I finally finished Grey! What did I think? Well I loved it of course, it was more…
The story gives a nice chunk of background on Christian Grey, yet still leaves me wanting more. My honest opinion is that if you hated Fifty Shades of Grey, you’ll hate Grey. If you liked it, you’ll probably find some interesting things in it, but still won’t be blown away. And 95% of people who loved the series will love Grey.
I was always worried that Christian’s head space would be dark, but it was not as dark as I thought it would be, it was sad, and he is a kinky fuck, but for the most part it was not dark. I did frequently find myself saying “awwww” and empathizing with his pain and issues. It was sad, but not dark. E L James found a good balance between his pain, his humor, and his kinkiness to make him even more loveable.
Without giving anything away, many questions from Fifty Shades of Grey were answered, some I found I was right about, others, not so much.
As for the sex scenes, I liked them better from Ana’s POV, except for maybe the Thomas Tallis scene. But, I’m a woman, shouldn’t I like it better that way? Christian did bring in some “interesting” kinky stuff, matching his hard core Dom past. Although his mind was dirtier than Ana’s I didn’t think the overall tone of the book was any more erotic than Ana’s. That surprised me, and worked coming from his POV.
From here on, I’ll try not to post any spoilers, but I might get kind of close to it depending on your definition of spoiler…
Some of the things I liked best were his interactions with his family, particularly with Elliot. It was very funny and a bit like you would expect from brothers, it felt natural. I also enjoyed how everyone around Christian picks up on something going on, and he has to fight off their looks and comments, especially from Taylor, Gail, and Ros. They had a wonderful balance between professional and caring. The best though was seeing that Christian is not so enamored with Mrs. Robinson, like was in Ana’s imagination. Thank goodness!
But overall, the story was just so much more of Christian, and yet left me wanting more of him. Erika sounded like she would almost definitely write Grey from Christian’s POV, and I really hope she does.