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Fifty Shades Darker: the sequel

Updated on October 8, 2013

Read Fifty Shades Darker

Part Two

**May contain some spoilers**

Never has a title more aptly fit a work of literature. The second book in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, by E.L. James, titled Fifty Shades Darker , dove deeper and deeper into the dark past of the enigmatic Mr. Grey. After a painful twist at the end of book one of the trilogy, book two picks up right where the ending left off. Unsure as to whether or not she could give Christian Grey everything his damaged ego needs, Ana finally cracks under the pressure and leaves him. Despite getting her first important job at a small publishing company in Seattle, Ana feels lost and empty and falls apart without Christian.

When Ana realizes that she cannot live a life without Christian in it, she agrees to come back to him though, making it clear that she needs answers and insight into the life that made him the way he is if she is to stay. Ana is surprised to learn that Christian needs her more than she thought possible, and when she left him, she unknowingly turned his messed up world upside down, or possibly, right side up. In a shocking, yet moving scene, roles are switched. Christian acknowledges his deep love for Ana, and in a desperate act to make her stay, he falls to his knees at her feet. He offers himself as Ana's submissive, which is too horrific of a thought to bear for Ana, who falls to her knees as well. Finally the two are equals, both dominated only by the love they have for each other, and an entirely new type of contract is offered; one which is much less threatening to Ana's physical well-being, but equally as overwhelming to Ana emotionally.

As the novel progresses, Ana and Christian are faced with new obstacles that threaten their already-uncertain relationship and their lives. The only thing Ana can be certain of is that she loves Christian and that he loves and needs her, but his past remains a shrouded and terrifying mystery that she desperately tries to learn more about. Her wish is granted with the undesired arrival of Elena, or to Ana, Mrs. Robinson. Ana knows that Christian and this woman had a sexual history, and that Christian was in a disturbing way, her student, when he was a young teenager. Despite Christian's constant assurances that their relationship is strictly business now and that Elena merely cares for him as a friend, Ana accurately senses Elena's disapproval of their relationship is due to more than a casual friendly concern for Christian's emotional well-being.

As if the annoyingly persistent presence of Elena isn't enough to bother Ana, she learns that one of Christian's ex-submissives has learned of Christian and Ana's non-dominant/submissive relationship, and she is dangerously jealous. As Ana's life becomes jeopardized, Christian takes extra, and possibly unnecessary, measures to protect her. One of these precautions concerns her job and her boss, Jack, who Christian warns about his inappropriate advances on Ana. Drama unfurls in all areas of Ana's life when Christian proves correct about Jack, and Ana proves correct about Elena, and more and more shockers work their way into the already emotionally-exhausting plot line.

Despite the complexities and guaranteed challenges that Ana knows she will be facing in her relationship with Christian as it moves forward, the novel ends at a seemingly hopeful and peaceful place. That is until the prologue section, when an immensely unsettling scene is created with a seemingly unknown character. I had never purchased a book more quickly than I did the third and final book in this trilogy.

Fifty Shades Trilogy (Fifty Shades of Grey / Fifty Shades Darker / Fifty Shades Freed)
Fifty Shades Trilogy (Fifty Shades of Grey / Fifty Shades Darker / Fifty Shades Freed)

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Favorite Quotes

"Why, oh why, have I fallen for someone who is plain crazy- beautiful, sexy as fuck, richer than Croesus, and crazy with a capital K?"

"You're very easy to love. Don't you see that?"
"No, baby, I don't."
"You are. And I do and so does your family. So do Elena and Leila- they have a strange way of showing it- but they do. You are worthy."
"Stop. I can't hear this. I'm nothing Anastasia. I'm a husk of a man. I don't have a heart."
"Yes, you do. And I want it, all of it... I know how you feel about me."
He gazes down at me, his eyes wide and panicked, and all we can hear is the steady stream of water as it flows over us in the shower.
"You love me," I whisper.
His eyes widen further and his mouth opens. He takes a huge breathe, as if winded. He looks tortured- vulnerable.
"Yes," he whispers. "I do."

"Carpe diem, Ana."

"I will lay my world at your feet, Anastasia. I want you, body and soul, forever."

"Even though he's so complex and difficult, I love him. I will always love him. There will never be anyone else."

"I thought I'd broken you."
"Broken? Me? Oh no, Ana. Just the opposite."
He reaches out and takes my hand. "You're my lifeline'" he whispers.”

"P.S. I also note that you included the Stalker's Anthem "Every Breath You Take" I do enjoy our sense of humor, but does Dr. Flynn know?"

“But, you have needs."
"I need you more.”

"I'm fifty shades of fucked up."

Thoughts

I was hooked after the first book. As I mentioned in my hub on the first book in the series, I do not consider this to be a typical erotic novel. The plot continually proves to be more and more unique, and it becomes even easier to identify with the characters in this book. Whereas the first book dedicates a lot of its time to character building, the second novel really expands the story line, and the number of shocking plot twists left me constantly intrigued (of course, the sex life of the main characters continues to expand and shock as well).

If you read the first one, then chances are you are already reading the second or third. If you're hesitant to begin the series though, which people tend to be with these new immensely popular literary favorites, I recommend them. Of course they may not be for everyone, but giving it a chance won't hurt. At the very least, I can guarantee entertainment.

abc news special and interview on E.L James and her Fifty Shades trilogy

Fifty Shades Freed

My review of the third and final book in the famous Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy can be read here!

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      Saroj 

      3 years ago

      I can't bring myself to buy or read this book..... altohugh I have heard so much about it and I've been tempted. I'm a mother of three young girls (two of which are reading) and I try not to do, say or read anything that would make me feel ashamed if either of them saw or accidentally read something in it. I can't cross that line..... say what you will.

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      Fausto 

      3 years ago

      I totally agree about Dark Kiss. I didn't enjoy Angel Eyes eiehtr. And Fifty Shades has some really good and some really bad reviews. I don't think it would be for me though

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      belleart 

      4 years ago from Ireland

      Read the first one, terrible! Not even entertaining, funny maybe in the sense that This Actually Got Bloody Published! But overall, total waste of my time.

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      pcharboneau 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Don't bother reading, unless you enjoy bad literature.

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      belleart 

      4 years ago from Ireland

      These are great reviews....kind of considering reading the books....

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