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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

Grey Collage

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

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THE MALEBOX (Our Male Reviewer) REVIEWS FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – THE MOVIE

The Malebox is baaaack!

We’ve all seen, discussed and had opinions on the Fifty Shades of Grey Movie, but we haven’t been able to find many comments from the guys who have had to accompany their significant other’s to watch it.
We did ask our husbands to go with us but they politely (or should we say, categorically) declined.

MB has been a bit slack of late so it fell on his shoulders to bring us a male POV of this much talked about movie.

We think you’ll enjoy  –  Malebox’s Day At Fifty. 

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THE MALEBOX REVIEWS
FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – THE MOVIE

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Reviewed by MB

MB is back with a bang, a Fifty Shades bang that is. It’s been a while and I thought I’d do something different…instead of being book review guy, I’m going to do a review of the new Fifty Shades movie.

To make this happen, I went to see the movie today. No I didn’t go on my own, I didn’t want to be THAT guy, I went with a girl. She’s read the books, so this made it easier to suggest. I pretended I wanted to see American Sniper at first, just to make her work for it a bit. Now she thinks I’m the best guy ever and all going well this will stand me in good stead later when I bring out the power tools!

The movie theatre was about half full and made up of groups of girls and two guys. Me and the rather strange middle aged man sat on his own a few rows in front. I didn’t want to make eye contact, just in case this was seen as some sort of invitation.

I bought my lady popcorn and a drink. I normally don’t share food, but on this occasion, as I cut out a hole in the bottom of the of the popcorn bucket, needs must. I was hoping that this little treat for me might coincide with a sexy scene in the movie. As usual the commercials droned on, however an ad for strawberry flavoured condom lube put us all in the mood. Then came the previews…unfortunately I was slightly sick in my own mouth at the prospect of being dragged to see Magic Mike 2 this time it’s XXL.

Before we get onto the movie itself, I will let you into a guy secret. There are certain movies that guys secretly like but that they won’t admit to. Some examples of these are 17 Again and Dirty Dancing. We pretend not to like them, but we all see ourselves as Patrick Swayze throwing our shapes at the end, just like you Ladies see yourselves as Baby in the corner. We can now add the Fifty movie to our guy list…do we want to be Christian Grey? Yes, we most certainly do.

As I’ve read the books already, I was quite interested to see how Anastasia would look naked on the big screen and I wasn’t disappointed. Any girl that is spawned from the loins of Sonny Crockett, the coolest cop ever, was always going to be something special. She was perfectly cast in the role and played it cool just like her Dad. Jamie Dornan was perfect as Christian as well, just enough without coming across as a sex pest who should be on some sort of sexual offences register.

I thought the movie was very well done and that the sex scenes were delivered appropriately. I’ve read negative reviews about the movie and its portrayal of women, and I think it’s ridiculous. This is fiction people, if you don’t like it, don’t watch it or read it. For what it’s worth, as far as I could tell Ana seemed to be enjoying herself. I would expect these sorts of comments from do-gooders types and ‘I have an opinion on everything’ sorts, but this movie does not glorify anything bad.

I do think that it’s one of those movies that means much more if you’ve read the books though. If you went out with your partner one night and just decided to see the movie, you may walk out at the end a bit confused by it all. I had this experience with The Thin Red Line, I have no idea what this movie was about and appear to have missed the point of the entire thing. Quite why it was Oscar nominated and lasted over 3 hours is beyond me. Fifty won’t win any Oscars, but who cares, give the people what they want. They want Christian and Ana, love, sex and butt plugs.

To all you men out there, give it chance, your Lady may like it and may even want to stop off at a hardware store on the way home. If she does just go with it…in my view, anything that encourages more women to get involved in DIY is a bonus.

Just as a personal plea to E L James, maybe her next book could be about a dominant sportsman or even a dominant who likes to go out with his male friends to bars and get drunk every weekend. This would really do us men a favour.

I feel no shame in admitting that I enjoyed the movie, and any self-awkwardness in the cinema left each time I saw my male friend two rows in front, who I’m certain was touching himself. Did my date enjoy the movie I hear you ask? Yes she did… does she want my best Christian Grey moves later? Yeahhhhh she does!!! Does she want me to sniff her underwear? She may well do, but MB doesn’t roll with that. Especially not as she won’t have changed them since watching the movie, so it will be like Niagara down there. Maybe if she changes them, we can…..NEGOTIATE

“We aim to please, Miss Steele “

LATER’S, LADIES! 

We asked MB for a pic to accompany this post but he wants to remain anonymous. We had to settle for a bit of ‘arm porn.

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THE MALEBOX & SAMANTHA
JOINT REVIEW FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – THE BOOK!

Here’s a blast from the past we thought you might enjoy!
Back in 2012 The Malebox did a joint review of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY with one of our readers, Samantha.
We thought we’d share it here again for those who may have missed it.
Enjoy!!!!!

 

From: themalebox69@gmail.com
To:mbandsam1@gmail.com
Subject:  Confession from The Malebox

Can I tell you a secret?

From: mbandsam1@gmail.com
To: themalebox69@gmail.com
Subject: My lips are sealed

Sure you can, I am like a vault! (wink, wink)

From: themalebox69@gmail.com
To: mbandsam1@gmail.com
Subject:  Full Access

Since I agreed to tandem read with you, TB have bought me a few books for my kindle.  So Ms. Samantha,  Mr. Malebox has been reading one of these books which is Fifty Shades of Grey!  I was curious and just wanted to know what all the fuss was about!

From: mbandsam1@gmail.com
To: themalebox69@gmail.com
Subject:  Very Intrigued….

Really?  And how do you feel about Fifty Shades Mr. Malebox?

From: themalebox69@gmail.com
To: mbandsam1@gmail.com
Subject:  Pleasantly surprised….

