Plot. Three days after leaving Christian, Anastasia "Ana" Steele The next day, the Grey family throws Christian a large birthday party. Fifty Shades is a series of erotic novels by E. L. James, initially a trilogy consisting of Fifty Shades of Grey (), Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. Main article: Fifty Shades Darker (film) the events of the first film, Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey resume their.
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Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, Book 1). 1. Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, Book Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, Book 2). 2. Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty. kaz-news.info: Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy (Audible Audio Edition): E. L. James, Becca Battoe, Random House Audio: Audible.  Fifty Shades Darker is the second novel in the Fifty Shades trilogy.
Ana later confronts Christian about what happened with Leila, and he fears that she is leaving him again. He impulsively asks Ana to marry him, but she needs time to think about it.
He explains that both of his helicopter's engines failed; sabotage is suspected. Ana realizes that she doesn't ever want to be without him, and accepts his proposal. The next day, Christian's family throws him a birthday party at their mansion. Christian and Ana announce their engagement to all of their family and friends.
Robinson angrily confronts Ana, accusing her of being a "gold-digger" and insisting that Christian will never truly be satisfied with a vanilla relationship. Christian's family overhears the argument and is furious to find out that Elena preyed on their son. Elena leaves the house, disgraced, and Christian decides to end their business relationship. Christian pulls Ana away from the party and takes her to the boathouse, which he has decorated with flowers and soft lights.
We have issues. I feel like the sun has set and not risen for five days, Ana. I'm in perpetual night here. Oh my, like me. It was the most comforting thing I'd heard in so long, Anastasia. It made me relax. It was funny cute, very romantic, and heart wrenching emotional. The middle road is a bumpy one and Ana and Christian really go through some ups and downs, but they both grow so much in this book. It was very moving!
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After a day like today - or yesterday, rather - you're not whining or running off into the hills screaming. I am in awe of you.
You're very strong. You know how I feel about you. When Ana left, Christian had a big wake up call. Reevaluating his life he knows he needs to change to get Ana back. Christian really grows and heals so much in this book , and it was a beautiful thing to read. He opens himself up to Ana and starts fighting his demons. He was so controlling in the last book you could feel how hard it was for him to let go and start to compromise.
And when he let Ana touch him. I can see how he sees you. You look so untroubled and beautiful, not that you're not beautiful now, but here you sit. I see your pain. It's hard knowing that I'm the one who has made you feel this way. I've wanted you since you fell into my office. You are exquisite, honest, warm, strong, witty, beguilingly innocent; the list is endless. I want you, and the thought of anyone else having you is like a knife twisting in my dark soul.
I would move heaven and earth to avoid feeling like that again. You are the best therapy," "I thought - " He stops. All of me 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. Oh no, Ana. Just the opposite. Ana really grew in this book too.
She starts to really tell Christian what she is feeling. Starts to stick up for herself more. She is very strong for Christian slowly getting him to open up to her and showing him that he is loved and worth love. Understanding of his past, she helps him heal a little at a time.
She was worried that she wouldn't be enough to keep Christian happy, but by the end of the book she starts to realize that she is just what he needs. That they are what each other needs!!!! You don't want me to defy you, but then you like my 'smart mouth. I just don't know which way is up when I'm with you. You can't constantly second-guess me and try to protect me. It's stifling, Christian. I'll never flourish with your incessant interference.
I need some freedom. I wouldn't dream of meddling in your affairs. You own me body and soul. Each giving a little and trying hard to make the other happy. The romance in this book was so sweet. I didn't care for the sex in the first book, but in this book WOW!
So much better. Still Kinky, but not degrading or humiliating , Very hot!!!! I am aching for you to touch me, but I just can't bear it. It's too much. Please, please don't cry. More than you'll ever know. To see you like this I love you so much. I know," he whispers. Don't you see that? 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. I'm nothing, Anastasia. I'm a husk of a man. I don't have a heart. And I want it, all of it. You're a good man, Christian, a really good man. I thought this book was a great read and I can't wait to start the next one. I will leave you with my favorite part of the book , when I read it I was yelling " Yea Bitch in yo face! But what I wanted to say is if you hurt him again, I will find you, lady, and it won't be pleasant when I do.
