Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James

Fifty Shades Darker

About the Book:

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 her anger and envy of the women who came before her and make the most important decision of her life.

Erotic, sparkling and suspenseful, Fifty Shades Darker is the irresistibly addictive second part of the Fifty Shades trilogy.

About the Author (from Writer’s Coffee Shop):

E L James is a TV executive, wife, and mother of two, based in West London. Since early childhood, she dreamt of writing stories that readers would fall in love with, but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and her career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel, Fifty Shades of Grey.

E L James is currently working on the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey and a new romantic thriller with a supernatural twist.

Author profile http://www.thewriterscoffeeshop.com/ejames
Twitter @E_L_James

BOYS AND THEIR TOYS – A guest post by EL James

I’d like to thank Donna for giving me some airspace on her lovely blog.  Book bloggers do such an awesome job of getting indie authors out there into cyberspace that I can only offer my sincere gratitude to Donna and all the other bloggers taking part in this book blog tour for all the hard work that they do.

That said – I am what I would call a reluctant blogger. Random streams of consciousness, for me, are just that – random streams of consciousness, that may or may not give me some idea how to fix a plot point while I daydream.  Factual, however, is not my forté, but I’ll have a crack at it.

One of the things I’ve really enjoyed about creating the Fifty Shades universe is getting to do stuff I don’t normally do. Before you raise your eyebrows in concern, thinking ‘Where is she going with this?’ I’m talking about… gliding, sailing, flying helicopters and driving very fast cars. One of the benefits of writing a hero who is fabulously wealthy is that financially everything and anything is possible.  Fifty sure does like his toys – and I don’t mean just in the Red Room of Pain.

In FSoG Ana describes Christian as the ultimate consumer, and this manifests itself in the breadth of his expensive material possessions.  But it’s via these possessions – his various modes of transport – that Ana gets a glimpse of the relaxed, fun and boyish Christian, and I get to tackle gliding (in FSoG) which I have never tried, though perhaps I will one day… maybe – and sailing which I’ve only done once or twice.  I love this part of writing; I trawl the internet for research and learn a great deal in the process.   To find out how to fly a Blanik L23 (the glider in FSoG) I looked on YouTube, where I found several short gliding films.  I watched them closely, listened to the language that the pilots were using, and took it from there.

In FSD we’re introduced to Christian’s state-of-the-art catamaran.  Although England is a sailing nation (hence all the sailing terms in our language, like tack and scuppered, etc) I am not much of a sailor (I turn various shades of green clambering into a rowing boat). Again, I turned to YouTube which was very helpful, once I’d found the design of catamaran I wanted.

Charlie Tango was also a fun challenge.  I have flown twice in a helicopter, so that experience was not wholly new to me.  However, I had to research the language and terminology that pilots use, and Google came to my aid once more.  It’s amazing how just a few appropriate terms lightly sprinkled throughout the text can add authenticity. I always attempt to put the reader in the room, helicopter, boat or car with the protagonists, and a little bit of research goes a long way towards achieving that.

All Christian’s toys offer us an opportunity to see how competent he is.  I hope the reader gets the idea that this man has not had much fun  (well… you know what I mean!) When he’s not been working, or ‘playing’ with his latest submissive, he’s been learning how to fly both gliders and helicopters.  That takes an exceptional amount of time and skill, but it’s also a solitary pursuit. Everything Christian does to unwind and relax (apart from the sex, obviously) is solitary – flying, sailing, playing the piano.  He is an island state, as Ana observes in FSoG.  In FSD he begins to let Ana in, taking her sailing, flying her once more in Charlie Tango, and thoroughly enjoying it.  He’s finally sharing his solitary passions, his expensive hobbies, with someone else. His possessions, his ‘boy’s toys’, are featured in the story not merely to demonstrate his wealth – they also illustrate his solitude and isolation, and the progress he makes when he allows Ana to share the fun with him. 

Thanks Donna once again for letting me post here. I do hope you and your readers enjoy the story.

