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You are cordially invited to the wedding of the decade, when Christian Grey will make Anastasia Steele his wife. But is he really husband material? His dad is unsure, his brother wants to organise one helluva bachelor party, and his fiancée won't vow to obey... And marriage brings its own challenges. Their passion for each other burns hotter and deeper than ever, but Ana's You are cordially invited to the wedding of the decade, when Christian Grey will make Anastasia Steele his wife. But is he really husband material? His dad is unsure, his brother wants to organise one helluva bachelor party, and his fiancée won't vow to obey... And marriage brings its own challenges. Their passion for each other burns hotter and deeper than ever, but Ana's defiant spirit continues to stir Christian's darkest fears and tests his need for control. As old rivalries and resentments endanger them both, one misjudgement threatens to tear them apart. Can Christian overcome the nightmares of his childhood and the torments of his youth, and save himself? And once he's discovered the truth of his origins, can he find forgiveness and accept Ana's unconditional love? Can Christian finally be freed? Relive the sensuality, the romance, and the drama of Fifty Shades Freed - the love story that enthralled millions of readers around the world - through the thoughts, reflections, and dreams of Christian Grey. E.L. James revisits the world of Fifty Shades with a deeper and darker take on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the globe.


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You are cordially invited to the wedding of the decade, when Christian Grey will make Anastasia Steele his wife. But is he really husband material? His dad is unsure, his brother wants to organise one helluva bachelor party, and his fiancée won't vow to obey... And marriage brings its own challenges. Their passion for each other burns hotter and deeper than ever, but Ana's You are cordially invited to the wedding of the decade, when Christian Grey will make Anastasia Steele his wife. But is he really husband material? His dad is unsure, his brother wants to organise one helluva bachelor party, and his fiancée won't vow to obey... And marriage brings its own challenges. Their passion for each other burns hotter and deeper than ever, but Ana's defiant spirit continues to stir Christian's darkest fears and tests his need for control. As old rivalries and resentments endanger them both, one misjudgement threatens to tear them apart. Can Christian overcome the nightmares of his childhood and the torments of his youth, and save himself? And once he's discovered the truth of his origins, can he find forgiveness and accept Ana's unconditional love? Can Christian finally be freed? Relive the sensuality, the romance, and the drama of Fifty Shades Freed - the love story that enthralled millions of readers around the world - through the thoughts, reflections, and dreams of Christian Grey. E.L. James revisits the world of Fifty Shades with a deeper and darker take on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the globe.

30 review for Freed

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Thanks but no thanks... But I appreciate she’s releasing this book instead of Mister’s sequel! Thanks but no thanks... But I appreciate she’s releasing this book instead of Mister’s sequel!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    4 stars 

 It was so great to be back in the Fifty Shades world. I know this series isn’t one everyone loves, but I always have. I feel nostalgic for it, as I’ve always been an avid book reader but this is the series that got me into reading much more romance. I loved getting Christian’s pov, and even though I already knew the story, it was nice to get certain scenes from his pov. It was reallllllly long and probably could have had a couple hours shaved from it, but overall I enjoyed. Zachary Web 4 stars 

 It was so great to be back in the Fifty Shades world. I know this series isn’t one everyone loves, but I always have. I feel nostalgic for it, as I’ve always been an avid book reader but this is the series that got me into reading much more romance. I loved getting Christian’s pov, and even though I already knew the story, it was nice to get certain scenes from his pov. It was reallllllly long and probably could have had a couple hours shaved from it, but overall I enjoyed. Zachary Webber does an incredible job voicing Christian. If you’re going to read this one, I can’t recommend listening enough! Audio book source: Audible Story Rating: 4 stars Narrators: Zachary Webber Narration Rating: 5 stars Genre: Romance Length: 27h 15m

  3. 5 out of 5

    Yeasmin Alo

    My king is coming back to me 😌 My king is coming back to me 😌

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Save yourself. This book was not worth the wait. I confess the previous books were guilty pleasures, but this one is excruciatingly dull. Christian likes turkey sandwiches for lunch. Sometimes he likes his coffee black, sometimes he likes espresso. When Mrs Jones suggests dinner will be ready in 20 minutes, he suggests half an hour. There is no discernible plot. There is nothing romantic. His job is boring and he seems to have fewer ideas than an average middle manager. He's obsessed with Ana, Save yourself. This book was not worth the wait. I confess the previous books were guilty pleasures, but this one is excruciatingly dull. Christian likes turkey sandwiches for lunch. Sometimes he likes his coffee black, sometimes he likes espresso. When Mrs Jones suggests dinner will be ready in 20 minutes, he suggests half an hour. There is no discernible plot. There is nothing romantic. His job is boring and he seems to have fewer ideas than an average middle manager. He's obsessed with Ana, and he's also the most boring person alive. We don't need to spend any more time inside his head. This bloated book needed a good editor with a big red pen

