- Release Date
- June 2015
BDSM, Erotic Romance
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 is intended for mature audiences.
Book Review by Vixhen (reviewer)
Jul 20, 2015 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
116 people found the following review helpful
Although there are those who have strong opinions about E.L. James, I was a fan of the original books. I viewed them as fictional stories with a hint of BDSM thrown in. Nothing more. When I heard she was finally going to give the fans a book from Christian's POV, I was over the moon. However, once the story began, I quickly realized it was just a rehashing of the original Fifty Shades of Grey.
This version of Christian Grey portrayed him as nothing more than a boring, lascivious stalker. Upon his first meeting with Ana, he had thoughts of spanking her and taking her over his desk. Really? As a self-proclaimed Dom (the jury has always been out on that title), one would think he'd have way more self-control than that. However, he was clearly "taken" with Ana in an obsessive manner that would definitely worry most mental health professionals.
This book gave the reader/fan of the original books no new insights into his past, his family, his relationship with Elena or the other submissives that he had. In fact, it was just a regurgitation of the first book, including the entire Dominant/submissive contract! If you're looking for the big reveal into Christian's psyche, you won't find the answer in this book. In fact, if the author continues to write in this vein, and since there's talk of two more books, you won't find it in those either.
In my opinion, E.L. James ruined a successful series by not only duping the readers into believing that this was new work, but by completely changing Christian Grey's persona. I'm sure that if Ana had been privy to the thoughts running through Christian's head, she would have run the other way and taken out a restraining order. While Ana saw him as this enigmatic man who made her head spin, Christian's view of her was decidedly different if not predatory. I really didn't feel he had much respect for her until she came to her senses and left him. In fact, he didn't appear to have respect for most women, referring to them as "girls" in his head and being irritated when a female showed him any attention.
E.L. James apparently wanted the reader to view Christian as a sympathetic, tortured man who couldn't accept the love of a good woman. However, Ana gave her body, heart and soul to a man who offered her nothing but material things, orders/rules, and a sore posterior. It's funny that when reading the original books from Ana's POV, I wanted them to end up together and was happy with the outcome. With this book, I just wanted it to be over. My advice to E.L. James: please don't put out two more books from Christian's POV. If you're not actually going to write something new, don't bother. I really wanted to like this book, but unfortunately the author gave me nothing to work with.
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