Release Date: September 15, 2011
Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
Dates Read: May 6 - 20, 2012
How Acquired: Bought
Description: Daunted by the singular sexual 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 her anger and envy of the women who came before her and make the most important decision of her life. Erotic, sparkling and suspenseful, Fifty Shades Darker is the irresistibly addictive second part of the Fifty Shades trilogy. (Taken from Goodreads.com)
My Review: Much like the first book, I could not put this one down. I felt like this second in the series was more about the story and less about the sex (but there was still sex, let me assure you). In this book we got do delve deeper into Christian's childhood, his psyche, and (as they so eloquently put it) his f**kedupness. I will admit that while reading the first book I was not so sure how I felt about Christian Grey. While there was something hott about him, I was put off by the whole punishment thing he had going on. (Having read the second book, I now understand that, but still...not a fan.) Well I can honestly say that Fifty Shades Darker sealed the deal for me and I am absolutely a fan of Christian Grey. Seeing him grow emotionally, admitting that he cares for Ana and wanting to be "more" for her did it for me. I'm still not in love with Ana's character...she could use a little more personality and/or depth, but whatever. For me, it's all about Christian and his interactions with her. I enjoyed seeing him change and become more of a person and less of a dominating figure (making him way hotter). Additionally in this book, we got to meet some new characters that definitely threw a wrench in things and the struggle with those people was definitely interesting. Between Leila (an ex-sub) and Jack (Ana's new boss) there's a whole lot of drama going on in this book. I felt like I couldn't read it fast enough. Again, I was a little annoyed with the ending...obviously written to make you go out and get the third book (which I had already done, but that's neither here nor there). It just annoys me with authors do that. Oh well, I still loved the book and looked forward to the third one.
My Rating: It was amazing