage of a child and using his vulnerabilities for her benefits. 6 years he was her submissive. Yes he was a messed up KID, but I don’t think she fixed him.

      Thanks for reaching out.

      Sassy 🙂

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