Saturday, April 23, 2016


Series:  Fifty Shades #2
Author:  E.L. James
Publish Date:   09.13.11
Publisher:  Vintage
Category /Genre:  Erotica, Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content and child abuse scenarios.
Received from:  Amazon purchase
Date completed: 03.15.14
Goodreads link: Fifty Shades Darker

Description from the publisher:

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.

This book is intended for mature audiences. 

This is book two of a trilogy and they do need to be read in order.

I have continued reading the trilogy and I will finish book three, just because of that play I am going to next week.  (SPANKS)
This is a sweet romance between Ana and Christian.  I love that they are breaking down the barriers that they see between them and I have enjoyed their discovery of their love for one another.

We still have the weird comments about Ana’s subconscious and her “inner goddess,” but mostly those were just funny or eye-roll funny.  We also have the sophomoric vocabulary crossed with a word-of-the-day calendar that is enough to make anyone with a literary sense want to scream.

Finally, I must tell you that I believe that Ms. James has failed in the first tenant of writing and that is to write about what you know.  It is obvious that she is not well acquainted with members of the BDSM community and she most definitely is not a member of the community.  I am beyond livid at her implication that we are broken people.  People in the lifestyle do not need psychiatric help.  Dominants and submissives (of all flavors) are not the result of improper introduction into their sexual selves.  We are people.  That’s it – people.  Those in the scene just happen to like other flavors, sprinkles, nuts, cherries, and chocolate sauce on our ice cream.

If you want to read books that more accurately depict the scene, I suggest (with links to purchase):

Others that have been suggested to me (with links to purchase):

See you soon with the review for book three, but at this point, I’m just reading to say I did finish it.  My apologies to the vanilla crowd who think this is what BDSM is really like and/or really liked this series.

Grammar/editing:  B – a few small errors

The series:
  1. Fifty Shades of Grey
  2. Fifty Shades Darker
  3. Fifty Shades Freed


originally posted 03.15.2014 on my previous website closed that site because I promoted authors and their books.  

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