Her threat is so astonishing, so off the wall that an involuntary, disbelieving giggle escapes me. Of all the things she could say to me, this is the least expected. The thought of Christian unhappy is not a palatable one, and last Saturday I left him. He must have gone to her. The idea makes me queasy. Why am I sitting here listening to this shit from her of all people? I slowly rise, gazing at her intently.
Christian and I have nothing to do with you. And if I do leave him and you come looking for me, I'll be waiting - don't doubt it. And maybe I'll give you a taste of your own medicine on behalf of the fifteen-year-old child you molested and probably fucked-up even more than he already was.
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Aug 17, Juliana Philippa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Read my review on Fiction Vixen Book Reviews. It is a little different than below. Read my interview with E. James and enter the Fiction Vixen Book Reviews giveaway to win a copy of this book! 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! Biggest criticism: Ana got on my nerves as she did not in the previous book. The romance. Yes, Fifty can actually be quite romantic, ladies! The relationship between Ana and Christian is as hot and sweet—actually, much sweeter—as ever. We get to see the soft, vulnerable, and romantic side of Christian, which I found absolutely lovely shocker. The chemistry was very much still there though. Thanks for reminding me, Anna!
I would play pool with Fifty any day. Fifty Shades, a. One of the Best "Romance" Heroes Ever. We see much more of Christian's boyishness and sweet side that we started to see at the end of the last book. He also has this wonderfully adorable new "shy" smile that he starts to show more and more to Ana as he begins to believe in her love for him.
We really start to see his needier side, as well as his utter self-abhorrence and profound if ignored desire for unconditional love. Never became unsexy though, which I feel like it could easily have become, so James pulled that off well. I did start to question his beyond-anything desire for and dependence on Ana.
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That may have something to do with the fact that she was annoying me in the first half of the book of course see below. His need, love, and—let's be honest—downright obsession with her is such that the reader has to love Ana as well in order to accept it as authentic.
We find out the Thing that he was convinced in part 1 would send her running and I don't know. Didn't find it as shocking as Ana did and as I think we were supposed to. I'm not sure how people will feel about the change.
Christian still has his rough side; he's still a dominant personality; he's still as controlling as unbelievably-ever. Some criticisms. A lot of things that some of my GR friends had mentioned annoyed them in the first one and that I hadn't noticed or hadn't bothered me now did in this one.
Not everything, but the inner goddess is one example. The main one was Ana. Here, I had problems with her in the first half or so. Her fan club continued to grow, which doesn't fit with the type of girl she's set up to be.
More importantly, she was petulant and immature, in some ways just as mercurial and moody as Fifty, but while he's sexy and mysterious in his personality disorder, she was annoying. Ana shaped up in the second half, being much more consistent and mature, and by the end she was stepping up to the plate and back in my good graces.
Note on Fifty Shade series and book endings. No spoilers! These cannot and should not be read on their own. It's basically one long story broken up into three parts, so start with the first Fifty Shades book, Fifty Shades of Grey. For those who hated the "cliffhanger" ending of part 1, this is part 2, so again not everything is resolved, however we are not left with a cliffhanger regarding Ana and Christian's relationship, so I think most will find it completely acceptable i.
The progression of their relationship and where we're going next. Part 1 was all about the newness of their connection. That part of the story has all of the excitement of a new crush: Here, Ana and Christian seemed to have found their stride and really started to work on their issues.
At the beginning, it seemed a little too convenient for me and I wasn't sure I fully accepted what Christian was saying and offering. However it wasn't as much of a as I thought it would be, so by the end I was completely convinced and found the change believable.
