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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Book Review: Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1) by E.L. James
Genre: Adult (Contemporary Romance/Erotica) 18+
Date Published: September 16, 2011
Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House

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.

Fifty Shades Darker is the second book in the Fifty Shades trilogy by E.L James. We learn more about Christian this time around, and I actually like him now. He keeps me reading this trilogy. He's still dark and damaged, but now we get to see the real him too. I love how he can turn his personalities on and off at will. He's surrounded by a whole lot of crazy, and Ana is going along for the ride. Speaking of Ana? She's the exact same. For someone who's supposed to be intelligent and graduated college with a 4.0, she really isn't too bright. She talks and thinks like a person much younger than what she's supposed to be. She lacks common sense. Why didn't she just use the flippin' Blackberry?? Christian kept yelling at her about it because her work emails were monitored. Did she listen? No! That was really frustrating. Her inner goddess and subconscious were out in full force again too. *shakes head* So, basically I have all the same issues with Ana in this book as I did in the last book and then some. Where Christian is growing as a character, Ana is falling behind. The story is entertaining enough, I guess, but the writing style is just way too repetitious for my liking.  Fifty Shades Darker ended on a cliffhanger... sorta. I'm curious what this turn of events will bring about in the next book.

You can still tell this book is following the Twilight saga, but I didn't feel like it was complete plagiarism this time around.

“No. No!” he says.
“I . . .” He looks wildly around the room. For inspiration? For divine intervention? I don’t know.

“You can’t go. Ana, I love you!”
“I love you, too, Christian, it’s just—”
“No . . . no!” he says in desperation and puts both hands on his head. “Christian . . .”
“No,” he breathes, his eyes wide with panic, and suddenly he drops to his knees in front of me, head bowed, long-fingered hands spread out on his thighs. He takes a deep breath and doesn’t move. What?
“Christian, what are you doing?”
He continues to stare down, not looking at me.
“Christian! What are you doing?”
My voice is high-pitched. He doesn’t move.
“Christian, look at me!” I command in panic. His head sweeps up without hesitation, and he regards me passively with his cool gray gaze—he’s almost serene . . . expectant.
Holy F*** . . . Christian. The submissive.” 

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.

To learn more about E.L. James and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on GoodreadsFacebook, and Twitter.

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