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E L James revisits the world of Fifty Shades with a deeper and darker take on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the globe. Their scorching, sensual affair ended in heartbreak and recrimination, but Christian Grey cannot get Anastasia Steele out of his mind, or his blood. Determined to win her back, he tries to suppress his darkest desires and his E L James revisits the world of Fifty Shades with a deeper and darker take on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the globe. Their scorching, sensual affair ended in heartbreak and recrimination, but Christian Grey cannot get Anastasia Steele out of his mind, or his blood. Determined to win her back, he tries to suppress his darkest desires and his need for complete control, and to love Ana on her own terms. But the horrors of his childhood still haunt him, and Ana’s scheming boss, Jack Hyde, clearly wants her for himself. Can Christian’s confidant and therapist, Dr. Flynn, help him face down his demons? Or will the possessiveness of Elena, his seducer, and the deranged devotion of Leila, his former submissive, drag Christian down into the past? And if Christian does win Ana back, can a man so dark and damaged ever hope to keep her?


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E L James revisits the world of Fifty Shades with a deeper and darker take on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the globe. Their scorching, sensual affair ended in heartbreak and recrimination, but Christian Grey cannot get Anastasia Steele out of his mind, or his blood. Determined to win her back, he tries to suppress his darkest desires and his E L James revisits the world of Fifty Shades with a deeper and darker take on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the globe. Their scorching, sensual affair ended in heartbreak and recrimination, but Christian Grey cannot get Anastasia Steele out of his mind, or his blood. Determined to win her back, he tries to suppress his darkest desires and his need for complete control, and to love Ana on her own terms. But the horrors of his childhood still haunt him, and Ana’s scheming boss, Jack Hyde, clearly wants her for himself. Can Christian’s confidant and therapist, Dr. Flynn, help him face down his demons? Or will the possessiveness of Elena, his seducer, and the deranged devotion of Leila, his former submissive, drag Christian down into the past? And if Christian does win Ana back, can a man so dark and damaged ever hope to keep her?

30 review for Darker

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kai

    I'm against burning books. People should have access to any book they want. I'm just not sure what people would use this book for? I hope they rip out the pages and blow their noses or wipe their private parts because - to be honest - it's sad to see paper wasted like this, so at least they're putting it to good use in the end. P.S.: Toilet paper has a better plot though AND isn't sexist so if you consider buying this or toilet paper always be safe and choose the latter.

  2. 3 out of 5

    Christy

    4 stars! Like many, Fifty Shades Darker is my favorite book in the trilogy. Because of this, I was nervous about reading this book. There are certain scenes I needed in Christian's POV, but they had to be done just right to satisfy me. I loved being in Christian's head, but it did feel a lot like reading the original over again. Not that it's a bad thing, I adore the original. I just wish we got a few new scenes from Christian's POV. I think that would have made this that much better! Overall, I 4 stars! Like many, Fifty Shades Darker is my favorite book in the trilogy. Because of this, I was nervous about reading this book. There are certain scenes I needed in Christian's POV, but they had to be done just right to satisfy me. I loved being in Christian's head, but it did feel a lot like reading the original over again. Not that it's a bad thing, I adore the original. I just wish we got a few new scenes from Christian's POV. I think that would have made this that much better! Overall, I very much enjoyed listening to the audio book of Darker. Zachary Webber does a fantastic job bringing Christian to life. If you enjoy audio books, this is one I would highly recommend!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession

    OMG this gave my fangirl heart all the feels! I can't wait for the movie to come out! ******************************************************** OMG Other book from Christian's pov I am all over this NOPE NONE!!! So This will be me when I get this book!! lol Can't wait !

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cristina | CristiinaReads

    ➳Christian Grey never gets old, and reading everything from his point of view makes me love him much more... ➳Loved this story! Not much can be said about it since I already knew the story itself, but reading it from his perspective has been an enlighten touch to my adoration and love for this wonderful romance novel. I cannot wait to see the movie and hopefully read FREED in Christian's perspective in the future... ➳Thank you so much to Vintage publishing for providing an ARC in exchange for an ➳Christian Grey never gets old, and reading everything from his point of view makes me love him much more... ➳Loved this story! Not much can be said about it since I already knew the story itself, but reading it from his perspective has been an enlighten touch to my adoration and love for this wonderful romance novel. I cannot wait to see the movie and hopefully read FREED in Christian's perspective in the future... ➳Thank you so much to Vintage publishing for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review... ➳Follow Me On: Blog ♕ Instagram ♕ Facebook ♕ Twitter

