on Sep. 3, 2014 :
I was in two minds about purchasing this book - I was happy enough with Book 1 to shell out for the second but I dont think I will be reading any more of these. The stories are quite interesting and there is enough action to make it entertaining - not quite on the edge of my seat exciting but ok for a quick read.
I guess my main problem is the same as the only reviewer here who marked it down - I am just not finding this heroine believable. Alexis is pitched as someone who can pick up complicated skills in just a couple of days - something that would take a professional a long time to perfect is picked up with little effort by this paragon of excellence. It just got really irritating.
I was hoping for a little more character development in the second book but am finding them a little one-dimensional. The identity of the assassin Penumbra was a nice touch but couldnt be really called a plot twist since it was telegraphed from a great distance.
A few minor typos and incorrect use of words (eg. you do not "advert" your gaze) but editing was reasonable for a self-published book. Good effort though.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on Nov. 20, 2012 :
My apologies for not writing a review before now.
I continued to enjoy your storyline. We can follow Alexis (Ms Grey) as she progresses through the company. Lots of action and fun. A true adventure story. Well done.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on Aug. 8, 2012 :
JC Phelps is an excellent writer. I love the Shades of Grey series and look forward to seeing what else she has to offer.
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
on Feb. 19, 2012 :
I purchased this story after reading the first story Color me grey. The writing is good and I like the writer's voice but, my problem with this series is that the protagonist is perfect. Everything comes easy for her, she overcomes every challenge etc... However, at one point in the story I had to stop reading and could read no more. There comes a point where suspension of disbelief crosses into pure fantasy. That point for me was a shooting contest where she, having no military experience, beat the team of trained mercs and a marine sniper. I would like to see more from this writer but she could make a more believable character.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
on April 4, 2011 :
In the second book of the Alexis Stanton Chronicles, Alexis Stanton (aka Ms Grey) becomes a full partner in White and Associates. She has new training, takes on new cases, and develops into a more rounded special operative. She also delves into the mystery of the super assassin Penumbra. Good stuff -- recommended.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
on Jan. 25, 2011 :
In Shades of Grey, book two of the Alexis Stanton Chronicles, J.C. Phelps creates an ideal sequel. The story continues where Color Me Grey left off and carries the continuing story arc of Alex Stanton - also known as Ms. Grey - and her work as an agent with White and Associates. Though the books are connected, each one tells a succinct and contained story so they can be enjoyed individually as episodic adventures. Of course, once the reader has a taste of Alex Stanton's life, one book is definitely not enough!
Once again it is the endearing characters that fill this novel with heart. Alex is kind and caring, but also sassy and strong - keeping pace with her male colleagues. The relationships in the book are realistic and believable and the story delves deeper into Alex's family and her growing friendships with her coworkers. The romantic tension between Alex and Mr. White continues to build, and Alex is all the more likable for her character's wisdom and integrity. She doesn't simply fall into bed with the men she's attracted to but thinks honestly about her relationships and the results of romantic attachments.
Phelps keeps the action high and layers on the intrigue throughout the book. It's a delight to witness Alex develop her skills, holding her own as the heroine, as tough and talented as her male counterparts. For those that loved Color Me Grey, Shades of Grey is a wonderful continuation. The third book in the series Reflections of Grey also promises more of the same, and I can't wait to read it!
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)