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9 March 2015

Fifty Shades Freed
E L James
Publication Date
April 2012
Erotic Romance

When Ana Steele first encountered the driven, damaged entrepreneur Christian Grey, it sparked a sensual affair that changed both their lives irrevocably. Ana always knew that loving her Fifty Shades would not be easy, and being together poses challenges neither of them had anticipated.

My Review

So much has been said and written about the Fifty Shades Books that it is somewhat difficult to come up with a unique review.

I have now finally managed to read the 3rd book, just about in time before the film was released. In book 3, the story of Ana and Christian continues. They are married now, and Ana tries to adjust to married life with her 'Fifty Shades' as she still refers to him in her mind. Madly in love and lots of sex, yes. But a challenge it is certainly for Ana. As we know now, Christian is quite controlling and of course there is also the security issues he is fretting about. Little things like not wanting to take his surname makes him go really mad. And when she decides to go out with a friend when she promised him she will stay in... oh my! But hey, he is only concerned for her safety. We pretty much meet the same supporting characters in this last instalment, and  previous 'enemies' of the couple come back to haunt Ana. 

I had trouble getting really into the book. The first half of the book was like wading through treacle for me. And sorry, I just didn't care for their sex life any more. I was like 'ok, here we go again' and I would find myself skipping it. The second half got a bit more interesting and I found myself turning the pages quicker. 

I really enjoyed the last few pages where Christian recounts the story from his own point. One of my favourite part of the whole series actually, and I felt it was the perfect close for the series. 

Lots of criticism has been placed on the book stating that Christian is very controlling and she accepts this.  And would she still be so happy with him controlling her if he was not a multimillionaire but living in a trailer park? My thoughts..(apart from the fact that it is a fictional story after all)... Well, firstly, money and success are attractive, no doubt. I also found that the author actually got the portrayal of Ana just right as someone who doesn't actually care that much about the money (without being over the top on it and without being too obvious about it). 

All in all, with all 3 books read now, I think they are quite simply a love story with sex thrown in. There are lots of elements from your typical romance book - damsel in distress finds prince etc. From my own reading experience, I can honestly say that I have read many books which were steamier than this - and no, I don't read porn, but just ordinary books purchased in normal book stores (Waterstones etc). I think the story would have been ok for 1 book only and 3 books stretched it a bit and parts became boring, especially as all of them are quite long.