Fluttering Thoughts: Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James

Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades #2)

By E.L. James
Editions: audiobook, ebook, hardcover, paperback
Published September 15th 2011 by The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House
Genre: Adult Contemporary / Romance {hot}
Source: own copy

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.
~ Goodreads Blurb

World Building: Contemporary hot stuff going on, so there’s not much of world building going on. Grey and Ana’s world is the same as in book #1.
Characters: The evolution of the Grey / Ana relationship lost a lot of its credibility for me, though their individual evolution could have maybe worked under different circumstances. A grown man doesn’t have specialized tastes in the bedroom only to have this 5 weeks revelation that, you know what, he doesn’t really need it. I eye-rolled so much I developed a tick, I’m sorry, but it just got sort of ridiculous from a point on. Ana kept her ‘knightess in shiny armor’ vibe in trying to make the guy understand he’s worth more then he’s convinced he is, while being sorely unsure of herself. Oddly enough, it felt like a lot of their chemistry was gone, and I know for me that was because much of the Grey I’d found interesting as character became absent. I liked finding out more about him, but the sizzle, for me, was gone. It just didn’t tie in for me, I didn’t find any sort of believable to cling to. The one thing I did thoroughly enjoy about the whole thing was how Mrs. Robinson got her face wet, if you read this already you know what I mean, if you didn’t you’ll enjoy it as much as I did, I think. I don’t like her character, and though I don’t feel about her as Ana does all the way, I still deeply dislike Elena and her shenanigans.
Plot: It felt rather uneventful, and when the dramatic twists showed up they felt somewhat skimmed over. The relationship arc was the focus, of course, and I guess in itself it evolved in the generally expected direction, but to me it felt sort of repetitive and, well, I’m going to get people throwing tomatoes at me, it had no real salt and pepper for me, it didn’t feel like real connection just teen-like dramatics. The end of the book was better then the middle section, and so was the first quarter or so of the read.
Writing: Simple, clear, effective in its delivery. Had I found the idea of the plot more believable, the writing wouldn’t have ruined it for me, though it wouldn’t shine or something similar in any condition.
Curb Appeal: Still strong, especially after reading book #1. I’d expected to get things out of this read that I didn’t, but the series sells itself to you, it’s like a reading milestone, this super-well known point you just have to go through.

All in all, it was still engaging and I wasn’t tempted to drop it, but it didn’t have the same effect of hot mess on me as the first book did. I may or may not read book #3 sometime in the future, if I do it will be mainly because I’m OCD about finishing series I start, not because of actual interest in the story.

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2 thoughts on “Fluttering Thoughts: Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James

  1. Silversolara

    I like the mask.  NEW FOLLOWER.
    Hope you can stop by my blog to read my post about the book conference I attended in New York City this past Saturday.A giveaway is also directly below my Mailbox Monday post.ElizabethSilver’s Reviewshttp://silversolara.blogspot.com/2012/10/mailbox-monday-1012012.html


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