Fifty Shades Darker

Fifty Shades Darker
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By popular demand (actually one person's request) I decided to read and review the second book in the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy, "Fifty Shades Darker." If you liked the first one, you'll like this one. Same main characters of course, Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. This second book in the trilogy takes up where the first left off. I hate people who give away surprises in books or movies so I'll leave out the details for you to read about and leave it at that.

The 'Cinderella story on steroids' continues with a happy ending/beginning. If you read the first book you know that Ana refers to Christian Grey as 50 Shades hence the book title. Christian has many moods and 'personalities' that lead Ana to this name for him.

Ana has graduated from college (she did so in Fifty Shades of Grey) and has taken a job at a publishing company, which Christian eventually purchases. It is his desire to have complete control of Ana and everything she does. Of course it doesn't go that smoothly, there is a break up and reunion. The contract that was so important in the first book has taken a back seat as Christian realizes it is more important to him to have Ana then a signed contract. But there are demons. Christian has turned to the Dominant-Submissive lifestyle for many complex, hidden reasons and he continues to fight with his need for privacy and his need to hide his past with his inexplicable love for Ana.

Early in the book Ana reminds Christian why she asked if he was gay, "I looked for picture of you with dates on the Internet. There aren't any. That's why Kate and I thought you were gay." Another way Christian tries to keep his life private, no public appearances or pictures of him with his submissives. Ana knows deep inside she is different because he's allowed himself to be photographed with her.

She realizes she is madly in love with him and her desire amazes her.

"His proximity if overwhelming, exhilarating. The familiar pull is there, all my synapses goading me toward him, my inner goddess at her most libidinous. Staring at the the patch of hair in the V of his shirt, I bite my lip, helpless, driven by desire -- I want to taste him there."

"I swallow convulsively, and the ache that has been bothering me for the last couple of hours is roaring now, raw and wanting. Seeing him standing there on the royal blue carpet in that's beyond erotic. I want him. Now. Any way I can get him. I have to resist launching myself at him and ripping his clothes off. He waltzes over to me slowly."

Get the picture? It takes time for Ana to realize she really is in love with Christian and not just attracted by his good looks or their great "happenings" (using that word again so I don't get censored.) She begins to accept his extravagant gifts as a part of who he is rather than think he is trying to 'buy' her. He tells her at one point, he makes one hundred thousand dollars an hour so she finally realizes money is no object for him. Additionally she realizes Christian is beginning to let her inside his world.

This second book introduces more of Christian's past as well. Of course Ana's probing leads to the information and glimpses we get. She asks his mother and his beloved shrink, she meets his paramour although accidentally. The more she learns the more she realizes she has to accept his past with other women.

Christian's past really comes alive when one of his submissives shows up trying to hurt him or Ana, no one is sure which. She confronts Ana on the street, she slashes the tires on Ana's car and paints all over it. There is a lot of security and moving around to try to find Leila, the now dangerous submissive. No one knows why she has showed up or what she is looking for but after she trashes Ana's car and Christian finds out she has been able to purchase a gun permit things get more interesting and more secure.

There is also action around Christian's paramour whom Ana refers to as Mrs.Robinson. We finally get to meet and know more about her in this book. Early on its hard to decide whether you like 'Mrs. Robinson' or not.

I think there is more meat on the bone of this book. Don't get me wrong, the first book was good but I think too much was taken up with the "contract'. You don't have that issue in the second book. The second book is more about Christian and Ana truly finding each other and coming to terms with their relationship. Things Christian understands he no longer needs to do and things Ana understands or at least thinks she does need to do. The first book provides your introduction to dominance and submissives; I believe, though that is still present in the second book, it's not as (forgive the pun) dominant.

The story becomes more of a romance though the happenings still have their edge. The Red Playroom is not abandoned and neither are Christian's 'toys'.

"The carnal anticipation is unfurling between us. He's so good at this. Making me wait. Setting the scene..."

"I think you've seen enough now,' he murmurs. He slides the mask over my head, covering my eyes. My breathing spikes. Wow. Why is not being able to see so erotic? I am here, trussed up and kneeling on a table, waiting --sweet anticipation hot and heavy deep in my belly. I can still hear, though, and the melodic steady beat of the track continues. It resonates through my body. I hadn't notice before."