  5. 5 out of 5

    AleJandra

    Pop Sugar Reading Challenge 2018 El siguiente libro de una serie que ya has comenzado. "Her innate sensuality stems from her innocence: her willingness to experiment, and her ability to trust." Leer este libro es como salir con tu ex novio, que te fue infiel. El tipo de novio que siempre te trata mal, que sabes que no va cambiar, que tus amigos te critican por salir de nuevo con él, que te da pena decirle a tu familia que lo veras, que tú misma sabes que es malo para ti. Pero en ese momento que se Pop Sugar Reading Challenge 2018 El siguiente libro de una serie que ya has comenzado. "Her innate sensuality stems from her innocence: her willingness to experiment, and her ability to trust." Leer este libro es como salir con tu ex novio, que te fue infiel. El tipo de novio que siempre te trata mal, que sabes que no va cambiar, que tus amigos te critican por salir de nuevo con él, que te da pena decirle a tu familia que lo veras, que tú misma sabes que es malo para ti. Pero en ese momento que se presenta la oportunidad de salir otra vez con él, solo una vez, aceptas. Porque sabes que la pasaras bien, por un rato. Que te llevara a un restaurante caro, te tratara como princesa por una noche y tendrán mucho sexo salvaje. Si, en la vida real, ese cliché es muy real, los patanes son muy buenos en la cama. Que creo yo es la gran diferencia, a la primera vez que leí la trilogía original, yo no venía con ninguna expectativa o pretensión de que sería algo importante, yo ya estaba completamente convencida de que solo venia a entretenerme un rato y ya. Funciona, por supuesto. Tenemos todo el fan servicie que necesitábamos. Vemos a los personajes a los que ya les tenemos cierto cariño, y vemos la misma historia que ya conocemos. Las cosas que más agradecí, fue que por fin pudimos ver que paso cuando Leila y Christian se quedan solos, y cuando Christian y su mamá hablan después de que Grace se cachetea a Elena. Disfruté esas escenas, aunque igual sentí que se quedaron cortas. Fueron los pequeños detalles extras, lo que más disfrute. La boda de Andrea, los recuerdos de Christian con su abuelito y Mia, las escenas sexuales con Leila y Elena, siempre había querido ver como eran esas relaciones de Amo- sumisa, y aquí vimos un poco de ello. Christian y sus inseguridades, encajan perfectamente con el personaje. En conclusión: Nada nuevo, nada importante, Christian te veo en el próximo libro.

  6. 3 out of 5

    Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Simon~Gianluca & Archer

    *****THREE STARS***** {BR with Juanita} I'm so disappointed that I didn't end up loving this book. I have to be honest, I skimmed through most of it. Christian was too much of a sap and desperate for Ana's affections. Actually, the both of them with the same insecurities became monotonous. Christian was constantly afraid that Ana was going to leave him again and Ana was afraid she wasn't enough to keep him satisfied. I knew this from the original series but it seemed to be magnified in "DARKER". The *****THREE STARS***** {BR with Juanita} I'm so disappointed that I didn't end up loving this book. I have to be honest, I skimmed through most of it. Christian was too much of a sap and desperate for Ana's affections. Actually, the both of them with the same insecurities became monotonous. Christian was constantly afraid that Ana was going to leave him again and Ana was afraid she wasn't enough to keep him satisfied. I knew this from the original series but it seemed to be magnified in "DARKER". There were a couple of things I did like. I liked that we got to see what happened to Ros and Christian after Charlie Tango crashed. Also that we got to see how Christian handled Leila after she threatened Ana in her apartment. I will always love the FSOG series and Christian was my first love. I think it's probably best if a third book comes out that I stay away because I don't want my love to be ruined by his POV.

