Fifty Shades Darker
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 mask...it'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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