Grey (Fifty Shades #4)

Author: EL James

Publisher: Vintage

Rating: 5 stars

Buy Links: Vintage and Amazon

Type: Novel in a Series

Purchased by Reviewer

 

Blurb: See the world of Fifty Shades of Grey anew through the eyes of Christian Grey.

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 is intended for mature audiences.

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Review: At this writing, there have been 1944 reviews posted on Amazon for this book, some of them pretty critical.  So why am I writing another?  Because this is a beautifully written, flawlessly presented, edited to perfection and delightful read.  If you loved the 50 Shades trilogy as much as I did, just stop reading now and go buy this book…you will be enchanted.  If, for whatever reason, you didn’t, then you might as well stop too.  There is no way this book can stand alone.

I have several things to say.  First of all, to the readers who thought they were cheated because this book only covered Christian’s point of view through book one…did you not read the title?  It says clearly that it’s Christian’s point of view on 50 Shades Of Grey…not Darker and not Freed.  This was very obvious to me.  I’m hoping the next two books will be available soon.  Very soon.  For those who thought Christian acted like a child, I ask you…did you even read the trilogy?  Christians psychiatrist, Flynn, says straight out that Christian is a child emotionally.  That shouldn’t be an issue for anyone who read the original trilogy…unless you were so caught up in the kinky sex that you missed the amazing love story unfolding before your eyes.

Speaking of kinky sex; that’s exactly what it was.  Is was not BDSM, although some of the sex and all of the implements are elements of BDSM, the psychology of it was not.  If you believe it was BDSM, your reading has been too limited.  It was clear to me and most of my friends who read the books that Christian was not a Dom…ever.  He was an intellectual prodigy.  He was very talented…gifted even; and a sexual God.  He was also an angry man, a man who is still haunted by nightmares from his childhood…a childhood of total neglect by his drug addicted mother and both physical and mental torture from the only other human he sees regularly, his mother’s pimp/boyfriend.  He was left for days with his dead mother, with no food, nothing to hold onto but his toy cars; scared, hurt and traumatized.  He was so traumatized he couldn’t speak for years, or stand to be touched.  Then, at 15, he was seduced by the pedodomme bitch, Elena Lincoln, trapping him in a mind set where pain and control was a twisted kind of normal.  He told Ana very early in their relationship that he’s 50 shades of f~ked up, a truth that resonates throughout the books.

Christian is bored and dissatisfied with his life and doesn’t really know why.  Then Ana falls into his office, landing on her hands and knees, nailing him with her eyes.

“…the most extraordinary color, powder blue, and guileless, and for one awful moment, I think she can see right through me and I’m left…exposed.”

Before she is out of his office, he is feeling an attraction unlike anything he’s experienced before.  He’s confounded, and mistakes her shyness for a submissive nature.  He immediately sets out to make her his next submissive.  He learns pretty quickly that there is nothing submissive about Ana and knows he should leave her alone.  But he can’t.  He wants her and almost immediately starts to make compromises.

Ana is shy, polite and completely overwhelmed by Christian…his looks, his wealth…and has no idea why a man like him would be interested in a woman like her.  And that is a question I have asked myself through multiple readings of the trilogy; why does Ana have such low self-esteem?  I have my own theories about her possibly dealing with an eating disorder, but I have no evidence of that from the books, and admit that I could be off base.  But something caused her to have no self confidence, and I’m hoping that Christian (Ms. E.L. James) will get to the bottom of this in the next two books.

I am a total fangirl of Ana and Christian…and Ms. James.  I love this story of messed up people finding a way to accept and love each other unconditionally.  Their journey is just fascinating to me, with all the ups and downs, misunderstandings, finding out that they can be loved…unconditionally…by an amazing person.  If you are interested and have never started these books, give them a chance.  You will be shocked at some of the kinky sex and more shocked by the deep psychological wounds a human can endure and still be a kind and generous person.

I would only recommend these books to someone with an open mind and an open heart…willing to accept the darker side of human failings.  If you are that person, you will find a remarkable love story and the ultimate victory over terrible emotional damage.

Enjoy.

7 thoughts on “Grey (Fifty Shades #4)”

  1. Reblogged this on Live Your Life, Buy The Book and commented:
    Great review from an honest reviewer!! Even though I have never read anything by this author – and probably will never – I give you heaps of praise for stepping up and giving props where you see props being due!

  2. You know how I feel about this author’s work, but the thing is not every author or book is for every reader. I think you make your case soundly for this book so that fans will be shaking their heads affirmatively, but new readers will be intrigued and tempted into reading the series. Honesty, insight and compelling integrity make me eager to read particular reviewers and I always read yours. I don’t think a reader can ask more from a reviewer and you give it all. Right here. Excellent review.

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