This book wow'd me. In the prior installment, EL James showed off Ana's first reaction to BDSM and how to do it wrong, leading to a tragic break-up. IThis book wow'd me. In the prior installment, EL James showed off Ana's first reaction to BDSM and how to do it wrong, leading to a tragic break-up. In this installment, James really starts chasing the romances, working the BDSM back in, and in a much more reasonable/normal person way. This time round she also, though Dr. Flynn, begins to explore the idea of Safe, Sane, and Consensual sex, which is supposed to be inexplicably tied to BDSM (and should have been in the last book.)
No matter, Ana and Christian face the consequences of taking their prior sexual relationship too far, too fast, and inappropriately. They begin to work through Christian's many issues, Ana begins to realize she too has issues (not major, therapy issues, but issues we all have and should not ignore in a relationship) and the two work at the whole just vanilla sex, vanilla sex working in BDSM elements, and then a little bit of definitely BDSM- All the while retaining plot! :D
In short, this book is everything the other book should have been in terms of doing it right and is a definite follow-up that should be read if you read the first book (whether you liked it or not, as it shows why things they did were wrong and some psychologic-y talk about BDSM). ...more
In their relationship, Christian and Ana make some pretty bad mistakes. It's not a book to use as a model for all BOverall, I really enjoyed the book.
In their relationship, Christian and Ana make some pretty bad mistakes. It's not a book to use as a model for all BDSM relationships, and as you can see the mistakes they make in theirs leads to their break up. All in all, as long as you don't look at it as a guide to BDSM or how all BDSM relationships progress, it was a pretty awesome book and I can't wait to read the second and third!...more