Monday, April 30, 2012

Fifty Shades Darker by E L James

Title:  Fifty Shades Darker
Author: E L James
My Rating: A

Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: Fifty Shades #2
Main Characters: Ana and Christian
Release Date: April 2012
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:
This book was completely shocking to me as the second book in a three-book series, because it did not follow along the prescribed novel arc that a second book normally follows. For all practical purposes, this is the Happily Ever After book (which is normally the final book.) I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop like it did in Book #1 and it never did...and it was totally refreshing in that fact.

In this book, Christian and Ana have settled into a real relationship. He's accepted the fact that she is his girlfriend and that she is not going to play the sub to his Dom. There are still lots of challenges between the two of them. OMG, Christian is a complicated character, but for the most part this book is about their relationship and the development of it.

They are learning each other and how to be in a relationship which is completely new for both of them. Ana was innocent coming into this, but so was Christian in that he's NEVER had a real honest-to-god relationship. They are both learning their boundaries and each other throughout this book.

This book remains as hot as ever and Christian is volatile as ever, but throughout this book, he has more of a vulnerability about him. He definitely seems younger in this book, which honestly just puts him at his age. Such a good series and that's simply because these characters are written so incredibly well. It's just riveting reading!

1 comment:

Lisa said...

I couldn't have said it better soon as I was finished reading book 1 book 2 and 3 was downloaded! I am on my 5th time reading this series since the first week of April! I am addicted! I also plan on finishing your book too! I had to take a hiatus from reading it with school stating (mainly cause I was getting into it) can't wait to get back into it!