We knew it was coming- the Fifty Shades trilogy is complete! Sadly, it doesn’t look like there will be any further adventures with our favorite S&M couple Christian and Ana any time soon. EL James has moved on and is busy creating a new couple to steal our hearts. But we must thank her for a fantastic climax to the series.
In Fifty Shades Freed Christian becomes more than just a sex god- who knew he would turn out to be such a good guy? And so damn compassionate? O.K., we all did. I admit I’m a sucker for Christian- even when he is being utterly obnoxious. James allows us to see past the arrogant behavior to the man Christian would have been had he not suffered such a wretched past.
James knows her readers- and what they crave. I have always argued that James developed more than an S&M series in these books. There is an excellent story here, even if many people can’t see past the so-called ‘bad writing’. Like Edward and Bella in the Twilight series that the Fifty Shades books were based upon, Christian and Ana also get married and learn they are expecting a child. It serves to makes the couple even more human.
James ties up the loose ends from the first two books and it does sometimes feel a little rushed- like she is trying to fit it all in. We find out Jack Hyde’s story. It’s eye-opening to learn the details of Christian’s past and watch him show his vulnerable side when he loses control over ANYTHING. Mia’s kidnapping is finally wrapped up, along with the sub-plot: ‘Mrs. Robinson and the Subs.’
But don’t worry- there is still plenty of hot sex and- yay!- a return to the Red Room. Thankfully James doesn’t disappoint- there is also plenty of romance too. Perhaps she has run out of a little steam- the cute bantering back and forth between Ana and Christian isn’t the same as in the past. But James also has a lot of ground to cover and manages to do it pretty well.
What is my favorite part of Fifty Shades Freed? Definitely the epilogue. I wanted to find out if they live happily ever after! I also liked the bonus sections- “Fifty’s First Christmas” and “Meet Fifty Shades.” “Fifty’s First Christmas” gives a first-person account of Christian’s first Christmas after being adopted by the Greys. And “Meet Fifty Shades” shows us Christian’s first impressions of Ana in their first two meetings.
Yes, I am sad to come to the end of the Fifty Shades trilogy. But truthfully, I can’t wait to see what James has in store for us next.
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