The second book in the Fifty Shades trilogy, Fifty Shades Darker has a stronger and more enticing storyline than its predecessor. After experiencing first hand just how bad a BDSM relationship can get, Ana left mysterious billionaire Christian Grey.
She begins to reconsider her decision when he agrees to try and give her what her heart most desires, more. With forces from his past and present conspiring against the two, can they make their relationship work? Throughout the first book Christian’s past was always a factor. What could’ve possibly happened to turn him into such a control freak?
The title of the second instalment should give you a big hint and more insight is given throughout the book. A very important aspect of the plot is progress. The author, E.L. James delivered on this account. Losing Ana led to a major shift in his outlook.
What is a little unbelievable is the pace at which he changed when he realised that he wanted Ana back. No one changes that drastically that quickly and this brought home the true fiction of the book not just in the genre but in the characters too. This book provided a few laughs and raised a few smiles at ‘playful fifty’. The honeymoon period of relationships shine in the playfulness of the couple.
There was still plenty of sex in this book but it did take a different turn as it was mainly ‘vanilla’ sex on the menu. This was a little bit of a disappointment after Fifty Shades of Grey but as the BDSM sex decreased the storyline improved. With Ana gaining independence while working for a Publishing House, the storyline for the third book in the series had to be set up whether it will follow through is another question.
(Original text published The Blend on 17 August 2012 http://www.theblend.ie/index.php/review-e-l-james-fifty-shades-darker/)