Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James

Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)Genre: Romance, Fiction, Erotica, Adult

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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 her anger and envy of the women who came before her and make the most important decision of her life.

Erotic, sparkling and suspenseful, Fifty Shades Darker is the irresistibly addictive second part of the Fifty Shades trilogy.


After the amount of negative criticism that was received for the first book it’s a complete mystery how the publishers decided on this being a trilogy. However I am sticking with it and fully intend to read all three books.

So after the abysmal rating for the first book I really didn’t have very high hopes going into this, however I was slightly surprised! Gone is controlling Christian who thinks he can do whatever he wants and just punish people randomly, now we are seeing a glimpse into his past, why he is the way he is and we start to see that he actually has emotions (hurrah!). This book has a bit of a thrill to it as Christian’s psycho ex sub is on the loose and has somehow been given a gun, it sounds very unlikely however I do think it actually worked! For once the book wasn’t just about the controlling relationship and I did find myself worried about where this girl is and what she might do to either Christian or Ana.

To be perfectly honest it’s still not the best book in the world however it is a massive improvement from the first book and is becoming more of an acceptable relationship (I wouldn’t say we are bordering normal yet though). I do think that it’s still not worth the hype which it has got and is still getting years after it’s release however I think if you want a casual read with a little bit of excitement thrown in then this is definitely the book for you. I don’t think I would go as far as recommending it to people however I will say that if you read the first one and thought it was dreadful (which from the other reviews I’ve been reading is about 90% of people) I would say to try and press on to this book, it isn’t as bad as the first and there isn’t an overbearing amount of emphasis on the controlling relationship – even though sometimes he can be a little bit too much and needs to give Ana her own life.

What else is there to say about this book? Yes it still has the same amount of sexual content as the first book, yes you will question why you are reading it but I don’t think it is as bad as the first one, it is definitely getting better and I just hope the series improves as I go onto the third one.

Rating: 3/5

Summing up: Not as bad as the first one – less of the controlling boyfriend


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