Daunted by the dark secrets of the tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Ana Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a US publishing house.Well the Fifty Shades trilogy just gets better and better. At the end of Fifty Shades of Grey Christian and Ana have broken up as Ana doesn't think she can give Christian what he needs. So Fifty Shades Darker begins with Ana and Christian apart but it soon becomes clear for both of them that they need each other.
But desire for Grey still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, she cannot resist. Soon she is learning more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades than she ever thought possible.
But while Grey wrestles with his inner demons, Ana must make the most important decision of her life. A decision she can only make on her own.
E. L. James brings us a little more of the love story in this book. It was fascinating to see the compromises that both are prepared to make in order for their relationship to work. There are graphic sexual scenes again but this book goes a little deeper, however, as before, I felt that the sex scenes reveal a lot about Ana and Christian. In this book, Ana has to admit to herself that although she has limits, there are some things that Christian does which she actually really enjoys. Christian is discovering a whole new side to himself; he has always taken sexual pleasure in hurting women but he can't bear the thought of Ana being in pain.
Added in to this is Christian's past, one of his ex-submissive's contacts Ana; she wants to know how Ana has managed to hold on to Christian. Christian will do anything to keep Ana safe but as he has already found out, Ana does not always do as she is told.
Fifty Shades Darker also explores Christian's awful childhood and we begin to understand why he behaves in such a way. Ana and Christian continue to be fascinating characters in the second instalment. I felt as though they were entirely believable and I wanted more than anything for their relationship to work.
Fifty Shades Darker ends on a bit of a cliff hanger again, E. L. James certainly knows how to make you want more. I can't wait to read the third and final instalment but I know that I will also be quite sad that there are no more books as the world of Christian Grey is completely addictive.
Dot Scribbles Rating 5/5