Title: Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades #3)
Author: E.L. James
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Blurb: When unworldly student Ana Steele first encountered the driven, damaged young entrepreneur Christian Grey, it sparked a sensual affair that changed both their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and ultimately repelled by Christian’s singular sexual tastes, Ana demanded a deeper commitment; determined to keep her, Christian agreed. Now, together, they have more-love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of infinite possibilities. But Ana always knew that loving her Fifty Shades would not be easy and being together poses challenges neither of them ever anticipated. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own integrity, identity, or independence; Christian must somehow overcome his compulsion to control and lay to rest the horrors that blighted his past and haunt his present. Just when it seems that together their love can conquer any obstacle, tragedy, malice and fate combine to make Ana’s worst nightmares come true.
My Review: It’s no secret that I am in that crowd that has enjoyed the Fifty Shades trilogy. Well Fifty Shades Freed is no different. I had plenty of ups and downs but at the end of the day I think it was a good closure to the series. It was still steamy, romantic, dramatic and funny. And much like the previous book in the series, Fifty Shades Darker, there is more of a storyline and we see more character development.
Fifty Shades Freed starts off with Ana and Christian on their honeymoon. There are flashbacks throughout the first chapters of the events that led them to that point. These flashbacks are mostly revealing, of their wedding day and such, but it is done in a not-so-smooth way that appears awkward and takes away from the pace of the book. But once James is done with her flashbacks the reader is presented with a great story. There is so much drama and action that comes about from yet another madman wishing to do them harm. Their “kinky fuckery” reaches new highs. Whether you will read those scenes and be disgusted or impressed I’m not sure.
There’s a lot that happens in this book. Like previously mentioned, there is someone looking to spill some blood but the biggest problem in this book is their relationship. Christian and Ana still getting to know each other and learning how to be together. I honestly always enjoyed their relationship. From the first book I was enamored. In this book, like in Fifty Shades Darker I enjoyed that there is more of a storyline and was truly loving the progression of the book. Yet I then reached a point in the book that left me frustrated and disappointed. Cristian is controlling and overbearing and it’s now to a new high. Ana who I’ve always respected for speaking up and having a mind of her own is now the epitome of the abused wife syndrome. In my own words, “as upset as I am with him for treating me this way it’s my fault…. I want him to be happy and must therefore figure out away to apologize and make him happy.” I am truthfully disgusted by it. I would have never expected it from a character I considered to be strong like Ana. If I were not one who finishes reading a book once I’ve started. I would quit here. One chapter and I felt the book was ruined for me.
But after more drama, suspense, action and a great plot twist I was once again hooked. It has a fairytale ending that gives it’s readers closure. James even gave readers a teaser of her version of Midnight Sun. It seems she is planning on rewriting Fifty Shades of Grey from Cristian’s POV. I feel that I am done with this series. With this book I feel the closure that would allow me to leave this series behind. Yes, I know many of you are breathing out sighs of relief and for some odd reason, I am too.