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RIDE STEADY (Chaos Series #3) by KRISTEN ASHLEY

Ride Steady (Chaos #3) by Kristen Ashley - 2nd June

SYNOPSIS

The ride of her life . . .
Once upon a time, Carissa Teodoro believed in happy endings. Money, marriage, motherhood: everything came easy—until she woke up to the ugly truth about her Prince Charming. Now a struggling, single mom and stranded by a flat tire, Carissa’s pondering her mistakes when a vaguely familiar knight rides to her rescue on a ton of horsepower.


Climb on and hold tight . . . 
In high school, Carson Steele was a bad boy loner who put Carissa on a pedestal where she stayed far beyond his reach. Today, he’s the hard-bodied biker known only as Joker, and from the way Carissa’s acting, it’s clear she’s falling fast. While catching her is irresistible, knowing what to do with her is a different story. A good girl like Carissa is the least likely fit with the Chaos Motorcycle Club. Too bad holding back is so damned hard. Now, as Joker’s secrets are revealed and an outside threat endangers the club, Joker must decide whether to ride steady with Carissa—or ride away forever . . .

 

Ride Steady (1)

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯✯1/2 Googly Stars

“I let you stand at that fuckin’ fence.”

There were many, many beautifully moving moments in Ride Steady and as usual we were highlighting like crazy but….but…that scene above reduced us to tears and we have goose bumps reliving it for this review. For us, it was one of the most powerfully poignant scenes in this story. It broke our hearts and spoke volumes about these men, their loyalty and their brotherhood!

“Love and care don’t come with time. They just come.”

KA’s done it again! By now we pretty much know what to expect from a KA book and it’s the reason we keep picking them up time and time again. The sentiments in a KA story never fail to strike a chord with us. Amidst the fiction, there is a sense of realness and relatability that keeps enticing us back. In some way, shape or form no matter what this lady produces, we can always relate – whether the book is an overwhelming hit or a little bit of a miss she never, and we repeat, NEVER fails to affect us with her stories of friendship, brotherhood, love and life with her words. We all want to be fiercely and deeply loved, to know that we will always have that devoted person in our corner, to have those special girlfriends who will be there at the drop of a hat no matter what time of the day or night….and let’s not forget that Kristen Ashley always makes us laugh with her witty banter but most of all she makes us feel good and while yes it’s a formula that’s been done but boy, it sure is a beautiful and  captivating way to escape for a few hours (or in the case of a KA book….a bloody good few hours!) and Ride Steady really hit the mark with us as the essence of motherhood was woven through this story.

“I think I might be falling in love with you.”
“Then quit thinkin’, Carrie, because I know I’m fallin’ for you.”

Kristen Ashley has a way of writing about children that is second to none. She writes them to perfection expressing the simple things that create the most beautiful memories and as mothers; these were brought to the forefront in Ride Steady between Carissa and little Travis. Oh and Joker and baby Travis…….you just wait until you see this big, bad arse alpha male biker interact with baby Travis. YOUR HEART WILL MELT just as ours did! Those moments were beyond precious and memorable.

‘The living, breathing, biker Jungle gym.’

We fell head over heels in love with Joker; our hearts went out to this big, strong, alpha man with a heart of gold, as we lived through his tormented and painful past through his eyes. Honestly, this man broke us. Thankfully in Chaos he found the family he never had and the loyalty and protection he was starved of as a child and adult.  Carissa was so bubbly, honest and beautiful and with her by his side he was destined to be the man everyone knew he could be.

“One day, Carson Steele, you’re going to be a magnificent man.”

Kristen Ashley fans will be OVER THE MOON with Ride Steady!  Let’s see….Bad arse gorgeous hot biker…check.  Goofy, sweet adorable and relatable heroine…check.  Sizzling chemistry and heated sexy scenes….check. Passion, excitement, heartbreak and healing….check.  Some madcap crazy moments with some madcap crazy characters that left us with big grins on our faces….check. A happy contented feeling in our heart….BIG CHECK!  And ummmm did we mention The Dream Men…The Rock Chicks crew,  Tack…and a few others pop up in this book? Yup, they’re all back in this one so be prepared to swoooon big time!

“My manly man biker. He has an answer for everything.”
“My goofball Butterfly. She’s got the knack for makin’ me hard even when she’s bein’ a total goof.”