  5. 4 out of 5

    ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

    I started reading #FREED one minute after midnight on June first. Right after amazon delivered it to my kindle. But the book was soo long that I could only read 4-10% in one sitting. Which I loved. I wanted this book to last forever. I wouldn't have minded another 500 pages. I don't know why I love Christian's thoughts so much. I know I prefer a male POV in books, but still ... I loved Ana's books too. But Christian is just ... perfect. Perfectly imperfect of course. I loved that we got to see so I started reading #FREED one minute after midnight on June first. Right after amazon delivered it to my kindle. But the book was soo long that I could only read 4-10% in one sitting. Which I loved. I wanted this book to last forever. I wouldn't have minded another 500 pages. I don't know why I love Christian's thoughts so much. I know I prefer a male POV in books, but still ... I loved Ana's books too. But Christian is just ... perfect. Perfectly imperfect of course. I loved that we got to see so many moments we missed in Ana's book. And there's even more that I wanted to hear about. I wanted to walk through London and Paris with them! I really missed that. But there were so many amazing moments in this book. There were also some thing I hated - like I always do in most of my 5-Star-Reads. I hate religion in my books and there was a tiny bit too much church and praying in here. 😞 And my pet peeve when it comes to British authors with their American characters. I know it's hard to get rid of all your words and expressions, but it bothers me so much! And there have been beta-reads and proof-reads and editings done by American people with this book ... why didn't they find all those many things? I highlighted SO many British moments. Ugh. Ever since I read the first Fifty Shades book, I keep wondering why Erika didn't just let the Greys be British?? It would've been so easy to just have them move to Seattle because of a good job for Grace or Carrick. Maybe when Christian was around 10-13 years old. That way all those British moments would've made so much more sense. Plus... Jamie's Irish wouldn't have bothered me in the movies. He does a good American accent but you hear the Irish in almost ever word/sentence. 😭 Anyway. I loved this book! I loved all the moments. The beautiful and funny and adorable moments. Christian with Elliot. Christian with Mia. Christian with Ethan. All of his moments. Just beautiful. But I will also keep on hoping that those were not the last words/thoughts of Christian we ever get. I hope that there will be more one day. I don't know how the following idea came into my head, but somehow I see Christian with a dog. I think he needs a dog. No idea why!? I think I need a novella where he adopts a dog - a dog that loves him best. That would be so adorable! 💜 💜

  6. 5 out of 5

    Antonella

    last year there was Edward's pov book this year we get this.. over 700 pages... ma'am wtf.. anyhoo... if I could read this book let's say 8 years ago I would be all over it but not anymore but you all have a great time and enjoy!! last year there was Edward's pov book this year we get this.. over 700 pages... ma'am wtf.. anyhoo... if I could read this book let's say 8 years ago I would be all over it but not anymore but you all have a great time and enjoy!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jess | whatjessreads_

    I have no shame in admitting I will read this as soon as it’s released. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christi

    6-10-2021: Just finished Freed and am glad to finally have Christian's POV. It is quite long and at some times boring - Christian's business life takes up alot of the book. STill one of my all time favorite series though :) screw you all who give an unreleased book 1 star. I have been waiting and wishing for Christian's view of the 3rd installment and personally cannot wait to read it. Are they both immature 20 somethings? YES. And Miss James writes it perfectly IMO. 6-10-2021: Just finished Freed and am glad to finally have Christian's POV. It is quite long and at some times boring - Christian's business life takes up alot of the book. STill one of my all time favorite series though :) screw you all who give an unreleased book 1 star. I have been waiting and wishing for Christian's view of the 3rd installment and personally cannot wait to read it. Are they both immature 20 somethings? YES. And Miss James writes it perfectly IMO.

  9. 5 out of 5

    melanie

    Cannot wait. I want to know what Christian was thinking when she told him she was pregnant and what he thought when he thought she was going to leave him. I’m so excited!!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gitte TotallyBookedBlog

