Friday, March 27, 2015

Fifty Shades Freed by E L James


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 book is intended for mature audiences.

Published & Release Date: Random House, January 17, 2012

Time and setting: Washington and Oregon

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Heat Level: 4 Scorching Hot Flames

Rating: 5 Gold Crowns

Vikki’s Musings

While as I mentioned in my review of Fifty Shades Darker, there are issues with Ms. James’ writing style, but her stories are beyond compelling and Fifty Shades Freed is definitely a riveting conclusion to this amazing saga. I am so glad I continued listening/reading this series again. For me, this series is wrapped up beautifully with this final addition.

Fifty Shades Freed begins with a prologue written in Christian’s point of view as a very young little boy. It gives the reader another glimpse of Christian’s early years with his birth mother. It is so sad that I had tears rolling down my face for the poor little boy with the copper curls in his dirty, ragged clothing, trying to awaken his mommy. No child should ever have to endure what he had to go through. No wonder he has so many deep emotional scars.

The first chapter starts out with Christian and Ana on a beach in Monaco where they are spending the last leg of their honeymoon. Ana is reminiscing on their incredible wedding surrounded by all their loved ones and how happy and in love she is with her ‘playful, tantalizing Fifty’.

While there are a few instances where Christian’s temper raises its ugly head, like when Ana falls asleep on her tummy with her top off and somehow ends up on her back when Christian returns to her side after handling some business. But for the most part, their honeymoon is a dream come true for both of them.

When they return from their three week honeymoon, problems arise and this starts the battle that Ana has been waging to bring Christian into the light whether he wants it or not.

While at times, their bickering can be draining, the story that unfolds in Fifty Shades Freed drew me in, and I found myself as mesmerized as ever. I totally love Ana’s feistiness and her ‘never back down’ attitude, no matter how angry Christian becomes. She is undaunted by his outbursts and continues on her quest. I greatly admire her enthralling character.

While Christian is dark and brooding, Ana’s character is full of light, and Christian is draw to her as a bee to honey. Whether he wants it or not, he cannot resist her optimism, even when he is at his worst. His anger crumbles again and again when faced with her stubborn determination to help him overcome his issues.

Bits of Christian’s full story are revealed throughout this incredible story. It is always difficult for an author to get what is needed to enhance the story line without an information dump, but Ms. James manages this with astonishing brilliance. So what if she does use words and phrases repeatedly, that does not take away from the marvelous tale of a dark, tormented man who is finally able to move forward and leave the wreckage of his past. That is what Ana is able to do for him.

If you stopped at the first or second book, I highly recommend you read Fifty Shades Freed because without this last book, you are missing out on so much. All three of these books will stay on my keeper shelf because the characters are unforgettable and story is addictive. Happy reading!

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