Fifty Shades Darker by E. L. James

61%

34 Critic Reviews

All of the problems of the first book are out in full force in this follow-up. The problematic writing, flat characters, horrifically stilted (British) dialogue, and lack of an actual plot are all present and accounted for.
-Early Nerd Special

Synopsis

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. 

 

About E. L. James

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E L James is a former TV executive, wife and mother of two based in West London. Since early childhood she dreamed of writing stories that readers would fall in love with, but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and her career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel, Fifty Shades of Grey.
 
Published September 13, 2011 by Vintage. 546 pages
Genres: Romance, Erotica, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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All: 34 | Positive: 23 | Negative: 11

Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Brandy Padilla on Aug 05 2012

Overall, I liked Fifty Shades Darker more than I liked Fifty Shades of Grey. The intimacy was more dominant in this book. Christian has a raw and carnal need for Anastasia and even describes her as his own best therapy. His love for her isn’t just lust and sexual based need; he truly loves her and will do anything to keep her from harm.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Tara Carr on Jun 26 2012

In terms of the actual written content of the book, it is written very well. James keeps the reader engaged with something new around each corner.

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Examiner

Above average
Reviewed by Acquanetta Ferguson on May 31 2012

The biggest flaw is the editing, it is even worse than the first one and that is saying a lot. But like a bad habit, I. Could. Not. Put. The. Book. Down.

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Guilty Pleasures

Good
on Mar 20 2012

They are tastefully done. They are erotic. They are a beautiful love story. They explain a life-style but, more importantly, they show how love, faith, trust and commitment bring two people together...

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Zimbio

Good
Reviewed by Debbie Watchkins on Aug 05 2013

Fifty Shades Darker is a wild journey and I highly suggest that any avid reader download it. The journey is unforgettable and the characters fluid. Guaranteed to have the reader’s inner goddess jumping for joy!

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DNA

Good
Reviewed by Geetanjali Jhala on Apr 22 2013

Ana’s first-person narrative makes Fifty Shades... an enjoyable and entertaining read. She may be an innocent, but she’s no submissive. She’s defiant, independent and strong-minded. And she’s constantly caught between her subconscious and her Inner Goddess...

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London Review of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Andrew O’Hagan on Jul 19 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey deploys every bonkbuster cliché in existence – powerful men, private planes and multiple orgasms.

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Book Buzz

Below average
Reviewed by Caryn Rupert on Jul 01 2012

If you want to read a satisfying love story, take a trip to the book section on your next visit to the supermarket and pick up a Harlequin romance novel. Guaranteed, it’ll be worlds better than this mess of a novel.

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The Young Folks

Below average
Reviewed by Melissa Berne on May 28 2012

As far as James’ writing, it’s very repetitive.

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Persephone Magazine

Below average
Reviewed by Linotte Melodieuse on Nov 13 2012

OK, wanting to watch someone just sleep, just watch them for hours, is plain creepy. I hate being stared at, and I would especially hate being stared at by some creepster in my sleep.

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The Readers Cafe

Below average
Reviewed by Brooke on Apr 28 2013

Talk about a lackluster follow-up. I was rolling my eyes so hard by the end of this book, it’s a wonder they didn’t stick that way. Christian and Ana fight over some misunderstanding, have makeup sex, talk, fight about something they talked about, have makeup sex, lather, rinse, repeat.

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The Stranger

Below average
Reviewed by Paul Constant on Apr 18 2012

...James's writing reads like a bad photocopy of Meyer's writing. Meyer is a terrible writer, but James is worse, by a magnification of ten.

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The Romance Reader

Good
Reviewed by Shirley Lyons

I laughed and cried, among other things while reading this book... I could not put it down!

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Feeling Fictional

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on Apr 21 2012

I can't wait to find out how things progress for the couple in Fifty Shades Freed - in fact I'm going to stop writing this review so I can go and read it now!

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Maryse's Book Blog

Excellent
Reviewed by Maryse on Sep 27 2011

THIS BOOK ROCKS (in a rock-your-world kind of way)!! No rock stars, but Christian Grey is a rock star in his own world, and he’s certainly a bad-boy after my own heart!!

