Released: June 18, 2015
Genre: Erotic romance
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.
The first thing I check when I got the book was the length. My goodness, this is a long one. The next I looked is at the table of contents…yes, I’m that nerd. I always like to see how the story is divided up. Color me surprised that 576 or whatever pages only covers about a month’s worth of time.
The first quarter of the book moves pretty slowly to me. It seems to be a strange amalgamation of the first book and the movie. There were several passages that weren’t straight from the movie. It was kind of dreadful. Just stick it out. I promise the book gets quite a bit better if you just get through the first 25%. It like it suddenly clicks and James finds the familiar rhythm of why we love the series. We get to see another side of Christian and why he ticks, whereas in the first three books those details were kept at bay as part of the intrigue. At this point I started flying through the story. Precipitately, details from the trilogy begin to take on new menu or perhaps understanding. While most is as it appears, it is not always so for Grey.
In the end this book is filled with many near verbatim scenes from the trilogy and the movie, however, it also gives new perspective to the beleaguered hero. I enjoyed it and think most serious fans of the series would. If you are only intrigued by the Fifty Shades phenomenon, then you will probably want to skip it. This book is definitely for the fans.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
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