    ‘We’re flying through the sunset to chase the dawn.’ Back in 2011 I picked up Fifty Shades of Grey after coming off a long binge of paranormal romance, I craved something different but of course, it still had to have romance in it! Little did I know at the time, that by picking up the Fifty Shades series by EL James my life would change and bring me a whole new wonderful world: the book world. A place where I’ve found so many book friends around the globe – friends for life. I consequently disco ‘We’re flying through the sunset to chase the dawn.’ Back in 2011 I picked up Fifty Shades of Grey after coming off a long binge of paranormal romance, I craved something different but of course, it still had to have romance in it! Little did I know at the time, that by picking up the Fifty Shades series by EL James my life would change and bring me a whole new wonderful world: the book world. A place where I’ve found so many book friends around the globe – friends for life. I consequently discovered new Authors I would’ve never known about, and because of Fifty, it led to starting a book blog with my book soulmate and bessie mate, Jenny. I’ve experienced new and exciting things I never could’ve imagined and of course -above all, it brought me the unforgettable Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey as well as a tattoo quote, which to me, epitomizes their journey. Ten years filled with wonderful moments, amazing books, and like-minded people, creating memories I will always treasure, come what may. For this, I will always be thankful for the Fifty Shades series and will always hold its Author, EL James close to my heart. ‘I know what it’s like to bathe in her light. She is warmth and life and home. She is everything. I want her by my side. I love her.’ Reading FREED told by Christian, knowing that this is the last book to reveal his inner musings and the why’s of his actions was quite bittersweet. I was excited to begin yet hesitant to finish. Now, sitting here in my garden on a warm summer’s evening, drinking wine out of a glass etched with Freed, which could not be any more apt, I feel quite despondent yet overwhelmingly happy at the same time. I have loved this series for everything it was and always will be, that EL James gave us three more books to have the privilege of Christian Grey’s voice was a gift worth its weight in both gold and girth, as this last instalment proved. And you know what -even so- I could’ve kept reading, such is my love for Fifty Shades and everything it embodies, and to be honest, it’s go big or go home right?! Well, EL James went big and she brought me home. A home I will remember fondly as I’m sure the rest of you will too. ‘I’m unleashed. My need for her greater than I ever imagined. I want to crawl inside her skin so she can keep me in one piece; keep me whole.’ I don’t need to tell you about Freed, Fifty Shades as Told by Christian. If you’ve been on the same journey as me, you know what it means, what the crux of the story is, and how it will end. What you won’t know yet if you haven’t read it, is how wonderful, emotional, and revealing Freed is across a storyline we’ve had the ultimate pleasure in experiencing once before in Ana’s voice. I truly left my heart amongst the pages of Christian’s Freed, and I was barely hanging on at times during the most poignant moments of Christian’s truths. “If you grow up with a wholly negative self-image, thinking you’re some kind of reject, an unlovable savage, you think you deserve to be beaten…Ana, it’s much easier to wear your pain on the outside.” It’s much harder on the inside. Christian Grey gave us such heartfelt revelations, so many new layers were unravelled. So much agony, confusion, self-sabotage, and insecurity yet a feeling of the intense need for certainty in love. Christian Grey, the man scared of human touch, affection, and a questioner of the love he received, desperate for everything that scares him and has scarred him. Unwilling, feeling unworthy and lost when not in control. Two sides of a man desperate to marry the two, but at a loss on the how-to. ‘I can’t do this. I don’t want to think about the past. It’s been. It’s done. It’s too painful.’ Freed was beautiful, poignantly emotional, sexy, fun and so worth the wait. I have my own emotionally vivid memories of scenes from Freed in Ana’s voice which I could not wait to hear in Christian’s. Not only that, but I also needed to both hear and feel Christian’s thoughts and emotions when it came to his family, and woah, at times I had tears rolling down my cheeks! They always say the best comes to those who patiently wait, and every word of that is true when it comes to Freed, Fifty Shades as Told by Christian. It was captivating and pure indulgence for this fangirl. ‘Happiness. It’s a strange and unsettling emotion, one that I’ve felt often enough since meeting Ana. But I’ve always thought of those as fleeting moments, sometimes euphoric, sometimes just pure joy. It’s never been my constant companion. It‘s crept up on me, and now it’s with me, always – but it’s an uneasy feeling, a tightness in my chest. And I know it’s because it could be snatched from me at any moment, and I’d be left devastated.’ What EL James has achieved by writing a trilogy from both Anastasia’s and Christian’s view is quite outstanding. Both have an incredible impact. The first three books were fundamentally Ana’s story, a woman’s journey in a new and dark world of love, heartbreak, and kink. Having to grow up very quickly to fight for the man she wants, whilst finding her place in the world at the same time. A sweet, innocent, and adorably naïve voice turning mature, powerful, and becoming a persistent light in the darkness where Christian Grey lives. The very same books in Christian’s voice felt darker, more fractious, and ultimately so much more heart-breaking. The intensity of soul searching, of forgotten memories, and violence were so powerful and felt quite momentous. Yet these same pages were filled with wonderment and light too, as a man learns what it means to be loved and opens his heart and mind to those who matter as Ana shows him the way. The way home to love and acceptance. What a journey it’s been, I feel quite breathless. Thank you, EL James. Always! ‘My beacon. My dreamcatcher. My love. My life.’ Available to purchase below Amazon US Amazon UK Come and say hi, at: ✲ TotallyBookedBlog ✲ TBB on Facebook ✲ TBB on Instagram ✲ TBB on Twitter ✲ TBB on Pinterest

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lisbeth

    DNF 60%. I tried, I really did. Back in the days i loved the trilogy, and author, now, not so much, I can actually say, I distaste it. The writing style, the characters, was awful. I have no idea, have I could love this author or trilogy back then, and rate it so high, but I guess my taste changed..

