Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three Of The Fifty Shades Trilogy by E L JamesFifty Shades Freed: Book Three Of The Fifty Shades Trilogy by E L James

Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three Of The Fifty Shades Trilogy

byE L James

Paperback | April 17, 2012

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When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees.
Now, Ana and Christian have it all—love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own identity. And Christian must overcome his compulsion to control as he wrestles with the demons of a tormented past.
Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to make Ana’s deepest fears turn to reality.

This book is intended for mature audiences.

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 her career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel, Fifty Shades of Grey...
Title:Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three Of The Fifty Shades TrilogyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:592 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 1 inPublished:April 17, 2012Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked this one Wasn't a fan of the first book, but by the time I was done the third book I was kind of sad to see it end.
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Review by Stacey_S. Written 6 years ago. 4 out of 5 stars. A Fine Finale!
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome. Great trilogy, very explicit and great to read.
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read This was a great end to the series. It was sweeter and I was sad to finish the book. I have all 3 of the books and I do reread it every so often and I have not gotten tired of it yet.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from just no please no why has no one punched this guy in the face. Both these characters are so damn annoying
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from !!! This book was the best out of the series. Absolutely loved the ending!
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it! Books one and two were way better than the movies. I am saddened that there are only three books!!
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice ending! This one had a bit of it all, more of the love story, more x rated stuff... and a bit of mystery. Very entertaining and ended the series well. Again, was SO sad the whole story was over! Thoroughly enjoyed the series!
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh I enjoyed the first two, but this one was a little meh. Not going to lie, I was also a little disappointed in the ending.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Slow but good ending I was intrigued enough with the story-line of this book that I continued reading to find out what would happen. This book was not as good as the first one and it moved a lot more slowly especially in the first half. However the second half picked up and I found myself riveted until the end which I thought wrapped up the story nicely.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I've read it three times! Can't get enough of these two! Drama and keeps you hanging at the edge of every word!
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best out of the 3 Although there were certain scenes I found predictable, I still found this book to be my favorite out of the three in the series.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow start buy nice finale Slow at first and hard to get into the story but this book was a nice endto the trilogy
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love I could not wait to see how it ened. but I will say the start of the book was a bit slow for me. but I loved it
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as the first two I had a hard time getting through this book. It wasn't as exciting as the first 2 and lost some of its appeal.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Can't get through it I really enjoyed the first book of this series. The second was pretty good. But this one I can't seem to get through. I feel like similar events and conversations have already been had in the first 2 books. I keep putting it down and finishing other books, reluctantly picking it back up from time to time.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Fifty Shades I have to say at least this book had more plot than the other two, but it is still a terrible series. Anastasia clearly has an eating disorder, multiple personalities as well as obvious self deprecating issues. I forced myself to read this series to see what the hype was about and it was absolutely abysmal. I'm glad I can go back to reading books with an actual plot and characters that are likeable.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Finish!! Couldn't wait to see how it ends up. Sad it's over now.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Least Fav of Trilogy Found this book a bit predictable and a lot less raunchy but still a good book and a good ending.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect finish Like the first two, this book was great as well I was very happy with the ending #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable I felt that by the third book there was a decent balance of steaminess and storyline. Overall I enjoyed the development of the characters over the trilogy and am looking forward to the movie when it comes out #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked It A fun read that made me laugh.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Guilty pleasure, sad to see it end Sad to see this trilogy end. It was the perfect guilty pleasure, summer read.Enjoyed the book.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Following the first two in this series I am saddened it has come to an end but thrilled with the ending. Cannot wait to read more novels by this author.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Understand You really need to understand where the characters are coming from for you to understand the whole story.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it! I cannot recall the last time I fell so hard in love with a book since this one came... love the story, love the plot, romance, the characters. Wish there was more. So sad it's the end already.. well, at least there's still the movie coming soon in theatres next year.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sad it's the end! I truly wish these books would keep coming! Total guilty pleasure. Except not guilty at all hehe!
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Finale Sad to see that this is the final book. Was really enjoying the story line. A great read!
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good These books are good. Nothing too special as this one can be dry, but still addicting especially because of the hype!
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay It was an okay ending. Not really well written. The short story at the end about Christian as a child was just weird. Why was it written? It wasn't needed. Felt like the author just couldn't let go of the character. Whole series was just disappointing to me
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Bad I enjoyed the series but felt it was too hyped up for what it was. I love a good book/series to take me away from the mundane, but this was a little over the top at times. I enjoyed it yes, but I wouldn't put it on my Top 10 list.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this series This is the final installment. I loved where this book goes. It was great to see Ana finally grow into her own. Out of the three, this was my favourite book. It really was enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from okay Still too much sex in this story which was getting annoying but I'm glad it had a good ending. Waiting to see the movie next year
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad This series was a bit repetitive but a nice ending
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from good The story gets a little repetitive but it is still good.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from It's over Since I can't start a series and not finish it I read all three books and am happy for it to finally be over. If I had to, I'd probably say this is the best of the series but it's still a stretch.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Fifty Shades Freed It actually managed to get worse, but I can't start a series and not finish it. This is truly a horrendous book. Terrible story line, boring characters. I don't buy the abusive relationship angle some people like to push, a S & M relationship may seem like that to people who don't understand that life style, but the series is still garbage. I read it so I would know what everyone was raving about; the answer was nothing much apparently.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from finally over I should have quit long before. At least everyones issues in this book have been fixed. I am glad it is over.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from *Eye Roll* Really. Why do I even bother. I won't be reading/skimming this series ever again.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book I really enjoyed this book. hopefully the movie will be as good!
