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Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, Bk 2)
Fifty Shades Darker - Fifty Shades, Bk 2
Author: E. L. James
Daunted by the singular 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 resis...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780345803498
ISBN-10: 0345803493
Publication Date: 4/17/2012
Pages: 544
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 628 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, Bk 2) on + 324 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
This is the second book in the Fifty Shades Trilogy.

Fifty Shades Trilogy
1. Fifty Shades of Grey
2. Fifty Shades of Darker
3. Fifty Shades of Freed

I found that the first book flowed right into the second book and that you really want to have both 1 & 2 in your possession. Book 2 leaves a tidier ending so that you are Ok if you do not have book 3.

So you know all about Ana and Christian. Can it work between them? He is so Fifty Shades. Can she open her mind to what he wants and Can he tame his sexual needs? Ana would like to start her real world job and life. Can she make it through a day without some drama interrupting? Will Ana be able to forget about his past?

I found this book better than the first. Maybe because she is less weak in this book. There is so much drama surrounded by sex in this book. Now writing this review I cannot remember all the main events, there were so many of them. I am learning lots of closed door activities.
reviewed Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, Bk 2) on + 29 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
I loved the first book and was glad I had the second one to start right away b/c the first one leaves you hanging! This book does the same but not quite in the same way. Most people either love this series or hate it. I don't think I'd heard anyone say it was just ok, lol. Regardless, this second book is about these characters finding love. I really enjoyed it. The sex isn't anything that shocked me, not that I'm into BDSM. But I understand that each character has different needs and together they work to find that balance. I plan on reading it again...
reviewed Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, Bk 2) on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
LOVED the second book! I agree that the first leaves you hanging and you can't wait for more!! I have heard that some are offended by the sexual nature of the books, but that's what you find on the surface. The book is really about love and that both persons in arelationship have to make significant sacrifices to make it work. True to life. Absolutely addicting!
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Helpful Score: 2
Awakenings......and Liberation....

Poor, poor broken Christian. Part 2 is full of revelations, both from Christian and Ana. They really grow into their courtship. Lots of issues come to the surface, they have to face his past head on, and Ana has to come to terms with the Christian he was and the Christian he wants to be. To me this is not a series, but a novel broken out into 3 parts because of the sheer depth of the story and the amount of detail that we get from James' story telling. The sexual component to this story is not what captures me, its the dialogue. Ana's internal dialogue with her "inner goddess" is absolutely hilarious, I want to be best friends with her. The emails between Christian and Ana put the 5th star into this wonderful story. Their dialogue gives us a complete understanding as to who they are in their soul. Full of doubts and insecurities, wants and needs, and above all their capacity to find love. Ana learns to fight for what she wants and Christian learns to completely trust someone for once. The only downside is that I have to wait a month for the 3rd part! Ugh! If you haven't started this series yet, wait till the 3rd part is out, you will want to read each one back to back
reviewed Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, Bk 2) on + 5 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I do actually like this book. It's very engaging and dramatic. However, I find Ana's "innocence" somewhat unbelievable. I don't practice BDSM but I do know about it and what it entails. I can believe she was a virgin up until she met Christian, it's the rest of her innocence I can't quite believe. And the sex got rather vanilla in this book compared to the first book. I was a little conflicted about this. The first book was a lot more intense with the sexual tension and the second book is more like geez...again?! However, I didn't quite feel so dirty reading the second book or grimace too much at Ana and her slight stupidity about life and love. But other than that I actually very much enjoyed this book more for the drama than really anything else. I also liked that Ana was a lot stronger in this one instead of the whimpering little girl that she was in the first book. Can't wait to read the third book.
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reviewed Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, Bk 2) on + 3 more book reviews
A friend and I challenged each other to read these books and whoever read the most wins. That is the ONLY reason I suffered through this abomination (as well as the first and third books). As many have criticized before, the 'romance' isn't even a healthy relationship let alone a 'romance.'

However, as a book supposedly called 'erotic' and 'romance' it is anything but. As I said above, the relationship was not romantic to me in any way. He was over-controlling, abusive, possessive, obsessive and given a pass because of his abusive childhood. Ana, the girl (yes, very much a girl, not a woman at all) seemed on edge and fearful of him more often than not yet still found herself attracted to him which made zero sense. She also had no experience prior, not just sexual but dating or even flirting it seems, which again seemed totally unrealistic for a 22 year old about to graduate college. I could understand her still being a virgin, but, perhaps if she was in a Christian college or about to be a nun, to not even have masturbated?! That absolutely was the most ridiculous thing.

Now, as for the 'erotic' part, oh my god the sex scenes were boring as hell! Basically the same scene over and over and over... and this for a book about bondage? Yeah, no. I have not read many erotica books but this, to me, is not erotic. The author used a boilerplate for each scene and honestly, I question if the author ever actually had sex since this stuff is boring. Not only that, but to constantly say "he touched me... down there" uh, what? It sounds more like a child giving testimony at a molestation hearing.

Which, yes, constantly is not hyperbole. The repetition is maddening. Same descriptions, same dialogue, with barely any variations was incredible. For example, the blushing. Not occasionally but every other line she is blushing. Rarely she would shake it up and say she flushed or turned scarlet. The author needs a thesaurus. She also needs to learn description. Granted, you can go too far with the "purple prose" but overall, everything is bland and repetitive. Did I mention she was repetitive? Yes, she is quite repetitive. Hopefully repetition does not annoy you.

The book(s)are poorly written, annoying and quite boring. There is no romance, there is no erotica and it truly is bad fanfic. I expected the books to be bad when I started reading but they were even worse than my low expectations. Truly a black mark for 'traditional' publishing if this is what they decide makes good fiction, erotica and romance. The first, and last, time I ever hate read again. I'm not even sure these will be posted for trade as I'm contemplating using them for fire-starters. As a librarian, book burning is never a good thing, but these books make me think perhaps some do deserve such a fate.

The only good thing to come from reading these awful books -- I won the bet and now get a day at the spa!
reviewed Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, Bk 2) on + 550 more book reviews
Ho hum, not as much sexual tension as the first book, but I read it to see what happens, and it doesn't end there's a 3rd book.
reviewed Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, Bk 2) on + 10 more book reviews
This second book began to feel monotonous in reading because the author's choice of words was often repetitive.