  7. 3 out of 5

    Ninoska Goris

    Español - English De esta serie se ha dicho demasiado, yo incluida, así que no hay mucho que abundar. Pueden creer que el libro en español tiene casi 100 páginas de más con relación al de ingles? (88 para ser más exactos), pero disfruté cada una de ellas. Me pareció fascinante estar nuevamente dentro de la cabeza de Christian Grey, sobretodo en este segundo libro que es mi favorito de la serie. Christian Grey es una persona con serios problemas psicológicos y afectivos, pero aparenta una segurid Español - English De esta serie se ha dicho demasiado, yo incluida, así que no hay mucho que abundar. Pueden creer que el libro en español tiene casi 100 páginas de más con relación al de ingles? (88 para ser más exactos), pero disfruté cada una de ellas. Me pareció fascinante estar nuevamente dentro de la cabeza de Christian Grey, sobretodo en este segundo libro que es mi favorito de la serie. Christian Grey es una persona con serios problemas psicológicos y afectivos, pero aparenta una seguridad y un dominio que en realidad no tiene. Se enamora de Anastasia y siente un terror casi físico de perderla. Solo queda esperar por lo menos otro año más hasta que salga el último libro. ✨✨✨ Much have been written about this series, me included, so there isn't any new to say. Can you believe the spanish edition has almost a hundred more pages than English edition? (88 pages to be fare), but I enjoyed every one of them. I think is fascinating to be again inside Christian Grey's head, specially in this second book, which is my favorite of the series. Christian Gray is a person with serious psychological and affective problems, who falls in love with Anastasia and feels an almost physical terror of losing her. It only remains to wait for at least another year until the last book comes out.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sophia Triad

    After I read this book and then I read a few reviews about this book, I do not wish to write a review. I just want to point out three things: 1. You never insult other readers/reviewers who like/love/adore a book/series that you hate. Please. 2. If you don't like the first book in the series and give a rating of 1 star, you don't have to read the second book in the series. Not much will change. So, obviously you will give 1 star again. And if you don't like the second book in the series, you really After I read this book and then I read a few reviews about this book, I do not wish to write a review. I just want to point out three things: 1. You never insult other readers/reviewers who like/love/adore a book/series that you hate. Please. 2. If you don't like the first book in the series and give a rating of 1 star, you don't have to read the second book in the series. Not much will change. So, obviously you will give 1 star again. And if you don't like the second book in the series, you really don't have to read the third book in the series. There is no point. You only torture yourself. And if you don't like the third book in the series, for heaven's sake, don't read the forth book in the series. And if you still read the forth book in the series (why???), you still do not have to read the fifth book in the series. Nobody will force you. Nobody will blame you. You are free not to read it. Honestly. Which brings me to my 3rd point. 3. If you haven't read the above mentioned books; you seriously do not have to rate them and/or even review them. This series has opened a new world to me. And I believe I am sensible enough to understand -What is right and what is wrong -What is incorrect and what is under particular standards -What is reality and what is over the top fiction Thanks!

  9. 5 out of 5

    ⊱ Poppy ⊰

    DISCLAIMER: HATERS please stay away, I DON'T CARE what you think. I'm sooooooooooooooooooooo happy!! Fifty Shades Darker from Christian's POV??? YES PLEASE! E.L. James Ilysm! <3 lol 2017 Please come already..

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me five times? Hell to the nah.

  11. 3 out of 5

    Jen

    This is book two in Christian's pov of the story Fifty Shades of Grey. I will admit that I have a terrible memory, so all the little details, and even a few scenes...I had totally forgotten, which meant it was almost like reading a new book. Of course, all of the main scenes...the ones that I absolutely will never ever forget....were in this book too! It is basically like reading the same exact book!!! There are no new scenes, just all of the same but in Christian's head...not Ana's. There were This is book two in Christian's pov of the story Fifty Shades of Grey. I will admit that I have a terrible memory, so all the little details, and even a few scenes...I had totally forgotten, which meant it was almost like reading a new book. Of course, all of the main scenes...the ones that I absolutely will never ever forget....were in this book too! It is basically like reading the same exact book!!! There are no new scenes, just all of the same but in Christian's head...not Ana's. There were some things that were interesting to know...some of his past with that wicked witch, Elena!!! ( I really do despise her!!!) Also, how deep down, Christian really was a very insecure man who deep down just felt unloveable. The big question is...Am I glad that I read it?! I have to say that I am...mainly because I did forget a lot of the little details...on the whole though, my rating ended up being less from when I originally read Fifty Shades. I think it is because after Fifty Shades has been out for awhile, there have been a lot of amazing books that have come after these...and I can't in good conscience compare this to some of the others. I found there were a lot of times where I was bored...and the sex scenes were just ok to me. In the past few years, I have read some books that have extremely passionate sex....I just didn't get butterflies this time from Christian and Ana... Please don't get me wrong though. I still adore Christian Grey...and I am eager to read the next instalment whenever it does come out! Oh, and I am DYING to watch the movie in February! So...yes...this trilogy still affects me...just not near as much as when it very first came out!!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    No, thank you. I had hoped this fuckery would be over at some point. Apparently not.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Since book 2 was my favorite out of the FSoG series, I just had to give this one from Christian's pov, a go. Not bad I must say, but just like with "Grey", I found there was too much repeated from the second book. Sure we get Christian's thoughts, which I was very curious about, especially because of the parts with Elena and Leila, but for me it was still like reading the same book again...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cristina•●♥Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ♥●•

