Publisher: Mandevilla Press
Release Date: June 24, 2013
Source: eARC* via AToMR tours & author
Rating: 4/5 stars
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Stalking and restraining orders are a thing of Alayna Pierce’s past. With her MBA newly in hand, she has her future figured out – move up at the nightclub she works at and marry the manager, David. He’s perfect for her because, although he’s attractive, he doesn’t get her all turned inside out and upside down like some other men have. It’s a safe plan, one that assures she’ll remain in control of her obsessive love disorder.
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 his plans to seduce her. Avoiding him becomes impossible after he offers a business proposition Alayna can’t turn down and she’s drawn further into his universe, unable to resist his gravitational pull.
Soon Alayna’s charmed by Hudson in every way possible and the control over her old behaviors slip. 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.
Fixed on You by Laurelin Paige doesn’t disappoint on the sexy and hotness factor when it comes to characters Alayna and Hudson. I enjoyed their crazy, but intense relationship though I wish there was more depth in that aspect. However, I really thought the direction Paige was going with the story made me ache for more. Fixed on You was steamy and sensuous with a different take on a fake relationship that turns into something real.
There were many things I liked about the main character, Alayna. I loved that she loved The Sky Launch nightclub so much, how she really gave importance to her job as a bartender and strived to move up in the business. She was innovative and intelligent when it came to her work. I like that Alayna wasn’t perfect. She had a problem with her obsession love disorder, she admitted it, accepted it and she made it work for her even though she still struggled with it. Alayna did everything she could to better herself. What was awesome was that though Alayna had her own insecurities and doubt, she carried her self with confidence. She was sexy and outgoing. I just liked Alayna’s style, her own personal quirks and her charm. Sure, she was sometimes spazzy and a little crazy, but I loved that about her. She was unique and when it came to Hudson’s bossiness, she still kept some semblance of independence or snapped back at him when needed. Alayna had some sass and fight in her for sure and I loved that.
The romance in Fixed on You was definitely driven by the sexual attraction between Alayna and Hudson, but I liked that it became more as they got to know one another. Hudson was rich, mysterious and commanding. He totally controlled a room when he entered and he was just so freaking sexy. He definitely had an air of superiority and he was just lustfully yummy. Hudson was the type of person that went after what he wanted damn all consequences. I kind of liked that he was domineering in and out of bedroom. Like Alayna, he had his own issues to deal with and I liked that Alayna helped him open up and challenged him. Though their relationship was fake besides the sexual part of it all, it was obvious when lines between real and pretend were starting to blur. I liked those times because it showed how both of them were breaking each other’s walls down.
I liked where the story was going and I had an even greater time reading where Fixed on You went along the way. The building tension was amazing and the sex was just scorching and electric. I especially loved the interactions with Hudson’s family and I really enjoyed Alayna and her playfulness towards Hudson and how he gave her importance over many things. Paige did a great job of creating a story about a fake romance that turns real and pretending to be in love and actually falling in love in the process. I love stories like that. I did wish there was more development relationship wise between Alayna and Hudson. I believed their feelings were real, but I just thought them falling in love was a little too fast for me. But also, I had trouble accepting that Hudson wasn’t freaking out at the end because of his own view of falling in love. I was a little exasperated and frustrated to read how many times Laynie would retreat and come back to Hudson, but I didn’t have much problem with it since I learned to understand her problem. Sometimes you just can’t stay away and I totally got that. I really like that Paige gave both of these characters flawed pasts. You would think that Alayna and Hudson would be bad for each other, but it was the total opposite. I liked that their messed up past didn’t define who they were now and I loved that they made it work despite it all.
Overall, I enjoyed Fixed on You. It was a sexy and entertaining read. I’m excited to see where Paige will take Hudson and Alayna’s relationship in the next book! More please!
*Thanks to AToMR book tours and Laurelin Paige for sending a copy for review purposes
I was not compensated for my opinion
About the Author
Laurelin Paige is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Mad Men and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Adam Levine. She is represented by Bob Diforio of D4EO Literary Agency.
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