What Happens in Fifty Shades Freed
Fifty Shades Freed
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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