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

    4+ "Oh Fifty..." Stars! Well, that was so nostalgic. For the most part this book made me quite happy. But gee wiz was Christian frustrating. Ana too for that matter. Anywho, if your a fan of this series, you'll enjoy this book. If you're not, I'm sure you will trash it without even reading it, so... For those that do want to read this, It was a marathon not a sprint, and there were quite a few new scenes to be enjoyed. Also, there were a lot more fade to black scenes. Which I appreciated. Overall 4+ "Oh Fifty..." Stars! Well, that was so nostalgic. For the most part this book made me quite happy. But gee wiz was Christian frustrating. Ana too for that matter. Anywho, if your a fan of this series, you'll enjoy this book. If you're not, I'm sure you will trash it without even reading it, so... For those that do want to read this, It was a marathon not a sprint, and there were quite a few new scenes to be enjoyed. Also, there were a lot more fade to black scenes. Which I appreciated. Overall, I loved it. I'm glad I read it, and I'm happy the series is complete. Though I think I would enjoy reading Taylor's and Mrs. Jones's story. Hummm. Happy reading!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cheesecake

    This is almost 800 pages guaranteed to cure your insomnia. Remember the big climax with the bad guy and Anna ending up in hospital? Well that happens and there's still over 4 hours of audiobook left! It just goes on and on... Anna seemed fiercer from Christian's POV. AND you don't have to hear about her inner goddess crap. Other than that, it didn't really say anything the original version didn't already go over. But it adds a whole dump truck of boring, daily minutia. Christian has gone from this e This is almost 800 pages guaranteed to cure your insomnia. Remember the big climax with the bad guy and Anna ending up in hospital? Well that happens and there's still over 4 hours of audiobook left! It just goes on and on... Anna seemed fiercer from Christian's POV. AND you don't have to hear about her inner goddess crap. Other than that, it didn't really say anything the original version didn't already go over. But it adds a whole dump truck of boring, daily minutia. Christian has gone from this enigmatic control freak to a dull control freak.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    This book was like coming home to an old friend. But one that you’ve kind of outgrown and you can only rehash the same old stories. Between all the bonus insights over the years, I didn’t feel like I learned anything new.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alex(Books-In-A-Storm)

    I have been waiting for this and it did not disappoint at all. I love, love, love, loved this book. Reading Christian side of the story made the books much better then Ana's perspective. There was so much more too the story and I loved every minute of it. There where a lot of questions answered in this book. I really liked this ending better. I have been waiting for this and it did not disappoint at all. I love, love, love, loved this book. Reading Christian side of the story made the books much better then Ana's perspective. There was so much more too the story and I loved every minute of it. There where a lot of questions answered in this book. I really liked this ending better.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sude Kılıç

    God, it was such a waste of time. The book spent so much time on unnecessary details. Just give me the good content. It should have had more scenes of Anna's pregnancy journey and how they dealed with it. God, it was such a waste of time. The book spent so much time on unnecessary details. Just give me the good content. It should have had more scenes of Anna's pregnancy journey and how they dealed with it.

  17. 4 out of 5

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    “Together. Us. As one.” - Christian Grey —— “A combination of sea, sun, and wind from being aboard The Grace for the long weekend (…) I’ve never felt as relaxed as I did with her on board my catamaran. Ana is food for my soul.” - Christian Grey — — “I need to be in control. Always. Without control, there is chaos. And anger. And hurt, and fear…and pain. Shit. What am I going to do? This is an impossible hurdle to overcome. Isn’t it?” - Christian Grey — — “Ana is my happiness. She holds the key.” - Christian Grey “Together. Us. As one.” - Christian Grey —— “A combination of sea, sun, and wind from being aboard The Grace for the long weekend (…) I’ve never felt as relaxed as I did with her on board my catamaran. Ana is food for my soul.” - Christian Grey — — “I need to be in control. Always. Without control, there is chaos. And anger. And hurt, and fear…and pain. Shit. What am I going to do? This is an impossible hurdle to overcome. Isn’t it?” - Christian Grey — — “Ana is my happiness. She holds the key.” - Christian Grey — — “For you, Mrs. Grey—hearts and flowers. Always.” - Christian Grey

  18. 5 out of 5

    Louisa

    This was a great end to the series, really enjoyed this book-we saw more than from Ana's book, because this kicks off right after the end of the previous book, and that was fantastic! And seeing those important moments from Christian's perspective, and what we learned, was so great! This was a great end to the series, really enjoyed this book-we saw more than from Ana's book, because this kicks off right after the end of the previous book, and that was fantastic! And seeing those important moments from Christian's perspective, and what we learned, was so great!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tanja ~ KT Book Reviews

    And with that my journey with Christian and Anastasia has come to an end. I have enjoyed the entire series. The original series, the movies, and this new round of books from Christian's point of view. It feels a bit sad for it all to be over. I love how even though we've read and watched the previous book and movie, having the ability to be in Mr. Grey's thoughts brings a new, and at times heartbreakingly sweet, view on things. Thanks, EL James it was a wonderful Charlie Tango ride! ~Tanja Foll And with that my journey with Christian and Anastasia has come to an end. I have enjoyed the entire series. The original series, the movies, and this new round of books from Christian's point of view. It feels a bit sad for it all to be over. I love how even though we've read and watched the previous book and movie, having the ability to be in Mr. Grey's thoughts brings a new, and at times heartbreakingly sweet, view on things. Thanks, EL James it was a wonderful Charlie Tango ride! ~Tanja Follow me on Instagram✿Twitter✿Facebook✿Pinterest✿TikTok