I predict that Part 3 will be more about the settling in of their relationship: I'm looking forward to reading it, because hey: There are going to be some evil doers who come back to add some excitement to the mix and I am interested in seeing how it all plays out More Fifty fandom. But yeah, I'll mostly be back for Fifty. Okay, fiiiiine. I'll solely be back for Fifty.
What a naughty, naughty boy he is. Honestly, for any romance reader out there who loves alpha heroes who are controlling, domineering, obsessive, possessive, intense, tortured, mysterious, sexy, mercurial with a surprising but oh-so-sigh-worthy funny, playful, ironic, generous, caring, romantic, and sweet side, then look no further and to those romance readers: Fifty Shades is your man. Except for he's not. Because he's mine.
If he were real. And yes, I know he's not. We could be mistaken though. Maybe James writes in one of those books where whatever you write comes true, and there actually is a Christian Grey walking around. If there is, I call dibs!!!! And yes, the above is the shortened version—why does everyone wonder that? My review for Fifty Shades of Grey Post Script on May 8, This series has exploded since I first read it and it seems to be one that is either loved or hated.
I'm actually very thankful that I read it before any of my GR friends or anyone I knew, because I feel like if I read it now, after hearing all the hype, it would probably disappoint.
People have very strong reactions to Fifty Shades and just to put in my two cents: In my opinion!!! Was this book a great piece of literature? Were these characters ones whom you could write grad school theses about? But you know what? I loved the romance, I loved the chemistry, and I enjoyed myself tremendously while reading it - it had me grinning ridiculously for hours.
That's what I wanted from these books, and that's what I got, so for me, that was enough. 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: They shall henceforth be called as suc WHY?
They shall henceforth be called as such. The book is so poorly written, it reads like fanfiction.
Oh yeah, that's exactly what it is. The Jackass is a real piece of work. I just hate this guy, he made my skin crawl. Now on to The Doormat. I hated her even more.
What a pathetic excuse of a character. The utter definition of a washcloth, a Doormat, stuck in an abusive relationship to the T, making excuses along the way for The Jackass to continue to manipulate and control her every move. Oh, Jackass doesn't want to let me go to work today, nor let me drive my own car, not let me have healthy relationships with my dear friends who I have known for years - he must just love me!
Actually, let me bend over backwards for him to accomodate his unhealthy controlling demands on me, because he's so good in bed. Oh and yes, if my employee came to work 15 minutes late, then spent the next hour sexting to her bf on work time instead of actually working, I'd fire her ass!
No, that doesn't make me a mean boss, that means I'm part of the real world where people actually work when they get paid for it. At the end, the Doormat's best friend Kate find the completely effed-up "contract" between The Doormat and The Jackass and is rightly worried about her, but then goes on to actually apologize for interfering. I guess she ascribes to the "keep it quiet" school of practice when it comes to psychological domestic abuse.
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I guess many readers read this solely for the sex scenes, because let's face it, this is porn. But my god, I have never read such boring and repetitive sex scenes in an erotic novel. For someone who is supposed to enjoy such kinky and amazing sex, every sex scene basically read the same! I'm on the edge of my seat here!! I think this book is meant to appeal to desperate housewives or maybe virgins who probably think this is the height of sexual deviation.
And allude to having sex in the car, but don't actually do it. Basically, the sex scenes are extremely un-spectacular and repetitive, yet The Doormat just can't seem to get enough of this boring sex and is constantly "wet" and ready for it. It just really turned me off, this image of a constantly aroused woman, who just is at the service of a very controlling and manipulative partner, who orgasms after about 3 minutes of boring or non-existant foreplay.
We want to be in her shoes, want to have this great lover - but in The Doormat's case, I wanted to just punch them both in the face. I hated this book. I really did. I also hate the fact that it is so popular, and that I read it. Like they say, Fool me once - shame on you, fool me twice - shame on me. Just a horribly written book with an extremely negative portrayal of sexuality, womanhood, and relationships all around.
