Saturday, July 12, 2014

Book Review: Fixed on You by Laurelin Paige

Fixed On You


SYNOPSIS: Stalking and restraining orders are a thing of Alayna Wither’s past. With her MBA newly in hand, she has her future figured out—move up at the nightclub she works at and stay away from any guy who might trigger her obsessive love disorder. A perfect plan.

But what Alayna didn’t figure on is Hudson Pierce, the new owner of the nightclub. He’s smart, rich, and gorgeous—the kind of guy Alayna knows to stay away from if she wants to keep her past tendencies in check. Except, Hudson’s fixed his sights on her. He wants her in his bed and makes no secret of it.

Avoiding him isn’t an option after he offers a business proposition she can’t turn down and she’s drawn further into his universe, unable to resist his gravitational pull. When she learns Hudson has a dark history of his own, she realizes too late that she’s fallen for the worst man she could possibly get involved with. Or maybe their less than ideal pasts give them an opportunity to heal each other and finally find the love their lives have been missing.




MY REVIEW:

Oh. My. Word! How on earth am I supposed to function after being introduced to Hudson and all of his goodness?! This was a fantastic read! Laurelin does it again! If you're unaware, I am a HUGE LP fan - especially after her book Take Two (I LOVE Micah!). So when I was introduced to the Fixed trilogy and to the potential goodness that is Hudson Pierce, I knew I was in dangerous territory. Paige had the power to do some serious damage to my heart.

And she did.

Fixed on you follows MBA graduate, Alayna "Laynie" Withers, as she tries to come into her own and get from out of her brother's thumb. She works at a nightclub, as a bartender, but is hoping to move up to management. Initially she appears to be a decent girl, just living her life by her own standards. We soon learn that is not the case. She is battling some serious issues, that in turn, create a huge problem for her - especially once we are introduced to the man of the hour, Mr. Hudson Pierce.
Hudson is a sexy, cool, calm, and collected business man. He's a fairly stereotypical man at face value. He goes after what he wants, he's drop dead gorgeous, he's controlling, he's cocky. All the things that women typically say they don't want, but secretly desire -- myself included. I honestly like him right off the bat. He's not an asshole, at least not in comparison to a lot of other male leads I've read about. Laurelin does a beautiful job of making Hudson a likeable dick. You just can't help but like him. Of course, throughout the book, we learn a LOT about Hudson that makes him less stereotypical and more human. As a reader, we witness his vulnerability (or as vulnerable as he can get), as well as his interactions with his family. He has a lot of his own issues to worry about.

Witnessing Laynie and Hudson come together, through the non-conventional means, was very entertaining. Initially, I was concerned that this was going to be just like 50 Shades of Grey, which I didn't like. I'm not a fan of that series. But as I continued reading, I was pleasantly surprised that Hudson is a better development character than Christian Grey. Hudson's charm definitely broke through and I fell in love. I personally think readers will be quite pleased with Hudson, especially once you get beyond the surface level of his personality.

The relationship development between Hudson and Laynie is done so brilliantly. I smiled each time they were together -- whether they were frustrated, sad, angry, happy -- it was just amazingly realistic for me. Watching Hudson come into himself emotionally, as he tried to please his mother (who's a coldhearted bitch); Laynie, as she tried to deal with her sickness as well as her developing feelings for Hudson. It was just a really fantastic experience -- one that I would like to go through again.
If there's anything to take away from this story, it's that there is hope for everyone. Laynie and Hudson are saving each other. What started out as a non-conventional relationship blossomed into a beautiful romance that I am slightly jealous of. There's a lot of healing that needs to happen for these two, together and separately, which is why this is the first book of a trilogy. But Laurelin has done it again -- she's introduced to me to a beautiful story that is jammed packed with sexy times, high emotions, and realistic relationships. It was a joy to read this book.

Let's go back to those sexy times for a moment -- there is NEVER a time when I'm not fully immersed into Laurelin's sex scenes. She is SO good at staying on the good side of that thin line between too much and not enough. I think there was just enough sex and emotion -- it wasn't superfluous. It wasn't unnecessary. It was all intentional part of a complicated relationship. And THAT'S why I love Laurelin. She's so good at keeping that balance.

Can't wait to move onto the next book!

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