Author: E.L. James
Book Purchased and throughly enjoyed by reviewer!
Reviewed by 2shay
Rating: 5 Stars (Duh!)
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?
Review……and warning!..This review will be full of spoilers!
I can’t even begin to say how much I have loved the journey with Ana and Christian. Honestly, if not for Tonya, the same Tonya that provides free and discounted books on this blog, I would have never gotten past the damn contract in book one. It freaked me out! I finally got through it by reading in a sort of squinty, side-eyed manner. Past that, I simply fell into the story.
I fell into the story, and fell in love with a bright, beautiful and naive young woman. I fell in love with Ana, and I fell in love with her love for Christian. I have to confess that I wasn’t a Christian fan for a while. I just thought he was a manipulative, abusive, controlling a$$hole! I felt that way through the first book. Plus, I’ve read enough of BDSM that I knew he was no Dom. Not in any way I’ve ever heard of. I didn’t change my mind until somewhere in book two, after learning more about Elena…”Mrs. Robinson” to Ana. Then Christian began to win my heart.
By the time I knew about his early childhood and the way his abuser, Elena, had taken advantage of him, my heart was his. That he could function at all was remarkable. That he could find a woman who could accept him and love him was inspiring. Frankly, just between us girls, after the harsher stuff was off the table, his “kinky f—-ery” was hot as hell and fun to read.
If you haven’t read the Fifty Shades Trilogy, this book and this review will be meaningless. We already know the story, but in this book we learn a few more details of Christian’s deep love for his mother and the rest of his family. We learn about his Grandfather and how he helped heal a badly damaged young boy. And we learn…hiss, spit!…more about his relationship with Elena. We learn of his deep pity for Leila and what happened after Ana left the apartment. Most importantly, we learn that Ana is…enough.