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Fifty Shades Darker
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Name

Fifty Shades Darker

Author

E. L. James

Publisher

  • Random House (UK)
  • Vintage Books (US)

Release date

15 September, 2011

Pages

544

Preceded by

Fifty Shades of Grey

Followed by

Fifty Shades Freed

Fifty Shades Darker is the second novel in the Fifty Shades of Grey  trilogy.

Official Book SummaryEdit

Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the handsome, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle Independent Publishing House (SIP); but desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sexual 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. All about the sex.

Plot

The book starts in the aftermath of Ana and Christian's breakup. 

Ana starts her job at SIP, where she has been hired as personal assistant to editor Jack Hyde. Ana gets an uneasy feeling about him, but writes it off. Christian asks her if she needs a ride to her friend José Rodriguez's gallery exhibit in Portland. The pair attend the show together and reconcile their relationship.

Christian buys SIP, but the deal must stay secret for another month. Ana is furious that Christian is interfering in her career, especially after he freezes the company's accounts so that she can't go on an overnight business trip to New York with Jack. Christian insists that it was for her own protection, because Jack is a "known philanderer". Their suspicions about Jack prove correct when he corners Ana after hours and blackmails her, demanding sexual favors. Ana's self-defense training allows her to escape. Christian has Jack fired and confiscates his work computer.

Ana meets Mrs. Robinson (real name Elena Lincoln) for the first time and finds out that Elena and Christian own a salon business together. Ana is disgusted that Christian continues to be friends with the woman who seduced him when he was only 15 years old. When Mrs. Robinson realizes that Christian sees Ana as a girlfriend and not a submissive, she becomes antagonistic towards Ana, trying to sow discord in the budding relationship.

Ana starts being stalked at work by a disturbed Leila Williams, one of Christian's former submissives. Ana's fear intensifies when she finds out that Leila was able to obtain a gun. The situation comes to a head when Leila breaks into Ana's apartment and threatens her with a gun. Christian is able to diffuse the situation by using their Dominant/submissive dynamic, but this leaves Ana worried that Christian isn't satisfied with a vanilla relationship.

Ana confronts Christian about what happened with Leila. and he fears that she is leaving him again. He impulsively asks Ana to marry him, but she tells him that she needs time to think about it.

José drives to Seattle to visit Ana. Christian still views José as a romantic rival, and only permits Ana to see him if they both stay at Escala. On the night of José's visit (and the night before Christian's 28th birthday), Christian goes missing while flying from Portland to Seattle on business with Ros Bailey. He eventually makes it back to Escala unharmed, to the relief of his entire family and staff. He explains that both of his helicopter's engines failed; sabotage is suspected. Ana realizes that she doesn't ever want to be without him, and accepts his proposal.

The next day, Christian's family throws him a birthday party at their mansion and invite all of his friends, including Elena. Christian and Ana announce their engagement to all of their family and friends. Elena angrily confronts Ana, accusing her of being a "gold-digger" and insisting that Christian will never truly be satisfied with a vanilla relationship. Christian's family overhears the argument and is furious to find out that Elena preyed on their teenage son. Elena leaves the house, disgraced, and Christian decides to end their business relationship.

Christian pulls Ana away from the party and takes her to the boathouse, which he has decorated with flowers and soft lights. He gets down on one knee, pulls out a ring, and proposes for real. Ana accepts.

Outside the Grey's mansion, Jack Hyde watches the events of the party unfold and swears revenge.

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