What Happens in Fifty Shades Freed

Fifty Shades Freed

Fifty Shades Freed
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With this novel we have come to the end of the trilogy. In the first book, Fifty Shades of Grey we were introduced to Ana Steele, a college senior/graduate, who meets and falls in love with billionaire Christian Grey. However, this is not your ordinary romance as Christian is very into Dominance and Submissive sexual relationships, something Ana struggles with while Christian struggles with trying to have a normal relationship.

In book two, Fifty Shades Darker, we learn more about both characters as well as their families and friends. Of course 'Darker' refers to Fifty, Fifty Shades, as Ana refers to Christian because of his moods and ever changing personality and we get a further glimpse into what caused that darkness. We meet new characters in this book, characters that add action to this sexy romance novel. One being a character who helped plunge Christian deeper into his darkness, another Ana's boss, a sexual predator.

“There's a joy in my helplessness, joy in my surrender to him, and to know that he can lose himself in me the way he wants to. I can do this. He takes me to these dark places, places I didn't know existed, and together we fill them with blinding light. Oh yes...blazing, blinding light." -Ana”

Anastasia rated it · review of another edition *Sigh* So bummed the series is over. Ana and Christian's character evolution throughout the trilogy is unlike any I've ever seen. She started off as a naïve, shy college student, while Christian (AKA Fifty) was a cold, aggressive businessman. By the end of Fifty Shades Freed, not only are they closer to one another, but they're also more confident in themselves.

In the final installment of the Fifty Shades series, Ana and Christian are married, but that doesn't mean that it's all roses and sunshine for the happy couple. Not only is there the mystery of trying to find out who's trying to kill them -- the suspense definitely has its heart-pounding moments -- but the newlyweds are also adjusting to married life and learning even more about each other.

If you're here you most likely know all that. You also know the New York Times has referred to this Trilogy as "mommy porn" and I call it "Cinderella on steroids". So what happens in book three? Again, an easy read. The funny thing about all three books is you start reading and things get a little, I don't want to use the word 'boring' but complacent. Sex is the main thing going on, some good, some bad, some ugly.. just when you think its time to put the book down something interesting happens. Something that almost brings you to the edge of your seat and you want to read more to find out what happens. I'm not saying the sex parts aren't interesting. You might want to read them in a cool place or have a husband handy.

Ana and Christian have it all, don't they? Love, marriage, a ridiculous amount of money, loving families and friends....yet they still have Christian's darkness to deal with. He is secretive and still bossy and over-protective. "His deranged reasons for doing so--his control freakery, his stalker tendencies gone mad, given completely free rein because he is so wealthy."- Ana...that's our Fifty!

Ana now has more chutzpah and isn't afraid to stand up to Christian, both in bed and out. Of course her independence has a tendency to get her in trouble but that helps make things interesting. For example, she defies his orders not to go out drinking with Kate while he is in New York. He asks her to bring Kate to their apartment instead. I won't ruin the sequence however her defiance angers him but possibly saves her life (she did go to the bar with Kate instead of taking Kate back to their apartment). Part of their conversation after the incident;

"Deal with it please. For both our sake. And I will try to be more considerate of your...controlling tendencies."
He looks lost and vulnerable, completely at sea.
"I'll try," he murmurs, his voice burning with sincerity.
I sigh, a long shuddering sigh. "Please do. Besides, if I had been here..."
"I know," he says and blanches. Lying back, he puts his free arm over his face. I curl around him and lay my head on his chest.
We both lie silent for a few moments. His hand moves to the end of my braid. He pulls the tie from it, freeing my hair, and gently, rhythmically combs his fingers through it. This is what this is really about--his fear...his irrational fear for my safety.


Six weeks after Random House took over the publication, and distribution of E.L. James's Fifty Shades trilogy, the publisher reports that the series has sold over 10 million copies in print and digital. The trilogy, from RH's Vintage imprint, is comprised of Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed.