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The Autumn Review

Good
Reviewed by Autumn Hull on Mar 04 2012

Once again I say, there aren’t enough words. I adore this series! E.L. James continues sharing Ana and Christian’s love story in a beautiful and explosive way. This part of the journey shows us the consequences of Christian’s past lifestyle. While you still see the steamy love scenes, they settle into real life.

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Early Nerd Special

Below average
Reviewed by Clementine Bojangles on May 04 2012

All of the problems of the first book are out in full force in this follow-up. The problematic writing, flat characters, horrifically stilted (British) dialogue, and lack of an actual plot are all present and accounted for.

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Chicks Dig Books

Good
Reviewed by Jen C on Apr 23 2012

Despite all my common sense telling me I should hate this book, I had the same dumb smile on my face while reading it that I did when I read the first book.

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Dot Scribbles

Good
Reviewed by Dot on May 18 2012

Well the Fifty Shades trilogy just gets better and better.

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Reviews by Molly

Good
Reviewed by Molly on May 12 2012

This is a book that is perfectly blended with kinky romance, gripping suspense, and heartwarming revelations...

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Book Savvy Babe

Good
Reviewed by Laurielu on Feb 24 2013

E.L. James’ ability to rent such feeling from the reader is extraordinary. Fifty Shades Darker is an all together different journey than it’s predecessor; however, it demands no less from the reader’s affections.

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A Separate State of Mind Blog

Below average
on Jun 24 2012

Fifty Shades Darker manages to go a few shades deeper than its predecessor but that’s nowhere near enough to turn this erotic “thing” a novel worth reading.

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A Lot of Pages

Good
Reviewed by Vivek Tejuja on Apr 25 2012

If you're not a Grammar Nazi like me or even if you are and just need some lone romantic - erotic - guilty (?) read or just for experimentation - pick this one up!

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Rabid Reads

Below average
Reviewed by Carmel on Jun 14 2012

This second installment is quite possibly my least favorite book of the trilogy. I expected heat and instead received a staggering amount of character development.

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World Of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Anna on Jun 13 2012

Fifty Shades Darker is as captivating as the first book and I lots even more sleep reading this book then I did for the first one. I just couldn't put the book down!

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Change the Word

Good
Reviewed by Laura Chapman on Apr 19 2012

A solid second book, Fifty Shades Darker pushes forward the important elements of the first book while setting up the intrigue and mystery to be resolved in the third.

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Confessions of a Bibliophile

Good
Reviewed by CAEDMONERIES on May 08 2012

Between all the struggles and heart breaking events that fill these pages you cannot help but be swept away with all the love and compassion that is in these books.

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Tea Time with Marce

Good
Reviewed by Marce on Oct 08 2011

This book gives you the glowing experience of an amazing make out sex session. You are so fulfilled and can't wait for the next time.

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Hope, Faith & Books

Above average
Reviewed by Brittani on Nov 04 2012

I...thought everything in this book was moving too fast...They've known each other for weeks, not months or years, weeks and now he wants to marry her. And then she actually says yes. I seriously felt like this whole thing with them moved way to fast.

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Scattered Figments

Below average
Reviewed by Laura Williams on Jun 09 2012

While I didn't mind Ana in the first book, in this one she really got under my skin...I just lost a lot of respect for her after one too many daft moments.

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Scattered Figments

Below average
Reviewed by Laura Williams on Jun 09 2012

At the very end of the book, an attempt at establishing some conflict was made, but it was a tad weak.

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Dot Scribbles

Good
Reviewed by Dot on May 18 2012

E. L. James brings us a little more of the love story in this book.

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The Book Slayer

Good
Reviewed by thebookslayer on Mar 06 2012

It all boils down to where the lines are drawn in the sand and are they both brave enough to step over them to be with each other.

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Livin' Life Through Books

Good
Reviewed by Felicia on Jul 22 2012

Another drama filled read in this latest installment. As soon as I read the end of the first, I knew I had to devour this one too!

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