Despite finding ourselves skimming a few times with the over descriptiveness of clothing, furnishings etc and scratching our heads in confusion over Carissa’s memory recall, we really did love this book. With all those boxes ticked, how could we not?  Now the anticipation for Walk Through Fire begins!

“I am going to heal you, Carson.” 

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the publisher, with thanks. **

 

RIDE STEADY by KRISTEN ASHLEY
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Ride Steady (Chaos #3) by Kristen Ashley - 2nd June

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THE CHAOS SERIES by KRISTEN ASHLEY

Chaos series

OWN THE WIND – BOOK ONE
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FIRE INSIDE – BOOK TWO
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RIDE STEADY – BOOK THREE
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WALK THROUGH FIRE – BOOK FOUR
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WASTED LUST by J A HUSS

Wasted Lust

SYNOPSIS

A GIRL WITH REGRETS…

Sasha Cherlin died the night she let Nick Tate walk out on her for a life of crime. Her very essence was destroyed when they broke their promise to one another. 

A MAN WITH REMORSE…

Nick Tate made his choice with her future in mind. He loved Sasha enough to know that leaving her behind was the only way to keep her safe. 

A PATH TO REVENGE…

Special Agent Jax Barlow understands the bond of love and he plans to use it to get justice. Nick and Sasha will do anything to rewrite their past. He’s counting on that to bring them down. 

NB:  Wasted Lust is a 321 spin-off, full-length, romantic suspense filled with lies, secrets, and the power of redemption by the New York Times bestselling author, JA Huss

 ☆  ☆ ★

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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

✯✯✯✯✯  Stars!

‘Hate is hard. But love is easy.’

Fantastic – what an emotional and riveting read Wasted Lust was. We’ve been with these characters – this evolving storyline – since day one chasing that completion. Chasing the answers but more than that, chasing the safe and happy. Julie Huss NAILED it. We could not put this book down for love nor money. The pace, the love, the discoveries, the drama and the harrowing all snowballed into one brilliant reading experience. The writing was superb – it was flawless. The emotions overwhelming switching from intrigue and suspense to sobbing tears from one minute to the next. There was no rest for the wicked as we followed Sasha, Jax and Nick, never resting on our convictions- rather knowing that as always we had to expect the unexpected and never feel safe until there really is no doubt. Even then….

“I’m a survivor. But it’s no fun being the only one left.”

We have to say Wasted Lust is without question one of our absolute favourite JA Huss books. It almost says I’ll see your story and raise you tenfold. Utter perfection. This Author writes a powerful intricate web of suspense, vengeance and passion shrouding characters that feel, suffer, love and fight the daily battle to stay alive in one dark and twisted world where it’s all about manipulation, double crossings and the power of the elite.

“Make it stop. Make this loneliness go away. I’m so fucking tired of being alone.”

We’ve loved Sasha since day one but never quite felt safe with her; we knew something was coming and we still hadn’t seen that basic human side to this beautiful sassy young girl. This killer. Well bloody hell didn’t she catapult herself right on into our hearts tearing it apart with the momentum of her story. This girl did not go gently into the goodnight. She set it on fire – taking names whilst trying to find herself and that well deserved slice of normal.

“You can’t live your life on someone else’s timeline. Find your passion. And then give it all you’ve got.”

Enter Jax – be still our beating hearts – yes Jax there’s room enough for you too because you deserve that special place in our hearts. Secrets and lies converting into deceptions. Jax had us questioning everyone including him – reading with an air of doubt followed by us championing him to the finish line.

‘I’m a man who gets what I want, no matter what it takes.’

Can you spell double cross? We think that word is paramount to the workings of JA Huss’ mind and we bloody love her for it. Standing ovation, Lady. You surpassed our wildest theories in this one whilst showing an incredible human side to the coldest of characters.

‘It tastes like shattered dreams and wasted lust.’

JA Huss knocked this one out the park and if you haven’t picked her books up yet we highly recommend you do.  Start at the beginning and go enter a world from day one where you meet some wonderful fucked up characters, get wrapped up in mystery, suspense, thrills and some pretty passionate spills. You won’t regret a single minute in the über capable hands of JA Huss herself.

‘How did my reality get so far away from the fantasy I had imagined?’

