» Fifty Shades Darker, E. L. James

Posted November 12, 2011 by / 0 comments

BEWARE, please! This book contains explicit sexual content and may or may not contain Erotica &/or BDSM content as well. As such, it is not suitable or appropriate for readers under the age of 17 or readers who would be offended by this subject matter. My review may also contain conversation of the same. This warning has been extended to include some NEW ADULT as well.
Fifty Shades Darker, E. L. JamesFifty Shades Darker by E L James
Series: Fifty Shades #2
Published by Random House LLC on 2011-09-13
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 393
Format: Paperback
5 Stars

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.

My ThoughtsGreen swirlsHoly 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!

Green swirls


Freakin Phenomenal

About E L James

I’m a former TV executive, wife and mother-of-two based in the leafy suburbs of West London. Since January 2012 my life has taken an extraordinary turn with the runaway success of the Fifty Shades Trilogy. From an early age I had always dreamt of writing stories that readers would fall in love with – and my dreams have come true, thanks to you guys. Now that life seems to have settled down a little, I want to crack on and write my next novel – another adult, provocative romance. I do hope you will enjoy that too.

Thank you for all your support. It has meant the world to me. If any one were to ask me for my thoughts about this whole experience, I would say: life is not a dress rehearsal – seize the day and follow your dreams. I wish you the best of luck.

EL November 2012

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