Review of Darker – E.L. James

Hello all!

I just finished reading Darker (actually finished it the day it released….not gonna lie). Needed a couple of days to recover and settle into writing this.  When I first read FSOG, it brought me into the contemporary romance world, before that I stuck with historical romance.

This is the re-telling of Fifty Shades Darker from Christian Grey’s POV. As much as I loved the book from Anastasia’s point of view, this book retelling by Christian really stuck with me.  The inner dialogue that he has with himself is so raw and gritty. I loved it.  The inner turmoil he has with being good enough for Anastasia and the fear he has of telling her about his demons and what he feels drive him.  His interaction with Mrs. Robinson, I wished he had pushed her away sooner and harder, but if you read Fifty Shades Darker, you essentially know what happens. With this second book, we see Christian opening up more to Anastasia and he struggles with his feelings of abandonment and being deserving of love and loving in return.  Not gonna lie here, I liked these retellings from Christian’s point of view better than I liked the originals.  I cannot wait to see what Ms. James has in store with the final retelling of the final book in the FSOG trilogy.

You can purchase your copy here:

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Rambling…..

A saying I tell myself a lot is “Learn Something New Everyday”.  I believe if you’re not learning, you’re not living.  Since starting this blog a few short weeks ago, this saying has rung true with me.

One of the main reasons I wanted to start this was to introduce new people and some close, non-judgy friends and acquaintances to some of my favorite books and authors.  I was able to do that yet again yesterday when I introduced my friend to the wonderful world of Kate Canterbary.  She was one of the first authors that I started to follow on all the social media outlets, joined her readers group and generally fangirled all over her.  She was (unbeknownst to her) one of the pushes needed to start this blog adventure.

My blog logo says it all for me “Bibliophile” (That is my actual tattoo on my neck!) I am proud to call myself one and sure I have had to explain it quite a few times to people who didn’t know what it means…. OH and one person thought is said Pedophile!?! What the actual fuck!! I mean come on, who would tattoo that on themselves?!? Ignorant folks slay me…..

So as I close out, and learn some more new stuff today (the blog world is crazy!). I just want to say thanks for taking time to check this out and I hope to inspire more readers to some fantastic books and authors!

 

Darker – E.L. James Releases Today!!

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“You read me like one of your books; except I’m not the hero. I’ll never be the hero.” — Christian Grey 

DARKER: Fifty Shades Darker as told by Christian by New York Times bestselling author E L James is available now!

E L James revisits the world of Fifty Shades with a deeper and darker take on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the globe.

Their scorching, sensual affair ended in heartbreak and recrimination, but Christian Grey cannot get Anastasia Steele out of his mind, or his blood. Determined to win her back, he tries to suppress his darkest desires and his need for complete control, and to love Ana on her own terms.

But the horrors of his childhood still haunt him, and Ana’s scheming boss, Jack Hyde, clearly wants her for himself.  Can Christian’s confidant and therapist, Dr. Flynn, help him face down his demons? Or will the possessiveness of Elena, his seducer, and the deranged devotion of Leila, his former submissive, drag Christian down into the past?

And if Christian does win Ana back, can a man so dark and damaged ever hope to keep her?

DARKER includes important new scenes from Christian Grey’s perspective, giving readers a deeper take on the love story that captivated millions.

Dare to go darker.

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2znBSOq

Amazon Print:  http://amzn.to/2znCFim

Audible:  http://amzn.to/2zo83NG

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2A5GSu9

UK Print:  http://amzn.to/2iQzGse

iBooks:  http://apple.co/2y9hBOZ

Nook:  http://bit.ly/2i2WveW

Kobo:  http://bit.ly/2i1OUgs

Google Play:  http://bit.ly/2gBOugz

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About E L James

After twenty-five years working in TV, E L James decided to pursue her childhood dream, and set out to write stories that readers would fall in love with. The result was the sensuous romance Fifty Shades of Grey and its two sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, a trilogy that went on to sell more than 150 million copies worldwide in 52 languages. In 2015 she published the best seller Grey, the story of Fifty Shades of Grey from the perspective of Christian Grey.

