Just in time for Christmas, E.L. James has announced the second book in her revisiting of the Fifty Shades trilogy through the eyes of Christian Grey. It’s called DARKER: Fifty Shades Darker as Told by Christian, if you can even believe it.
That’s according to a press release just sent out by her publisher, Vintage. Pub date will be November 28, 2017.
“The inside of Christian Grey’s head is a fascinating place to be,” said E.L. James in a statement. “In Grey we got the first glimpse of what makes Christian tick, but in Darker we go deeper, into his most painful memories and the encounters that made him the damaged, demanding man Ana falls in love with. Writing this novel has been a journey of discovery, and I hope readers will find what I’ve learned as compelling as I did.”
As an alternative, you could read any number of other modern romance novels, mountains of which have better male protagonists, who manage to be mysterious and magnetic while also giving off much, much less of a Bluebeard vibe. Yes, even the spankers. (Maybe especially the spankers?) If you are an E.L. James fan, I commend you to this list of recommendations by author Sarah MacLean, as well as the sites Heroes and Heartbreakers and Smart Bitches Trashy Books. In the immortal words of Dolly Levi, there’s lots of world out there.