View all 33 comments. Sep 27, Debra Anastasia rated it it was amazing. 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 I honestly do not have time to read right now. This book gave me all those things. In Fifty Shades Darker, I got to fall in love again. How amazing is that? A good book will delivery you right back to your own life's favorite moments. James takes excellent care of her readers' heart as you are engaged in her plot.
Now this one ends with a delicious cliff hanger. I love when I get to read a complete series. With Grey and Ana?
I would be totally chomping at the bit or slathering on my lollipop, or whatever the appropriate saying might be. Read this story if you want a good time. It will give you everything you need as a reader though, I highly recommend this series. I'm downloading the next book as soon as I am done. Trying to savor it because you only get to read these books once for the first time. View all 24 comments. Tea Party supporters. They deserve the pain. Michele Bachmann, it seems like her type of thing.
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. Jun 24, Jeann Happy Indulgence rated it did not like it. 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. 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! Considering the nature of the book, that's pretty much all she does. Can't you take a hint Ana? Fair enough she dealt with him, but not a moment too soon! Not to mention her downright stupidity. I just about cringed when she suddenly realised that having sex might make you pregnant!!
No shit sherlock, where's she been all her life, hiding in a hole?! What are you doing woman! The annoying inner goddess has been joined by Ana's subconscious, acting like the ego and id perched on her left shoulder. I have a feeling these references are supposed to be endearing, but really, they are just annoying. Christian, oh Christian. You are so needy, possessive, and over the top controlling. And also super f-ed up. I think the appeal of that ran dry a long time ago, and it's just exasperated in this book.
So all his life he's basically used a whole bunch of submissives and punished them like his mother. Ummm wow?! Did I mention the bad writing? It's just so simplistic and horrible to endure.
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It's like every few pages or so, the author looks up a thesaurus and adds in a big, smart-sounding word that has no context whatsoever. In this book, Ana and Christian are disgustingly sappy. When they aren't having sex, they are declaring their love at every turn.
It's sickening. It's awfully repetitive. Having arguments over email, Christian getting overly needy and possessive, Ana being stupid, it's all so annoying. I think I've had enough of Fifty Shades. I don't want to be a hater, and I didn't actually mind the first book that much, but I think the 2nd book just made things worse. I've heard the concluding book is even worse than this one, and I have better things to do with my life.
Check out my blog for the review on Fifty Shades of Grey. View all 14 comments. This copy was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 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. Ana must learn about he This copy was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Ana must learn about herself; the strength she carries within, while Fifty needs to face his demons. Forces from his past and present are conspiring against the two. Can they make their relationship work? A story of how love can conquer all. Relief The cliffhanger-ending of Fifty Shades of Grey had me in an uproar.
A feeling of peace flowed through me — until I read the prologue. Holy mother of god! Prepare yourselves my lovelies.
Tough stuff that made me very emotional and I even shed a few tears. On a brighter note: I was given a lot more insight reading Fifty Shades Darker. The title should give you a big hint. There were several moments that tore at my heartstrings. So much in fact, that I had to stop reading and take a deep breath. No one should have to live through what he had to endure.
I can only say it again and again. Fifty is such a fascinating character. All his faults and issues drew me in No worries, though. Has something good happened to you before - something that made you cry happy tears? HAPPY tears! Progress A very important aspect of the plot: I was expecting it, but also wanted my same old Fifty back.
The one I came to love! The author delivered on both accounts. Losing Ana led to a major shift in his outlook. The decision to get her back went hand in hand with change. Change of his priorities, change of his wants, and change of his way of thinking. This feeling in the back of her mind was still there It took a toll on her. Ana feared that a normal relationship would never be enough for him. I suffered with and for the two of them.
He deserves another pat on the shoulder for trying to look at a past relationship A certain psychologist will shed some light on things by the way. Great idea to have him as part of the book not just by mention, but in person. Humor What made all the difference? Well, okay, not ALL the difference, but the difference between 4.