  20. 5 out of 5

    Astha Bhardwaj

    Let's get real with this book. This books is really really lengthy. Like really long, it's get to this point where it gets a bit too much. This book could have been worth enjoying if it was a little shorter. Their was nothing very insightful about this series, even if their were some points it was overshadowed by the length. Over all this was a hype thing nothing more. Let's get real with this book. This books is really really lengthy. Like really long, it's get to this point where it gets a bit too much. This book could have been worth enjoying if it was a little shorter. Their was nothing very insightful about this series, even if their were some points it was overshadowed by the length. Over all this was a hype thing nothing more.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Let’s me start by saying nobody loved this series like I did. I couldn’t wait for this book release. Like everyone else I scanned articles and social media looking for any clues I could get. I didn’t even wait to order, I ran to Barnes & Nobles and grabbed my own copy. I’m not sure who wrote this book but it was not EL James. This was truly a epic disaster. I enjoyed the story & my favorite couple even though it broke my heart. Every chapter seemed as though she was telling a story but would abr Let’s me start by saying nobody loved this series like I did. I couldn’t wait for this book release. Like everyone else I scanned articles and social media looking for any clues I could get. I didn’t even wait to order, I ran to Barnes & Nobles and grabbed my own copy. I’m not sure who wrote this book but it was not EL James. This was truly a epic disaster. I enjoyed the story & my favorite couple even though it broke my heart. Every chapter seemed as though she was telling a story but would abruptly end to throw in a email that either character wrote. I just felt as though words were thrown on a page to fill it with out the passion that was in the other 5 books. I’m absolutely disappointed in the writing. Christian and Anastasia will always remain one of my favorite love stories. I couldn’t even finish.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Rose

    Bland... like this review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Leigh Romano

    Yes, I will read the Fifty Shades trilogy in the POV of Christian Grey. I do have some thoughts to share about the books, which may or may not be borderline scholarly lol. And I'm actually almost jumping out of the giddiness right now. You may all pretend I did not just share this on my timeline. Yes, I will read the Fifty Shades trilogy in the POV of Christian Grey. I do have some thoughts to share about the books, which may or may not be borderline scholarly lol. And I'm actually almost jumping out of the giddiness right now. You may all pretend I did not just share this on my timeline.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Aggie

    I don't wanna talk about it. But... I just had to finish the series. Out of duty. Let's not mention this again 🤣 I don't wanna talk about it. But... I just had to finish the series. Out of duty. Let's not mention this again 🤣

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Reads

    It pains my heart to give such a low rating to the man that captured my heart from the get-go but no sorry for me this was not Christian Grey. I read the whole book even though I wanted to bin it many times but because I knew what was coming next (I have read them all) I wanted to see what his side of a certain moment was so this is the only reason I stuck it out. I guess somewhere in me I hoped for a glimpse of my book boyfriend but he never truly came. With Grey and Darker I felt that he was ki It pains my heart to give such a low rating to the man that captured my heart from the get-go but no sorry for me this was not Christian Grey. I read the whole book even though I wanted to bin it many times but because I knew what was coming next (I have read them all) I wanted to see what his side of a certain moment was so this is the only reason I stuck it out. I guess somewhere in me I hoped for a glimpse of my book boyfriend but he never truly came. With Grey and Darker I felt that he was kinda more witty and possessive and obsessive but Freed made him seem more like a spoilt brat throwing toys from a pram and being needy let's not forget this man runs a multi-billion-dollar company and was a Dom for how many years? yet he's made seem very incompetent at times. so no I cannot say that I loved it sadly, Has E.L James simply lost her touch forgot the man she created and got sucked into someone else's perception of Grey or is it me and it was just simply the right book at the wrong time... I dunno but for me, this was NOT the man I have come to know and love.

  26. 4 out of 5

    B.

