Fifty Shades Darker by 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 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 the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life. About the author: E L James is a former TV executive, wife and mother of two based in West London. Since early childhood she dreamed of writing stories that readers would fall in love with, but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and her career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel, Fifty Shades of Grey. 9780345803498. Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James. Random House Publishing. Fiction Contemporary Women, Erotica
The second book in the "50 Shades of Grey" trilogy, this book picks up immediately after the mini-cliffhanger that the first book ends on, with Ana leaving Christian telling him that they cannot be together because of their sexual differences. Since this is a trilogy I'm sure you'll surmise that they reconcile and try a new approach to the relationship that is different from the contract they had argued about in the first book.
This book still has some steamy sex scenes, and the kink factor is increased over the first book, where BDSM play is more talked about than acted upon, but this book had a feel that the plot took over from the sex scenes in this book. As my wife said when she finished the second one "The second one is about moving the story along, more than the sex," While there still is a healthy dose of sex scenes interspersed throughout the book, the plot is moving forward throughout. The end of the book brings another surprise and another large step in Christian and Ana's relationship. There also is an ominous tone set forth at the end of the book where one character is brought back into play, in a different way than one would have thought earlier in the books.
I found the book to be strong, probably a little stronger than the first book. The characters are now established and we delved deeper into the demons that seemingly plague Christian and gain more of an insight into his past. Again, many people will think that only people who have had a rough past will be interested in BDSM and I think that is sad and unfortunate that that will happen with some people. Hopefully people will see that all types of personalities engage in BDSM play who have not had traumatic events in their lives. (Myself and my wife included in this.)
The biggest problem that I have with this book is how fast the relationship moves. I know that this is necessary to show how intense their passion and bond is, but the two move so fast into deeper stages of the relationship that this did not seem realistic to me. I bought the multimillionaire with a massive company at twenty-seven, and the quick entry into their relationship, but how fast they move and where their relationship is at at the end of the second book is a little much for me. It is only a small quibble however.