In 2012, E L James was named one of Time magazine’s “Most Influential People in the World,” one of Barbara Walters’ “Ten Most Fascinating People of the Year,” and Publishers Weekly’s “Person of the Year.” She went on to work as a producer on the film adaptations of her trilogy for Universal Pictures; Fifty Shades of Grey, the film, broke box-office records all over the world in 2015. Its 2017 sequel, Fifty Shades Darker, proved equally popular with fans of Ana and Christian’s story, and the concluding film, Fifty Shades Freed, will be released in 2018.

E L James lives with her husband, the novelist and screenwriter Niall Leonard, their two sons, and their two dogs in West London, where she is working on new novels and movie projects.

Connect with E L James

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ELJamesAuthor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erikaljames/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/e_l_james

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/eljamesauthor

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/e-l-james

Website: http://www.eljamesauthor.com

A Little Too Late – Staci Hart

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I know I am a little late to the game reading this, my TBR list is a mile long, I swear…last count was over 400 books that I want to read in my spare time! HA! When I read A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart I knew I wanted to know more about Charlie.  I was so looking forward to reading Charlie’s story, and I was not disappointed! This story of Charlie and Hannah was gripping, it really grabbed me from the get go. The sweet, simplicity of Hanna, her inner strength was stellar. Charlie’s broken soul was moving and the way he becomes whole again, with Hannah’s help, was perfect, messy perfection! Thank you for your words Staci! Check out all her works – I have loved every one I have read – on her website – Staci Hart

Scarred – Willow Winters

Willow Winters

I was graciously given an ARC for an honest review and honest I shall be!

This book grabs you by the throat and makes you really, really slow down and read the pages.  I loved how you get thrown right into the action from the first chapter, no slow build up, no hearts and flowers (although there is that too!) and no backstory, which was terrific! Sometimes when I am reading, I get dragged down by backstory and I end up skimming pages to get to the good stuff:  the action, the romance! You will not do that with this book!  I went back and re-read pages to make sure I didn’t miss anything, and to me, that makes a book phenomenal! The angst between Kat and Evan is beautiful, sad and makes you want to reach into the pages, hug them and cheer them on! I reveled in the fierce nature of Kat and the determination of Evan, they really spoke to me! This is a book to read and savor! To find more from Willow Winters, here is her webpage – Willow’s Homepage. This book releases December 5, pre-order is avaliable here: Pre-Order Link

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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As I am getting things ready for my family Thanksgiving, I just want to wish everyone who is here with me a truly Happy Thanksgiving! I have so much to be thankful for this year! As you sit down with your family and friends today, please take a minute to remember the military service members that can’t be home with their families today.

Cover Reveal Day! Bad Dad by Sloane Howell

Can’t wait to read this!

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My son is my life. Nothing on earth matters but him.

Soon, I’ll have to send him out into society. The cruel machine that gnashes innocence and spits out the hollowed remains of a child’s imagination. It’s a place I know all too well, considering my past. I’ve worked hard to separate myself from it, but it looms in the back of my mind—waiting for the perfect moment to strike.

My son, Logan, wants to have birthday parties, make friends, play at the park—all the normal things that seven-year olds want to do. All the things I want to do with him.

I’ve put up walls around our life to shield us from danger. Giant barriers to ward off possible threats.

Cora Chapman crashes through them like a wrecking ball. She’s intelligent and hilarious with soft curves and a spark that ignites a flame deep inside of me.

There’s only one problem—she’s Logan’s teacher.

When my past wraps its tentacles around my throat and threatens to strangle the breath from my lungs, I’m given an option—fight for my family’s freedom, or die as they’re stripped away from me.

I can’t lose. I won’t lose.

My name is Landon Lane and I am a warrior.
Coming December 27th

 

 

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Sloane Howell lives in the Midwest United States and writes dirty stories. When not reading or writing he enjoys hanging out with his family, watching sports, playing with the dogs, traveling, and engaging his readers on social media. You can almost always catch him on Twitter posting something goofy.

 

Visit his web page http://www.sloanehowell.com to sign up for his mailing list to get updates on new releases, promos, and giveaways. Thanks for reading.

 

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