Author: E.L. James
Published: April 2012
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" Daunted by the singular sexual tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house.
"But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.
"While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life."
Thoughts: The ending of the previous book begs the reader to continue with this series. After breaking up with Christian, I wondered how the next book would progress. And, even without the major BDSM, it was still rather steamy.
My issues with the book involve Ana's constant issues with her self-esteem and self-worth. It is already enough to deal with Christian's self-loathing and hatred, adding her issues to the mix make almost turns the book into a huge pity party. Further, Ana continuing to push the issue of Christian's 15 and Mrs. Robinson got on my nerves. Isn't it enough that he was willing to give up his lifestyle in order to keep her?
I wish the author would have drawn the issues with Lela out a little longer. I felt she really could have went somewhere with it, but just ended it because she wanted more sex. Since she broke into Ana's apartment with a gun, I wanted the author to push further into the whole situation. Also, it was wrapped up too nicely for my liking. However, I did find it rather interesting the little things she dropped that Lela probably did in order to further disrupt the budding relationship: leaving the pictures out, the jacket hanging in Ana's room at her apartment, etc. I do have to wonder, how did Lela get the combination to Christian's safe? That made little to no sense to me.
Ana's promotion was more proof that this series is written by a 16 year-old! Having no previous experience with publication—aside from her disastrous interview with Christian in the first book—it made absolutely no sense that she would end up the damn editor of the publishing company! I graduated with an a B.A. in English with an amazing GPA, worked several years in the publications, etc., and I couldn't even HOPE to land that kind of position! In addition, the author mentions that one of the reasons for her promotion was due to her contact with Jack's authors. Well, duh, she was his personal assistant! Even though she had only been with the company for 1.5 weeks, it stands to reason that she would have contact with his authors. Also, it was extremely unbelievable that, having NO EXPERIENCE, she was able to push the company to pick up a couple of books for possible publication in ONE DAY!
The explanation behind Charlie-Tango's malfunctions was also another sign that certain plot elements were not thought out. First of all, it seems rather strange that the perp would know so much about helicopters. And, second, I am completely unsure of how they gained access to her in the first place. Wouldn't that cause someone to raise their eyebrows? It felt as though the author was trying to make the book about more than sex; however, she didn't really think through the logistics before she added it.
Continuing with the misadventures of Charlie-Tango, I wish the author would have drawn out the waiting period. Sometimes I want the author to make their characters suffer and not let them off the hook so easily.
Aside from that, I was happy that the author did delve more into Christian's past. It was a way to have a lot of character development. I also appreciated Ana's talk with Dr. Flynn.
Like the first book, this one has weaseled its way under my skin. It is hard to stop listening and go to sleep at night. I am constantly curious about the outcome and the lengths Christian will go to for Ana. Hopefully the next book will be not as juvenile.
Currently: Blood Rites by Jim Butcher, Sacrificial Magic by Stacia Kane, & listening to Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James