The series has gone through 60 printings and is available in nearly 15,000 bricks and mortar locations throughout the U.S. After Vintage acquired U.S. rights to the series in February, it released the books in March in trade paperback, publishing Fifty Shades of Grey on April 3, and then following with Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed on April 17. Anthony Chrico, president of Knopf Doubleday, said the division has been reprinting the books "on a weekly basis since publication" with, he added, certain daily reprints of over 950,000 copies.

Chirico said RH does not see sales slowing down any time soon. "The sales velocity for Fifty Shades of Grey is unprecedented, with reader demand still growing. BookScan data indicates that the trilogy has captured twenty-five percent of the adult fiction market in recent weeks. As we head into the heart of the summer reading season, sales are likely to continue exceeding even our most optimistic forecasts."

Their hot sex continues throughout, very intimately described as before. Their teasing emails continue as well. His family has accepted her, her friend Kate gets engaged to his brother Elliot, the threat in their lives continues with Christian keeping Ana in the dark yet again.

"Christian, please. Talk to me."
He sighs. "About what?"
"You know. Your keeping me in the dark."
"I want to protect you."
"I'm not a child."
"I am fully aware of that Mrs. Grey." He runs his hands down my body and cups my backside.

I had to cut off that excerpt or get thrown off hub pages. Their relationship matures but not easily and not without intervention. They both grow and seem to understand each other's wants and needs on a better level. Without divulging too much information or without going into the incredible sex sequences it is hard to write about this book just as it was with the others.

They are a lovely young couple and their lives are something we'd all like to have. The incredible love they have for each other is what tops my list. Of course, I wouldn't mind being sinfully rich either, or terribly good looking. See what I mean? It is a fantasy world, but one you get sucked into and enjoy while you're there.

"He's gently biting at my lower lip as his tongue tries to invade my mouth. And I realize I don't want to resist him. I want him -- now, like I always do. I stop fighting and fervently return his kiss....Desire, hot and hard, surges through my bloodstream and I'm lost."

AND, I will say, there is a happy ending!

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Ok. You got it. I'm interested now. One day I will read them. Very intriquing review :))

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Till......Tillie!!! Hey, wake up! You're dreaming again, Till.....those books have done a number on you, girlfriend! Not to mention all the hundreds of thousands of "Cinderellas" who are whipping through the pages of these books!!

I am so angry with my crazy busy schedule! It may be months before I can scrape up enough reading time for a trilogy.....but, knowing me, I'll read them straight thru, one right after the other, because I hate SUSPENSE!! So I'll need TIME.

I ask everyone I see if they've read them.....some have, some haven't, but they all want to know how I happen to have the "inside scoop" on them! HA! that's MY secret!

I wonder.....does Larry have a big smile on his face?? Oh, sorry.....I'm bad. UP ++

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Of course the first to read this hub are my two best GFs! Thanks ladies.

SS it's fun reading, pure fiction with a twist as far as your ordinary romance novel goes. I think you might like them.

You Effer, it is hard to find time to read but I am bad. Once I start a book I have to devour it to get it over then I'm unhappy because it's over. Oh well. Now, bad lady, as far as Larry's smile is concerned....

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

And SS and I did not plan it this way! Honest.

We even do the same thing when it comes to reading?? Well.....I know something we're different about.....I can guarantee you, Jim doesn't smile as much as Larry!! hahahahahahahah ROFLMAO!! aw.....poor Jimmy! I'm a tired old bag!

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I never have the time to read like I'd like, but these books sound interesting, to say the least. I'll let you know when I get around to reading these. Good review, though.

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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

I see that I am the only male so far to read this, but then, I read everything you write. This is an excellent and titillating review and I am sure you have sold some books for them.

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Lynn S. Murphy 4 years ago

I keep hearing about this one, and I just may bite the bullet. I'm glad all 3 are out because waiting would drive me nuts. Thanks Tillsontitan (said dryly). LOL!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Effer, I know Jimmy not only smiles but laughs ;) I can't even imagine you being any kind of bag.

Mary, it was interesting. Yes, let me know if you read them.

xstatic, you're the best. Even reading about "mommy porn" just because I wrote it :) Thank you.

