My rating: ❤❤❤ of 5!
This is probably the book of this trilogy, that I like the least. The book is exhausting and melodramatic with extra hot mess on the side. But what irked me the most, was that in the first half of the book Christian takes like ten steps backwards. So yeah, Christian and Ana do get married – woohoo. And on their honeymoon Ana dares to sun tan topless, okay it was an accident, but Christian is still not happy about her flashing her titties on the beach. So how does this poor suppressed Dom deal with it? He covers her body in hickeys so she won’t take off her top again. Real mature. When she doesn’t obey to her curfew, he tries to f*ck her into submission, by withholding her orgasm because she upset him. For me this book made Christian seem even worse than in book one, when he beats Ana with his belt.
And Ana, oh Ana! It almost feels like she’s hellbent on disobeying her husband, at every possibility that comes her way. Do I feel that Christian is a reasonable person? No, I do not. But whether he is or isn’t, she said “I do”. With all the stuff they’ve been through in book 1 & 2, I don’t get how she continues to act surprised, that she’s married to an overprotective and super controlling Dom.
However, in the last part of the book I was so pleased, that Anastasia is finally growing as a character. Is she perfect? No, far from it. But she’s gone from a shy, insecure and naive college student, till a more secure woman. When shit hits the fan, she doesn’t hide away in the passenger seat, she finally claims the driver’s seat and deals. And let me say, that it’s a welcome change to her persona.
Christian continues to grow and in hindsight, I actually do like that he didn’t magically transform into the perfect man in the other two previous books. Because life and people don’t work like that. So, I will say, that in that regard E.L. James has nailed it!
However, despite all of the above I still found myself enjoying the book. When I originally read these books, it was the first smut I ever read, and I wasn’t disappointed. I was intrigued. So, no matter how bad the writing is, no matter how annoying Anastasia can be, there’s a special place in my heart for these books, that introduced me to the world of smut, which is why I give the book three hearts.
Have you read these books or watched the films? Are you on the love or hate wagon? Comment and let me know.