AUTHOR: E.L. James
RATING: 5 STARS
PUBLISHED: September 2011 - The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
SERIES: Yes; Trilogy Completed:
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"Daunted by the singular sexual tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house.But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life."
***EXPLICIT LANGUAGE AND CONTENT. THIS IS AN ADULT BOOK. PLEASE DON’T READ THIS REVIEW UNLESS YOU ARE AN ADULT***
Fifty Shades Darker, the second book in the Fifty Shades trilogy was un-freaking-believably good. When I began this novel I had crazy high expectations, and this novel surpassed them all, in ways I couldn’t even imagine.
At the beginning of this book, I started highlighting all the parts that I enjoyed because they were either hilarious or really sweet. I had to stop this at about 10% because almost every sentence on my Kindle was highlighted. That’s how AMAZING this book is.
Fifty Shades Darker picks up right after Fifty Shades of Grey, when Christian comes to Ana with another proposition. Personally, I enjoyed Fifty Shades Darker more than its prequel, Fifty Shades of Grey. The reason I enjoyed this novel more is because it wasn’t as dark, or maybe I was just more comfortable with the dark. Don’t worry; you still have Christian Grey, his dark past, his control issues and all his “Fiftyness”, but you also see a lighter, sweeter, and more vulnerable side to him. Mainly, his relationship with Anastasia isn’t as dark.
Fifty Shades Darker, just like its predecessor, is a graphic, detailed novel. It has some “kinky fuckery”: pool table, piano, elevator, boat, just to name a few. In Fifty Shades of Grey, I felt like Ana was trying to be someone she wasn’t with the whole Dom/Sub, kneeling in front of the master thing. But in Fifty Shades Darker, I felt like Ana and Christian were just trying to fulfill one another’s desires, not turn each other into someone their not.
You see a lot of character development in this novel. Christian really opens up, physically and emotionally. These scenes were extremely emotional for me because I could feel how much it tortured him to open up and let someone in. And like I said before, you also see a softer, sweeter side to him. He’s more playful, vulnerable and open in this novel. Ana’s character also develops in this novel; she becomes stronger and more understanding.
I thought this novel was CRAZY SWEET, not exactly in your typical “hearts and flowers” way, but in Christian’s own “Fifty” way. My heart melt every time Christian lowered his shield and let Ana in. I smiled like a goon every time he would laugh, joke, utter an endearment, or act out of character. And, every single time Christian said, “Laters, baby” I thought I’d die.
Fifty Shades Darker is also WITTY & HILARIOUS. This book made me laugh out loud SEVERAL times. The witty banter between Anastasia and Christian is sexy and hilarious. I love their emails. Also, I am obsessed with Ana’s inner goddess and her subconscious. Seriously….BEST THING EVER! Her inner goddess is the funniest part of this novel. I love her.
This novel also has some SURPRISING TWISTS & TURNS. E.L. James keeps you engaged and waiting to see what will happen next. James is an extremely talented author. She knows how to write a sexy, suspenseful, amazing novel.
I gave Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James 5 STARS. I strongly recommend the Fifty Shades trilogy to every adult who can handle a dark, graphic, intense, lovely, witty, sexy romance.
“Christian Grey, expect the unexpected – Fifty Shades of Fucked-Up”
“My inner goddess is draped in a pink feather boa and diamonds, strutting her stuff in fuck-me shoes”
“Let me ask you something first. Do you want a regular vanilla relationship with no kinky fuckery at all?”
My mouth drops open. “Kinky fuckery?” I squeak.
“Christian Mindfuck Grey”
“I am not going to let you dazzle me with your sexpertise.”
“He’s like several different people in one body. Isn’t that a symptom of schizophrenia? I must Google that.”
“But I’m a selfish man. I’ve wanted you since you fell into my office. You are exquisite, honest, warm, strong, witty, beguilingly innocent; the list is endless. I am in awe of you. I want you, and the thought of anyone else having you is like a knife twisting in my dark soul.”