Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)
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Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades #2)

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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 searin...more
Paperback, First Edition, 532 pages
Published September 15th 2011 by The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House (first published January 1st 2011)
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
Yeah, I've continued with the series. Why, you ask? Why, when I so thoroughly despised Fifty Shades of Grey, would I do this to myself?

Why, for the fun factor, of course! Bad writing tends to make me giddy because I'm much better at being a horribly judgmental person critic than I am at....well, most anything else. Reading books this awful actually brings a certain amount of joy into my life. Plus, I had a few people tell me they couldn't wait for my reviews of the second and third Fifty books....more
Brittany B.
2 miserable stars
Ok. There's a dangerous theme in this book that I want to speak out about: Ladies, despite what EL James says, you will not change your man's personality or fix his age-old sexual perversions in 5 weeks.

I thought part one of Fifty Shades series was too tense and upsetting, but be careful what you wish for... In this follow-up to the infamous BDSM themed 1st novel, Christian shifts his needs and personality 180* and it was yawn-worthy at best. This story was much less dramatic...more
P.A. Lupton
Dec 04, 2012 P.A. Lupton rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Everyone who likes erotic contemporary romance

I really wish I could manually add a 6th star to Goodreads for this book. I never would have believed it was possible, but Fifty Shades Darker is even better than Fifty Shades of Grey. Hard to believe, but true. Reading this book reminded me of a quote that I love by Alan Cohen, “Scared and sacred are spelled with the same letters. Awful proceeds from the same root word as awesome. Terrify and terrific. Every negative experience holds the seed of transformation.” Reading Fifty Shades Darker is l...more
Dreamer
Jan 12, 2013 Dreamer marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The missus bought a Paperback
...down Tesco, Saturday,
I had a look inside her bag;
.......T'was "fifty shades of grey".

Well I just left her to it,
And at ten I went to bed.
An hour later she appeared;
The sight filled me with dread…..

In her left she held a rope;
And in her right a whip!
She threw them down upon the floor,
And then began to strip.

Well fifty years or so ago;
I might have had a peek;
But Mabel hasn't weathered well;
..... She's eighty four next week!!

Watching Mabel bump and gri...more
Elizabeth (Liz)
It never happens, but, during the time I was reading Fifty Shades Darker, I was doing some research online for something altogether unrelated, and I came across the following quote. For me, it captures the essence of Ana's love for Christian, and it honestly gave me chills when I read it and immediately thought of them. I also believe this is truly applicable for *every* relationship.

You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly---Sam Keen, Autho
...more
Kruti
Warning: Spoilers abound!!

Actual rating: 1.5 stars

Honestly, I didn’t read this whole thing; I skimmed most of it and I still managed to get the gist of it. At least I saved myself the torture of reading about Ana’s constant inner monologue. I have to say that my review of the first book still largely stands.

It’s ironic how someone with a name like Steele can’t stand her ground. At the end of the first book, Ana finally sees some sense and leaves Christian. Surprise surprise, that doesn’t last lo...more
Juliana
Read my review on Fiction Vixen Book Reviews. (It is a little different than below.)
Read my interview with E.L. James and enter the Fiction Vixen Book Reviews giveaway to win a copy of this book!
4.5 stars
I loved it. It was a different experience than the first one; the pace is much slower, even though there are a lot of outside forces and complications when there weren't in the previous one. The chemistry is as sizzling as ever though (whew! *fan please!*), the romance is sweeter, and there i...more
Debra Anastasia
I honestly do not have time to read right now. I'm super busy and sometimes the only time I sit down is on the toilet. Not a romantic place to read this gorgeous, romantic story, but I was very motivated. Following Grey and Ana was my favorite entertainment. I need to clarify whet I expect from a book. I expect to be transported to another world. I want to care what happens to the characters. I want to see good things happen and I want to fret if there are bad things happening.

This book gave me...more
Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish)


My review of the first installment is applicable across this entire pathetic, thieving enterprise.


My Fifty Shades of Grey review.
My Fifty Shades Freed review.
My review of the Bundle. It includes some important points I didn't include in these reviews.
_yay_
This copy was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
ARC, publish date September 15th, 2011
The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House

After experiencing first hand just how bad it can get, Ana left enigmatic billionaire Christian Grey. His BDSM tastes were too dark for her to handle.
Why is she reconsidering now? Fifty proposes a tempting arrangement. He is prepared to try and give her what she desires most. More.
It isn’t an easy road for them, though. Ana must learn about he...more
Kate Dutton
The Good

1.) Phrases like "kinky fuckery". Awesome. I am totally absorbing that into my daily lexicon.

