Title: 50 shades darker
Author: E. L. James
Length: 532 pages
Genre: Erotica, Romance, Fiction
Why I read it: Sequel to 50 shades of Grey
Once more, with most sequels, the book starts right where the first left off. Ana has just broken up with Christian, and feels her world is falling apart. Meanwhile, she has started her new job as an assistant to a book editor in a publishing firm. Also one of Christian’s ex–subs has gone crazy and is out to get Christian. Or Ana. Or both. Maybe. And a whole lot of other drama ensues.
The good: It’s nice to see that Christian is really giving a “real” relationship with Ana a try, even through their jealousy and self-esteem issues. I even like that although much is the same as the first book, there are still new sides to Christian to see.
The bad: Much the same as the first book. Add in the fact that Ana complains about Christian’s moods changing fast, when she is the same, and the fact that they are either fighting or flirting, and then patching it up, or ignoring the issue with sex. Also, at one point in the book, I had to stop and point out to my husband, that Ana getting a promotion from personal assistant to publishing editor after a week of working is just too unrealistic, even for this book. Christian just suddenly getting over his fear of being touched is another thing that is unrealistic. And adding drama on top of drama that is supposed to span over the course of two days. It seemed like James had a lot of ideas for conflict, but couldn’t decide, so just went with all of them.
Although the “good” section is considerably shorter than the “bad”, I did thoroughly enjoy reading the book, even at its most unrealistic and unbelievable parts. I found it entertaining, and it honestly had me laughing out loud at some points. It makes me wonder what happens to Ana and Christian in the third book, and I can’t wait to start on 50 shades freed. And, yes, I would still recommend the books to anyone who asked, and I would still unashamedly admit to reading them and loving them.