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Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy [Kindle Edition]

E L James
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9,780 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 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.

This book is intended for mature audiences. 



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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING FIFTY SHADES Trilogy
 
"In a class by itself." 
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THE "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLING FIFTY SHADES Trilogy

"In a class by itself."
--"Entertainment Weekly"

Product Details

  • File Size: 1753 KB
  • Print Length: 546 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345803493
  • Publisher: Vintage (September 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IXWKUK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2,362 of 2,475 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's awful, but oh so addicting April 29, 2012
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After surviving 50 Shades of Grey, and after taking a break for a few days from Ana and Christian's tortured romance, I girded my loins and cracked open the second book of the trilogy, 50 Shades Darker.

For those of you intrigued by the words "butt plug" or "fisting," half of you will enjoy your lucky day, because one of those is kinda sorta featured in this book. As it is, the only fisting we ever see - ever come close to seeing - is that of Ana's or Christian's hands in the others' hair. And that happens a lot. Not as often as Ana or Christian gasping, or Christian setting his lips in a hard line, or Ana biting her lip, or Ana coming undone, or Christian frowning. In fact, Christian's frowning is such a "thing" that, when Ana frowns, another character observes that she's turning into Christian.

It's just ... WHERE THE HELL WAS THE EDITOR?

But I digress.

To dig too deeply into the spectacle that is 50 Shades of Grey is to approach Sisyphean frustration. Trust me, because I know of what I speak. I spent an inordinate amount of time wondering how it was that Christian Grey was 27 and a billionaire as I read the first book. I don't think we are meant to really ponder this stuff. I think we're supposed to strap on our dildos and have at it, as it were.

Okay, so. When we last left Christian and Ana, she had walked out on him, horrified at the depravity entailed in his life of BDSM. (Go ahead and Google THAT, people. I had to, so you might as well.) As with its muse, Twilight, we see our heroine descend into despair, but unlike Bella's months on end, Ana really only suffers for five days. Christian gets in touch with her, and it's game on, kids.
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592 of 676 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive and redundant. March 14, 2012
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Someone please give this author a thesaurus and an editing team that cares. It's not just that the same actions are repeated over and over (and over... and over again), it's that the same words are used to describe them every time. It's like someone put 50 words in a bag, pulled them out and mashed them into a semblance of a sentence, then tossed them back in the bag and repeated the process to fill 300+ pages.
Inspired by another review I actually used my Kindle to count the ones that were most painful/annoying to read:

Lips bitten: 25
Eyes widened: 21
Eyes rolled: 51
"oh my": 45
Scowls: 48
Gasps: 62
"jeez": 76
Smirks: 91
Flushes/blushes: 133
F-bombs dropped: 173
Whispers: 251

Do the math! Lips are bitten and eyes are widened in every chapter. Someone gasps once every six pages. The main character "flushes" at least once every three pages.

Yes, the British author uses British colloquialisms that make no sense in the Pacific Northwest. Yes, the female protagonist is two dimensional and boring. Yes, her leading man is given a forced and contrived backstory in an unnecessary attempt to make sense of his kinkiness in a vanilla world. The sex scene was okay the first time I read it, but by the time it was recycled for the twelfth time or so it was just boring. And yes, in between the repetitions listed above the author inexplicably throws whatever was on her "word a day calendar" into character conversation where it sounds silly and awkward. But none of these things really destroy a good book quite like reading "I flush" for the hundredth time. Oh my!

