This is a ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ read along, posted as I read the book. There will be tons of spoilers…and a lot of naughty talk…if you’ve read the book, please join the discussion, if you haven’t read it already, be warned.
Chapter 2 is broken up into weird choppy scenes, which are rather unnecessary. They could have just been eluded to. I can understand now why people were thrown off by the time they made it this far, since Chapter 1 started off so strong. Makes me wonder how many times James rewrote the first chapter. I can already imagine how Christian and Ana will be reacquainted – will he be visiting her hardware store for some pulleys and leather straps??
On a personal note, Ana’s mother reminds me of my own mother, which is fun. Latest money making schemes and husbands/boyfriends. “Hi mom! XOXO” Then off to seeing how man times James can use besieged…
What happened? Chapter One was great, where did that flow go? I feel like I’m in a Sookie book and she won’t leave the damn garden..c’mon you know what I’m talking about.
Ok, I’ll stop my complaining – they meet again at the end when he shows up in her Hardware store. I guess it’s not pulleys (which is what I predicted earlier) but cable ties – I have to go Google what that is!
From all the finger zapping is one of them going to turn out to be a vampire or witch? I hadn’t heard that, but you never know, right? Would explain his need for dominance, those pesky vampires are always trying to exert their control over the lesser species.
By the end of the chapter I think I have it figured out. It’s the interaction between Christian and Ana that is so very powerful, that when they are not in a scene together the book just flounders. In the last part of the chapter it is all anxiety filled and I’m holding my breath because I have no idea what is going to happen.
“What is your thing, Anastasia?” he asks, his voice soft, and his secret smile is back. I gaze at him, unable to express myself. I’m on shifting tectonic plates. Try to be cool, Ana, my tortured subconscious begs on bended knee.
“Books,” I whisper, but inside, my subconscious is screaming: You! You are my thing! I slap it down instantly, mortified that my psyche is having ideas way out of its league.
So, I’m wondering, did he come to that hardware store because he knows she worked there? And now with the looming photo shoot and third meeting, we know why James introduced us to Jose – which I’m guessing will be the photographer and the reason for Christian to maybe get a bit possessive. This is all me speculating though because it would be obvious plot devices.
“Good. Until tomorrow, perhaps.” He turns to leave, then pauses. “Oh–and Anastasia, I’m glad Miss Kavanagh couldn’t do the interview.” He smiles, then strides with renewed purpose out of the store, slinging the plastic bag over his shoulder, leaving me a quivering mass of raging female hormones. I spend several minutes staring at the closed door through which he’s just left before I return to planet Earth.
Okay–I like him.
We are now entering Chapter 3..
While James has this odd habit of breaking up a chapter into weird scenes, which I don’t like, what I do like is that she sure does know how to leave you hanging at the end of one.
I’m still wondering if Grey is stalking her…probably. Kate is smart too…
Kate: “But what was he doing at Clayton’s?” Her curiosity oozes through the phone. I’m in the depths of the stockroom, trying to keep my voice casual.
“He was in the area.”
Yeah right…(that’s my thoughts LOL)
Yet, by this point I’ve kind of had enough of the flushing/blushing…the girl is going to need to beef up on her iron pills if all the blood stays in her cheeks.
Ana: “Oh, kate, you know I blush all the time. It’s an occupational hazard with me. Don’t be ridiculous,” I snap. She blinks at me with surprise–I very rarely have hissy fits–and I briefly relent. “I just find him … intimidating, that’s all.”
For the photo-shoot, I did hit the nail on the head with the Jose photographer gig, but they didn’t get all testosteronie filled in a boy standoff, that is probably just me reading too many paranormal romances. But, a girl can hope. Nothing sexier than two men growling over each other. So, I’m assuming Jose is supposed to be Jacob at this point?
In chapter 3, instead of the usual anxiety, James has returned us to a clipped style of writing again with little explanation. That telling instead of showing technique which can get very bothersome in novels. I’ve also realized that Ana is trading in a dominant female (Kate) for a dominant male (Christian). Not a big Kate fan. There is not a lot of the inner monologue that I liked so much in regards to Ana in these chapters. It has gone from more of a witty, self-deprecating humor to, “OMG I can’t believe he’s looking at me, OMG I can’t believe I’m having coffee with him, OMG he smells like expensive stuff…Christian Grey, Christian Grey, Christian Grey”
Ana: I am going to have coffee with Christian Grey…and I hate coffee.
As far as things that stand out in these chapters …the fact that she used “Keen” in a sentence.
Ana: “I’m not keen on coffee.”
He got a leaf in his coffee which distracted me and made me think of the Green Hornet movie and the fact that I always wanted someone to make me a cappuccino with a leaf in it, so I must investigate local coffee shops…and then she almost gets run over by a wayward bicyclist. Cue the ‘Twilight’ comparisons again in my head. But these comparisons are so slight it’s only because I’m looking for them.
That ‘Carrier of the Mark’ book wasn’t fanfic and you could line it up with ‘Twilight’ and the only differences you would find would be the character names…
It all happens so fast –one minute I’m falling, the next I’m in his arms and hes’ holding me tightly against his chest. I inhale his clean, wholesome scent. He smells of freshly laundered line and some expensive body wash. It’s intoxicating. I inhale deeply.
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