E L James – Darker

Title: Darker

Author: E L James

Release Date: 28th November 2017

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Blurb:

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.

r 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.

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?

if Christian does win Ana back, can a man so dark and damaged ever hope to keep her?

Review:

While I will assume that we’re all familiar with the now world famous Christian Grey, I will keep my description of his character brief!

I’ll start by saying that the story of Ana & Christian is not your typical love story, it’s dark, seriously erotic, a little bit cheesy but very well written!

I love how a lot of authors are beginning to release novels from the POV of the other characters. It really does help the story line, and we learn more about them as we go on.

I think in this instance I would have preferred more of Christians dramatics to show through, rather than the constant battle he seems to be having in his head. We know from the former Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy and Grey, that Christian is battling some demons, however I think they lack slightly in Darker – this may be down to the increased action (outside of the bedroom) that we see in its place. Rather than concentrating on the emotional side of Ana & Christian, we get a glimpse into possible real-life scenarios where they must push through to the end.

I really enjoyed reading certain scenes from Christians POV, especially the way in which he argues with himself – and all you end up doing is shouting at him to voice his own words to Ana. Obviously if he did that then the whole book would have been over far sooner. But who likes simple?

Owing to the films being made of the trilogy now, I found it easy to picture the characters – however some of the lines in the book are a bit far fetched for them to be saying on screen. And of course, you don’t get the same level of steaminess on screen as you do between the paper.

I’m so glad E L James is getting the recognition that she so deserves, after bringing this off the charts steamy series to life. It just makes us all realise that having sex is normal! Having kinky sex is obviously fantastic! Here’s to many more book boyfriends and damn steamy, smutty scenes!

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