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from it was okay not as good as book one and two, but still a good wrap-up
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great wrap on the story Great book with unexpected events and good ending.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome finsh to the story I loved this book and everything that happened with Christian and Ana's love story. Great way to finish the series. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from not worth it the hype made it seem good but it's just terrible
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from *heart eyes* the perfect ended to the series. loved every min of it
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from nothing happens in this book #Plumreview boring boring boring
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Ending Great ending - nice wrap up to the story
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from horreible writing i wasn't expecting the great American novel; but this was a bunch of random thoughts put together. nothing happens in this book. The climax takes place in all of 3 pages ( i'm being generous, i think it was more like 2 1/4 pages) and then back to nothing. I couldn't bare to keep reading it...there was only 1 chapter left to read.....but dear lord i just wanted it to be over. i only read it because i was invested in the series. I kept reading it because i thought that eventually something would happen.....jokes on me!
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst writing ever Terribly writen don't waste your time and money
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good finale Book three did not disappoint. Again, full of suspense and a good dash of naughty
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An excellent finale #plumrewards. It's sad when a great series comes to an end, no matter that it was a great one!!
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great trilogy I really enjoyed this trilogy and think this book was my favorite of the 3. Loved the ending and can't wait for the other movies.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finale! Another good; easy and quick read! Patiently waiting for the next one ;) #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Was not expecting the ending!
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I wish I could read it all over again Do you ever go on a vacation or go to a concert and think, damn I want to experience that all over again. Well it's the same with this book. The way that the author detailed this book with mystery, lust, love, and past events is so astounding. This isn't just a book about sex, there's a whole new world in these series. For those of you who enjoy a good romance novel, this is for you.
Date published: 2016-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent!! This book was an excellent read! I loved the plot and the suspense! I could imagine that I was there reading this!
Date published: 2015-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Loved all of the books; can't wait to read the newest one as soon as I can......
Date published: 2015-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fifty Shades Freed Loved it. First romance novel I have ever read. I don't know what's come over me. And I,m a guy. Looking forward to reading the next one. Hey, guys can fanticide also.
Date published: 2015-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fifty shades Really enjoyed all 3 books very steamy, got my old blood going,but it also had a good story. Not sure if i want to see movie dont think it would do justice to the book.
Date published: 2015-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! I think out of all 3 books this one was my favourite. There was so much that happened and it would get you so addicted that you could not put the book down. Absolutely amazing
Date published: 2015-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 50 Shades of Gray series I enjoyed the series as they are fast and easy to read. Perfect for when you are waiting for the kids after school and the like. Easy to put down and pick up a few days later.
Date published: 2015-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wowwww Fifty Shades Freed. Another good one loved it. More secrets told in this one. Love love love it. My third time reading all 3 books in order.
Date published: 2015-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This book was by far the best. It was a great read, captured me from the start. All three books were fabulous.
Date published: 2015-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Omg!!! This one has got to be the best book of the trilogy!!! Loved every page I read... I will definitely recommend
Date published: 2015-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fifty Shades Freed Enticing, witty thrilling with suspense a real page turner once u start at book one u have to get thru all three asap they r that fantastic! I'm incredibly inspired...
Date published: 2015-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entertaining It is very well written, a page turner.just a wonderful love story. Lusty , enjoyed all three books.
Date published: 2015-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best of the trilogy! Shows the ups and downs of a committed relationship...great job! The next should continue with Ana and Christian, with some Taylor and Gail.
Date published: 2015-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I absolutely love this book I went to the movie first and then had to readbthe books to see whst happens its so good
Date published: 2015-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I just finished all 3 of this series. Never wanted it to end. Where were the Christian Grey's when in was young and single
Date published: 2015-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Amazing books and I can't wait to see the movie. Why does it neef a 100 character minimum for a review? !
Date published: 2015-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fifty Shaded Part 3 Book 3 was just as exciting as the previous 2. I'm anxious for the movie! But I hope there will be more from E L James!
Date published: 2015-01-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Smut is crap I hated this book. Smut novels aren't really my thing, but that isn't really what bothered me. The language was so immature I felt like I was reading a book written by a 12 year old. 12 year old girls shouldn't know or experience these things. I could not get past that feeling.
Date published: 2015-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Such a compelling novel of passionate lovers. Enjoyed the emails they sent to each other. Look forward to movie. Books are usually better
Date published: 2014-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Read all 3 multiple times and loved it every time
Date published: 2014-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite of all 3 The end of the fairytale. My favorite parts of the book: The Bracelet, the R8, Ray being sick and Ana realizing how much she cares for him, Ana in the hospital...I loveeed this book
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fifty Shades of ... thank goodness it's the last book I continued reading the third book based on a recommendation from a friend, which I did. As much as I really did not enjoy the first two books, I was really hoping the final book of the series would finally bring a story line...well, yes and no. The whole part of Jack was extremely the worst thing ever - it was just not necessary and was seems like it was put in there to attempt to make a story line. The ending of the book was naturally predictable but continued as the first two did. I admit, the writing wasn't too bad but I really wish there was more of a story line. Not too impressed with this series, I must admit but I did manage to read all the books.
Date published: 2013-07-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from To quit or not to quit 3 stars because it was definitely better than the second one but not quite five stars because nothing could top the initial satisfaction of the first one. Most of the plot was rather redundant, the conversations, sex scenes, details, circumstances. Ana and Christian are still on a power struggle and an emotional see-saw. I did really like the ending, especially the author giving us a glimpse of Christian's perspective. That was ingenious of her and gratuitous for the readers. Bottom line is the first one was the best one but nothing reviewers say or do will stop you from reading the entire series if you want to. Overall, thank you E L James for getting people to pull their brains out of their overly technological asses and getting a book. No one has been this monumental/sensational in the literary world since J.K Rowling.