Okay Lynn bite the bullet. I'm with you. I had a hard time finding the third book but finally got it! Love your comment :)

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Jenna Kunc 4 years ago from Colorado

I bought all the books, read the first one, and almost burst a vein because i disliked it so much (then wrote a disparaging hub about it). I'm glad that there are people out there who get some enjoyment out of it, but I couldn't even make it to the third one. I barely made it through the second. It's just not the book for me.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Jenna, that's why there's vanilla and chocolate! Thanks for stopping by and reading my hub.

Krystle 4 years ago

Just read the first book and couldn't put it down! I need to find some quotes to give my husband a few tips!! Lol can't wait to read the second one :-)

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Seems a lot of women are using it for tips but it makes me wonder...tender tips or S&M, what do you think Krystle?

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Lisas-thoughts101 4 years ago from Northeast Texas

Very intriquing and I can't wait to read my books. No way to answer I want to read them in the poll, however.. you write great reviews. And congratulations for writing these very tantalizing reviews without scandalizing hubpages :)


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

It was hard to write a comprehensive review and leave out the 'good parts' so to speak. Hope you enjoy the books.

Tinsley_Dayley 4 years ago

The first two books were decent, however I felt the last book was a huge disappointment. It was too rushed and a horrible read, it was a waste of my time because it made Ana look like an idiot and Christian an a**hole. If you're into only reading these books for the sex then it's fine, but if you want more from these books, don't bother reading them.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Simple, quick and certainly not complicated Tinsley. I think after reading the first two you almost feel compelled to read the last one.

CNerd 4 years ago

I'm reading the first book now. It was just out of curiosity. To be honest, I don't like the main characters so far. I also don't like the writing and some parts of the story feel repetitive and unnecessary. I feel like I'm reading something from fanfiction.net. There is nothing wrong with that really. I'm an avid fanfiction reader but when it comes to an original story I feel like I expect more from a book. I don't know. It's just a very ordinary book, very light reading. I haven't read too much erotic literature either. I'm also used to Latin American writers, specially female writers like Isabel Allende, Gioconda Belli or Laura Esquivel. Their stories are more sensual than sexual and very empowering for women.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

This book started out as an online fiction and was filled out to become a book. Definitely light reading.

Katie. 4 years ago

I love the books so much. I haven't read the last book yet., but i've heard so much about it. I've heard it just jumps around and that They have a new arrival soon. I can't wait to read it.!

Katie. 4 years ago

I love the books so much. I haven't read the last book yet., but i've heard so much about it. I've heard it just jumps around and that They have a new arrival soon. I can't wait to read it.!

alicia 4 years ago

Loving the books ... complete it by 2 books in 2 days ... now digging in on book number 3 ... all I can say is WOW WOW WOW !!!

extremely addictive

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Katie, they do get under your skin! Thanks for stopping by and reading my hub!

Alicia, I have to admit I enjoyed them too. They are a fun read when taken as just that. Glad you stopped by.

Stella 4 years ago

I read the first one and was anxious to get number two .....just read book 2 in 2 days !! I normally don't read that fast or much in short time frame. Already in book 3 and am hooked ! Fair warning ....it is mommy porn for sure but the books also have such a lovely and different story line to it ...very interesting and unlike anything I have read in quite some time ! Highly recomment :)

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Stella!

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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

It's a really catchy book, Mary, for the obvious reasons!! Entertaining read, and this is an awesome review. Thanks for the write, Mary!! Votes up, and shared!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Glad you liked the review Midget...after reading the other two I HAD to read this one. Thanks for the share too!

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Your Cousins 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I haven't been drawn to "Fifty Shades" yet, though I've heard and read a lot about the trilogy. I did enjoy reading your review and recommend it to others. Voted Up!

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Ddraigcoch 4 years ago from UK

I have all 3 of these downloaded but have only had time to read 20 pages. I myself have some anticipation because of the critiques.

To be fair I am too busy reading the spoofs which are hilarious. So hilarious I decided to write a short spoof of my own here.

A very good review and I love your style.

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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

It seems that every woman in my life has read these three movies....my wife, my mother, and my college daughter. Reading your review I only shake my head about the content....but I have to admit these books are extremely popular. Voted up and interesting.

