Monday, February 29, 2016

Fifty Shades Darker by E. L. James

Fifty Shades Darker by E. L. James
2011, The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
Series: Book 2 of Fifty Shades

Synopsis: Daunted by the singular sexual 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 her anger and envy of the women who came before her and make the most important decision of her life.

The Good: I would love to just bash this book completely and be done with it, but one cannot ignore the popularity of the series. For all their flaws, people love these books. That leads to opening up minds in regards to sexuality that just wouldn't be exposed to anything more than vanilla their entire lives. That can't be all bad.

The Bad: So annoyingly repetitive. This is not good writing, never mind good editing. If Ana referred to her "inner goddess" one more time, I was going to throw the book across the room. "Holy cow" is not a sexy term, yet Ana overuses it in all sorts of situations, even ones that should have been immediately shut down by the phrase. Christian's over use of "Fair point well made" makes one wonder how all these supposedly intelligent adults manage to get by on such limited vocabularies. Ana's repeated references to Christian's psychiatrist is over-the-top offensive. His mental health often reduced to either a joke or a way for Ana to point out his flaws.

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