    November 28th ... can't wait for darker days ❤🖤 “Nothing turns out as I expect with Miss Anastasia Steele. Panic knots my stomach once more. Today, I have to negotiate a bigger deal. I want her back.” - Christian Grey * * * “She doesn’t really know me. She doesn’t know what I’m capable of, or why I do what I do. No one can love a monster, no matter how compassionate they are.” - Christian Grey * * * “She’s been hovering at the edge of my consciousness all day, like a guardian angel. My guardian angel. November 28th ... can't wait for darker days ❤️🖤 “Nothing turns out as I expect with Miss Anastasia Steele. Panic knots my stomach once more. Today, I have to negotiate a bigger deal. I want her back.” - Christian Grey * * * “She doesn’t really know me. She doesn’t know what I’m capable of, or why I do what I do. No one can love a monster, no matter how compassionate they are.” - Christian Grey * * * “She’s been hovering at the edge of my consciousness all day, like a guardian angel. My guardian angel. Ever present but not intrusive. Mine.” - Christian Grey * * * “She’s heaven. My heaven.” - Christian Grey * * * “She makes me question myself. She makes me question everything. She makes me feel alive.” - Christian Grey * * * “That unfamiliar feeling is back, swelling in my chest, fighting to get out. And I know what it is. I’ve known forever. I want to tell her I love her.” - Christian Grey * * * “I want her. All of her. Her body, her heart, and her soul.” - Christian Grey * * * “We have to walk before we can run.” - Christian Grey * * * “We’re still in the light. That’s what she’s done. Brought light into my life. Light and love.” - Christian Grey * * * “I can’t stop kissing her. I can’t stop loving her. I won’t stop loving her. Ever.” - Christian Grey * * * “I would have told you earlier, but since it was going to be your birthday…” Ana lifts her shoulder. “What do you give the man who has everything? I thought I’d give you…me.” - Ana Steele 💖 * * * “We move in the light. We slow in the shadows. We stop in the dark.” - Christian Grey

  15. 3 out of 5

    Akanksha❤ Søren♰

    Any idea when the third book comes? ~ Reading the book from Christians POV makes me hate Ana's POV even more because Firstly these book don't focus on her inner goddess thank fuck for that Secondly, its not all about the sex which is a relief. Lastly, the inside of Christians head is SOOOOO much better. He is smarter, more mature and just its a bliss to read. I'm actually looking forward to the third book in his POV. This book is WAY better than Grey and FSoG because quite frankly only after reading Any idea when the third book comes? ~ Reading the book from Christians POV makes me hate Ana's POV even more because Firstly these book don't focus on her inner goddess thank fuck for that Secondly, its not all about the sex which is a relief. Lastly, the inside of Christians head is SOOOOO much better. He is smarter, more mature and just its a bliss to read. I'm actually looking forward to the third book in his POV. This book is WAY better than Grey and FSoG because quite frankly only after reading this do you realize his head is so much better, no unnecessary drama. ~ Milking it for all its worth. LooooooL What is left to be said that hasn't already been said in the last FOUR books that the author needs to publish a NEW 560 page novel?

  16. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    THERES MORE OF THEM?! No no no no no no no goodbye

  17. 3 out of 5

    ♛ Jarusauskas

    What?? Another 50SOG book? Someone PLEASE has to tell this author to stop writing this crap! ASAP! Trees are being cut down to print this shit ya know? Save the planet: don't read this.

  18. 4 out of 5

    *TANYA*

    I devoured this book!!! What a beautiful, strong and brave book!! Ugh, it was so courageous. (Yup, I'm being sarcastic.) But I’m a HUGE fan of this series so I’m giving it an obligatory 5 stars. Judge away. LOL.

