Title: Fifty Shades Darker
Author: EL James
Genre: Romance, Erotic, Fiction,
Published: 16th September 2011
Start Date: 12th September 2022
Finish Date: 14th September 2022
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.
I never would have believed it was possible, but Fifty Shades Darker is even better than Fifty Shades of Grey. Hard to believe, but true. Reading Fifty Shades Darker is like witnessing metamorphosis in action.
What I love the most about this book is the way the events and characters change and develop. I love that Christian Grey transforms from utterly immovable to flexible. Every negative emotion he feels eventually becomes something positive, or at least something he can learn and grow from. He learns the delicate balance between give and take. He learns to open his heart and to accept love, and he learns to give it as well. Everything cold becomes warm, and everything hot, well that’s about the only thing that stays the same, still hot.
Ana and Christian are so contradictory and conflicting, and yet complement each other so well. Each trial, every obstacle, every hardship the two experiences are overcome and ultimately strengthen the relationship. This is truly one of the most amazing love stories I’ve read.
I would like to add one more thing regarding a popular misconception about this book. I’ve read a lot of comments from readers saying it is too far out of their comfort zone because of the BDSM elements. I would like to address this because I don’t think readers should shy away from it for that reason. EL James has a way of writing that brings out the heat in a love scene, but in my opinion she does it in a very tasteful way. I’ve read other BDSM novels and I think these books should really be classified as mild erotica, which contain some MILD elements of BDSM.
This story has a well defined plot with well developed, in depth characters. The romance is both sweet and steamy, and to me the sex scenes do not feel gratuitous. It really is just an amazing and beautiful love story, and I think the BDSM elements are an integral element the plot in this novel.
The cliffhanger-ending of Fifty Shades of Grey had me in an uproar. I was glad to have Fifty Shades of Darker ready to read. A feeling of peace flowed through me that was until I read the prologue. Holy mother of god! Prepare yourselves my lovelies. Tough stuff that made me very emotional and I even shed a few tears.
On a brighter note: I was so happy to see Ana and Fifty back together, despite the hardships I knew they’d have to overcome.
Throughout the first book I was wondering about Fifty’s past. What could’ve possibly happened that made him want to control every aspect of his, and Ana’s life. I was given a lot more insight reading Fifty Shades Darker. The title should give you a big hint. There were several moments that tore at my heartstrings. So much in fact, that I had to stop reading and take a deep breath. The glimpses into Fifty’s past combined with the information he offered Ana helped me understand him better alongside Ana. No one should have to live through what he had to endure. I can only say it again and again. Fifty is such a fascinating character. All his faults and issues drew me in, maybe even more so than before. There’s one specific moment when I almost couldn’t take it.
A very important aspect of the plot: progress. I was expecting it, but also wanted my same old Fifty back. The one I came to love! E L James delivered on both accounts. Losing Ana led to a major shift in his outlook. Fifty realized how much this “maddening, maddening woman” meant to him. The decision to get her back went hand in hand with change. Change of his priorities, change of his wants, and change of his way of thinking. What intrigued me was that Fifty wasn’t capable of taking credit for his accomplishments. Even in the end, I wasn’t sure if he knew how far he had come. As for Ana, I wasn’t surprised that she doubted herself. From the very beginning she couldn’t say why such a man would be attracted to her. This feeling in the back of her mind was still there, nagging away. It took a toll on her. Ana feared that a normal relationship would never be enough for him. I suffered with and for the two of them. When Fifty finally put a name to his ‘more’ for Ana, that’s what I’d call perfection. A certain psychologist will shed some light on things by the way. Great idea to have him as part of the book.
Another thing that set this read apart from its predecessor was the element of suspense. Just enough to give the reader an uneasy feeling. It was slowly building up and ended in a bit of a showdown. Fifty didn’t just face his past; his past was given a face, two faces that is. They represented the two sides of a coin. His BDSM lifestyle being the coin. From the submissive to the dominant to just Fifty. That was vague enough to not be a spoiler, right?!
Astonishing, heartfelt addicting series. E.L. James, Thank you so much for writing this hot, crazy, mind-blowing story! It has been an absolute pleasure reading Ana and Christian’s love story and I can't wait to read Fifty Shades Freed