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Fifty Shades Darker

Fifty Shades Darker

Fifty Shades Darker

  • Erotic Fiction & Erotica

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 S

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  1. carpe libros says:
    2,369 of 2,482 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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    carpe libros (North Carolina, USA) –
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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. Christian is prepared to let go of his need for dominance in his playroom, because all he really wants – all he really needs – is Ana. She has admitted that she loves him, but it takes Christian a little longer.

    Now, before you start thinking that this is the end of the Red Room of Pain, let me tell you that it is not. Don’t worry – Christian keeps the room, and Ana remains inexplicably drawn to it. So those butt plugs come in handy (no pun intended), although – SPOILER – Christian does point out that for the anally virgin, a finger is a better start. So Ana has something to look forward to, so to speak.

    Back to the plot, such as it is. It turns out that one of Christian’s former subs remains fixated on him, so she enters the story to muck up Christian and Ana’s relationship. Also causing trouble is Ana’s boss at the publishing house. He wants her, which pisses off Christian, who reacts as only Christian can. Meanwhile, Christian and Ana’s romance progresses in fits and starts. She loves him, he really cares about her, can he say the “L” word, can they get past his need for control, why does he love her, why does she love him, can he overcome his tortured childhood, blah blah blah.

    What you really want to know about are the sex scenes, right? RIGHT? I’m pretty sure you butt plug searching people aren’t concerned about the dialogue.

    In this book, they rock the headboard in an elevator, on a boat, in Christian’s childhood room, in the shower (again – evidently they enjoy that spot), Ana’s apartment bedroom, Christian’s apartment bedroom, and – YESS! – the Red Room of Pain. Oh, and on top of a piano and a pool table. There may be more. Did the desk happen in this book, or the previous one? I think they wind up on Christian’s desk in this one, too.

    During one of the many times Ana challenges Christian, they are in the library, competing in a billiards game.

    “You know, Anastasia, I could stand here and watch you leaning and stretching across this billiard table all day,” he says appreciatively.

    I flush. [SHE FLUSHES A LOT. That’s another thing that is repetitive, and so again, I ask, WHERE THE HELL IS THE EDITOR? Oh – those are “shouty caps,” according to Ana. Back to the program.] Thank heavens I am wearing my jeans. He smirks. [HE SMIRKS A LOT. So does she. Sometimes they smirk, bite lips and eye roll, all at the same time.] He’s trying to put me off my game, the bastard. He pulls his cream sweater over his head, tosses it onto the back of a chair, and grins at me, as he saunters over to take his first shot.

    He bends low over the table. My mouth goes dry. Oh, I see what he means. Christian in tight jeans and white T-shirt, bending, like that … is something to behold. I quite lose my train of thought. He sinks four solids rapidly, then fouls by sinking the white.

    Foreplay, Christian styles.

    And now, for the butt plug seekers:

    “What’s this?” I hold up the silver bullet thing.

    “Always hungry for information, Miss Steele. That’s a butt plug,” he says gently.

    “Oh …”

    “Bought for you.”

    What? For me?

    He nods slowly, his face now serious and…

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  2. Ebeth822 says:
    603 of 688 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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  3. Deshawn Taylor says:
    687 of 787 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    And the award for the most unlikable lead character in a book goes to…, April 26, 2012
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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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