  19. 3 out of 5

    Gi's Spot Reviews

    Awww... Mr. Grey.... Yep, I’m one of those full -on Fifty fans till the end, and with pride! This series, like Twilight, changed my life, and I’ll forever be in debt with EL James for the whole new world she opened for this already bookworm. The genre became an absolute addiction, and for that I’ll always adore Christian and Anastacia’s Love story! Darker, gave much more than I was expecting, and that’s saying a lot since I’ve read and know all the scenes from the original series by heart! I’m a Awww... Mr. Grey.... Yep, I’m one of those full -on Fifty fans till the end, and with pride! This series, like Twilight, changed my life, and I’ll forever be in debt with EL James for the whole new world she opened for this already bookworm. The genre became an absolute addiction, and for that I’ll always adore Christian and Anastacia’s Love story! Darker, gave much more than I was expecting, and that’s saying a lot since I’ve read and know all the scenes from the original series by heart! I’m a sucker for a male POV, and Ms. James really us gave plenty of new and insightful moments, that just made me love these two even more! Emotionally charged, ultra steamy, funny and witty, and oh so romantic, Darker had for me a richer and even more developed writing than its predecessors, which fed my FSoG fan addiction to the fullest, and made me practically (given it’s a long one, which I’m thankful, btw) devour it in one sitting! Can’t wait for the third book in Christian’s POV, can already anticipate how epic it’s going to be! I so need it NOW! This woman who has dragged me into the light. This woman who loves me in spite of my past, in spite of my wrongdoings. This woman who’s agreed to be mine for the rest of her life. My girl. My Ana. My love. For full review, check out my Blog post, http://gisspotreviews.com/index.php/2...

  20. 5 out of 5

    María Ángeles

    Este año me estoy coronando con mis mega-lecturas. Para los detractores de la saga de 50 sombras, tengo que aclarar algunas cosas. Yo acepto y reconozco que en su día, me leí los tres libros de la trilogía del tirón. Que fue un hito en mi camino lector, pues nunca antes había leído nada parecido, y que esto marcó un rumbo en mis siguientes lecturas. Ahora que lo veo desde la distancia, no sé si fue para bien o para mal, pues últimamente no paro de herrar en mis elecciones; pero he de aclarar que Este año me estoy coronando con mis mega-lecturas. Para los detractores de la saga de 50 sombras, tengo que aclarar algunas cosas. Yo acepto y reconozco que en su día, me leí los tres libros de la trilogía del tirón. Que fue un hito en mi camino lector, pues nunca antes había leído nada parecido, y que esto marcó un rumbo en mis siguientes lecturas. Ahora que lo veo desde la distancia, no sé si fue para bien o para mal, pues últimamente no paro de herrar en mis elecciones; pero he de aclarar que por el camino, he encontrado verdaderas maravillas. Y por suerte, o desgracia, 50 sombras "tiene que ver" en ello. ¿Que no está bien escrito? Cierto es. ¿Que es machista? También. Pero nadie puede negar que se ha convertido en un fenómeno de masas. Que mucha gente hable de un libro, para mi ya es una incitación directa a leerlo, sea como sea, sea lo que sea. Dicho lo cual, y habiendo leído verdaderos fraudes este año (¿qué más da uno más?).. ¿que no me voy a leer la historia contada por parte de él???. Leí el primero y me defraudó sobremanera, pero en este libro la autora ha tardado más en publicarlo, así que ahí estaba yo para darle una oportunidad. Que una misma historia sea contada por un hombre y por una mujer, me parece fascinante. Cuando hay libros que lo entremezclan, me enamoran. ¿Pero esto?. De nuevo Grey no cuenta absolutamente NADA. NADA DE NADA DE NADA. Os prometo que me parece más difícil repetir todos los diálogos de la pareja y comentarlos por parte del protagonista, que inventarse una historia contando lo que realmente siente. También este segundo libro me ha sorprendido con algo que en la trilogía original no se veía por ninguna parte--->y entonces lo que parece es un parche. Lo único nuevo en todo el libro, la conversación de Grey con su madre cuando ésta se entera de todo. En definitiva, un fraude por parte de la autora. Con todo lo que podría sacar la tía, pero claro, no se puede estar en misa y repicando. De nuevo, un fraude. Un fraude en el que siempre, siempre, caigo. Me lo tengo merecido.

  21. 3 out of 5

    Elise (TheBookishActress)