Date published: 2013-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked this one best of the three *****SPOILERS FOR PREVIOUS BOOKS IN SERIES***** Ana and Christian are now married. Even married, their lives are filled with excitement (no, not just sex), as someone still seems to be after Christian. He has security posted everywhere and to Ana's chagrin, he doesn't want her to do much of anything, certainly not without security following her around. *****END SPOILER***** I really liked this one. There was lots going on to keep me interested. It kind of picked up where book 2 left off, in intensity, I think. Most of the 2nd book was slower for me, so for a while, I wasn't sure if I wanted to finish the series, but with how book 2 ended, I decided to and I'm glad I did. I think I liked this one best of all three, though I've rated it the same as the first one. Christian sure infuriates me at times, though!
Date published: 2012-12-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good ending to it I really loved the first book and as the story went on, it kind of disapointed me little by little. I think maybe it's all the sex involved or something, but there was something missing in the last book that had the first book. Even though that was a disapointement, the ending really made up fo it. The end brought a big smile on my face and I liked that a few pages after, the author writes about what Christian thinks about. It was a good book.
Date published: 2012-11-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Worst of the Series Enjoyed the first book, like the second book, thought this book was very slow. The ending was good, but there was too much to get through to get there. It just wasn't as "dark" as the first book, which is what I enjoyed about it.
Date published: 2012-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic And they say this book isnt for men
Date published: 2012-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from COULD NOT PUT DOWN!!!! This book was once again filled with Drama!!! Once i started it, i could not put it down!!!!! Although the series is over (or is it??? ;) this book would always be in my mind because there are somethings that i could read and forget BUT this is not one of them!!! I totally recommend to read!!!!
Date published: 2012-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OK The last book of the series wasn’t my favourite but it was still very good and had me hooked onto every word. Anastasia and Grey are finally married. After being on their honeymoon for a couple weeks, it is time to return to reality. As much as they don’t want to leave their little bubble, they know they must. Anastasia wants to go back to work after Christian insists adamantly for her to stay home. He reveals to her that he wants her to run the company but Anastasia isn’t ready for running her own business and wouldn’t know where to start. Throughout the entire book Anastasia annoys me. She is whiney and won’t give Christian the satisfaction of knowing if he asks her to do something, she will listen. She never listens to him and looks for the opportunity to go against his rules in every form. He tells her to stay home and not go out for drinks. She agrees; but then what does she do? Goes out for drinks with Kate. For once, woman, listen to your husband. As much as she bothered me, I still loved the book. Hyde gets released on bail and goes after Anastasia. I don’t want to ruin what else happens, so you are going to have to read it and find out. I was going to give this book four stars but I had to give it a five for the ending. After the book finishes, the author decided to write when Christian and Anastasia meet for the first time, but in Christian’s perspective. I loved every minute of that. As well as she wrote Christians first Christmas with the Grey’s. It was so sweet. I will leave it at that and tell everyone who is reading this review to go out and get the books. Don’t want to buy them? Email me, I will send you a copy. Shh, don’t tell anyone though. I cannot wait until the movie comes out!
Date published: 2012-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it! I can see how opinions can go both ways, I did feel it drug on a bit. In the end though, I fell in love with the story and the characters. I was sad that it ended and wanted more! I enjoyed all three books!
Date published: 2012-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hot and bothered is now ended... The opulent life, the sex and the drama with Grey continues. But will they make it or will this be their demise? See what crap hits the fan and how they make it out alive (or not). Enjoy. The 'fluff' read time is over, now back to some substantial literature. My inner goddess is rolling her eyes with the look of "FINALLY woman!". hehe
Date published: 2012-07-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not that great until the end I hate when the first book is unreal , the second sucks but you have the read the last just to see how the story ends, well let me just sat that I'm so glad to be done with this series ... only part of this book i liked was the ending ... i mean come on I think they said " I love you " more times then was needed .. Went from really Kinky to overly mushy :(
Date published: 2012-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG! So sad its over I've never read a trilogy so fast. I was consumed by the action, excitement and the overall need for wanting more (like Ana Steele - couldn't keep my hands off it). After all are read and done - I'm left wanting more from EL James, Ana & Christian. The action was good the excitement was great well the kinky f*&^%ery made me speechless.
Date published: 2012-07-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Utterly boring. I always have the highest expectations for the last book in a trilogy series. However, this book - especially at the beginning and middle - was so mundane. It seems like Erika knows a LOT about sex, though. But seriously, the whole setting and line of events just seemed so disordered; my book was about to hit the dust on my shelf. But, near the ending, it gets slightly more interesting. The only part I really liked was near the very end when she provided Christian's perspective. Honestly though, I think she could have done a better job. I mean, the first and second book were pretty good, but this one did not meet my expectations. It's all very esoteric, though.
Date published: 2012-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing end! This book was really great! A great way to end the trilogy! It made me want to read the entire series again!
Date published: 2012-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC!!! I absolutly LOVED this book, I've read the whole trilogy twice now & can't wait to see who they cast as Christian Grey in the movie version of this book trilogy I have recommended & will continue to recommend this trilogy to everyone I know It really has a way of heating up things up in your bedroom, I know a few husbands that are now encouraging their wives/girlfriends etc to read these books Excellent Fantastic story very well writen & easy to get lost in =) I can't wait to see if E.L. James comes up with more because she has certainly left it wide open for the saga to continue
Date published: 2012-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sad it's over Loved this trilogy, that I am even going to read it again slower. I could relate to Ana and could see how & why she feel in love with Christian. I have my own Christian that I married as well, minus the BDMS. I am not familiar with it but kept me very intrigued. So sad it's over! I understand everyone's concern about feminism and all that but seriously have you not fallen for someone so much that you would be willing to try something different for them and vice versa (safely and that wasn't illegal, of course)? Ana was a consenting adult.....when she realized her limit was reached she stopped! Overall if you are not open minded on sex and "exploring" different concepts, if looking for something intellectual to read or to be mezmorized by the writing then this trilogy is not the books for you. To enjoy a good read of fantasy, sexuality and romance then you'll love it like I did!