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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Mary- you've definitely dissected the plot and the themes along with the characters like a pro. You've given these books a lot more credibility and have been kind to their flaws while seeking out the themes and what has made these so successful. I hope someday, you are at hand to write a hub about my trilogy of books. Wouldn't that be a dream. Awesome!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Your Cousins, if you keep reading about the books you won't have to read them ;) Thanks for reading my review, so glad you enjoyed it!

Ddraigcoch, you have to admit these books have caused quite a stir and don't appear to be going anywhere soon. Glad you liked my review and style..keep on reading.

Cogerson, watch out if one of your women shows up with a pair of handcuffs, that's all I'm gonna say ;)

Docmo, I would love nothing more than to write about your trilogy of books, if they're half as good as you're hubs then THEY will be awesome!

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Your Cousins 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

You are so right Tillsontitan! The reviews are pretty tantilizing.

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Lisas-thoughts101 4 years ago from Northeast Texas

I read all three books in record time and loved them. I was captivated by the tender intimacy shared by the couple. I felt their issues kept the books from being totally unbelievable. Your review was terrific. Great writing. I voted up, useful and interesting.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Lisa, glad you stopped by and left a comment. I agree, I enjoyed the books and the tender intimacy. Thanks f or voting as well.

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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

I have to admit I haven't read any of these books, but you have captured their essence in this review beautifully. Voted up.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks for reading Millionaire. It is an interesting phenomenon to say the least.

wally 4 years ago

thanks bro

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KellyG05030 3 years ago from New England

Great hub! I'll admit I was reluctant to start this trilogy. I have no good reason for that other than my brain was stuck on a loop of history romance stories that I couldn't seem to get enough of. My husband actually talked me into starting the books, and I can't say enough about them. I bought the first book on my Nook and ended up reading all three books within 2 weeks! I'm currently re-reading the trilogy again, and I love them as much as the first time. I think they really drill home the point that no one is perfect nor is everyone exactly as they seem. I think there is someone out there for everyone, someone who makes you want to be a better person. Love it, love your article!!

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Kelly...I especially like your thought "no one is perfect nor is everyone exactly as they seem"! I appreciate your reading and commenting.

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Viva Jones 3 years ago from UK

I had to read this review having just read your take on the second book. That one sounded like there was a bit more plot but this one less so. I'm also uncomfortable with the fact he's so filthy rich - it seems the message is that women will accept any old lousy treatment if the man's rich enough. Ho hum... Great reviews, though, thank you!

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thank you for reading Viva Jones, glad you enjoyed my review. I think the best way to look at all three books is 'fantasy'. Anyone that would put themselves in a relationship like that and stay there, definitely needs counseling. They were fun to read if not taken seriously.

Laurie fraser 3 years ago

Seriously? VERY bad writing- yes the sex is fun but the writing, c'mon, it's bad. Someone should have edited these 3 books into one good book. Really scattered, lost plot, clearly not planning ahead- it's as if she published the first before she wrote the third and it was too late to go back and thread new story lines etc.

Laurie http://igg.me/at/the-word-not-spoken

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thank you for leaving a comment Laurie.

Julie Munger 21 months ago

Does the ending of the 50 shades of Freed, when it goes back to him telling his story then it goes back to when they first met, is it all a fantasy to him, the whole series, he spins what he wants to do to her, I am hoping someone who read all three books will shed some light on the ending of the last book, I took it as he was having a fantasy about her as she is interviewing him and then he jolts back to reality when she is ending her interview with him? Did anyone else get that from the ending???

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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

I don't believe the whole series is a fantasy to Christian, however, books are often written to allow us to come to our own conclusions, so it is entirely possible.

Thanks for reading my hub Julie. Maybe more comments will be made regarding your question.

pegah 9 months ago

i really need to know what will be happen in the end,?!

she will be pregnant ?!

i think its gonna make story disvalue!!!

couse we continue to read the story till the end too know that just she will be pregnant?!

his personality make any girl toooo be in love with him

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tillsontitan 9 months ago from New York Author

It is anybody's guess Pegah!

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