Kitty’s Review – Darker (Fifty Shades as Told by Christian #2) by E.L. James

Understanding what Christian thought and suffered through gives so much more meaning to the Fifty Shades series. E. L. James brings us into the mind of Mr. Grey, lets us feel his emotions and showed us just how insecure this man of control really is…I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that Darker was E.L. James’ best work yet.  The story flowed off the pages and you could feel what Christian was feeling, Darker is so well written, precise and emotional. ~ Kitty, Guilty Pleasures 

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.

Their 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.

But 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?

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


Understanding what Christian thought and suffered through gives so much more meaning to the Fifty Shades series. E. L. James brings us into the mind of Mr. Grey, lets us feel his emotions and showed us just how insecure this man of control really is.

As Darker mimics Fifty Shades Darker, we find out just how desperate he was to get his Ana back and what he would do to keep her by his side. His emotions flow off the pages as he lets us see the innerworkings of his mind and his heart. He loved her, even though the words stuck in his throat. He supported her even though it looked like he was dominating her. He was proud of her even though he didn’t know how to tell her. He was the happiest he ever was in his life and didn’t know how to show that emotion without sounding sappy. But, when he finally opens up, as his past comes back to haunt him and Ana doesn’t run, he knows, without a doubt, that she needs to be standing by his side for the rest of his life. Now, it’s time to put his past behind him and build to the future.

We know Anastasia’s story … where it goes, how it ends. Now, we are seeing the other side of the story. We had Ana’s angst as she tried to figure out if she was enough for him, if she could please him and now, there’s Christian and him trying to convince her the kinky fuckery is enough for him for the rest of his life.

While I am reading, I usually have music playing in the background. The story carries me into another world and the music relaxes me. Normally I’ll have a country music station on and it was no different while I was reading Darker. Then, in the middle of the story a song came on that was Christian through and through. Not sure if Sam Hunt had Christian in mind when he wrote it or if William Michael Morgan knew that his song would remind me of how Christian felt … but … Ms. Steele, this one is for you.

I Met a Girl
She don’t laugh at everything but when she does the planet swings around her
She don’t step on sidewalks seams, her teenage boyfriends all still dream about her
She don’t need the glitter of the Vegas’ lights,
She blow a kiss and leave it spinning’ like a tilt-a-whirl
I met a girl
She made me smile, she made me wait
She crossed the street, she crossed my heart
She fixed her dress, she bit her lip, she let me up
I met a girl with crazy shoes and baby blues
The way she moves is changing my whole world
I met a girl
The sunshine waits for her to wake up, she’s a pony tail no make-up Saturday
‘Cause she don’t need umbrellas in the summer rain, she could catch the eye of a hurricane
In blue jeans and pearls
I met a girl
She made me smile, she made me wait
She crossed the street, she crossed my heart
She fixed her dress, she bit her lip, she let me up
I met a girl with crazy shoes and baby blues
The way she moves is changing my whole world
She turned around and it felt like the world turned upside down
And the only thing I could say was “hey”, and I’m so glad she didn’t walk away
She dances like nobody sees her, I can’t believe I get to be here in her world
I met a girl
She made me smile, she made me wait
She crossed the street, she crossed my heart
She fixed her dress, she bit her lip, she let me up
I met a girl with crazy shoes and baby blues
The way she moves is changing my whole world
I met a girl
I met a girl

I hope you enjoyed reading the lyrics to I Met A Girl.  To me, it epitomizes Christian’s feelings for Ana, even though he has such a hard time telling her or convincing her that he’s willing to live a “Vanilla” life with her – she tames the beast without the cane or whip.  But, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that Darker was E.L. James’ best work yet.  The story flowed off the pages and you could feel what Christian was feeling … Darker is so well written, precise and emotional. I tried, so very hard, to parallel this story to Twilight – I can’t!  The Fifty Shades Saga stands on its own with characters that are totally different (except for Ana biting her lip) and way more complex than Edward and Bella. I am so happy that I am being given the honor to review this exceptional story and I am really looking forward to Christian’s thoughts and feelings in Freed.

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