- Publisher: ARROW BOOKS LTD
- Format: Paperback | 592 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 42mm | 460g
- Publication date: 26 April 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0099579944
- ISBN 13: 9780099579946
- Sales rank: 84
Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, the "Fifty Shades" trilogy will obsess you, possess you and stay with you for ever. 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. Ana must learn to share Grey's opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own integrity or independence; and Grey must overcome his compulsion to control and lay to rest the horrors that still haunt him. Now, finally together, they have love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of infinite possibilities. But just when it seems that they really do have it all, tragedy and fate combine to make Ana's worst nightmares come true...
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E L James is a former TV executive, wife and mother of two based in West London. Since early childhood she dreamed of writing stories that readers would fall in love with, but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel Fifty Shades of Grey.
By Marianne Vincent 13 Nov 2012
Fifty Shades Freed is the third book in the Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James. Christian's intentions for Anastasia to become his Sub have magically evaporated and, fast forward, they are now married an on their honeymoon in the French Riviera. Unlike the first two books in the trilogy, in this book, quite a bit more happens besides the formulaic sex, of which there is still quite a lot. Christian is still being a control freak, but now, with good reason, as Ana's ex-boss Jack Hyde seems to be out to get them. So apart from yachting and jetskiing on the Riviera, clubbing in Aspen, a new Audi R8 as a birthday gift and renovating a house on the Sound, there's also another encounter with Leila, an accident for one of Ana's nearest and dearest, a pregnancy, Mrs Robinson makes an appearance, an engagement, a kidnapping and ransom situation, Ana shoots someone, and at least three people end up unconscious. But Ana meekly tolerates Christian's mercurial moods and volatile temper and really, it could be retitled Fifty Shades of Slow: the wedding night description is tedious, the dialogue, nauseating, and that's just the first 30 pages. If I read any more about biting of bottom lips or speaking silkily, I may well throw up. This book, unlike the others, relies on flash backs to tell part of the story. The Epilogue fast-forwards three years, then also includes some flashbacks to finish the story in a bit of a rush. There is a 29-page section at the end titled Shades of Christian, which describes his first Christmas and the first few encounters with Ana from Christians POV. Thank goodness that's over: I couldn't let it beat me. Slightly better than the first two........
By Ashleigh Reid 12 Sep 2012
I must admit I was skeptical about reading this series; but turns out I loved the story...
I am not a huge reader so not all up to date with styles of writing and/or "literary accomplishments" but I really enjoyed book 1 and 2... book 3 ended up dragging quite a bit and I found it hard to finish, well more the middle of the book until you get to the exciting end parts.
All up though worth a read:)
By G Lofts 08 Jul 2012
I was first introduced to this trilogy by my best friend who know's I enjoy reading adult fiction (I hate the term mummy porn), however this was my first straight couple adult fiction set of novels I have read, I prefer gay fiction t.b.h but thought oh what the hell, lets try it...
I'm reviewing the final book first, while it's still fresh in my mind, and gotta say it was good, I could tell where the author was going with her ideas but honestly it didn't go down very well on paper. Half way through the book I started getting irritated with the way she has written it in one chapter. All of a sudden two days had gone and just didn't seem right, it didn't flow. It should have started on a new chapter but just changed with a new email when it was all previous emails before? It just did not go down well.
Then of course was the ending...
I really did not like the last chapter of the book, okay yes it was nice knowing what happened with them, well with Ana and Christian, but it was just (for me anyways) thrown together. I would've like to had known more on things between them and with the other characters etc, but sadly no. Also like above, the chapter didn't seem to fit, instead of it being how it was it could've started differently and then maybe would've fitted better.
There are some good points with this book, first of all I really did enjoy some of the more tense parts, and not I'm not referring to the erotic parts, I'm referring to the car chase and the attempted disaster plots. (I enjoy thrillers as well to the gay erotic fiction) So these parts suited me well. Also, like the second book, (which is my fave of this trilogy) you get to read more of young Christian and some of his views of the first book, the interview / first meeting with Miss Steele.
Overall I can, to some degree, understand the hype of the books, they are good, even though during some parts I was skipping over the erotic parts, thinking along the lines (yes I get it, your into that but give the damn thing a break!) but I feel this one kind of lets the previous two down.
They are a good read, not exactly the best adult fiction I've ever read but it definitely isn't the worse.
By Nadine Goodman 11 Jun 2012
The 3rd book of the Fifty shades - trilogy is yet another page turner, but certainly continues to disappoint with regards to writing style. I was curious for this 'hype', but am disappointed about the level of literary accomplishment. To me all 3 parts really are just one book - there is no real ending to the first 2 parts. There were things however, that I enjoyed, and the epilogue was a pleasant surprise - a perfect icing to hide a suboptimal cake. The epilogue made me give another star, and I am writing this review because I just can't get the book out of my head - a good sign.
The 3rd book is still about Ana's and Christian's stormy relationship, and it describes how reality hits, and how they manage their difficulties and differences, without the eternal swooning of the 2nd book. The writing style does not improve however, there are still numerous repetitions, and the 'oh my' exclamations don't cease. The erotic scenes become a little more variable, not every single one is described into minute detail, and Ana even uses the safeword once, which makes it a little more believable.
I am not familiar with the world of BDSM, but I found it reassuring that the ultimate control lies with the submissive, and don't feel (like other reviewers) that Ana degrades herself by partaking in this. She actually appears to enjoy these experiences. I also don't think that she should stand up for herself more - I think she sets the boundaries that are important to her, and that she is trying to find the balance between sacrifice for the good of the relationship, and 'hard limits'.
The book explores the issues of character formation in the first 3 years of life, and whether the effects of those first years can be reversed. It also explores dealing with reality when having gotten married in the first 'head over heels in love (or lust)' - phase. It explores how much change for the other partner is possible, and how much is just not achievable. It doesn't explore these into the depth that it could have, but it is nonetheless interesting to read. I myself are familiar with a relationship in which the parties come from very different worlds, and I think that 2 people can love each other enough to make quite significant sacrifices in order to be together.
I quite enjoyed the 'Bridget Jones' style email exchange, which continues into the 3rd book, albeit to a lesser degree.
The changing of the main characters over the 3 books appears only superficial to me - Ana is still naive and worried about making Christian mad, and Christian is still mercurial and moody by the end of the trilogy. The other characters don't change significantly at all - very disappointing.
There are plenty of unrealistic aspects to this book unfortunately, I found it impossible to suspend my disbelief. To me it feels that if Christian was just a little less rich, a little less handsome, his parents a little less perfect, if Ana wasn't so new to relationships, so new to email, if she was maybe a little tempted by all that money, and if she occasionally had a disagreement with her mother, the same trilogy would be much more believable. Cutting out 1/3 of the erotic scenes, making some of them a 'less than perfect' experience, and changing the eternal repetition of 'oh my', 'he's so breathtaking' and 'will I always love him so' would have made a vast difference as well.
So even though the book had me turning pages till late at night, made me think about a few things and informed me a little about the world of BDSM, and had me very impressed with the epilogue, overall I was probably more annoyed by the writing style than pleased by the good things. It did get under my skin though - days after finishing the last part, I am still thinking about it a lot. 3 stars.
THE "NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLING FIFTY SHADES Trilogy "In a class by itself." --"Entertainment Weekly"