Series: Fifty Shades #2
Published by Random House LLC on 2011-09-13
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Daunted by the singular 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.This book is intended for mature audiences.
Holy freakin’ crap! This is such a fantastic series… and no it’s not because of all the hot sex scenes, although those are pretty damned awesome too and I wouldn’t trade them for anything. The story behind all of the hotness is in itself very hot… and very sweet.
I love how Christian’s character has grown and developed. This story brings on heartbreak, elation, anger and so much laughter. It would be amusing to have video taped me reading this book concentrating on my facial expressions. I swear it would have won on funniest home videos! I caught myself constantly smirking at all of the words-between-the-lines and especially those emails between Christian and Ana. I also have a huge habit of biting my bottom lip and now I catch myself doing it… and then I smirk again! It’s a vicious circle.
I love love love how Christian is finally grasping the fact that people loves him and he’s even starting to see that he’s worthy of that love. It’s a happy-heartbreaking feeling not unlike the Grinch’s heart who grew 3 sizes. That’s what I feel like. Like my heart grew bigger for him. He’s just such an amazing character.
His family is so awesome too. At first I was afraid that his mother had something to do with his past even though Christian said she was a great person but he just shied away from her and was distant so I thought the worst. Then to find out she knew nothing of it and was so infuriated I just love her even more. She’s a force. That was just Christian feeling unworthy again.
Ana’s character is pretty amazing too. She’s young but grown up enough to take on such a task that is “Christian”. For her first relationship it’s pretty strong of her. She knows what she wants and she’s not afraid to fight him tooth and nail to get it from him… and he loves her for it.
Since book one I now get the whole “Twilighty” stuff. I didn’t realize that this originated as fanfiction and was, therefore, quite surprised to see an almost word for word scene in book one. Now I get it, but, this story, other than a few seemingly same-only-different quotes from Twilight is so far removed from Twilight it isn’t funny. I guess in the love story part there may be some similarities in how the characters are self-loathing and have self-esteem issues but it ends there.
Quite simply stated… this is a phenomenal series! I love it!