    An Absolute Must Read For Fans! A Colossal Book That Tells So Much More About The Couple’s Story. This Book Is A Deep & Emotional Read As Christian’s Character Digs Deeper To Overcome The Emotional Damage That Has Prevented Him From Living A Normal Life. Anastasia’s Safety Becomes An Obsession As He Recognizes That Her Life May Be In Danger. Yes, This Is A Steamy Story. Christian & Anastasia Have Incredible Chemistry & Those Scenes Burn Up The Pages. But They Also Serve To Bring The Couple Close An Absolute Must Read For Fans! A Colossal Book That Tells So Much More About The Couple’s Story. This Book Is A Deep & Emotional Read As Christian’s Character Digs Deeper To Overcome The Emotional Damage That Has Prevented Him From Living A Normal Life. Anastasia’s Safety Becomes An Obsession As He Recognizes That Her Life May Be In Danger. Yes, This Is A Steamy Story. Christian & Anastasia Have Incredible Chemistry & Those Scenes Burn Up The Pages. But They Also Serve To Bring The Couple Closer, & Due To Their Dark Nature, They Promote Trust & Deepen Intimacy. That Carries Over Into The Rest Of The Story – And There Really Is A Story Here, Despite The Hype. The Characters Are Complex & Real, Even If The Story Itself Is A Fantasy. Christian May Be Dictatorial & Brash, But This Tells The Story Of A Boy & Teen Who Suffered From Abuse & Grew Into A Man Whose Self Worth Had Been Beaten Down. ABOUT THE FIFTY SHADES AS TOLD BY CHRISTIAN SERIES: This book is absolutely a must read for fans. It is colossal – and tells so much more than Anastasia’s story. A lot takes place here between the proposal and the wedding, which occurs one quarter of the way through the book. There are new scenes between Christian and his father, as readers finally get a look at their falling out before the wedding. Several scenes include Christian’s brother Elliot, and it is nice to see the two of them one on one. This book shows Anastasia making good on her promise to go to church. Elliot throws Christian a bachelor party to remember. This story pulls in more characters, and here we get to know how Christian feels about them all. From the changing relationship between him and his employees to Jose Rodriguez and Ethan Kavanagh. This book really adds to Christian and Anastasia’s story. Everyone is familiar with the Fifty Shades of Grey series. That is Anastasia Steele’s story. This is the third book in the series that tells the Fifty Shades of Grey story from the male point of view: this is Christian Grey’s story. Whether you have read the first series makes no difference here. It is essentially the same story, but here the reader gets to discover more about Christian, who is a far more fascinating character than Anastasia. Her story is captivating – makes no mistake – but hers is more of a dark coming of age story. Unlike Anastasia, Christian has a past – one that is out of the ordinary in almost every respect. He has demons. Combined with the power he has amassed, that makes him dangerous, especially to someone like Anastasia. Anastasia’s story has her finding her own power and her own voice when she finds herself swept into a whirlwind relationship with a dark and powerful man. Christian’s story obviously goes further to shed light on what he is feeling throughout Anastasia’s story, and it doesn’t disappoint. Christian is a broken and misunderstood man who believes himself both incapable and undeserving of love until an unassuming college senior stumbles into his office and has him rethinking all the rules in his well-ordered world. Christian’s character is broken and compelling, and his story is well worth reading even if you already know Anastasia’s. This book picks up after Christian’s formal proposal at the tail end of his birthday party. For fans, book two in Anastasia’s story ended just a little after this story begins. This is a happy time for the couple, whose short relationship has seen big highs and lows. For the naysayers, just keep in mind while reading that this is a fantasy. There are certainly many happily married real-life couples that meet and marry in record-breaking time, and there are likewise real-life billionaires who are entitled to their own happy stories. There are also people that are healed by the love of someone special in their life. But this doesn’t pretend to be more than a fantasy – a love story. Anastasia walking out on Christian in book one changed his life. It forced him to begin a process of earnestly confronting his demons and considering the possibility that he might be capable of a normal vanilla relationship. In book two, he began in earnest to win back her affections. He still has a lot to learn, however, as he works through the kinks (no pun intended). Yes, this is a steamy story. Christian and Anastasia have incredible chemistry and those scenes burn up the pages. Those scenes serve to bring the couple closer, and due to their dark nature, they serve to promote trust and deepen intimacy. That carries over into the rest of the story. And there really is a story here, despite the hype. The characters are complex and real, even if the story itself is a fantasy. Christian is a young billionaire and leads a life most could never attain. In that respect their story is a modern version of the classic fairy tales, such as a modern Cinderella story – or perhaps Beauty and the Beast would be more appropriate. But even if it were scaled down and Christian’s success moderated, the dynamics between him and Anastasia would still make for a great story. FROM GREY: FIFTY SHADES AS TOLD BY CHRISTIAN The first book in this series takes place between May 9, 2011 and June 9, 2011. Christian Grey, twenty-seven, has a lot of rules. Rules keep his world safe and afford him the control he craves. He is CEO of Grey Enterprises Holding, Inc., the Seattle-based company he started after graduating from Harvard. He devotes himself to his work, and it has paid off well. He owes it to his discipline and drive – and that he owes to Elena. Without her he probably would have ended up like his mother – a druggie who overdosed when he was just four. He has horrible memories of those days, and the nightmares still haunt him. He barely spoke for a long time afterward, even after being adopted by his parents, Carrick and Grace. Despite all the support of his parents, Christian struggled with anger as a child. He was heading down an ugly road until Elena entered his life at age fifteen. Elena introduced Christian to the BDSM lifestyle. Following her rules helped him channel his anger and gave him the ability to focus on goals. He stayed with her five years before spreading his wings. He works long hours and doesn’t have much down time, but in addition to flying and boating, he enjoys unwinding with a sub in his playroom. It is a secret pleasure – and he intends to keep it that way. His family hasn’t a clue – he has never brought a girl home before; Elliot thinks he is a monk. Christian has since gone through many submissives over the years. He always enters into contractual agreements with the women so there are never any misunderstandings. It is the only kind of relationship he is capable of, and once the women want more from him he cuts ties. Susannah was his latest, and that ended about two months ago. Christian is feeling restless and in need of a diversion when Miss Anastasia Steele stumbles into his office on an uneventful Monday. She is there to interview him for the WSU student newspaper, as he is giving the upcoming commence address. She is uncoordinated and lacks good fashion sense, and is someone he would normally dismiss, but something about her fascinates him. He finds humor where he would usually be irritated, and he sees possibility even though he knows he has no business pursuing her. Christian