Date published: 2012-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So In Love I fell in love with Christian and I wished I could be Ana... I'm not in BDSM and I don't know a lot about it.... But Kinky ******* is a good word for it... I honestly haven't read anything in a few years and I read the whole series in less than a week. Love love loved it.... I wish it wasn't over.
Date published: 2012-06-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Loved the first 2, hated the 3rd, will not read 4th Loved the first book, COULD NOT put it down...2nd was equally good, the third...well..disappointing frankly
Date published: 2012-05-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Oh man.... Sheer disappointment After reading the first two books of the Fifty Shades trilogy, my hopes were high for the third one. Oh my. How far-fetched can you get E.L James? I just can't put my finger on what I disliked more about the book. Was it the fact that the style of writing was changed from explicitly erotic and suspenseful to Harlequin vomit inducing romance and predictability--or maybe it was just that it was not believable? In my opinion, the third book shouldn't have been there at all. Then again, it was probably a good money-maker to publish a third book that people have high hopes for--too bad it fell a little short.
Date published: 2012-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Predictable but enjoyable This was a great series! I gave book three 4-stars because it was part of the series, and I just couldn't put the series down. On its own, it was predictable, with an anorexic plot. But let's face it - we weren't reading this series for plot! I enjoyed it and would recommend this series as mandatory beach/summer reading for anyone looking for a little spice!
Date published: 2012-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Fine Finale! I can't remember the last time I fell into a series so completely, and I'm sad to see this one come to an end. Although I liked the first book the best, I thought it was appropriate what the author did here with regards to Christian and Ana's HEA. I know a lot of people are criticizing these books for misrepresenting the BDSM lifestyle, and I can understand their POV, but let's face it, those of us reading these books are not necessarily looking to live this lifestyle, or using these books as research into the lifestyle, we have simply been captivated (and a little scandalized) by a love story we never dreamed we'd admit to reading...I would think whether it's accurate or not, it will help de- stigmatize something society has deemed dirty, and underground, and that can only be a good thing, and if it helps spice-up the bedrooms of the folks who read it, well...that ain't a bad thing either! At the end of the day, I was engrossed completely, thought the romance was smoking hot, the plot totally engaging, the responses of the characters honest and authentic, they grew and developed over the course of the trilogy, and in the end overcame their problems to find happiness....isn't that what romance novels are supposed to do?? Yeah, I thought so...
Date published: 2012-04-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Too Hyped Up - Little Follow Through With the amount of buzz this book got in the ereader community I took a chance and bought all three at once. After starting book one I realized my mistake. The character progression is weak at best. More often than not I found myself rolling my eyes at how weak and infantile the main female character is. She doesn't know what she wants, doesn't know what she doesn't want and changes her mind with each breath she takes. I find it hard to relate to her when I find her patronizingly annoying. The premise has potential to be equal to that of Anne Rice's "Beauty" trilogy but doesn't even compare. If I had to do it again, I wouldn't waste my time or my money on it.
Date published: 2012-04-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst Book Ever Written!! Found myself bypassing multiple pages and scenes, because, quite honestly there is no content to this book, no storyline, just sex, sex, and more sex. I am so tired of reading of the sex scenes. Simply put don't waste your money on this boring dribble. There is much more to life than this garbage.
Date published: 2012-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I was addicted from start to glorious finish! I'm not much of a book reader - but my sis recommended this trilogy and I'm so glad she did, I literally could not get away from it - I loved every single page! Brilliantly written - GREAT BOOKS - GREAT story! Totally captivating! If you never read anything - READ THIS!
Date published: 2012-04-08

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PROLOGUE   Mommy! Mommy! Mommy is asleep on the floor. She has been asleep for a long time. I brush her hair because she likes that. She doesn’t wake up. I shake her. Mommy! My tummy hurts. It is hungry. He isn’t here. I am thirsty. In the kitchen I pull a chair to the sink, and I have a drink. The water splashes over my blue sweater. Mommy is still asleep. Mommy wake up! She lies still. She is cold. I fetch my blankie, and I cover Mommy, and I lie down on the sticky green rug beside her. Mommy is still asleep. I have two toy cars. They race by the floor where Mommy is sleeping. I think Mommy is sick. I search for something to eat. In the freezer I find peas. They are cold. I eat them slowly. They make my tummy hurt. I sleep beside Mommy. The peas are gone. In the freezer is something. It smells funny. I lick it and my tongue is stuck to it. I eat it slowly. It tastes nasty. I drink some water. I play with my cars, and I sleep beside Mommy. Mommy is so cold, and she won’t wake up. The door crashes open. I cover Mommy with my blankie. He’s here. Fuck. What the fuck happened here? Oh, the crazy fucked-up bitch. Shit. Fuck. Get out of my way, you little shit. He kicks me, and I hit my head on the floor. My head hurts. He calls somebody and he goes. He locks the door. I lay down beside Mommy. My head hurts. The lady policeman is here. No. No. No. Don’t touch me. Don’t touch me. Don’t touch me. I stay by Mommy. No. Stay away from me. The lady policeman has my blankie, and she grabs me. I scream. Mommy! Mommy! I want my mommy. The words are gone. I can’t say the words. Mommy can’t hear me. I have no words.   “Christian! Christian!” Her voice is urgent, pulling him from the depths of his nightmare, the depths of his despair. “I’m here. I’m here.”   He wakes and she’s leaning over him, grasping his shoulders, shaking him, her face etched with anguish, blue eyes wide and brimming with tears.   “Ana.” His voice is a breathless whisper, the taste of fear tarnishing his mouth. “You’re here.”   “Of course I’m here.”   “I had a dream . . .”   “I know. I’m here, I’m here.”   “Ana.” He breathes her name, and it’s a talisman against the black choking panic coursing through his body.   “Hush, I’m here.” She curls around him, her limbs cocooning him, her warmth leeching into his body, forcing back the shadows, forcing back the fear. She is sunshine, she is light . . . she is his.   “Please let’s not fight.” His voice is hoarse as he wraps his arms around her.   “Okay.”   “The vows. No obeying. I can do that. We’ll find a way.” The words rush out of his mouth in a tumble of emotion and confusion and anxiety.   “Yes. We will. We’ll always find a way,” she whispers, and her lips are on his, silencing him, bringing him back to the now.     CHAPTER ONE   I stare up through gaps in the sea-grass parasol at the bluest of skies, summer blue, Mediterranean blue, with a contented sigh. Christian is beside me, stretched out on a sun lounge. My husband—my hot, beautiful husband, shirtless and in cut-off jeans—is reading a book predicting the collapse of the Western banking system. By all accounts, it’s a page-turner. I haven’t seen him sit this still, ever. He looks more like a student than the hotshot CEO of one of the top privately owned companies in the United States.   On the final leg of our honeymoon, we laze in the afternoon sun on the beach of the aptly named Beach Plaza Monte Carlo in Monaco, although we’re not actually staying in this hotel. I open my eyes and gaze out at the Fair Lady anchored in the harbor. We are staying, of course, on board a luxury motor yacht. Built in 1928, she floats majestically on the water, queen of all the yachts in the harbor. She looks like a child’s wind-up toy. Christian loves her—I suspect he’s tempted to buy her. Honestly, boys and their toys.   Sitting back, I listen to the Christian Grey mix on my new iPod and doze in the late afternoon sun, idly remembering his proposal. Oh, his dreamy proposal in the boathouse . . . I can almost smell the scent of the meadow flowers . . .   -----     “Can we marry tomorrow?” Christian murmurs softly in my ear. I am sprawled on his chest in the flowery bower in the boathouse, sated from our passionate lovemaking.   “Hmm.”   “Is that a yes?” I hear his hopeful surprise.   “Hmm.”   “A no?”   “Hmm.”   I sense his grin. “Miss Steele, are you incoherent?”   I grin. “Hmm.”   He laughs and hugs me tightly, kissing the top of my head. “Vegas, tomorrow, it is then.”   Sleepily I raise my head. “I don’t think my parents would be very happy with that.”   He thrums his fingertips up and down my naked back, caressing me gently.   “What do you want, Anastasia? Vegas? A big wedding with all the trimmings? Tell me.”   “Not big . . . Just friends and family.” I gaze up at him, moved by the quiet entreaty in his glowing gray eyes. What does he want?   “Okay.” He nods. “Where?”   I shrug.   “Could we do it here?” he asks tentatively.   “Your folks’ place? Would they mind?”   He snorts. “My mother would be in seventh heaven.”   “Okay, here. I’m sure my mom and dad would prefer that.”   He strokes my hair. Could I be any happier?   “So, we’ve established where, now the when.”   “Surely you should ask your mother.”   “Hmm.” Christian’s smile dips. “She can have a month, that’s it. I want you too much to wait any longer.”   “Christian, you have me. You’ve had me for a while. But okay—a month it is.” I kiss his chest, a soft chaste kiss, and smile up at him.     -----     “You’ll burn,” Christian whispers in my ear, startling me from my doze.   “Only for you.” I give him my sweetest smile. The late afternoon sun has shifted, and I am under its full glare. He smirks and in one swift move pulls my sun lounge into the shade of the parasol.   “Out of the Mediterranean sun, Mrs. Grey.”   “Thank you for your altruism, Mr. Grey.”   “My pleasure, Mrs. Grey, and I’m not being altruistic at all. If you burn, I won’t be able to touch you.” He raises an eyebrow, his eyes shining with mirth, and my heart expands. “But I suspect you know that and you’re laughing at me.”   “Would I?” I gasp, feigning innocence.   “Yes, you would and you do. Often. It’s one of the many things I love about you.” He leans down and kisses me, playfully biting my lower lip.   “I was hoping you’d rub me down with more sunscreen.” I pout against his lips.   “Mrs. Grey, it’s a dirty job . . . but that’s an offer I can’t refuse. Sit up,” he orders, his voice husky. I do as I’m told, and with slow meticulous strokes from strong and supple fingers, he coats me in sunscreen.   “You really are very lovely. I’m a lucky man,” he murmurs as his fingers skim over my breasts, spreading the lotion.   “Yes, you are, Mr. Grey.” I gaze coyly up at him through my lashes.   “Modesty becomes you, Mrs. Grey. Turn over. I want to do your back.”   Smiling, I roll over, and he undoes the back strap of my hideously expensive bikini.   “How would you feel if I went topless, like the other women on the beach?” I ask.   “Displeased,” he says without hesitation. “I’m not very happy about you wearing so little right now.” He leans down and whispers in my ear. “Don’t push your luck.”   “Is that a challenge, Mr. Grey?”   “No. It’s a statement of fact, Mrs. Grey.”   I sigh and shake my head. Oh, Christian . . . my possessive, jealous, control freak Christian.   When he’s finished, he slaps my behind.   “You’ll do, wench.”   His ever-present, ever-active BlackBerry buzzes. I frown and he smirks.   “My eyes only, Mrs. Grey.” He raises his eyebrow in playful warning, slaps my backside once more, and sits back down on his lounger to take the call.   