EL x

Thanks so much for the guest blog post EL!! It was just as enjoyable as the book – well, almost!
My Review:
I absolutely loved Fifty Shades of Grey, and I didn’t think a sequel could possibly live up to my expectations. I was wrong. The minute I received this book, I set everything else aside and started reading. I could not put it down. Hubby didn’t get fed. The dogs didn’t get fed. No one got anything until I finished it!
The characters that I grew to love in Book 1 continued to grow and evolve as passionate young adults who refused to give up on love. In Fifty Shades of Grey, we grew to love Christian. We rooted for him, hoping that he would be able to open his heart and finally find love. In Fifty Shades Darker, he and Anastasia find their way back to each other. They learn to compromise and through Anastasia’s love and devotion, Christian finally begins to open up to her about his life, and his fears.
Mrs. Robinson continues to be a thorn in Anastasia’s side and she does get her comeuppance, but not by whom we expect to give it to her. The book is full of surprises, with the best saved for last.
If you read Fifty Shades of Grey, you will definitely want to read Fifty Shades Darker. If you haven’t read Fifty Shades of Grey – run, do not walk – to the nearest bookstore, or click on the Amazon icon below. I’m sure I am not the only one waiting impatiently for the third book in the trilogy. If Fifty Shades Darker is any indication of the storyline to come, it will be quite the finale.
I have 2 e-books for an International giveaway.
The only requirement to enter is to follow this blog via
GFC or NetworkBlogs
Please leave an email where you can be reached. The giveaway will run from
October 4th through October 13th I will post and email the winners on October 14th.
Any tweeting about the giveaway is greatly appreciated! (but not required)

If you absolutely have to read the book NOW, you can find it here:

Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post. Cover art and book description courtesy of the author, publisher, or PR firm. 

Tour Schedule

Oct. 3 Review, interview, and giveaway at Sam, E & R's Awesomness!!http://samsawesomness.blogspot.com/
Oct. 3 Review, interview, and giveaway at Book That Thing 
Oct. 4 Guest Post and giveaway at My Life. One Story at a Time 
Oct. 5 Review, guest post, and giveaway at Journey with Books 
Oct. 6 Review, interview, and giveaway at Endlessly Bookish 
Oct. 7 Review, interview, and giveaway at The Book Hookup 
Oct. 8 Review, guest post, and giveaway at Reading Lark 
Oct. 9 Review and giveaway at Badass Book Reviews 
Oct. 10 Review, interview, and giveaway at Fiction Vixen Book Reviews 
Oct. 11 Review and giveaway at Bona Fide Reflections 
Oct. 12 Review, guest post, and giveaway at Rob Pattinson Scene 
Oct. 13 Review, guest post, and giveaway at The Write to Make a Living
Oct. 14 Review and giveaway at Better read than dead 


  1. Fab review! To the point - you mentioned everything I love about Fifty Shades Darker. Stopping by to show some fellow blogger love :-)NOT entering the contest.
    Good luck everyone!
    _yay_ @ BookthatThing!

  2. Good Morning Donna,

    Loved this book even more than the first one and that's saying something since I was extremely enamored of that book. But, Fifty Shades Darker increased my fascination with Mr. Grey sevenfold. Your review is spot-on in catching the essence of what this great story is all about.

    Happy Reading,
    Bona Fide Reflections

  3. Really enjoyed your review, I would love to read this book :)

  4. Really would love to read this book! :)


  5. great review! looking forward to get the chance to read the 2nd book, read the 1st one in just a couple of days and it was so so good!! i'm really happy for the author and excited to hear the 3rd one is on the way!! *jumping around*


  6. Great review! Your opinion seems to match a lot of reviews that I've read of these books. I want to read then so bad!

    rootml1 AT hotmail DOT com

  7. I'd love to read this book, it sounds like an interesting read! :)
    Thank you for this giveaway and keep up the good work:


  8. Really want to read both books.


  9. Awesome review! I would love to be entered to win this book :)

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  10. I love reading blog spots like this. EL James just enthralls me!

  11. Thank you very much for sharing with us today and congratulations on the tour. I would love to read this series. I am a follower.


  12. Wow!!! So many people have stopped by and commented. Thank you all so much - especially for the compliments on my blog. Good luck to you all. I wish I had a book for each of you! Donna

  13. Hi, This series sounds great. Thank you for the giveaway!
    GFC follower as Diana

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  14. I love the first 50 so I'm sure this one is wonderful as well..>Can't wait to read it!!!

    hnwhitlock2000 at gmail dot com

  15. EL you did such an amazing job with Christian's toys, love the title boys and their toys.

    Fifty Shades by far is my favourite book of the year. I just finished Darker now I have to wait until next year :-(, what will I do.

    Oh the scene with Elena at the end, drama, loved it.

    Great giveaways, enter everyone, you must read these books.

  16. Thank you for your review and guest blog with E L! Indeed, boys & their toys! I agree with you that E L's writing is captivating and definitely worth reading! Bestest regards! vamollner@gmail.com

  17. Been reading the reviews on these books and I would LOVE to win them!

    Thanks for this giveaway!


  18. Loved the interview and your review. It seems like a very interesting book. I'd love to read it.
    PS: I like very much the design of your blog, specially the flowers at the top.


  19. This seem to be a good book, i will definitely download it from internet and try read it, with out fail, also i will share this link to my colleagues.

  20. Excellent read, I must say. You’ve researched the topic very well.


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