has never pursued a woman before – Elena has always helped him find a new sub. By the time Miss Steele bumbles through the interview, though, he is entirely lost to her unassuming beauty and klutzy charm. As the couple tentatively moves forward, Christian hopes to establish boundaries and rules, bringing Anastasia into his world. She is open to trying new things but doesn’t hide the fact that she wants more. She wants a relationship. Christian knows he is holding back on her. She wants him to open up, but he only really shares with Dr. Flynn – and of course Elena. He has secrets that he cannot share with Anastasia because they would scare her away, and he is too selfish to let her go. This story ends in a cliffhanger, but it is one of hope. FROM DARKER: FIFTY SHADES DARKER AS TOLD BY CHRISTIAN This book takes place between Jun 9.2011 and Jun 18, 2011. Christian is more determined than ever to win Anastasia back. After speaking with Dr. Flynn and considerable self-reflection, he has a plan. He had hoped to win her over to his lifestyle, but that had been a colossal mistake. Ms. Steele, he learned, does not enjoy nor does she understand the mindset involved in severe punishments. Christian thought he needed that until she left, but now he will have her any way he can. He has discovered that he wants her more than he needs the safety of his playroom and the punishments he so enjoys administering. And most significantly, he wants more with her, too. He will do whatever it takes to keep her by his side. The couple works on building a vanilla relationship, but that is easier said than done. Christian remains a man that craves control in his life, and learning to let go is difficult for him. Anastasia is challenging, yet he enjoys the challenge (when he isn’t angry). But even as they begin to find happiness again, there are obstacles that threaten the couple. Leila Reed, his former sub, remains on the loose after her attempted suicide in his home. In her current state, Christian cannot be certain that she won’t cause further harm to herself or others – including Ana. And letting Anastasia go to work at her new job is hard enough for Christian to stomach, control freak that he is, but learning that her boss at SIP has a history of going through assistants is troubling. Christian has his eye the editor, but Jack Hyde doesn’t seem easily intimidated. Elena, too, seems insistent on making herself relevant at a most inconvenient time given Anastasia’s animosity towards her. Christian and Anastasia’s confusing relationship is thus further complicated, pushing them into situations they aren’t prepared to face just as they go public. Their relationship is put to the test over a very short period of time. This book has a happy for now ending, but there are still some rather unsettling questions that remain to be answered. IN THIS BOOK: This book takes place between June 19, 2011 and September 21, 2011. Christian is at the top of world after proposing to Anastasia. After an emotional week – dealing with Leila, firing Jack, and surviving a helicopter crash – his birthday had reduced all that to insignificance, despite all the drama with Elena and his mother. But that bubble is quickly burst when he and Anastasia leave the boathouse. His father, always his harshest critic, has some words for him, and it seems the two don’t see eye to eye. Christian still sees Elena as a positive force in his life, and his father couldn’t disagree more. Carrick suggests Christian isn’t ready for marriage, and some of those words make an impression, sending him back to Dr. Flynn for answers. Flynn contends that Christian essentially skipped his adolescence and is now learning the lessons he missed earlier in life, but that alone does little to ease his insecurities. Christian may have made tremendous progress since meeting Anastasis, but he still has a lot to learn about relationships. Christian deals with the emotional fallout with his parents over their discovery of his past with Elena while also facing the very real possibility of danger. Leila may be getting therapy now, but Christian continues to worry about her progress and the potential threat she poses to Anastasia and himself. But the biggest concern brewing is the crash of Charlie Tango. It looks like his helicopter may have been sabotaged. He and his team are soon hard at work looking for suspects while the investigation into the cause of the crash continues. Anastasia’s safety become almost an obsession as Christian recognizes that her life may be in danger. His overbearing ways only lead to more problems for the couple. All this takes place while planning a quick wedding. Christian and Anastasia do finally tie the knot, and their honeymoon is epic, but the story doesn’t stop there. They still face challenges as they adjust to married life, and some of their biggest challenges yet remain. Christian still has women in his life that would love to interfere with his newfound happiness. His past is a problem. But perhaps the biggest challenge to his happiness is himself. Christian repeatedly gets in his own way, sabotaging his happiness. There are tears along his journey, but he finally earns his happy ending. Christian’s story is dark, but it humanizes his brokenness. It is different than Anastasia’s story in that it takes the reader into his world, showing several of his nightmares and flashes of memory. Some of those reflect back on his childhood in Detroit, before he was adopted. Some are reflections of his childhood with the Greys, and there is a little with Elena and his submissives, too. There are also some scenes about his business dealings, giving a look at the confident and put-together man that has achieved so much success professionally. That view of him stands in stark contrast to the unsure man who fears opening himself up and becoming vulnerable. There are some fabulous scenes with Dr. John Flynn that shed more light on Christian’s inner fears, contrasting them with Flynn’s sound encouragement. This story goes further into showing Christian’s relationship with his family, and that glimpse is worthwhile. The biggest bonus found in Christian’s story is simply getting to know his character intimately. In Anastasia’s story, it takes time to unravel his tragic past and the abuse he suffered. Here, readers get to see how he reflects back on those times and how it impacts his life. There are several things that he kept from Anastasia, and in reading this it explains a lot of his behavior and decisions. This book is a deep and emotional read as Christian’s character digs deeper to overcome the emotional damage that has prevented him from living a normal life. He has embraced his new life with Anastasia and is committed to facing the challenges. He is devoted to keeping them safe in the face of danger. He and Anastasia build new dreams together, and together they bring them into reality. Christian Grey has become a household name. He represents the quintessential broken and reclusive billionaire who is incapable of a standard relationship or love. He lives a very private life – which had been necessary to keep his BDSM lifestyle under wraps. Christian may be dictatorial and brash, but this tells the story of a boy and teen who suffered from abuse and grew into a man whose self worth had been beaten down. His anger never left him; he just channels it into his work and his rules. He hides his vulnerability from the world, too afraid to open himself up to more pain. His story is wonderfully written. The plot is somewhat complex. The characters are carefully crafted and three dimensional. They feel very real. The story is written in first person in Christian’s POV. I rate this book five full stars.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Roman

