“He breathes, his eyes wide with panic, and suddenly, he drops to his knees in front of me, head bowed, his hands spread out on his thighs. He takes a deep breath and doesn’t move.” Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James picks up where Fifty Shades of Grey left off. We pick up at Day 3 Post Christian and Ana is surviving off of latte’s and diet coke. She is now working at SIP as an assistant to the editor, Jack Hyde, but her thoughts cannot help but go back to Grey. And Christian misses her too. The pair cannot overcome their need for one another and soon they are drawn back together. Can Ana come to terms with Christian’s past when it rears its ugly head in their present?
In the first Fifty Shades, the story revolves around Christian and Ana mostly, but in this book, outside forces play an involved role and it only enriches the characters and the plot lines. Christian is far more developed in the second installment of Fifty Shades as we learn more about his dark appetite and what lead him to the carnal world of BDSM. Grey’s long and complicated history is revealed to both the reader and Ana, leaving all involved grasping for more and more. Mrs. Robinson makes her debut and Ana’s inner goddess is baying for blood. Mrs. Robinson and Ana are a clear representation of Christian’s past and present and only time will tell who will win out for his future.
This novel outshines its predecessor in terms of character development, plot twists and most of all, more Shades of Grey. The reader cannot help but become intertwined in Ana and Christian’s relationship, the dark, the vanilla and all the shades in between. A great read for people who enjoy erotica, romance and love triangles. Gripping, dark and lustful, a resounding 5 out of 5.