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the author, with thanks.**

 ☆  ☆ ★

WASTED LUST by JA HUSS
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Wasted Lust

 ☆  ☆ ★

A Note about how WASTED LUST relates to the rest of the books.
This is a story about Sasha Cherlin who appears in Slack, Come, Come Back, Coming For You, 321 (unnamed at the very end), and Meet Me In The Dark. It CAN be read as a standalone (though we recommend reading the entire series!), but readers should be aware that this book is meant to be “The End” for Sasha and her life in the Company.
Wasted Lust occurs ten years after Coming For You, two years after Meet Me In The Dark and AT THE SAME TIME as 321, so it is a parallel book, and although there are no real spoilers for 321 (the author was very careful to avoid them) the plots converge in the middle of Wasted Lust.

 ☆  ☆ ★

Though Wasted Lust is categorised as a Standalone, we feel your reading enjoyment is intensified and heavily invested emotionally if you follow the characters throughout the series.
For this reason and based on our reading experience, we highly
RECOMMEND READING THE WHOLE SERIES
!!!!!

THE COMPLETE READING ORDER AS FOLLOWS:
**We’ve noted how the characters interconnect through each series**

ROOK AND RONIN SERIES
The Rook & Ronin, Ford and Spencer Series must be read in order
*It is in this series you will be introduced to Spencer and Ford. who appear or are mentioned throughout future books (and have their spin off books**
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rook and ronin books

✦ TRAGIC
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✦ MANIC
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✦ PANIC
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FORD and SPENCER SPINOFF SERIES 
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THE FORD SERIES
It is in this series you will be introduced to Merc and Sasha
who will appear in future books.

✦ SLACK – FORD BOOK ONE  

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 TAUT – FORD BOOK TWO 
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SPENCER SERIES
James (The Coming for You Series) and Merc (Meet Me in the Dark)
are referenced in this series

✦ BOMB 
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 GUNS 
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THE DIRTY, DARK & DEADLY SERIES
This series shows pretty much all the characters making an appearance and will give you an insight into Nick and Sasha’s story for Wasted Lust and another character, Jax, who will appear in very briefly in 3,2,1 but feature heavily in Wasted Lust. 
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Come series
 COME – BOOK ONE
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 COME BACK – BOOK TWO
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 COMING FOR YOU – BOOK THREE
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MEET ME IN THE DARK by J A HUSS
Classed as a Standalone, this is Merc and Sydneys story – Sasha is also a part of this story. We recommend reading all the books – at least the Dirty, Dark & Deadly Series before reading this book. 
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Meet Me In The Dark by J A Huss

 THREE, TWO, ONE 
You will briefly meet Jax who will appear in Wasted Lust – this book will run parallel to Wasted Lust and we recommend reading before Wasted Lust.
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WASTED LUST by JA HUSS
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This book is set two years after Meet Me in the Dark and runs parallel to 3,2,1.
Sasha, Nick and Jax appear in this book and story lines are tied up.
Although noted as a standalone we STRONGLY recommend reading all the books as characters from previous books and series interconnect through Wasted Lust.
For this reason we feel your emotional pull to the story will be that much stronger and your connection to the story that much more intense ensuring a heightened reading experience when you are heavily invested in the characters and their stories. 

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REPAIRED by MELISSA COLLINS

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SYNOPSIS

Liam Davis is a man without a past. That’s what he wants everyone to believe, anyway. Hell-bent on erasing any memories of his previous life, he knows that starting over is all he can do. Hiding who he is, where he’s from, why he’s running, and especially who he’s left behind, Liam has run away from everything he’s ever known. His plan works perfectly until one day when Parker Ryan threatens to expose his carefully concealed world.

Parker Ryan is a man without a future. Sure, he’s a partner in one of New York’s most prestigious law firms, but he’ll never be more than a failure in the eyes of his boss, his father. Rather than break away from his father’s standards, he finds himself mindlessly pursuing them, in turn sacrificing anything that would actually make him happy.

When Liam’s and Parker’s lives collide, the ugly truth about who they really are, and who they hope to become reveals itself when they least expect it. As both of their lives become wrecked beyond all belief, they’ll learn how to rely on each other in their journey to become Repaired. 

Repaired

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

✯✯✯✯✯ Stars

‘He had a past he wanted to erase and I had a future I wanted to escape.’