I kinda like it…I didn’t know there were 3 books though….Mr. Grey is pretty cool.

 From: mbandsam1@gmail.com
To: themalebox69@gmail.com
Subject:  I have to know…tell me!

Yeah, Mr. Grey is…pretty cool….

So, Mr. Malebox… Vanilla or Red Room of Pain???

Well, we all want to know don’t we?

From: themalebox69@gmail.com
To: mbandsam1@gmail.com
Subject:  Ah now that would be telling…

I think the red room for you, Ms. Samantha…. Wait!  You are a bad influence on me!!!

From: mbandsam1@gmail.com
To: themalebox69@gmail.com
Subject:  Pouting…..

Fine, sorry, boring questions from now on…

From: themalebox69@gmail.com
To: mbandsam1@gmail.com
Subject:  Never…..

I don’t do boring Ms. Samantha…we all need a bit of bad in our lives…

From: mbandsam1@gmail.com
To: themalebox69@gmail.com
Subject:  Impressed!

That was such a Mr. Grey line, Mr. Malebox!

From: themalebox69@gmail.com
To: mbandsam1@gmail.com
Subject:  Gold Star!

I know…how cool was that!!!

From: mbandsam1@gmail.com
To: themalebox69@gmail.com
Subject:  Squirming….

That was pretty hot!  So umm, the book??  It isn’t particularly well written, but it is so good in a bad way!

From: themalebox69@gmail.com
To: mbandsam1@gmail.com
Subject:  Yes!

I know…the writing is quite strange at times…I found it weird at the beginning but got used to it. I didn’t like all the inner goddess stuff….I have a lot to say about this book, so be prepared…

From: mbandsam1@gmail.com
To: themalebox69@gmail.com
Subject:  Go on….

Hit me baby

From: themalebox69@gmail.com
To: mbandsam1@gmail.com
Subject:  Hand twitching….

How apt….

I don’t know what I was expecting from the book but it wasn’t what I read.

I was expecting it to be full of sex and whips, also I wasn’t expecting to actually enjoy it and I wanted to read it just to see what everyone was talking about.

I was wrong on both fronts.  I found the sex side of the book secondary to the relationship between the characters and all rather tame.

I was not expecting this…I actually really liked Christian Grey and also liked Ana.

I found the emails between them quite amusing….I really don’t mean this to be rude, but I found at times; the writing and Ana almost childlike…I assume that this may have been the intention though. What surprised me the most about the book was that I assumed that it would be complete shit and over publicized? It was much better than I expected it to be…It kept me interested throughout.

I don’t see what all the controversy with the book was all about though.

I can see why this book is popular and that is because of Mr. Christian Grey…the man is a genius!!

From: mbandsam1@gmail.com
To: themalebox69@gmail.com
Subject: Speechless….

Wow!  A genius?  I am surprised that you actually like Christian more than you like Ana, maybe it’s because she doesn’t really have much of a personality.  The email portion of the book was my favorite as well.  The emails were very well done and had me cracking up.  Ditto on the controversy, there are far more risqué books out there and they have been written better.   That being said, I can say I found myself strangely addicted to these books and I loved them.

From: themalebox69@gmail.com
To: mbandsam1@gmail.com
Subject:  I don’t make love….

I fuck hard…what a line.

Your thoughts on Ana…. I quite liked her. Not as a hot as my Myrna though, but I liked her more as a person.  I get the obsession thing by Grey…..

From: mbandsam1@gmail.com
To: themalebox69@gmail.com
Subject:  Liar, liar pants on fire…

That line was HOT, one of the best lines in the book!  I also liked when Ana said to Christian “don’t get your panties in such a twist…and give me back mine”.  I don’t get Ana.  Sometimes she seems like an independent woman and then others she seems like…..not.  How in the ham fat can you be twenty- something and not have touched your girly parts???  I call bullshit.  I wanna know about your obsession…

From: themalebox69@gmail.com
To: mbandsam1@gmail.com
Subject:  Obsessions, possessions and confessions

I am a male with alpha tendencies which is why I like Mr. Grey and understand his relationship with Miss Steele. This may be controversial but I am going to ask 2 questions…are women possessions?

Secondly, should a man be obsessed with a woman?

The simple answer to both is yes.  A woman is a man’s most valued possession and with that possession rightly comes the obsession.  A man should be obsessed with his woman….I do not condone either behavior which is not reciprocal.

Do women want a man who panders to their every need and make a fuss of them. Well yes they do, but they also need something else…that is the challenge, excitement and fulfillment.

This is what Mr. Grey represents.

A woman also needs to feel secure and protected and safe. How do you feel when someone borrows your important stuff?  If you are like me, you worry that they will not take care of it or break it. Would you let someone steal this stuff?  No, you wouldn’t and I have already said that a woman is the most prized of all possessions.  So if someone tries to steal my woman then expect a beat down of the highest order…..

This is why I get Mr. Grey.

I would like to see Mr. Grey take on Myrna from the last book (Backstage Pass). Now that would be interesting.  It would be like Superman taking on Batman…who would win?

Actually I would like to take on Myrna…

From: mbandsam1@gmail.com
To: themalebox69@gmail.com
Subject: Ground rules…..

I am going to sit in a freezer now.  Holy hell Malebox, that was hot.

From: themalebox69@gmail.com
To: mbandsam1@gmail.com
Subject:  Breaking Ground Rules

Now I know there are rules but  I will be blatantly breaking them at every opportunity….. 

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THE FIFTY SHADES OF GREY TRILOGY by E L JAMES

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY TRILOGY BUNDLE
AMAZON US || AMAZON UK || AMAZON AU

Fifty Trilogy

Purchase the MOVIE TIE IN PAPERBACK
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Fifty Movie Tie IN Book

 

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