Title: Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades #2)
Author: E.L. James
Source: Won copy
Genre: Erotica - Light BDSM
Format: ebook - 373 pages
Release Date: September 15th 2011
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 the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life
After reading the first book in the trilogy (Fifty Shades of Grey) I couldn't wait to read this book and it did not disappoint me. This book had so much happening and so many highs and lows that you should be prepared to take a lot of cold showers (or tackle your significant other often) and also have a box of tissues beside you to get through the heart-wrenching scenes.
This book gave us a deeper look into why Christian embraced the BDSM lifestyle and since meeting Ana made him question so many aspects of himself. It was amazing to see how the author was able to make the reader get into both Christian and Ana's mind and allow the reader to feel their passion (Wow they were scorching hot), love, anguish, despair and desperation. Not to give out any spoilers, but there were several eye-opening revelations that occurred in the book that left my mouth open in awe.
What more can I say without spoiling it. Christian and Ana continue to try and see if they can work through their differences, and it is not only internal issues at play, but external forces are at work as well. Fundamentally the story focuses on Christian's path to self-discovery, acceptance and learning about unconditional love. Christian has been in the dark for so long, but Ana manages to show him the light, not only around him and in their relationship, but within himself.
The author likes to include the title of songs throughout the two book and there were two songs that popped in my mind that reflect certain scenes in the book: "Don't Go" by KC and the Sunshine Band and "We Found Love" by Rhianna. Just the emotional impact of the scenes makes those songs stand out in my mind. As you can tell I became completely engrossed with this book and it was on my mind during my waking hours (and in my dreams too LOL) which is always a very good indication for me of a fantastically well written book.
I cannot stop gushing about this book (trilogy in fact as I can't wait to read Fifty Shades Freed - Book 3 out January 2012) and about the author. If I could nominate best new author for 2011 I would nominate E.L. James and recommend her to everyone. So what are you waiting for? Grab yourself a piece of Fifty and be prepared for a wild and exciting ride.