The romance between Christian and Ana is almost palpable. You really begin to fall in love with Christian in this book. In addition to his good looks, money, charisma, position, etc. he begins to show himself as a very tender and caring lover. (I still can't wait to see who they pick to play him in the movie of the first book! Names like Ian Somerhalder, Michael Fassbender, are two being considered.) He's a romantic at heart and the abused child begins to disappear as the caring man comes out.

I think you could read this book without having read the first but I wouldn't advise it. "Fifty Shades of Grey" gives you a lot of background. I don't like to give away surprises as I've said before so I will just say when you finish this book you'll want to read the third. Yes, I'm going to have to go and buy the darn book and read it!

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Till.....You've gone and done it......First thing tomorrow morning, I'm off to Barnes & Noble to buy a trilogy.

Ian Somerhalder is too damned handsome for words! I don't believe I've ever seen him before. Is there a movie in the works or a made-for-TV mini-series?

You give a perfect synopsis, without divulging any points that may be considered too much info!!

So....I guess that means you're just a "good tease!" Larry would be the only one to know that and I'd bet my first born, he's not talking!!!!! Excellent work here, GF as ALWAYS!! UP +++

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Brandon Martin 4 years ago from Colorado, USA

I don't have this book lol. Sounds cool. I have some people to recommend it to now that you wrote this so beautifully! Very nice!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Effer - you're my number 1!! You're gonna love this. I have to go buy the third one for sure. Yes, Ian Somerhalder is a looker for sure. They're also talking Robert Pattinson. Since Universal bought it I'm thinking its going to play in the movies.

I won't talk for Larry but as always, you hit the nail on the head! Thanks GF.

Brandon, thanks for reading. Any women you know would enjoy I'm sure.

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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, I have heard so much about this book, well seen the ads for it and everybody is talking about it, but up until now I had no idea what it was about. But you definitely got me interested and yes its now on my book list! and if Ian Somerhalder is going to be in it, then I will buy the rights to the film! lol! he is gorgeous, vampire diary night is tuesday, and I sit there with my chocs, tea and just drool at the tv! lol! voted up!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

I think you'll like the books Nell. They're easy reading and a little different than the ordinary romance novel ;)

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Very interesting review. I appreciate you writing this for ONE person!:)

Oh no not Robert Pattinson for the movie version, he's just ewww. There is nothing appealing about him unless you are 13 yrs old. I could be wrong, it's been known to happen. Rarely, but it does.

Ok back to the books. I'll continue to wait for a yard sale. I'm patient that way. I waited two years for Ivanka Trump's book The Trump Card (not a big fan, just curious) and I finally found it at Goodwill for $1.99!:)

Superb review! Thumbs up! Five stars!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks SS, glad you enjoy the reviews, I must admit I'm enjoying the books. If I had to choose I think I'd say I like the second better than the first.

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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

I was walking past Waterstones (A local bookshop) and found fifty shades of Grey on the window display- it has been generating a lot of buzz online due to the forthcoming film plans. Good to find a review of the sequel and the summary makes me want to read it . thanks.

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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wonderful can't wait to read it all.. I found this on Facebook or I would share it too..

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Docmo the buzz has been generated because of the explicit sex and dominant/submissive slant. I don't think it would be a bad thing for a man to read...might find it interesting ;)

Thanks Deborah. I'm looking forward to the third one too.

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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Ok I have to go buy it all and read the whole series.. I love it thanks Debbie

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Me too Deborah. Haven't gotten to a store yet but you can bet when I do I'm buying the last book in the trilogy!

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Lisas-thoughts101 4 years ago from Northeast Texas


Another great fifty shades review. You tell just enough without actually giving too much away. Voted up and interesting on this one as well. I can't wait for my break in school so I can read these. Thanks for the great hubs. Off to read the last. Also, you've inspired me to write a couple of reviews myself. Oh, there was no way to answer simply NO, not yet on the survey. Just a little fyi


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Never thought of "no, not yet" Lisa. I'm sure you'll write some great reviews. Thanks for stopping by.

