Series: Fifty Shades #2
Published by The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House on September 15, 2011
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.
“You are a pervert.”
“I know.” He raises his eyebrows and his grin broadens.
“My pervert,” I whisper.
This is actual dialogue between Ana and Christian, the narrator and her billionaire boyfriend. These books have conflicted me. The dialogue, plot contrivances, and most of the characters are completely ridiculous. And yet, for reasons I don’t fully understand, I am on book three of the trilogy. I guess I want to see what happens with these characters, even though every page makes me cringe and/or laugh. Starting with Christian, the billionaire…who is also incredibly hot…with an insatiable sexual appetite…and he pilots his own helicopter…and he’s a philanthropist…and a concert-level pianist…and an expert dancer…and of course, he’s completely head over heels in love with Ana. I am fully expecting that he will find a cure for cancer by the end of the third book.
Fifty Shades Darker introduces a new character who is a sexually harassing villain. He serves no other purpose in this book than to attempt to abuse Ana. We all know sexual harassment exists in the workplace, but E L James beats us over the head with it. The harasser is SO over the top, and it’s stated that he’s a habitual offender; it’s hard to imagine he could exist and prosper in a real world workplace. But then, men like Christian don’t exist either, so at least James is consistent.
On a side note, the most shocking part of this trilogy’s success is that the movie rights just sold for $4 million. I will be very interested to see how these books could be turned into a successful movie franchise. I don’t envy the screenwriter who, no doubt, will need to rewrite every word of dialogue.
All this said, congrats to E L James who has made a ton of money from a bad series of books and who has gotten me to read all three, despite myself.