I got a few chuckles out of Fifty Shades of Grey. Fifty Shades Darker, however, was even funnier. In spite of all the drama believe me there was lots James made sure to give the reader some breathing room for giggles. She thought carefully about which battles to fight.
It was a challenge for him to accept this. Then again, sometimes she let him have his way. I understood. I, too, was turned on by his demanding nature. Nothing wrong with that! Thankfully neither period sex nor the use of his toothbrush by a certain someone else was involved. That just now was a reference to Fifty Shades 1 by the way. The sex? Scorching, hot, satisfying, thrilling. Plenty of it, but not too much.
The read had depths AND kink. An awesome combination. Suspense Another thing that set this read apart from its predecessor was the element of suspense. Just enough to give the reader an uneasy feeling. It was slowly building up and ended in a bit of a showdown. They represented the two sides of a coin. His BDSM lifestyle being the coin.
From the submissive to the dominant to just Fifty. That was vague enough to not be a spoiler, right?! With Ana gaining independence while working for a Publishing House, the door was opened to danger from an external source.
The storyline for the third book in the series had to be set up. Good job I say! Due in? Oh NO, I have no idea?!?!?! We're also introduced to Ana's new job at SIP, a small publishing company, and to her new boss.
Jack Hyde. He's a villain! It isn't at all obvious, either. Total surprise. After what seems a rather generous amount of whining from Ana, she and Christian are back together.
All that screwed-up physical violence forgotten. It's so sweet, too, their reunion. Christian asks Ana why she didn't safeword in the midst of his assault which occurred at the end of the first book , and she admits that she was overwhelmed and just Call me crazy, but to me, this is understandable. You're not used to this consensual punishment thing not to mention the fact that you never explicitly consented in the first place and your man is enjoying viciously turning your ass into a slab of raw beef, and you forget there's an easy way out of it.
I get that. Christian, not so much. He asks how he's ever going to trust her again. And Ana? She apologizes. Was I angry when I read that? Shit, yes, but thankfully, things ended up taking a turn. Ana sort of starts to stand up for herself and Christian begins to catch on that he's a total d-bag and maybe he should tone it down. This is where the story changed for me. It went from all-out rage-inducing like the first book , to incomprehensible hilarity.
I had thought the first line was good, but in comparison, lines like this are pure comedic gold: "I want you, and the thought of anyone else having you is like a knife twisting in my dark soul. He's crazy with a side of fries and he utters the worst romanticisms this side of a Nicholas Sparks novel. The sex scenes are tamer in terms of their content, but they're also extremely limited in terms of content.
The same thing happens every time; Christian flashes Ana a "look", during which his eyes darken he might have a serious ocular condition , desire "pools in her belly", some undressing occurs, then there's nipple teasing, he blows, sucks, nips, licks, whatever, and she is usually pretty passive, save for her gyrating hips, which were once "caught up in his cool vanilla spell" I couldn't make this shit up , and then Ana explodes. Why is this happening? She might be anemic.
She should get that checked out. There was one really gross sex scene, though. The ice cream scene. Christian is dripping ice cream all over Ana, and I was going, "Ewwww!
Oh, hush. Whatever, that's not the point. The point is, this doesn't sound right: "He shifts lower and starts eating the ice cream in my belly It's got hold of Fifty! It's Fifty shades of viscera!! Aaaanywho, where was I? Oh, right, the sex. Even more boring than in the first book because the same wording is used for nearly every scene. And since there are a lot of sex scenes, I experienced no less than 15 instances of deja vu. Even my inner voice sounded bored; "He slides his fingers in and swirls, blah blah blah, erection digging into my hip, yadda yadda, gotta remember to pick up milk at the store tomorrow Ana is a mental midget.A Parody Spank!
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Leila reveals that her obsession began four months ago when her lover died in a car crash, leading to a mental breakdown. I am not fucking kidding. Ray Steele: I like to whip little brown-haired girls like you because you all look like the crack whore - my birth mother.