Harriet 4 years ago

Haha, I'm sorry but while your insight is very good, I have to disagree. This trilogy is the worst written trilogy I have EVER experienced. There is better smut in fanfictions for free online written by teenagers that have a meaningful plot and well established characters? I understand that this originated from a fanfiction but I was utterly astounded at how many times her 'inner goddess' would be doing stupid things at inappropriate times, literally the worst way to portray hidden emotions. I'm no English major or anything, but if you call this book 'quality reading' or 'erotic' you need to redefine your standards immediately.

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jusbeth16 4 years ago

I do not have this book, but sounds interesting!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Harriet, I doubt this book was ever called quality reading by anyone. Fun reading not to be taken seriously would be more appropriate. Glad you stopped by to read and leave a comment.

Jusbeth the whole series is interesting when taken as light reading.

cute_mom_of_2 4 years ago

Was sad the way the first book ended, glad to read your review, will definitely be buying the 2nd one :)

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Cute Mom, hope you enjoy the second one too! Thanks for stopping by.

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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

This is a great review, Mary. Fifty shades is really reading for the sense, I'd say!! Exciting book, though not all will approve. Thanks for the great review; you've said it without saying too much!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

And you Midget have said it all, "exciting book though not all will approve"...thanks for stopping by and glad you enjoyed!

Shirleyk 4 years ago

I thought it was an easy read and characters people could identify with. We all have our hidden demons and what wouldn't we do for love? What is our limits? So upset with how the 1st one ended and can't wait to see how this relationship unfolds in the second...

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

I'm sure if you liked the first one you'll like this one Shirleyk. It is fiction and fun to read.

CarolG 4 years ago

I figured the entire thing out after reading the first book. Face it, Ana keeps digging in to Christians past, he starts to tell her things. She has to either deal with it or walk. The second book will start to get deeper into his "issues" and the third will bring them together as Christian finally is "freed" to love Ana. All this from only reading one of the books! Am I good or what? I did enjoy the first book and will be getting the 2nd one soon. Can't wait for the movie..will it be rated X?

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

I'm impressed Carol! Good job. I would imagine the movie would be rated X.

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jantamaya 4 years ago from UK

Hi tillsontian, great hub. Thanks for writing your article. I know now that I definitely won't read the "darker" version of Fifty Shades. It is sort of fun reading, when you have nothing better to do... However, the writing quality is low, very low and this is disturbing. At least I felt somewhat disturbed :-)

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Its definitely not classic jantamaya, that's for sure. Light reading not to be taken too seriously would be my opinion. thanks for stopping by and reading my hub....glad you enjoyed it.

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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Nope, not gonna read it. I have to wonder why this book is flying off the shelves. My daughter read it and told me about it that was enough for me. Enjoyed your hub and review of the book. Voted uP!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Glad you enjoyed my hub. I'm too nosy not to read it Moonlake ;)

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daisydayz 4 years ago from Cardiff

Well I've read them all, and although they are ok I'm not in love! lol! If you liked them though I wrote a hub on other series like them? If your interested.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

They're not my normal cup of tea daisy but I'll read anything ;)

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kenyanXstian 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

I must read this one, must!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Well kenyan, if you've read the first one then surely you must read the second one.

Milena 4 years ago

Horrible writing... waist of time... read 50 pages and throw it away... waist of money too

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Viva Jones 3 years ago from UK

I read the first one and that was enough - I just didn't care enough about either of the characters to buy the others - so it was good to read your review. At least it sounds like a tiny bit of plot creeps into this one... OK, you've persuaded me, if I find it in a secondhand store for 50p I might buy it!

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Just remember to read it for fun Viva...there were times I wanted to slap both of them ;)

lau 3 years ago

Bad writing. Not good. Noteven for fun or as a light readingas manyof you suggest. I lost interest, got totally bored by half of the book . Its like the same thing keeps repeating over and over.

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

That's why there's vanilla and chocolate Lau...not everyone likes the same thing. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

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tillsontitan 24 months ago from New York Author

Good luck with your novel, I am writing one as well.

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