Grey (Fifty Shades #4) by E.L. JamesGrey by E.L. James
Published June 2015
Series: Fifty Shades #4
Genres: Erotic Romance
Format: eBook
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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?

What I loved about this book:

  • Nothing really stood out
  • Reason

What I felt needed improvement:

  • Christian was given an extremely sappy voice
  • The book doesn’t add any value to Fifty Shades of Grey
  • The pace is excruciatingly slow and drawn out

Fifty Shades of Grey was obviously the reason why I started this book blog, and that’s were it got its name from. But if you search it for a review of the aforementioned book on this blog, you wouldn’t find any. Because I don’t love Fifty Shades of Grey for the book itself, but making me a massive romance-novel freak thanks to all the wonderful books I discovered through Goodreads as I was on the lookout for similar books. So to spell it out for you, FSOG wasn’t a mindblowing book (or series, for that matter). It will intrigue you and get the odd smirk out of you when reading it, but it is quite a drawn-out story with a lot of drama.

So… 2 years later, I am looking for a really good reason to re-read the series and actually review the individual books. But I didn’t find any good enough reason, and had to compromise and read them from Christian’s POV.

I actually feel like reading the book from Grey’s perspective put a final nail into the coffin I was ready to bury six feet under. It completely destroyed my perception of Christian, who I thought to be a willstrong, conceited and absolutely sexy alpha-male.

“I miss you and your smart mouth, Miss Steele.”

His POV came across as totally sappy and turned the whole Fifty Shades into an even cheesier lovestory than it originally was. The natural-born dom Grey is sooo infatuated with Ana that he changes his crazy ways and becomes a lovestruck puppy when he’s with her. Yes, I was expecting a harder Grey and I had preferred him in the role of the conceited alpha-male. That made him more unattainable and the mystery around him kept me entertained. But now? Oh well, he’s just not that hot anymore.

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“Talk to me. I don’t want to lose you. This last week -”
… Has been the best in my life.”

Anyway. I was amazed at how many things I had forgotten, so I was happy that Grey still managed to surprise me with some scenes I didn’t recall. But the surprise was short lived and I quickly noticed that the story doesn’t really didn’t go above and beyond the original storyline from Ana’s POV.

“Why am I even letting her sleep with me? But it’s a rhetorical question:deep down I know the answer. It’s because I sleep better with her. She’s my dreamcatcher.”

I was expecting to have even more background information and insights into Christian’s life, but apart from some added low-key interactions with Elena aka Mrs. Robinson and his brother Elliot, the reader doesn’t get any more tidbits. Actually, a lot of Grey’s nightmares were just plain copied from the original Fifty Shades of Grey, letter by letter. The same goes for some of the dialogues with Ana. So frankly, this book wasn’t exactly exhilarating because there wasn’t much thought put into innovation and developing the story further. It rather feels like another useless male-POV version destined to make a quick buck.

The worst part was my disappointment at discovering (just like with the movie), that Grey would only cover Part 1 of the Fifty Shades series. Seriously? Does E.L. James really expect us to pay for yet another 2 movies and another 2 books? How much more can she possibly draw this out before moving on? Or is it the fear of not meeting the “bar” (not sure how high exactly it is) that Fifty Shades set?

It was fun diving back into Fifty Shades thanks to Grey, but it remains a mediocre and wrongfully overhyped read, which casts a shadow on much better authors and releases. It felt (and still feels) like a fashion trend that people follow because it’s “in” when really everyone rolls their eyes at it and protests in silence. I will most certainly not indulge into the next books from Grey’s POV.

Detailed Rating
1 Stars
2 Stars
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All the feels
2 Stars
Overall: two-stars