    IM LAUGHING SO HARD SHES WRITING A FIFTH ONE

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mel

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stacey is Sassy

    The narrator helped me get through… I have read, watched and now listened to this series. I surprisingly didn’t mind reading Grey even though it was a story retold. I was curious about Christian’s relationship with Eleanor and what makes him defend, befriend and provide for a child abuser. I found some questions were answered but there were things that I was still curious about. When Darker was released, I wasn’t jumping for joy and rushing to buy it. The cost factor put me off. I was also concer The narrator helped me get through… I have read, watched and now listened to this series. I surprisingly didn’t mind reading Grey even though it was a story retold. I was curious about Christian’s relationship with Eleanor and what makes him defend, befriend and provide for a child abuser. I found some questions were answered but there were things that I was still curious about. When Darker was released, I wasn’t jumping for joy and rushing to buy it. The cost factor put me off. I was also concerned that my love of the second movie would be diminished because of this book. I really liked the second movie and didn’t want the experienced tainted. So, my reading experience was a *Wow, kinky stuff is going mainstream?!?!* The movie experience was *Wow, I didn’t need the dark glasses and baseball cap after all!* My listening experience was *Wow, how does a bloke do this (reading out loud) without busting a gut laughing*. Thank goodness Zachary Webber didn’t bust a gut laughing. He was extremely professional and made listening, a pleasure. What I find hard is connecting all three experiences. Ana’s version shows a timid and shy girl who is WAY out of her depth, with Christian as an egotistical control freak. The movie shows Ana as having more backbone and sass than the books. Christian also comes across in the movies as more quieter and reserved. Speaking only when he needs to…actions speak louder than words. Unfortunately, Darker (I won’t say the audio because it was the story and not the narration) gave us a Christian Grey that was WEAK, self-loathing and completely lacking in confidence. Every bloody time he starts with the *…she’s going to leave* I wanted to throw something. A couple of times, sure. Every five minutes, though? Torture!! For the first time in any of my reading, watching and listening experiences, I actually thought *Geez, Christian, talk about double standards*. (view spoiler)[He friggin gives Leila a bath?!?! Holy Bloody Hell!! AND HE DOESN’T EVEN TELL ANA BECAUSE HE KNOWS IT WILL MAKE HER CRANKY!! Gee whiz, what a friggin surprise… (hide spoiler)] His controlling ways were something that I accepted as part of his “charm” but to blatantly have one rule for him and one for Ana drove me bonkers. He didn't seem to take Ana’s feelings into consideration at all which made me angry. For the first time EVER I was disgusted with it all. I nearly gave up. I was so incensed, I even thought of forgoing the last movie. I was THAT disgusted and overwhelmed with loathing. I gained a little satisfaction when Grace found out the truth about Eleanor and whooped her arse for it. Even knowing the outcome and what would play out, I couldn’t help wishing for Grace to (view spoiler)[call the cops and have her charged. It still peeves me that she got away with sexual, mental and physical abuse. I never understood why Grace didn’t act on (any decent mother’s) instinct, and make Eleanor suffer for her crimes? (hide spoiler)] I finished it and it was ONLY thanks to Zachary Weber. If I had read it, I probably would have DNF’d it. There will probably be a few people who will be questioning why it took me so long to admit Christian is a jerk. The movie really doesn't portray the "real" Christian if Darker is the "real" Christian. The alternate POV has opened my eyes to a few things and made me question how I could have liked FSOG at all. It was the falseness of his love that pushed me over the edge. He was all *I will do anything for you Ana*. In reality, they were just words. He really didn’t take her feelings into account and hardly considered how he would react if the situation was reversed. I will not be going on if E.L. James brings out an alternate POV for Freed. Christian, you’re a douchewaffle, and there’s no coming back from there.

  24. 5 out of 5

    ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

    OK, what to say? I love Fifty Shades. I've loved it since I read it in 2012. I didn't read the fanfic - I hate fanfics. ☺ I loved the first book in Christian's POV and I loved this one, but not as much. Darker is my favorite of all three books, but Christian was so mushy in his book. So non-dominant, non-manly, non-CEO-ish. Not all the time, but he mostly was. His only thought throughout the book was his fear that Ana would leave him. And I know that he's so horribly scared of that, but it made the OK, what to say? I love Fifty Shades. I've loved it since I read it in 2012. I didn't read the fanfic - I hate fanfics. ☺ I loved the first book in Christian's POV and I loved this one, but not as much. Darker is my favorite of all three books, but Christian was so mushy in his book. So non-dominant, non-manly, non-CEO-ish. Not all the time, but he mostly was. His only thought throughout the book was his fear that Ana would leave him. And I know that he's so horribly scared of that, but it made the book so meh. BUT - I still loved it and everything in it. I loved the Charlie Tango crash scene and the moment he came back home to find his whole family there. I loved to finally see what happened with Leila in the bathroom. After the lemon martini with his mom. With Elana in the little bits from the past. So many great moments we now know from his POV. But I also missed so much. I wanted SO much more Dr. Flynn. Where was he??? I wanted more from the past - Elena, little Christian, maybe a bit from school or something like that. I loved the book, but I would've loved it so much more with a bit more in it. It was a huge book - but I still wanted more. I will always want more with CG. ☺ And now ... I copied something from my review for CG's first book #GREY - because the same thing still applies in his second book - maybe even worse!!! No offense intended, but it has to be said: What I hated - and what I already hated in the first 3 books - I wish that a talented US AMERICAN editor would've looked over the manuscript before it got published :/ There are soooooo effing many British words and expressions in there - Christian wouldn't say them - or think them. Maybe if he were a 70 year old professor from Oxford. I don't even know why that bothers me so much... but it does! I know that EL James is British...but Christian is a YOUNG American guy, living in America, so he should talk and think American. It happens a lot with British authors who create an American world. Why not stay in England with your stories if you can't lose the accent? I know it won't probably bother anyone, but it's a real hard-limit for me. ☺ I know - I'm weird - sue me. ☺☺☺ BUT as I said before, I still loved the book - VERY MUCH. And I can't wait to read FREED in Christian's POV! Hurry Erika! ♡ ♡