Oh how we fell in love with this story as well as Liam and Parker. Melissa Collins has without question cemented herself as a 1Click Author as she beautifully writes a tale full of vivid emotion, heart-break and romance. We read with smiles on our faces, our pulses racing as well as tears in our eyes. It was a passionate tale of trauma, angst, second chances, self-discovery and healing as well as a reminder that with love we can overcome anything.

‘Where I was all torn edges and dishevelled mess, he was freshly pressed flawlessness.’

Repaired has real heart as Liam and Parker are both living with their own demons and trying to find their way in life living with a past nestled on their shoulders. Opposites attract as the saying goes, however, yes the materialistic – the lifestyle may be different but inside the shell lives two equally beautiful and hurting hearts looking for something or someone to find them. Two hearts looking to heal and realise their true desires and dreams. Two hearts not only trying to find themselves but the one that completes them.

‘My exact opposite in pretty much every way possible, Parker was the epitome of my darkest desires. And he was standing right here, so close yet somehow so unreachable.’

Nothing is easy in life or in love as Parker and Liam both independently realise – nothing is smooth sailing or a given. It’s okay to ask for help, it’s okay to cry and it’s okay to love, forgive and accept. With the support of love stepping out from living in the shadows of pain and hiding needn’t be overwhelmingly impossible.

‘..it was as if I found a piece of myself I’d always been looking for, or, to be more accurate, it was as if I found a part of myself I used to possess, but had somehow lost a long time ago.’

We highly recommend Repaired; so beautifully written and encompassing everything we love to find in books; what we love to feel in books.

‘We’d never know how our past would affect our future. We’d never know how today would tumble on into tomorrow. All we could ever do is hold on tight and have faith that somehow it would all work out the way it’s supposed to.’

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the author, with thanks.**

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REPAIRED by MELISSA COLLINS
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We also recommend this Standalone by Melissa
Currently on sale for only 99c/99p!
ON SOLID GROUND
Our 5 Star Review

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SHATTERED BY YOU – TEAR ASUNDER #3 by NASHODA ROSE

Shattered by you

SYNOPSIS

I killed, but I escaped hell.

Emotionless. Disconnected. Cold. A mannequin. It’s what I’d become in order to survive the years held in captivity. I was able to endure the abuse and devastating loss as long as I remained detached.

But he wouldn’t let me.

Crisis, the bass guitarist in my brother’s rock band, Tear Asunder. He’s cocky, rude, a total man-whore. But the rock star has far more beneath the surface of his inked skin, and he’s determined to make me laugh again.

He made me a “deal”, but really, it was blackmail.

His terms were simple. Until his playful honesty became the building blocks to something unexpected. Something strong enough to pull me from the eye of the storm.

Because even though I escaped years of abuse, it didn’t mean I was free.

 Warning: Shattered by You contains dark elements. If you are uncomfortable with harsh language and/or disturbing scenes, then this book might not be for you. Trigger warning for drug use. *Mature audiences only.

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯✯1/2 Stars

“I don’t know where to start.”
“Wherever you can, baby.”

Nashoda Rose certainly knows how to tell a story! We’ve been addicted to this series from day one and if this latest offering is any indication, our addiction shows no sign of abating because we thoroughly enjoyed this book and its characters. The camaraderie between the band member who are more like a brotherhood than a band was heart-warming, the witty banter was giggle worthy, and this, together with those heart crushing moments made Shattered by You a page turner.

‘We all know the definition of shattered: to break into pieces; to weaken, destroy; to damage, as by breaking or crushing. ‘

Crisis and Haven were like night and day yet they flowed off one another so beautifully.  Crisis the fun loving, sexy, incorrigible flirt who seemed to breeze through life with a sort of ease was the perfect counterpart for the detached and aloof Haven. Crisis saw beneath her cold façade and was totally unaffected by her indifference towards him and others, instead seeing the survivor who lay beneath.

“You didn’t break, Haven. Your pieces may have been scattered, but they didn’t break.”

Crisis admired Haven’s strength and tenacity, yet could see the vulnerability of a young woman whose walls could shatter any minute.  Crisis offered her friendship, a sounding board knowing her walls would eventually shatter and recognised the impact that fallout would have on them all.  Crisis never wavered in his support of Haven; building up her trust, helping her to open up, to lay herself bare emotionally, ensuring her he was in for the long haul and didn’t we love him for it!

