Author: E.L. James
First Published: 2011
Page Count: 532
Film/ TV Adaptation: Yes*
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Note: Book 2 of the Fifty Shades series
Book two of the Fifty Shades series is a complete 360 from book one in that it is actually enjoyable to read.
*Less Corny *Exciting Storyline
*Too Many “Adult” Scenes
“’I don’t know whether to worship at your feet or spank the living shit out of you.’” Even though entrepreneur and millionaire Christian Grey and Seattle’s everyday girl Anastasia Steele have broken off their relationship, they find it nearly impossible to be apart from each other. However, a second shot at a relationship for the two proves to be more difficult than Ana imaged. She has a budding career to focus on, but the demons of Grey’s dark past will make her question the man she loves and whether being with him might be damaging for her own life.
The fact that I’m even singing the praises of this book is a shock to my system. If you’ve read my review of the first book, you know I absolutely couldn’t stand it. But the second movie was out in theaters and a few years had gone by since reading the first, so I’d somehow convinced myself to give book two a try. I’m utterly flabbergasted that a story could improve as much as it did in this book. Things like Ana Steele’s “inner goddess” were less bothersome to me and she didn’t come off as the complete idiot that she seemed to be in the first. But the greatest improvement and the reason I enjoyed it so much was because the story was actually interesting this go around. It is of course about Grey and Steele’s relationship but there are also a lot of challenges that arise outside of what goes on in their relationship that drives the story. I’d almost say because of the nature of the events in this book, it almost felt like a romantic thriller at some points.
I realize the reason that I disliked this book is pretty ridiculous considering this is Fifty Shades. Its main draw or claim to fame is its very adult scenes of intimacy between the main characters. I’m also not a prude, but sheesh there were just way too many of these scenes. There were so many of these scenes, in fact, that they all got pretty predictable. I mean you can only write a sex scene so many ways. Not only were the scenes starting to all sound the same, but they started to feel ridiculous. It was like Ana can’t get through a conversation, eat a piece of food, or take a gosh darn breath of fresh air without Christian wanting to take her to bed.
Now that I’m two books down I guess I might as well see how this series ends by picking up book three. Hopefully E.L. James gets more creative with the never-ending intimate scenes or I’m going to have to eye roll my way through tons of pages in this book just to find out how the story ends for Grey and Steele. I hope in book three we see just as much action as we got in book two, but with the way Fifty Shades Darker ends, I think the future looks promising.
* Film Adaptation: (Starring Dakota Johnson 2017)