My inner goddess purrs. Maybe tonight we could do some kind of floor show for his eyes only. She smirks knowingly, arching a brow. I grin at the thought and drift back into my afternoon siesta.     “Mam’selle? Un Perrier pour moi, un Coca-Cola light pour ma femme, s’il vous plait. Et quelque chose a manger . . . laissezmoi voir la carte.”   Hmm . . . Christian speaking fluent French wakes me. My eyelashes flutter in the glare of the sun, and I find Christian watching me while a liveried young woman walks away, her tray held aloft, her high blonde ponytail swinging provocatively.   “Thirsty?” he asks.   “Yes,” I mutter sleepily.   “I could watch you all day. Tired?”   I flush. “I didn’t get much sleep last night.”   “Me neither.” He grins, puts down his BlackBerry, and stands. His shorts fall a little and hang . . . in that way so his swim trunks are visible beneath. Christian takes his shorts off, stepping out of his flip-flops. I lose my train of thought.   “Come for a swim with me.” He holds out his hand while I look up at him, dazed. “Swim?” he says again, cocking his head to one side, an amused expression on his face. When I don’t respond, he shakes his head slowly.   “I think you need a wake-up call.” Suddenly he pounces and lifts me into his arms while I shriek, more from surprise than alarm.   “Christian! Put me down!” I squeal.   He chuckles. “Only in the sea, baby.”   Several sunbathers on the beach watch with that bemused disinterest so typical, I now realize, of the French, as Christian carries me to the sea, laughing, and wades in.   I clasp my arms around his neck. “You wouldn’t,” I say breathlessly, trying to stifle my giggling.   He grins. “Oh, Ana, baby, have you learned nothing in the short time we’ve known each other?” He kisses me, and I seize my opportunity, running my fingers through his hair, grasping two handfuls and kissing him back while invading his mouth with my tongue. He inhales sharply and leans back, eyes smoky but wary.   “I know your game,” he whispers and slowly sinks into the cool, clear water, taking me with him as his lips find mine once more. The chill of the Mediterranean is soon forgotten as I wrap myself around my husband.   “I thought you wanted to swim,” I murmur against his mouth.   “You’re very distracting.” Christian grazes his teeth along my lower lip. “But I’m not sure I want the good people of Monte Carlo to see my wife in the throes of passion.”   I run my teeth along his jaw, his stubble tickly against my tongue, not caring a dime for the good people of Monte Carlo.   “Ana,” he groans. He wraps my ponytail around his wrist and tugs gently, tilting my head back, exposing my throat. He trails kisses from my ear down my neck.   “Shall I take you in the sea?” he breathes.   “Yes,” I whisper.   Christian pulls away and gazes down at me, his eyes warm, wanting, and amused. “Mrs. Grey, you’re insatiable and so brazen. What sort of monster have I created?”   “A monster fit for you. Would you have me any other way?”   “I’ll take you any way I can get you, you know that. But not right now. Not with an audience.” He jerks his head toward the shore.   What?   Sure enough, several sunbathers on the beach have aban-doned their indifference and now regard us with interest. Suddenly, Christian grabs me around my waist and launches me into the air, letting me fall into the water and sink beneath the waves to the soft sand below. I surface, coughing, spluttering, and giggling.   “Christian!” I scold, glaring at him. I thought we were going to make love in the sea . . . and chalk up yet another first. He bites his lower lip to stifle his amusement. I splash him, and he splashes me right back.   “We have all night,” he says, grinning like a fool. “Laters, baby.” He dives beneath the sea and surfaces three feet away from me, then in a fluid, graceful crawl, swims away from the shore, away from me.   Gah! Playful, tantalizing Fifty! I shield my eyes from the sun as I watch him go. He’s such a tease . . . what can I do to get him back? While I swim to the shore, I contemplate my options. At the lounges our drinks have arrived, and I take a quick sip of Diet Coke. Christian is a faint speck in the distance.   Hmm . . . I lie down on my front and, fumbling with the straps, take my bikini top off and toss it casually onto Christian’s sun lounge. There . . . see how brazen I can be, Mr. Grey. Put this in your pipe and smoke it. I shut my eyes and let the sun warm my skin . . . warm my bones, and I drift away under its heat, my thoughts turning to my wedding day.     -----     “You may kiss the bride,” Reverend Walsh announces.   I beam at my husband.   “Finally, you’re mine,” he whispers and pulls me into his arms and kisses me chastely on the lips.   I am married. I am Mrs. Christian Grey. I am giddy with joy.   “You look beautiful, Ana,” he murmurs and smiles, his eyes glowing with love . . . and something darker, something hot. “Don’t let anyone take that dress off but me, understand?” His smile heats a hundred degrees as his fingertips trail down my cheek, igniting my blood.   Holy crap . . . How does he do this, even here with all these people staring at us?   I nod mutely. Jeez, I hope no one can hear us. Luckily Reverend Walsh has discreetly stepped back. I glance at the throng gathered in their wedding finery . . . My mom, Ray, Bob, and the Greys are all applauding—even Kate, my maid of honor, who looks stunning in pale pink as she stands beside Christian’s best man, his brother Elliot. Who knew that even Elliot could scrub up so well? All wear huge, beaming smiles—except Grace, who weeps graciously into a dainty white handkerchief.   “Ready to party, Mrs. Grey?” Christian murmurs, giving me his shy smile. I melt. He looks divine in a simple black tux with silver waistcoat and tie. He’s so . . . dashing.   “Ready as I’ll ever be.” I grin, a totally goofy smile on my face.   Later the wedding party is in full swing . . . Carrick and Grace have gone to town. They have the tent set up again and beautifully decorated in pale pink, silver, and ivory with its sides open, facing the bay. We have been blessed with fine weather, and the late afternoon sun shines over the water. There’s a dance floor at one end of the tent, a lavish buffet at the other.   