Apologies to the fans out there. Imagine I'm writing this review with an "apologetic smirk."
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683 of 783 people found the following review helpful
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Anastasia Steele! Oh my God, was she awful! "I want you...I can't please you...I'll never leave you...I can't give you what you need...and on and on and ON!" Grow up! At one point in the book, she stated that she doesn't understand why Christian likes her. You and me both, sister! And then there's the sophomoric writing! It's soooo repetitive...repetitive...repetitive! But wait! Just when you think the same phrase is going to be used, YET AGAIN, the author throws in some arbitrary word that causes you to have to use your Kindle dictionary and doesn't fit in with any of the other elementary wording that takes place throughout the book. Who uses the word "avuncular" in everyday talk? Am I really supposed to believe that a word that advanced is coming from the same person who constantly refers to her female anatomy as "down there"? I'm rolling my eyes (which is quite ironic because that was a central theme in this book)! I haven't even finished the book but after the marriage proposal, I could take no more! I had to stop what I was doing just to write this review! And I probably won't finish the book because it will most likely be another 100 pages of "His eyes are gray...He looks impassive...I bit my lip...Gasp...Oh my...He finds his release...blah blah blah!"
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443 of 512 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More of fifty shades of highly overrated tripe May 3, 2012
By write1
Format:Paperback
Side note to anyone who cares ( I am an avid reader and curious by nature. Everyone was going on and on about this and the sucker that I am, I read it and hated it. This is my OPINION. If you don't like it, you DON"T have to read it!!!!!) The book DOES suck by the way!!! The last time we met our intrepid hero, I mean dom, he was standing in shock over Ana leaving him all alone in his red room of pain. What did he expect her to do jump and down and thank him for that beating? The book was an exercise in how not to write a sequel. There is virtually no plot. Ana can't even go five days without her needy, controlling sorry excuse for a boyfriend. Yes, he's needy and controlling and can't seem to get his head around the fact that Ana should have a life. All they have in common is sex which isn't a good foundation for any relationship, and are soon back together. It has't even been a week! There isn't much of a plot, just Ana and Christian questioning each other and themselves.

And amidst all this supposed romance is page after repetitive page of sex. Not much there considering all the stuff they seem to do to each other. It gets really boring by the way. At one point I felt like a spectator at the horizontal olympics. I mean, come on! If they're at each other that much, how can she even walk? That's all they seem to have in common. It's "I don't trust you," "Don't leave me", " How can you find me attractive?" I wonder about the mental stability of both characters. Not to mention an annoying back story about how Christian doesn't like to be touched and about his need to dominate women just because they remind him of his mother. There's a little sub-plot about a former submissive who's so unstable and emotionally fragile you wonder about Mr. Grey and why he's not in prison.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Slow to start but picks up, I will prob succumb to the last book. The writing is repetitive but there's enough intriguing material to keep it going.
Published 3 hours ago by Sara N Steele
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Loved this book. It kept me wanting to turn the page! I would recommend it to anyone who like romance books!
Published 3 hours ago by christysjoy
1.0 out of 5 stars I cannot get through this mess
I managed to get myself through the first book, probably because it was the first sex book I've read since high school, but this is an eye rolling mess. Read more
Published 4 hours ago by India
5.0 out of 5 stars love
Loved this book. Holy hell so sensual. Wish it were real. Christian Grey is such a figment. No man could be so bad and good.
Published 10 hours ago by kylee
5.0 out of 5 stars Very satisfied.
I was very satisfied with my purchase. Good condition and awesome book! I would totally recommend these books to anyone.
Published 11 hours ago by Cinthia
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked the story
I was more interested in the characters and the story, rather then the adult content. Well written, great escape y'all.
Published 12 hours ago by giggles
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Nice job on book two. I really think it's a great characters and so intense that I can't stop reading need the next book to feel the real deal in all.
Published 20 hours ago by rebecca Lynn
4.0 out of 5 stars Hot One
All three of these books are hot. I enjoyed myself while reading this one, too. I shall return to it eventually.
Published 1 day ago by RDD
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Series!!!
This book was as mind-boggling & interesting as the first. I actually couldn't stop reading it!!! I highly recommend this book series & I can't wait for the movies!!!!
Published 1 day ago by Angela R.
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting.
I enjoyed all the books is this series but if you have a problem with sexual content and language this is not for you.
Published 1 day ago by barbbaby
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E L James is a TV executive, wife and mother of two, based in West London. Since early childhood, she dreamt of writing stories that readers would fall in love with, but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and her career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel, Fifty Shades of Grey.

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