Author: E.L. James
Series: Fifty Shades #2
Publisher: Arrow, Cornerstone Publishing
Date: September 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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 the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.
The second book in the Fifty Shades series, in my opinion is not quite as good as the first.
I still enjoyed it and I’m still looking forward to reading the third one but I just felt that it was missing a little something. And I also became a little exasperated with the two main characters.
What I did like about this book was the extra characters and storylines that are brought into play. The first book was very much about Christian and Ana getting to know each other and so it generally just focused on the two of them. And although the story in Fifty Shades Darker is also focused on Christian and Ana, there are other storylines and characters introduced too. Such as the evil ‘Mrs Robinson’, and Ana’s rather inappropriate boss. And it was great to have more chapters with Christian’s family in them.
I think these extra side plots gave some great dimension to Ana and Christian’s already hectic relationship.
Another compliment I have for this book is the character development of Christian and Ana. By the end, they are hardly recognisable as the same two characters we were introduced to at the beginning of book one. The author has done a great job of letting them develop and grow and compromise with each other and portrays a very realistic story of two very different people falling in love gradually. This was so refreshing.
Therefore, I am a little sad that I didn’t love this book as much as I wanted to. My problem was mainly the exhausting ups and downs of the relationship. I understand these arguments and ‘make ups’ had to happen for Ana and Christian to be able to move forward but, it just happened so often! Like, every day there was a new drama that would cause them to fall out dramatically… and then make up ‘dramatically’. It felt like being on the ‘big dipper’!
So ultimately, if the third book can take the excellent pacing of the first book and marry it together with the character development and relationships of the second book then I will be very happy!