I'd venture to guess one of the main things both Fifty Shades of Grey haters and fans are most riled up about is the fact that E.L. James penned not one, but three books about Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. So even if you feel like you've sort of got a hold of the first book, there are still two more to wrap your head around.
As far as the second book, Fifty Shades Darker, is concerned, I've heard mixed reviews. Everything from "OMG I flew threw it, because there's just so much sex!" to "OMG I can't get through it -- it's all sex." But believe it or not, there's also a lot of plot-building that is absolutely necessary for the, errmm, climax of the series. So, without further ado, The Stir's exclusive cheat sheet on the second book in the series of the summer ... (Here's the first for Fifty Shades of Grey if you happened to miss it!)
Jack Hyde - Ana's creepy, touchy-feeling boss at Seattle Independent Publishing who seems to get more menacing as the book goes on.
Elena Lincoln - Beautiful blonde ice queen/cougar type who introduced Christian to BDSM when he was a teen. Ana refers to her as "Mrs. Robinson."
Leila - Christian's ex-sub who had some psychological issues and comes back to haunt him in his new life with Ana.
Mia Grey - Christian's younger sister who ends up having a crush on Katherine Kavanaugh's brother, Ethan.
Elliot Grey - Christian's younger brother who ends up hooking up with and dating Katherine Kavanaugh.
Dr. Flynn - Christian's British psychiatrist who, to Ana's chagrin, "doesn't give much away."
After Ana flees Christian's "Red Room of Pain" and the two spend five days apart, they find their way back to one another and attempt to create a relationship that is both parts vanilla/romantic and "kinky f***ery." But Ana can't enjoy the high life with Christian without avoiding several outside forces -- like Jack Hyde, Elena, Leila -- that seem determined to tear them apart.
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Stay tuned for a Fifty Shades Freed (book 3) cheat sheet at the end of the week!
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