Updated: Oct 2
Title: Fifty Shades Freed
Author: EL James
Genre: Romance, Erotic, Fiction,
Published: 17th May 2012
Start Date: 18th September 2022
Finish Date: 20th September 2022
When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees.
Now, Ana and Christian have it all—love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own identity. And Christian must overcome his compulsion to control as he wrestles with the demons of a tormented past.
Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to make Ana’s deepest fears turn to reality.
This was a perfect ending to what has definitely become my favorite series! It was wonderful to read the conclusion of this wonderful story that is Ana and her Fifty Shades. I could not love Christian any more if I tried, and I am big enough to admit that I am just glowing green with envy of Ana. For the most part this book was not as intense all the time as the other two but what was most wonderful, after watching these two overcome some pretty major obstacles to be together, was getting to watch them learn to be husband and wife and function in the real world together.
I will say that as fairy tale as their story is they definitely have to work through some major issues that are arising simply because they had an obsessive, whirlwind romance that now is taking some real work in the light of day, so to speak. While Christian is just as mercurial as ever, at times I did feel for Ana in this one. Christian can be a bit, well, overwhelming, which we all know and love him for, but Ana struggles at times with this. As I can imagine I would too, but the fact that they love and need each other more than their next breath helps them conquer all of these hurdles. Sometimes with a little punishment involved, which doesn’t seem to have any of the parties involved complaining.
The way that I fell in love with these characters shocked even me, to the point that they were so far in my head that I would dream about them at night when I finally put my book down! I have to say EL James does a phenomenal job of making you feel what the characters feel.
The best way to describe this book is it is an undercurrent, an undercurrent by defintion is the hidden movement of water beneath the surface. Its tug and motion are only perceptible upon submersion. Fifty Shades, is exactly like an undercurrent. You dive into the story thinking you know what to expect, only to find out once you’re in it that it’s something else completely. And Fifty Shades Freed is the riptide of currents. You’ll be swept away with a force that is impossible to escape or turn back from, not that you’d want to escape. You’ll savor every moment, every word, and when it’s over you’ll want to pick it up and start again from the beginning. The only thing I’d like to caution readers about with the Fifty Shades Trilogy, it will literally ruin other books for you.
It is truly impossible to put into words in a review what this book will make you feel. It’s so emotional. It is authentic, open, honest, and at times both heartwarming and heartbreaking. Still, I’m not going to lie, the erotic scenes are hot as hell, but EL James has written them in a tasteful way, and nothing to shy away from in my opinion.
Christian Grey is the hero, and he defines the word contradiction. He is the Alpha male. Strong, unbelievably sexy, and dominating, but just like other parts of this story, there are things unseen below the surface. There’s a reason Ana refers to him as her “lost boy”. Yes he is extremely successful, sensual, and dominating, but he is misunderstood. He uses control as a mechanism to guard his feelings, and despite his behavior, Ana sees past the surface to the man beneath. It’s ironic that Christian spends most of his time trying to protect Ana. Initially, he views her as fragile, but as he quickly learns, appearances can be misleading.
He discovers through Ana that strength is not only about brawn. Strength is displayed in bravery, fortitude, and the ability to cope with everything life throws at you. And Ana epitomizes the definition of inner strength. Not only is Ana the first woman to see Christian for who he really is, she is the first woman to stand up to Christian, and because of that she earns his respect, devotion, and unwavering love.
This series has just been amazing to read the range of emotions I have felt whilst reading it is just phenomenal. I truly recommend this to everyone, above 18! It is not an erotica, it has a story, it has romance, it has love. EL James is an incredible writer and I am so excited to read the Fifty Shades Trilogy in Christian's perspective.