I guess that I am a romantic at heart, because I really enjoyed this book. I picked this book up because I have Ashley's 'Desire After Dark' on my TBR mountain and after looking through her books it seems that 'Shades of Gray' is the first book in a trilogy that ends with Desire. So being anal about reading books in order I had to find the first two in the trilogy to read prior to reading Desire. Glad I did too, because I loved this book.
The characters are fantastic. I was really drawn into their lives. Grigori is a Vampyre who has been roaming the earth for 200 years, trying to exact revenge on the ancient vampire who destroyed his family. Edward is a vampire-hunter from a family of hunters, who has forged an uneasy alliance with Grigori, in order to destroy the one vampire, who as of yet, has been too powerful for him to destroy. Marissa is the woman who's blood reawakens Grigori & Edward's enemy from a deep sleep. She is also the woman who both men are falling in love with as they try to protect her from that enemy, Alexi, while they attempt to hunt him down and destroy him.
One of the things that I really enjoyed about this book is that the characters are realistic. The author is very detailed in showing us their lives, struggles, fears, and hopes.
Totally enjoyable book, and I am thrilled to say that I have the next in the trilogy, 'After Sundown', to start on first thing in the morning.
This book was an ok read. Little slow to read and by the time it really picks up, its at the end. The story line was boring to me. If you are in to paranormal/vampires, look into J.R. Ward's books. She's much better.