Ray and my mother are dancing and laughing with each other. I feel bittersweet watching them together. I hope Christian and I last longer. I don’t know what I’d do if he left me. Marry in haste, repent at leisure. The saying haunts me.   Kate is beside me, looking so beautiful in her long silk gown. She glances at me and frowns. “Hey, this is supposed to be the happiest day of your life,” she scolds.   “It is,” I whisper.   “Oh, Ana, what’s wrong? Are you watching your mom and Ray?”   I nod sadly.   “They’re happy.”   “Happier apart.”   “You’re having doubts?” Kate asks, alarmed.   “No, not at all. It’s just . . . I love him so much.” I freeze, unable or unwilling to articulate my fears.   “Ana, it’s obvious he adores you. I know you had an unconventional start to your relationship, but I can see how happy you’ve both been over the past month.” She grasps my hands, squeezing them. “Besides, it’s too late now,” she adds with a grin.   I giggle. Trust Kate to point out the obvious. She pulls me into a Katherine Kavanagh Special Hug. “Ana, you’ll be fine. And if he hurts one hair on your head, he’ll have me to answer to.” Releasing me, she grins at whoever is behind me.   “Hi, baby.” Christian puts his arms around me, surprising me, and kisses my temple. “Kate,” he acknowledges. He’s still cool toward her even after six weeks.   “Hello again, Christian. I’m off to find your best man, who happens to be my best man, too.” With a smile to us both, she heads over to Elliot, who is drinking with her brother, Ethan, and our friend José.   “Time to go,” Christian murmurs.   “Already? This is the first party I’ve been to where I don’t mind being the center of attention.” I turn in his arms to face him.   “You deserve to be. You look stunning, Anastasia.”   “So do you.”   He smiles, his expression heating. “This beautiful dress becomes you.”   “This old thing?” I blush shyly and pull at the fine lace trim of the simple, fitted wedding dress designed for me by Kate’s mother. I love that the lace is just off the shoulder—demure, yet alluring, I hope.   He bends and kisses me. “Let’s go. I don’t want to share you with all these people anymore.”   “Can we leave our own wedding?”   “Baby, it’s our party, and we can do whatever we want. We’ve cut the cake. And right now, I’d like to whisk you away and have you all to myself.”   I giggle. “You have me for a lifetime, Mr. Grey.”   “I’m very glad to hear that, Mrs. Grey.”   “Oh, there you two are! Such lovebirds.”   I groan inwardly . . . Grace’s mother has found us.   “Christian, darling—one more dance with your grandma?”   Christian purses his lips. “Of course, Grandmother.”   “And you, beautiful Anastasia, go and make an old man happy—dance with Theo.”   “Theo, Mrs. Trevelyan?”   “Grandpa Trevelyan. And I think you can call me Grandma. Now, you two seriously need to get working on my great-grandkids. I won’t last too much longer.” She gives us both a simpering smile.   Christian blinks at her in horror. “Come, Grandmother,” he says, hurriedly taking her hand and leading her to the dance floor. He glances back at me, practically pouting, and rolls his eyes.   “Laters, baby.”   As I walk toward Grandpa Trevelyan, José accosts me.   “I won’t ask you for another dance. I think I monopolized too much of your time on the dance floor as it is . . . I’m happy to see you happy, but I’m serious, Ana. I’ll be here . . . If you need me.”   “José, thank you. You’re a good friend.”   “I mean it.” His dark eyes shine with sincerity.   “I know you do. Thank you, José. Now if you’ll please excuse me—I have a date with an old man.”   He furrows his brow in confusion.   “Christian’s grandfather,” I clarify.   He grins. “Good luck with that, Annie. Good luck with everything.”   “Thanks, José.”   After my dance with Christian’s ever-charming grandfather, I stand by the French doors, watching the sun sink slowly over Seattle, casting bright orange and aquamarine shadows across the bay.   “Let’s go,” Christian urges.   “I have to change.” I grasp his hand, meaning to pull him through the French windows and upstairs with me. He frowns, not understanding, and tugs gently on my hand, halting me.   “I thought you wanted to be the one to take this dress off,” I explain. His eyes light up.   “Correct.” He gives me a lascivious grin. “But I’m not undressing you here. We wouldn’t leave until . . . I don’t know . . .” He waves his long-fingered hand, leaving his sentence unfinished but his meaning quite clear.   I flush and let go of his hand.   “And don’t take your hair down either,” he murmurs darkly.   “But—”   “No buts, Anastasia. You look beautiful. And I want to be the one to undress you.”   Oh. I frown.   “Pack your going-away clothes,” he orders. “You’ll need them.   Taylor has your main suitcase.”   “Okay.” What has he got planned? He hasn’t told me where we’re going. In fact, I don’t think anyone knows where we’re going.   Neither Mia nor Kate has managed to inveigle the information out of him. I turn to where my mother and Kate are hovering nearby.   “I’m not changing.”   “What?” my mother says.   “Christian doesn’t want me to.” I shrug as if this should explain everything. Her brow furrows briefly.   “You didn’t promise to obey,” she reminds me tactfully. Kate tries to disguise her snort as a cough. I narrow my eyes at her. Neither she nor my mother have any idea of the fight Christian and I had about that. I don’t want to rehash that argument. Jeez, can my Fifty Shades sulk . . . and have nightmares. The memory is sobering.   “I know, Mom, but he likes this dress, and I want to please him.”   Her expression softens. Kate rolls her eyes and tactfully moves away to leave us alone.   “You look so lovely, darling.” Carla gently tugs at a loose tendril of my hair and strokes my chin. “I am so proud of you, honey. You’re going to make Christian a very happy man.” She pulls me into a hug.   Oh, Mom!   “I can’t believe how grown-up you look right now. Beginning a new life . . . Just remember that men are from a different planet, and you’ll be fine.”   I giggle. Christian is from a different universe, if only she knew.   “Thanks, Mom.”   