2.) Silk, Satin, Lace and Linen. I loved James' dreamy depictions of the life of a glamorous 1%er, and the many evocative details she incorporates. (Seriously, how many bottles of white wine do they down? The hedonistic bent definitely had me hankering for an oaky Chardonnay.) To me, the sailing, the masquerade ball, the beautiful Mediterranean manse, were some of the best scenes in the novel(s),...more
MissChievous
WHY? Why did I read this? For some reason I had it on my Kindle for ages, but since reading the disaster that was Fifty Shades of Grey (book 1) I decided not to bother with the second one. Then I found myself suddenly left with nothing to read on my Kindle except this, so I went for it.

I just dislike everything about this book: the pathetic writing, the "plot" if you can call it that, Christian Grey (aka The Jackass), and Anastasia Steele (aka The Doormat). They shall henceforth be called as suc...more
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Wow, talk about Fifty Shades of bad writing. I'm surprised I made it through this one, but you gotta give it to EL James, even though it's horrendously written, it's darn addictive.

There's so many flaws in this book, which make it painful to read.

1. Ana acts like an overly 'innocent' teenager despite being an able career woman in her early 20's. She's flushing left right and centre at even a glance or smile towards her. When she's not flushing, she's going Oh my! at every suggestive comment tha...more
Stacia (out of inspiration)
The second half wasn't as bad, but the first half felt like a continuing repeat of the initial book.

Still hating the inner goddess thing. It's like Ana's talking to another version of herself in her head.

Getting tired of all the smirks. Does Christian make any other facial expression?

These books are a bit warped, but I have less of an issue reading about warped than I do reading about repetitive behaviors and inner goddesses.

The steam level was decent, but nothing way out there. The emails were...more
AH
Oh, Christian, you make MY inner goddess swoon!

There is so much to love about Fifty Shades Darker. Fifty Shades Darker is a much more comfortable read than the first book, Fifty Shades of Grey. This book focuses more upon the evolution of Christian’s and Ana’s relationship.

And boy, does it evolve. After a short but miserable separation, Christian and Ana realize that they need each other. In the previous book, Christian was very much in control of the relationship. In this book, the tables are...more
UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

Okay, so I didn't think Christian could get anymore awesome, but he did. As I said in my review of Fifty Shades of Grey, he is the kind of hero I'm most drawn to, and in this book he's more of the same. Intense, brooding, demanding.... darker.

Ana still isn't drawing me in, though I do like her better than I did in Grey. She seems to have matured some, thank heavens, but she still does some incredibly annoying things that to me just aren't in keeping with her personality, or with who we are suppo...more
Aestas Book Blog
Nov 12, 2011 Aestas Book Blog rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Aestas Book Blog by: Maryse Book Blog
6+ stars to each of the books in the trilogy!!

This is how I see Christian:



It pains me to no end that I don’t have proper reviews up for these books. These were one of the first sets of books I read when I first started reading series and were a HUGE part of what inspired me to start reading and blogging again but at the time that I read them, I still wasn’t writing real reviews. I fully plan on rereading someday soon (for the fourth time) and writing out full reviews for them. But, I mean, the...more
Rachael Wade


Right off the bat, I have to say this, and I cannot stress it enough: If you're considering reading this series, I encourage you to be opened minded if BDSM and erotic romance isn't your typical fare (and book number two is not nearly as BDSM as the first, not even close). It's not mine, and I am so glad I gave this trilogy a shot. This is one of the most moving love stories you can ever read. It's intensely erotic and sexy at every turn, but that passion is piqued by the meaning and essence beh...more
Manny
Mar 21, 2013 Manny marked it as to-read
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A couple of weeks ago, I made a bet with [P] to the effect that his review of Fifty Shades of Grey would collect at least 20 votes by the following Monday. The stake was one chocolate penis. I was delighted to see that [P] had quite underestimated the quality of his fine piece of writing, and in the event it was not even close; he had 24 votes by Sunday afternoon. I told [P], whom I believed to be a gentleman, that the exact nature of the prize was for him to decide, though I hinted that this wo...more
Elena R a.k.a. Lunies R
Astounishing, heartfelt addicting series.


I can’t even form the words to express how I felt about this novel. It’s just downright Alluring.The Hero himself is just powerful and so full of a dark tortured soul.He captivates me,on so many different levels. Without him this novel wouldn’t have been the same.