Asking Haven to trust him with the memories of her cruel, tragic and horrendous past was something Haven found extremely difficult. The memories were terrible enough for her to deal with, she didn’t want to share those nightmares with Crisis or her brother Ream, instead finding outlets to deal with the painful treatment she’d been forced to live with and keeping it bottled up inside.

“I’ll sum it up for you. I want you, and I think you know that. No, I know you know that. But you won’t trust me and I won’t be with you if you don’t.”

Crisis! We loved this guy!  His very naughty mouth, his sexy demeanour was irresistible alright but it was his heart that won us over. What a guy! And oh those scenes with his Mum…seriously…we MELTED! Crisis could have a dirty sexy mouth one minute, and be sweet and swoony the next.

Our hearts went out to Haven and her brother, Ream. These twins shared such a strong bond. The life they had been dealt was devastating to say the least. Their bond made it even more painful and debilitating for Haven to share her past and we really did feel the anguish Ream endured over the unnecessary guilt he carried for the pain his sister suffered.

“I want my sister.”
“That sister, the one you loved, she’s dead, Ream. I can’t give you her. You can just love me for who I am now or…not.”
“Jesus, I do love you. I always will.”

Haven was a true survivor and her strength was so admirable. In saying that, we did have a bit of an issue with some of her actions. Whilst we understood and felt the passion, chemistry and extent of the feelings between Haven and Crisis, we couldn’t connect with the lust she voiced especially after living through such a traumatic, past. What this young girl experienced didn’t bear thinking about. The fact she survived was a miracle and so her inner monologue at times didn’t gel with what she had lived through and there were moments we felt as though we were being ‘forced’ to comprehend her behaviour.

‘Prince Charming was a fucking fairy tale. No guy was going to save you. You had to save yourself.’

In saying that, it didn’t take detract from our enjoyment of Shattered by You. This story brought us the ugly and dark, suffering and survival, beauty and pain, love and light as we lay witness to the love and devotion of an extended family and the passion and truth between a couple who fought to leave the past where it belongs. All told with intensity, humour and heart by an author who really knows how to deliver a fabulous story!  Now bring on Kite’s book!

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the author via Netgalley.**
NB:  This book can be read as a standalone but has interconnecting stories and characters and contains spoilers for book two – we highly recommend reading the series in order.  

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SHATTERED BY YOU – BOOK THREE
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THE TEAR ASUNDER SERIES

With You – Prequel (Free)

                     

Torn From You – Book One

                    

Overwhelmed by You – Book Two

                    

Shattered by You Book – Three

                   

Kept From You –  Book Four

                    


TBB also recommends this Spin off Series
THE UNYIELDING SERIES by NASHODA ROSE

Unyielding Series

Perfect Chaos Book #1 : our reviewamazon us | amazon uk
Perfect Ruin Book #2 : amazon us | amazon uk
 Perfect Rage Book #3 – amazon us | amazon uk


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GREY: FIFTY SHADES AS TOLD BY CHRISTIAN by E L JAMES

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SYNOPSIS

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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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

Rating:  ✯✯✯✯

‘Peace? I haven’t known peace since Miss Steele fell into my office.’

There’s no doubt about it, we are complete Fifty Fans! We loved the books and the characters and they will ALWAYS hold a special place in our hearts, especially our tortured man himself, Christian Grey. When reading the original books, the thought crossed our minds at times….‘what is really going on in Christian’s head?’  Did we really want to know or would it be too sad, too raw because in Fifty’s own words he’s pretty f***ed up. Then…..EL James added that brilliant Christian POV chapter at the end of the final book that left us reeling! Christian’s voice was so potent, so heart-breaking it left us desperately wanting to get inside CG’s head.

Now, we were among the many (over a million to be precise) who couldn’t press that 1click button fast enough to pre order Grey. Christian’s words.are you kidding us! Yes, we wanted to hear them. Then release day came, Mr Grey arrived on our Kindles and all of a sudden, we were hit with a thought. There was so much mystery that surrounded the Fifty Shades Trilogy – CG himself being somewhat of an enigma. We knew him through Ana’s eyes but did we really know him? Christian as a character was so vulnerable, so domineering, so messed up but through Ana’s eyes we saw the pain and the enlightenment he felt through her. We ‘were’ Ana if you like and we felt so protective of Christian in many ways, just as Ana did. So we were faced with this conundrum. Do we lose that mystery to see the man underneath? The man in his words – or do we allow him to retain that air of mystery that made him so appealing. We discussed it a length, and this is what we decided – we needed to read this book!