    Meh. Really long (that’s what she said) and just meh. I slogged through it, but it lacked any real substance or new insights from his perspective.

  28. 4 out of 5

    LaTonya Jackson

    Didn’t hold my attention This book was too long to lack the depth and excitement that the other books in the series held. With the other books in the series I could not put them down, but with this one after reading the first few chapters I began to get bored. I ultimately found myself skipping chapters to get to the end. Unfortunately, the ending was no more exciting than the rest of book that I did read. I looked forward to the release of this book just to end up being disappointed. I’m glad I Didn’t hold my attention This book was too long to lack the depth and excitement that the other books in the series held. With the other books in the series I could not put them down, but with this one after reading the first few chapters I began to get bored. I ultimately found myself skipping chapters to get to the end. Unfortunately, the ending was no more exciting than the rest of book that I did read. I looked forward to the release of this book just to end up being disappointed. I’m glad I borrowed a digital version from the library vs buying it, as it’s not one I would want to add to my collection.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kassandra Marie

    I have ever been more excited to hear about the last part of POV by Christian. 💜😍😍💜😍💜😍

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tiana Higgins

    So I don’t really need to give plot summary of this book since I feel like if you’ve read this book then you probably read the 50 shades series. But after concluding this series I have thoughts. It was interesting to see Christians point of view of all the interactions and I quite enjoyed them but I think what I could not get past was how he interpreted certain situations versus how Anna interpreted certain situations. I feel like it was weird to see how he interpreted certain encounters or situa So I don’t really need to give plot summary of this book since I feel like if you’ve read this book then you probably read the 50 shades series. But after concluding this series I have thoughts. It was interesting to see Christians point of view of all the interactions and I quite enjoyed them but I think what I could not get past was how he interpreted certain situations versus how Anna interpreted certain situations. I feel like it was weird to see how he interpreted certain encounters or situations that they had. I feel like reading this series that Christian seems so much more immature and adolescent than Ana whereas in 50 shades he seems more mature and grown up. His inner dialogue and his reasoning behind some of his actions makes him seem so childish and unreasonable. I feel like I almost prefer Christian in 50 shades series than in this series simply because he seemed more grown-up. That being said I found it interesting that we got to see his rationale behind some of the things he would say and do. For example when he would freak out about Anas safety or he would tell her no you can see why he was saying what he was saying and whether it was rational or not it’s still gave a lot of clarity. I also very much enjoyed the epilogue of this book versus The epilogue in the 50 shades series we get to see Ana as a mother to a baby. We also get to see some of the growth in Christian regarding the baby which I did quite enjoy. All in all this is a three out of five stars for me. Simply because I felt it was almost too long of a book also I found I just disliked the character of Christian more in this book which brought it down a bit for me but I quite enjoyed reading it it was enjoyable I think that if you read the other series reading this one is also very valuable.

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