Book Review|Darker by E.L. James

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?


I will never be able to rate a Fifty Shades book higher than 3 stars.

There are always so many issues with this book. The relationship between Ana and Christian is 100% not something that should be celebrated. Even when he’s trying to be better, he’s still horrible to her.

The stalking, the possessiveness, how over jealous and sketchy he is towards Ana is too much. The only good thing that I can say is that their relationship is being closely monitored by a trained professional.

Being in Christian’s head is kind of creepy. I did, however, enjoy how the author really delved into his past and his issues.

Other than that, it’s clear that the author is milking this for all it’s worth. The writing really hasn’t changed much and is still definitely not my favorite in adult romance.

I’m pretty sure I’m done with this series. I can’t force myself through the writing anymore.

I may also be still salty that Charlie Hunnam didn’t end up playing Christian Grey. But that’s another angry rant.

3 Stars

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Until next time,

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2 thoughts on “Book Review|Darker by E.L. James

  1. I tend to differ here, maybe it’s choice of books. Personally I feel this was the best of the grey series. I hope she comes up with other parts from Grey’s pov. Yeah most of the story felt same but it was nice to see it from Grey’s pov rather than Anna’s. I’d definitely rate it 5 star tho.

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