My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book back cover:
Daunted by the singular 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, Ana cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Ana learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.
While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Ana must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.
My thoughts: This book, as everyone knows, is described as Erotic Romance for Mature Audience. And it is that for sure. But as I read the first book of the trilogy, I couldn’t help but wonder what had happened to young Christian and why had he chosen this behavior. In this sequel we meet Christian’s parents and again meet his siblings. What is their part in this man’s dark secrets? Ana too, we find is distressed by the behavior that at first had seduced her. Ana’s bravery, in breaking off the relationship, forces Christian to confront his demons. And with the help of his psychiatrist he begins to change his behavior. As she continues to support Christian in his struggle, she struggles with own insecurities. Although reading this book is certainly a personal choice, I wonder about the outcome in the 3rd part of the trilogy. Will Anastasia’s courage and her love for this very damaged man, bring her to ruin or will it triumph and defeat both her feelings of inadequacy and give Christian the strength to finally face his own feelings of inadequacy?
I would only recommend this book, to very close friends or family. I would have to know someone very well, to talk to them about this story. Several friends have read it and we had mixed feelings about it. But it did create some rather lively discussion.
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