Title: Fifty Shades Darker
Author: E L James
Publisher: The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing
Publication Date: Sept 2011
Classification: Adult Romance Novel
Content: Adult Erotic Scenes
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
This one starts off right were Fifty Shades of Grey ended, on a cliffhanger ending might I add! So Ana and our lovely Mr. Grey are not currently together and they are both just trying to live their life the best they can. Just a few days after Ana has left, Christian calls her and asks her to still go to her friend’s photo gallery with him. Since it is for her friend Ana agrees to go, never suspecting that Christian’s intent will be to win her back. This part of the book actually upset me quite a bit because I wanted Ana to really make Grey work to get her back, instead she just agrees to be back together with him rather quickly! Where the hell are the scenes where Grey has to show her ‘hearts and flowers’ in order to get her back! I wanted Grey to work for it after what he did in the first book.
I decided to put the book down for just a few days so that I could take a break. I didn’t want to keep reading when I was upset about the fact that Ana didn’t put up a battle. Once I picked the story back up I found my anger was gone and what do you know that Grey actually had a few more tricks, not those type of tricks, get your mind out of his kinky fuckery pocket! Grey was actually making an effort to change for Ana and this was the part of the novel that was the best. Yes, there was a side story to the plot about a stalker ex-sub of Grey’s but what I focused in on was Ana and Grey, it is always about them. The extras to the plot were really cool because it kept the story moving along but at the end of the day I just love the scenes with Ana and Grey. I really loved that Grey was able to start to change for Ana and that everything was slowly working out.
Overall, I don’t want to rant and rave for too long but as I just said the best part of this series so far has been watching Ana and Christian grow and change for the better and for each other. Grey is still who he is, because hello you couldn’t fully get rid of what makes him.. well the Grey we have all come to love, and I loved that he is still true to himself. Grey certainly improves and I do love that Ana was stronger in this novel, not giving in to every demand that Grey might have. I loved the scenes where we got to see how close these two could become. I loved the drama with Mrs. Robinson and I loved the moments where Grey made up for everything. So while I was upset when the novel started because I believed that he didn’t work hard enough for Ana I have to say that all changed by the end. This one gets 4.5 hearts from me for a great novel, I wouldn’t call it erotica and you can certainly see the Twilight moments if you look for them, but there is just something addictive about this series, this captivating couple.