Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James

(Fifty Shades, #3)
Erotica, Romance

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, wealth, 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, tragedy, malice and fate combine to make Ana's worst nightmares come true.

The book does end up "Making up with me", but the very beginning was a rough time! It's a big pet peeve of mine if you're reading a series, invested in the character and what happens, and when a book comes out, suddenly a HUGE thing has happened, so you weren't there for all the details you were looking forward to!  Reading after the fact with mere flashbacks is so not the same thing :(

 As before sex is a little too dominant in the story, to where it loses some of its appeal. Again a lot of the dialogue is too melodramatic and out of place. However, James does try to inject more plot points this time around. We have the drama of the boss, resolution of other key players, some new "dangers", and then the surprising twist near the end that threatens to blow everything up.

I would have enjoyed this one more as I do think the author was trying to add more struggles that made sense, but Ana greatly started annoying me again. I had made peace with her the second time, but here she's just plain dense. 

She irritated me immensely not understanding his anger and making a huge production of her emotions during the bar scene. I'm not providing spoilers here, but if you've read the book then you know what I mean. There's a crazy guy on the loose after her, so she tells Christian on the phone (who is out of town) when he's worried that she promises she WONT go to the bar, but instead will hang out with her friend at home, safe. She then does the oposite after changing her mind, never calling to let him know, leaving everyone worried sick, and parties for hours.

When he gets enraged, it's not a control issue people. She thinks it was but how dense she is is what I don't understand. It is a RESPECT issue. It was dishonorable to go back on your word to someone who was worried about you, lie and just think about yourself, then get offended if they get upset. It's not about control with this, but about honesty and honor. I was also irritated at the...err, unexpected announcement toward the end. Sure, it does happen, but shouldn't because she's too flighty to remember something so important.

For some reason her actions and silly thoughts kept getting on my nerves. The second half of the book improves, I love the family and friend life and enjoyed when she started going back to work and other stuff started happening. The ending was a very happy ending. I think the author resolved things pretty nicely.

These books are addicting, despite flaws, and I couldn't put it down. Read it in one sitting and skipped sleep. There's something about the story that keeps you reading.

   Book Quotes:

“He makes me graceful, that's his skill. He makes me sexy, because that's what he is. He makes me feel loved, because in spite of his fifty shades, he has a wealth of love to give.” 

“Oh Christian... my possessive, jealous, control freak Christian.” 

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