Every part of me wants to scream “BEST BOOK EVER” although I say that about many books I love.My only exception on this book is, That It “IS”. I’ve read so many BDSM novels and besides Megan Har...more
Rhonda

From: Rhonda W.
Subject: Fifty Shades Darker
Date: October 3, 2011
To: E.L. James


Well Mrs. James, here I sit having finished yet another of your novels and as I ponder my feelings, I find my words inadequate. As I’ve stated before, I don’t read much erotic, and to add; I don’t read a lot of Contemporary Romance either, so for me to dish out 5 stars says a great deal about how I felt about your books. Your story telling is wonderful, and your characterization is outstanding. Your ability to tell you...more
Misfit
There's not much recap needed for this book, by this time I suspect the entire English-speaking world knows about these books. Mousy Ana Steele meets über rich but oh-so-emotionally disturbed Christian Grey. In this book, Ana settles into her new job at a Seattle publishing house and life without Christian (hah - you know that won't last long). Our pair of *lovebirds* continue to deal with Christian's dark past, one of his former subs in his games of BDSM, and the woman who made him what he is t...more
Holly
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KarenH
I just finished reading this book for the second time this week and loved it all over again. The story has everything I crave most in a romance...a tortured hero that is smokin' hot and jealous as hell, a heroine that sometimes allows herself to be taken care of and isn't always acting ridiculous trying to prove her independence, a vindictive ex that (finally!) gets what she deserves, a little mystery, a lot of great sex (spiced up with some "kinky fuckery") and a HEA with another book to follow...more
Weronika
A little disappointed with the second part :( it was good but not as good as the first book...I didn't like how Christian turned a complete 180 towards Ana. I missed the sexy and dangerous "fifty" from the first book. It just became a normal romance like any other erotic book that's out there. Don't get me wrong I absolutely love the characters and the story so I hope with the next one there will be a little more excitement but overall very good. Can't wait!!
Mrs.Vishous-Kattalakis-Belikov :::Para Itch Reviews:::
This begins were Fifty Shades of Grey left off. Ana's decided that she can't take Fifty's debachery and has left him. Unfortunately, its left her bereft, misearble!

In my mind’s eye, I visualize Christian’s face the last time I saw him as I left his apartment. His tortured expression haunts me. I remember he didn’t want me to go, which was odd. Why would I stay when things had reached such an impasse? We were each skirting around our own issues—my fear of punishment, his fear of... what? Love?

In...more
Michelle Rowen
My subconscious studies me from the corner, tapping her foot angrily.

I bite my lip. "I know! I didn't want to like this series. But I do. It's got issues, to say the least, when it comes to the editing, but...I don't know. I think it's Christian. He's just so interesting and damaged and it -- it's not just smutty smut. IT'S A LOVE STORY! A WONDERFUL LOVE STORY!" I finish in shouty caps.

At the mention of Christian, my inner goddess does the moonwalk, then gets a makeover and a bikini wax.

I smirk...more
Christy
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Fifty Shades Darker is the second (and my favorite) installment of the Fifty shades trilogy. I love seeing Christian start to come into his own in this book. His issues come to light, and he starts dealing with them.

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Christian Grey... one of my original book boyfriends. Not only is he a damaged man (my favorite) but he is sexy, kinky, bossy and romantic.

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I know this isn't a lengthy review- but this book doesn't need one. I've read this series quite a few times and each time, I love it more an...more
Fani
Things I disliked:
1. The heroine. Needy, self-doubting, pressing Ana. Promising the moon and stars but when asked to prove her love, she has to think about it first. Talk about telling and not showing. Also, having 4-5 gorgeous men lusting after her at the same time -one of whom is Seattle's most wanted bachelor- and still believing she's not pretty is not modesty; it's stupidity.

2. Plenty of filler sex scenes in the middle, lack of plot. The middle seemed like a repetition of the same scenes: t...more
Clydene
It is probably the worst written book I have ever read. It is impossible to describe the main character of the story, her character is just the most vacant person I can imagine. Seriously,this book needed and editor. It is written as I, I, I - I hate first person narratives. It is worse than the worst Barbara Carlin or Harlequin Romance novels. The characters are unbelievable and shallow.

It is suppose to be some hot book that Hollywood paid 7 figures for the screen rights. Really? Is that the v...more
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“This is me, Ana. All of me...and I'm all yours. What do I have to do to make you realize that? To make you see that I want you any way I can get you. That I love you.” 1840 likes
“Don’t leave me,” he whispers.
“Oh, for crying out loud—no! I am not going to go!” I shout and it’s cathartic. There, I’ve said it. I am not leaving.
“Really?” His eyes widen.
“What can I do to make you understand I will not run? What can I say?”
He gazes at me, revealing his fear and anguish again. He swallows. “There is one thing you can do.”
“What?” I snap.
“Marry me,” he whispers.”
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