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Toussaint

    I am bored to death... Will finish this later.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)

    “Baby, you read me like one of your books; except I’m not the hero. I’ll never be the hero”. "Nena, me lees como uno de tus libros; excepto que yo no soy el héroe. Yo nunca seré el héroe". ¿Qué puedo decirles? Creo que ya todos saben que la saga de Fifty Shades es uno de mis guilty pleasures. Me encanta que sean libros rápidos de leer, que me distraigan de absolutamente todo y que, además, no me atreva a leer fuera de mi casa. Oye, que daría muchísima pena que todo el mundo te mirara raro en el tr “Baby, you read me like one of your books; except I’m not the hero. I’ll never be the hero”. "Nena, me lees como uno de tus libros; excepto que yo no soy el héroe. Yo nunca seré el héroe". ¿Qué puedo decirles? Creo que ya todos saben que la saga de Fifty Shades es uno de mis guilty pleasures. Me encanta que sean libros rápidos de leer, que me distraigan de absolutamente todo y que, además, no me atreva a leer fuera de mi casa. Oye, que daría muchísima pena que todo el mundo te mirara raro en el transporte público... Y, además, hay ciertas escenas con las que no puedo disimular mi cara de OH MY GOD WHAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW SO HOT HELP ME GIVE ME SOME AIR. #SorryNotSorry A pesar de lo que se pueda pensar, estos libros contados desde la perspectiva de Christian sí que aportan un lado muy valioso a toda la historia de Fifty Shades. No solamente entendemos mucho más sobre los traumas de Christian y de cómo funciona su mente, sino que también notamos lo mucho que ha cambiado su mundo desde que conoció a Anastasia. ¡Oh! Y hay algo que me pareció muy interesante y fue saber exactamente cómo se desenvolvía Christian en sus negocios y en todos sus proyectos filantrópicos y de desarrollo. Que, vamos, el Sr. Grey no es sólo un tío guapísimo, riquísimo, traumatizado y adicto al sexo... Son muchas cosas las que esconden sus cincuenta sombras.

  27. 4 out of 5

    BooksTwins

    RESEÑA EN EL BLOG: https://bookstwins.wordpress.com/2018... Muy buen libro, me gustó mucho más que Grey. Además se conocen nuevos detalles de la vida de Christian y de su familia, también tenemos una nueva perspectiva de lo que ya leímos en Cincuenta sombras más oscuras. No veo la hora de leer el último :)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Geo Marcovici

    Mi-a plăcut mult si povestea din punctul de vedere al lui Christian! După cum mă asteptam, aduce unele completări în povestea Anastasiei.

