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, 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.
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The second book leaps right into where the first book ended. Ana feels she has done what she must, which is leave Christian because she can't be the 'sub' he wants. This ends up being the greatest eye opener for both, Christian realizing that she was never his 'sub' and Ana realizing she can have Christian - on her terms...Or can she? Both being completely depressed.
But all seems saved when Ana inviting Christian to her friend Jose's art gallery opening back before they ended, Christian offers to pick her up even though they aren't together anymore. And since Ana did invite him to the showing and it is a long way there and she does want to Christian again, she agrees to let Christian take her. And after that night, their romance and friendship blossoms even more.
Ana learns to speak her mind more while still probing Christian for more information about who he is and his past to try to understand her Fifty Shades better. Christian in turn, learns to be more open about his past and who he is and begins to let walls down, another first.
There are a couple parts in this book where you see a completely different side to Christian, one of complete sadness and fear that breaks your heart and another that makes your heart sing for Ana.
There was also a part in this second book when Ana meets one of his old 'subs' and sees a completely different side of Christian; and she isn't sure if they should be together, she doesn't feel she will ever be able to fulfill his needs.
Then at a party at Christian's parents house, Ana finds herself alone in a room with Mrs. Robinson; also known as Elena. And Elena shows her real colors to Ana. I was so thrilled how Ana handled herself with Elena! Then Christian enters the scene and you think it gets bad but then there is another twist: Christian's mother also enters the scene...and oh boy does the plot thicken!
I so badly want to say more but that would be spoiling it for others so I will end it with this:
The second book in this three book trilogy ends on such a sweet note. And dangerous as well.