Vowing to find middle ground and compromise, Ana and Christian throw themselves into their relationship to make it work. What started as an instant attraction between the couple in book one manifests itself into deep commitment and love throughout the romantic story.
While building intimacy, Ana helps Christian come out of his emotional cave better than 20 years of therapy and a happy life with his adopted family. Christian also opens up old wounds and divulges never-before shared secrets from his past. At the same time, he must deal with his urges to be controlling and jealous where Ana is concerned. Watching him open and share his soul is enjoyable.
Who doesn't like to watch a bad boy go good?
Even as they follow in love, outside forces interfere causing trouble in their personal and professional lives. Finally on the same path, Ana and Christian fight to keep their love growing as they go up against adversity.
Perhaps my favorite in the trilogy, Fifty Shades Darker succeeds at painting a better picture of Christian as a man and human. In book one, he is mysterious and little is known about why he is who he is. In the second book, it becomes obvious that the man is not a sexual deviant with an overpowering fetish, but a person fighting the emotional wounds endured in his earliest years.
Though the sex loses some of its edge from the first book, it is replaced by welcome emotion and a deeper connection between Ana and Christian. Through this story, we see that it is possible to overcome terrible pasts when you have the right people to support you.
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.
Rating: 5 of 5
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