  29. 3 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    Understanding what Christian thought and suffered through gives so much more meaning to the Fifty Shades series. E. L. James brings us into the mind of Mr. Grey, lets us feel his emotions and showed us just how insecure this man of control really is. As Darker mimics Fifty Shades Darker, we find out just how desperate he was to get his Ana back and what he would do to keep her by his side. His emotions flow off the pages as he lets us see the innerworkings of his mind and his heart. He loved her, Understanding what Christian thought and suffered through gives so much more meaning to the Fifty Shades series. E. L. James brings us into the mind of Mr. Grey, lets us feel his emotions and showed us just how insecure this man of control really is. As Darker mimics Fifty Shades Darker, we find out just how desperate he was to get his Ana back and what he would do to keep her by his side. His emotions flow off the pages as he lets us see the innerworkings of his mind and his heart. He loved her, even though the words stuck in his throat. He supported her even though it looked like he was dominating her. He was proud of her even though he didn’t know how to tell her. He was the happiest he ever was in his life and didn’t know how to show that emotion without sounding sappy. But, when he finally opens up, as his past comes back to haunt him and Ana doesn’t run, he knows, without a doubt, that she needs to be standing by his side for the rest of his life. Now, it’s time to put his past behind him and build to the future. We know Anastasia’s story … where it goes, how it ends. Now, we are seeing the other side of the story. We had Ana’s angst as she tried to figure out if she was enough for him, if she could please him and now, there’s Christian and him trying to convince her the vanilla life is enough for him for the rest of his life. While I am reading, I usually have music playing in the background. The story carries me into another world and the music relaxes me. Normally I’ll have a country music station on and it was no different while I was reading Darker. Then, in the middle of the story a song came on that was Christian through and through. Not sure if Sam Hunt had Christian in mind when he wrote it or if William Michael Morgan knew that his song would remind me of how Christian felt … but … Ms. Steele, this one is for you. I Met a Girl She don't laugh at everything but when she does the planet swings around her She don't step on sidewalks seams, her teenage boyfriends all still dream about her She don't need the glitter of the Vegas' lights, She blow a kiss and leave it spinning' like a tilt-a-whirl I met a girl She made me smile, she made me wait She crossed the street, she crossed my heart She fixed her dress, she bit her lip, she let me up I met a girl with crazy shoes and baby blues The way she moves is changing my whole world I met a girl The sunshine waits for her to wake up, she's a pony tail no make-up Saturday 'Cause she don't need umbrellas in the summer rain, she could catch the eye of a hurricane In blue jeans and pearls I met a girl She made me smile, she made me wait She crossed the street, she crossed my heart She fixed her dress, she bit her lip, she let me up I met a girl with crazy shoes and baby blues The way she moves is changing my whole world She turned around and it felt like the world turned upside down And the only thing I could say was "hey", and I'm so glad she didn't walk away She dances like nobody sees her, I can't believe I get to be here in her world I met a girl She made me smile, she made me wait She crossed the street, she crossed my heart She fixed her dress, she bit her lip, she let me up I met a girl with crazy shoes and baby blues The way she moves is changing my whole world I met a girl I met a girl I hope you enjoyed reading the lyrics to I Met A Girl. To me, it epitomizes Christian’s feelings for Ana, even though he has such a hard time telling her or convincing her that he’s willing to live a “Vanilla” life with her – she tames the beast without the cane or whip. But, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that Darker was E.L. James’ best work yet. The story flowed off the pages and you could feel what Christian was feeling … it was so well written, precise and emotional. I tried, so very hard, to parallel this story to Twilight – I can’t! The Fifty Shades Saga stands on its own with characters that are totally different (except for Ana biting her lip) and way more complex than Edward and Bella. I am so happy that I am being given the honor to review this exceptional story and I am really looking forward to Christian’s thoughts and feelings in Freed. Head over to your favorite music seller to buy William Michael Morgan's "I Met A Girl" and have a listen.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alaina Meserole

    Now if I'm being honest.. I really didn't want to dive into this book. Like.. at all. I wanted zero part of this book and series because I just wanted it to be over! I will also say that I will probably dive back into the series.. because my star ratings are bullshit for every previous book. I think I based them off of how hilarious they were.. because I still have no idea how these books were published with the poor editing. Sorry for the people who actually like this kind of smut and seeing th Now if I'm being honest.. I really didn't want to dive into this book. Like.. at all. I wanted zero part of this book and series because I just wanted it to be over! I will also say that I will probably dive back into the series.. because my star ratings are bullshit for every previous book. I think I based them off of how hilarious they were.. because I still have no idea how these books were published with the poor editing. Sorry for the people who actually like this kind of smut and seeing the word dick over and over again. Just not for me in this case. Darker is a book that should've have been written in my opinion. I get that it's Christian's POV but I already hated the books from Anna's POV.. so why would I really need to reread the same book from the guy? this whole situation could've been fixed if the books were originally dual POV... but I didn't write them. Now I will admit that Christina's POV is better than Anna's but that's just because the guy doesn't constantly whine or feel insecure. However, that doesn't mean it was amazing. Sorry guys.. it just wasn't. I'm still kind of shocked that I dove into this book/series. Overall, it was meh. I still don't like Anna and Christian. They act like little bitches sometimes and I just can't get behind their relationship. I seriously hope that this is the last book, ever.

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