Today I’m reviewing the second book in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, Fifty Shades Darker. In the first book you met Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey the hero and heroine of this trilogy. They are completely different people who meet for the first time because Ana’s friend had an exclusive interview with the elusive entrepreneur Mr. Grey. The first book left off with Ana and Christian having made love for the first time in what some people call in straight vanilla way without her signing the contract that Christian had original given to her before they started their relationship. But as Ana got to know Christian she wanted to please him in the way that he likes and even though he knew that in some part of Ana that she wasn’t ready for it he gives in to her. Christian gives her a taste of the BDSM world he is a part of by spanking her and the experience leaves her both enticed and slightly confused. This confusion is worsened by Christian’s extravagant gifts, and the fact that he brings her to meet his family. After successfully landing a job with Seattle Independent Publishing, Ana further bristles under the restrictions of the non-disclosure agreement and the complex relationship with Christian.
|Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James|
Today I’m reviewing a book that I know that everyone has read since it came out a few years ago. And though this book isn’t one that I just read recently but it’s one that I really loved reading when I first heard about it and just had to read in 2012. I first heard about the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy from my aunt who heard about it on the Z100 morning radio show. I decided to give the first book a try so I downloaded the entire trilogy on my NookColor. I read the description of each book so that I would get a feel for the trilogy and I thought it was really intriguing since I’ve never really read books about characters who practiced BDSM. Also I don’t read too many books that are written in the first person because I sometimes feel that they limit what the reader gets to understand about all the characters. So when I first started reading Fifty Shades of Grey I was hooked after getting thru the first few pages.
Anastasia Steele is a literature student who goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey because her roommate Kate was too sick to go though she didn’t want to miss her only opportunity to get an interview with Mr. Grey. She encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating when she is first escorted into Mr. Grey’s office and to read how they first meet was intriguing to read because Grey seems like a man who doesn’t talk about himself to anyone. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. This instant attraction somewhat reminded me of the Twilight characters Edward and Bella but with a non-paranormal twist. And it was fun to find out later that this series was actually James previously writing the trilogy as a Twilight fan fiction with BDSM mixed in. Though I like Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele much more than I ever liked Edward and Bella since Grey and Steele’s romance felt more real to me than Edward and Bella’s romance and it’s not because Edward was a vampire and there were werewolves mixed in. For me Ana and Grey have an instant attraction to each other but it’s not like Edward and Bella’s which I found was somewhat unhealthy because they were I feel obsessed with one another rather than in love with each other. Ana and Grey seem to have a somewhat healthier relationship but it’s just the first book in the series so we have only gotten to see how they start to fall in love with each other which may change as they get to know how to deal with each other’s emotions.
Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms. Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. I would also hesitate at such an intriguing proposition that Grey has given to her since she is a virgin without any type of experience now she has a man who has some erotic tastes that she doesn’t know if she will enjoy. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires. Without giving too much away Ana and Grey go thru a few ups and downs in the first book that had me flipping the pages of my eBook as fast as my eyes could read all the words on the page. As I read this first book in the trilogy I got to know Ana and Grey which I found that I could relate a bit with both of them since I am a little bit like Ana in the way that she hadn’t really experienced a relationship with a man like Grey who had so much more experience in certain areas than her. And I felt for Grey because on the outside he seemed so put together but on the inside there is so much more going on that he has not been able to share with anyone before until he meet Ana. After finishing the first book that left me wanting to immediately start reading the next book in the trilogy since Ana and Grey left me wondering how will their relationship go one from where it left off. The next book in the trilogy, Fifty Shades Darker, picks up where the first book left off and since I hate spoilers I won’t say how it ended but will tell you that Ana and Grey had an extremely emotional experience that will be explored in the next book. I give this book 4.5 Open Books: