"Fifty Shades Freed" by E. L. James
Medium: Available in Paperback and eBook
Narrative: First person of Ana Steele Grey
Goodreads Summary: 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, 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, misfortune, malice and fate combine to make Ana’s worst nightmares come true. Alone and desperate, she must face down the poisoned legacy of Christian’s past.
Seductive, shocking, sad and funny, Fifty Shades Freed is the compelling final volume in the Fifty Shades trilogy.
As the Fifty Shades saga continues, we find our Christian and Ana in the place we've all been hoping for all along... happily married. But are they really. Christian is as sweet and overbearing as ever, but not exactly the perfect husband. Ana is giving him a run for his money with a splash of obstinance sprinkled throughout their newlywed life. When threats are made on the home-front and real life comes to knock them down, Christian and Ana have to answer an age old question. How do you make a marriage work?
James is spot on with the tremendous chemistry that has developed over the series and brings it front and center as Ana and Christian face life threatening situations. I was completely immersed in the story from the beginning, imagining the magnificent places the two were honeymooning at. I almost felt I was right there with them when Christian and Ana rode off on their wave runners.
This novel is firmly set in the erotic genre, but it is so much more than just amazing sexual encounters between two consenting adults. It's action, real relationships, true love, and ultimate sacrifice. James has won my heart and my unwavering respect with this series. She has created a world where a woman can assert herself in the bedroom and not be ashamed of what she wants in there.
As I am saddened to see this series come to an end, I am thankful for the journey. I believe it's true when I say Christian and Ana's story has changed so many lives, often for the better. Thank you, E.L. Your words have given so many courage to find what they really want in a relationship. Family, love, and intimacy are all attainable if we look into ourselves and decide what we really want. I would venture to answer that question for many readers of the series. Christian.
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Just FYI to you all. I am finishing up edits for the second installment in The Redemption Series, "Revisited". If all goes as planned it should be published July 2012. Look for updates and new character bios in the coming months!