Ray joins us, smiling sweetly at both Mom and me.   “You made a beautiful baby girl, Carla,” he says, his eyes glowing with pride. He looks so dapper in his black tux and pale pink waistcoat. Tears prick the backs of my eyes. Oh no . . . so far I have managed not to cry.   “And you watched her and helped her grow up, Ray.” Carla’s voice is wistful.   “And I loved every single minute. You make one hell of a bride, Annie.” Ray tucks the same loose strand of hair behind my ear.   “Oh, Dad . . .” I stifle a sob, and he hugs me in his brief, awkward way.   “You’ll make one hell of a wife, too,” he whispers, his voice hoarse.   When he releases me, Christian is back at my side.   Ray shakes his hand warmly. “Look after my girl, Christian.”   “I fully intend to, Ray. Carla.” He nods at my stepdad and kisses my mom.   The rest of the wedding guests have formed a long human arch for us to travel through, leading around to the front of the house.   “Ready?” Christian says.   “Yes.”   Taking my hand, he leads me under their outstretched arms while our guests shout good luck and congratulations and shower us with rice. Waiting with smiles and hugs at the end of the arch are Grace and Carrick. They hug and kiss us both in turn. Grace is emotional again as we bid them hasty good-byes.   Taylor is waiting to whisk us away in the Audi SUV. As Christian holds the car door open for me, I turn and toss my bouquet of white and pink roses into the crowd of young women that has gathered. Mia triumphantly holds it aloft, grinning from ear to ear.   As I slide into the SUV, laughing at Mia’s audacious catch, Christian bends to gather the hem of my dress. Once I’m safely in, he bids the waiting crowd farewell.   Taylor holds the car door open for him. “Congratulations, sir.”   “Thank you, Taylor,” Christian replies as he seats himself beside me.   As Taylor pulls away, our wedding guests shower the vehicle with rice. Christian grasps my hand and kisses my knuckles.   “So far so good, Mrs. Grey?”   “So far so wonderful, Mr. Grey. Where are we going?”   “Sea-Tac,” he says simply and smiles a sphinxlike smile.   Hmm . . . what is he planning?   Taylor does not head for the departure terminal as I expect but through a security gate and directly onto the tarmac. What? And then I see her—Christian’s jet . . . Grey Enterprises Holdings, Inc. in large blue lettering across her fuselage.   “Don’t tell me you’re misusing company property again!”   “Oh, I hope so, Anastasia.” Christian grins.   Taylor halts the Audi at the foot of the steps leading up to the plane and leaps out to open Christian’s door. They have a brief discussion, then Christian opens my door—and rather than stepping back to give me room to climb out, he leans in and lifts me.   Whoa! “What are you doing?” I squeak.   “Carrying you over the threshold,” he says.   “Oh.” Isn’t that supposed to be at home?   He carries me effortlessly up the steps, and Taylor follows with my small suitcase. He leaves it on the threshold of the plane before returning to the Audi. Inside the cabin, I recognize Stephan, Christian’s pilot, in his uniform.   “Welcome aboard, sir. Mrs. Grey.” He grins.   Christian puts me down and shakes Stephan’s hand. Beside Stephan stands a dark-haired woman in her—what? Early thirties? She’s also in uniform.   “Congratulations to you both,” Stephan continues.   “Thank you, Stephan. Anastasia, you know Stephan. He’s our captain today, and this is First Officer Beighley.”   She blushes as Christian introduces her and blinks rapidly. I want to roll my eyes. Another female completely captivated by my too-handsome-for-his-own-good husband.   “Delighted to meet you,” gushes Beighley. I smile kindly at her. After all—he is mine.   “All preparations complete?” Christian asks them both as I glance around the cabin. The interior is all pale maple and pale cream leather. It’s lovely. Another young woman in uniform stands at the other end of the cabin—a very pretty brunette. “We have the all clear. Weather is good from here to Boston.”   Boston?   “Turbulence?”   “Not before Boston. There’s a weather front over Shannon that might give us a rough ride.”   Shannon? Ireland?   “I see. Well, I hope to sleep through it all,” says Christian matter-of-factly.   Sleep?   “We’ll get underway, sir,” Stephan says. “We’ll leave you in the capable care of Natalia, your flight attendant.” Christian glances in her direction and frowns, but turns to Stephan with a smile.   “Excellent,” he says. Taking my hand, he leads me to one of the sumptuous leather seats. There must be about twelve of them in total.   “Sit,” he says as he removes his jacket and undoes his fine sliver brocade vest. We sit in two single seats facing each other with a small, highly polished table between us.   “Welcome aboard, sir, ma’am, and congratulations.” Natalia is at our side, offering us each a glass of pink champagne.   “Thank you,” Christian says, and she smiles politely at us and retreats to the galley.   “Here’s to a happy married life, Anastasia.” Christian raises his glass to mine, and we clink. The champagne is delicious.   “Bollinger?” I ask.   “The same.”   “The first time I drank this it was out of teacups.” I grin.   “I remember that day well. Your graduation.”   “Where are we going?” I’m unable to contain my curiosity any longer.   “Shannon,” Christian says, his eyes alight with excitement. He looks like a small boy.   “In Ireland?” We’re going to Ireland!   “To refuel,” he adds, teasing.   “Then?” I prompt.   His grin broadens and he shakes his head.   “Christian!”   “London,” he says, gazing intently at me, trying to gauge my reaction.   I gasp. Holy cow. I thought maybe we’d be going to New York or Aspen or maybe the Caribbean. I can hardly believe it. My lifetime ambition has been to visit England. I’m lit up from within, incandescent with happiness.   “Then Paris.”   What?   “Then the South of France.”   Whoa!   “I know you’ve always dreamed of going to Europe,” he says softly. “I want to make your dreams come true, Anastasia.”   “You are my dreams come true, Christian.”   “Back at you, Mrs. Grey,” he whispers.   Oh my . . .   “Buckle up.”   I grin and do as I’m told.

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