‘She’s too young. She’s too inexperienced, but damn, I like the feel of her hand in mine.’

So, we eagerly began reading and we were hooked. Unlike many companion POV’s we’ve read, we have to say this is one of our favourites as this was clearly not a cut and paste job; this felt well re-written and well executed.  However, despite the initial excitement and emotion, our reading momentum began to slow down and overall the first half of the story began to drag. Yes there were moments of new and exciting as we heard the why’s and how’s and inner thoughts and dreams from the man himself. However, it felt as though we were treated as new readers which yes being in CG’s head we were in some respects, however, through the majority of this story we were seasoned Fifty fans so already knew the contract details, emails etc. off by heart and had read many scenes uncountable times. In our opinion Grey almost began to cater more to new readers rather than readers like us who know this trilogy inside out except for the workings of CG mind. We really would have loved for this book to have spent more time analysing his past and how he came to terms with the person he is rather than covering old ground, because the scattered parts of enlightenment really shone through. Yes, we knew to some degree this book would cover old ground but we didn’t realise the extent of it as the synopsis led us to believe we would obtain a greater insight into Christian’s behaviour and causes. We guess, we just hoped for more original material however in saying that, the glimpses we did get we enjoyed immensely.

‘She’s my dreamcatcher. She keeps my nightmares at bay.’

Christian comes across almost younger and more confused emotionally in Grey. He feels more his age here. It’s as if he himself doesn’t quite understand his actions. It’s clear to see from his POV the extent of Elena’s hold and her almost brainwashing his emotions as an impressionable boy which has extended into his adulthood. She turned his heart into something it is not in the guise of saving him.

“I don’t know any other way, Anastasia. This is who I am.”

Our favourite scene became firmly cemented still as such. Nice, NICE, NICE? Yes, yes it was! The sex scenes had a different feel to them in CG’s eyes. They didn’t feel as mechanical as they did through Ana’s eyes. We really felt the sense of Christian’s devotion and adoration for Ana, and the surprise he felt at the extent of his feelings which were all so new, raw and shocking to him and we experienced those feelings in Grey.

‘She’s entranced – lost – under my spell. She’s already mine. It’s intoxicating.’

Oh and we have to mention how CG showed a surprising humorous side – his inner musings were quite witty and he gave us a good giggle. For such an intelligent man he was also quite clueless at times.  Another aspect we truly enjoyed was the insight into CG’s life away from Ana. This was something we particularly loved with these scenes being some of our favourite.

‘Sometimes it’s just fucking great to be me.’

Through the flashbacks to Christians childhood we had an insight into what made CG the man he is today and we desperately wanted MORE of these! More ‘past‘ Christian ‘pre‘ Ana as these were the times we felt the vulnerability and truth of this man. THIS is what kept us picking this book up and hoping there was more to come. Oh and surprise….Christian Grey actually works!! Yes, through CG’s eyes we were privy to a day in the life of this high flying executive and unlike the Fifty Trilogy, whilst CG does spend a lot of time mooning over Ana he’s also very productive away from her. On this note, we really enjoyed the interaction we experienced with Christian and his staff/friends. He always seemed so socially awkward (he still kind of is) however in Grey, his devotion to his staff was apparent and so very heart-warming. We LOVED these interactions!

“Raising the ordinary to extraordinary.”

Now, we have to be honest and say the last 15% were our absolute favourite. We read with tears in our eyes, our hearts racing and breaking equally. If anything – between the snippets and ‘the afters’ of ‘you know what’ wow. THAT!! So, yes we are chuffed to bits we got to hear Christian’s side and we’re glad we stuck with it; we just would have loved more. But as you all know – we’re greedy like that!

‘I push the strange swell of emotion that gnaws at my insides. It’s not like the darkness, but it’s something to fear. Something I don’t understand.’

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GREY by E L JAMES
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THE FIFTY SHADES OF GREY TRILOGY by E L JAMES

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY TRILOGY BUNDLE
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Fifty Trilogy

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MOVIE TIE IN PAPERBACK
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Fifty Movie Tie IN Book

Pictures in collage copyright Universal Studos

 

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