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Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James

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This book was soooooooo good!  I know, not very articulate, but that is how I felt when I finished reading the second in James’ Fifty Shades trilogy and was dying to talk to someone about it.  As a result, you are stuck with my ruminations sadly.

Fifty Shades Darker picks up right where Fifty Shades of Grey left off, and Jose’s art opening brings Ana and Christan back together, although they are still struggling with the same issues.  Ana has started her new job at an independent publishing firm.  Grey still desires the domination relationship and won’t let her touch him in certain areas that bring back painful memories, and Ana still wants something more.  But Ana leaving him last time really has brought about a change in Grey.  He is willing to make concessions if it means that Ana promises won’t run, and Ana is willing to try a bit more in the playroom near the end.  Both characters really mature and grow in this second offering.

Aside from the internal issues they both suffer, there are new factors that interfere with their relationship.  One of Grey’s ex-subs is stalking Ana and neither Ana nor Grey knows what she wants, but suspect she is dangerous.  Ana’s boss may have intentions that are not professional, which obviously doesn’t sit well with Grey.  Ana finally meets Eleana (a.k.a Mrs. Robinson), the woman responsible for introducing Grey into this lifestyle when he was only a teenager and is none too happy that Grey still has a relationship with her, even if he insists it is platonic.  Readers also get a glimpse into Grey’s past, although some details still remain a mystery.

There is something so addicting about these books.  You just want them to be together and follow the trial and tribulations with them as they work toward that end.  This one ended in a cliffhanger, so I can’t wait to read the final book, Fifty Shades of Freed, but will be sad when it is over.

The author has put together a “soundtrack” for each book in the series.  These are songs that appear in the stories, either in the background while they are driving or on Grey’s iPod.  I wish the soundtrack really existed, but you can sample the selections on the author’s website.

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