Fixed Forever – Fixed #6 by Laurelin Paige

REVIEW

A great continuation in the Fixed saga.

Hudson is keeping secrets from Alayna again but this time it is to keep her safe from an unknown threat.  Someone is sending letters and seems to know all about Hudson’s past.  Tracking down the culprit is harder than he thought, both physically and mentally.  After having three children Alayna is feeling the distance from her husband.  Believing his lack of interest is boredom in their relationship, Alayna’s possessive obsessiveness starts to make an appearance.

With the reemergence of ‘old friends’, can Hudson and Alayna work as the team they need to be to find out who is behind the threats before it goes too far.

I loved this story. Hudson is back in his over-protective, controlling role but he still hasn’t learnt to open up completely to Alayna, forgetting that she is stronger than she seems.  Alayna has had a tough time and, although I do not have the obsessive compulsions that she suffers from, as a mother I can certainly sympathise with her worries over baby care.  An exciting end to this story that I did not see coming.

Some lose ends were tied up but it was still left open enough to allow for further books.  There is a another spin-off which will focus how Celia met Edward which sounds really interesting.

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

Hudson Pierce-

You act so high and mighty, you and your perfect pregnant wife Alayna. With your perfect child and your perfect home.

You weren’t always perfect. Your past is filled with misdeeds.

Does your wife know all your secrets?

Would she stand behind you if she did?

You think because she’s on bedrest you can protect her? How sweet.

Sleep tight, you two.

-An Old Friend.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36042937-fixed-forever)

Chandler – Fixed #5 by Laurelin Paige

REVIEW

Taking a side-step from Hudson and Alayna, this book focuses on Hudson’s younger brother, Chandler Pierce.

Chandler is the opposite to Hudson in that when he finds a woman he falls in love fast, this would be ok if the women loved him in return, so over the years he set himself a plan – One-time only, no repeats.  This was working just fine until he met Genevieve Fasbender.  Now he wants the repeats but Genevieve is reluctant and pushes him away at every opportunity.  Little does she know that she has got under his skin and Chandler will stop at nothing to be with her again and again and again.

Chandler is such a sweet character.  His sense of humour is great, especially when he is winding Hudson up. As the youngest sibling, he was sheltered as much as he could be  from the family antics of Sophia’s drinking and Hudson’s scheming, but he was not completely oblivious.  Working at Pierce Industries he is finally coming out of himself and proving that he has what it takes to be a Pierce.

A great story that introduces new characters that will continue to appear in future books.  This book really needs to be read in order as the 5th book in the Fixed Series to fully understand all the characters and backstory.

Rating 4/5

Synopsis

I’m good in a boardroom, but I’m better in the bedroom. Much better. I can charm the skirt off any woman in one encounter. I’ll even give her an orgasm before I put her in a cab. Or three. No more or she’ll start making plans for the future and I’m not into that.

Or I wasn’t until Genevieve Fasbender. She’s the first woman in five years that I want to spend the whole night with. And she’s the first woman who’s told me I’m not what she wants in a lover, even after multiple O’s. She’s brash and bold and stubborn as hell, and she doesn’t believe it’s possible to satisfy her.

But I’m up for the challenge.

And after an incident in my brother’s office closet―a downright dirty incident―I think I’m just the guy to deliver.

Genevieve Fasbender will never know what’s coming.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25977796-chandler)

Hudson – Fixed #4 by Laurelin Paige

REVIEW

Hudson is the Fixed Trilogy told from Hudson Pierce’s POV and must be read after the Fixed Trilogy (See below for reading order)

Hudson Pierce, business tycoon and game player of people’s emotions, has finally met his match, but is it with Alayna Withers, his new game piece and woman who will change his world, or is it Celia Werner, childhood friend and game partner.  Hudson has lived his life believing that he has no capability to love.  The emotion is out of his reach and so he spends his time watch and experimenting with other people’s emotions especially their desire to love.  Celia falls victim to one of his experiments and from that moment on Hudson’s life will spiral further into the darkness, that is until the light of Alayna shines on him and makes him hope for a better future.  But leaving the game is easier said than done.

I really enjoy this type of companion book to a series as it provides greater depth and meaning to the characters. It also helps explain some of the their actions and the thoughts behind their decisions, which is not easily established when a story is told from only one side.

A great addition to the Fixed Trilogy.

Rating 4/5

Synopsis

Hudson Pierce has led a life few others could even imagine. With money and power at his fingertips, he’s wanted for almost nothing. He’s never experienced love, however, and he’s seen few examples of it in his dysfunctional family. The ridiculous notion of romance has always intrigued him. He’s studied it, controlled it, manipulated it, and has yet to understand it.

Until he meets Alayna Withers.

Now, the games he’s played in his quest for comprehension can finally come to an end. Or are they just beginning?

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21417430-hudson)

Fixed Series reading order

  • Fixed on You
  • Found in You
  • Forever with You
  • Hudson
  • Chandler
  • Fixed Forever

The Fixed Trilogy – Fixed #1-3 by Laurelin Paige

REVIEW

Alayna Withers has just graduated business school and is on her way to achieving her dream –  being manager at the nightclub, The Sky Launch.  She desperately keeps herself busy in an attempt to not fall into old, bad habits.  When he appears at her bar she knows that her resolution is close to breaking point.  But will he break her or can he fix her?

Hudson Pierce, renowned business tycoon, always gets what he wants.  For him life has been a game and people have been his pawns.  That was his past, now he wants Alayna in his future, but is she just a another pawn or could she be the one to finally bring the game to an end?

This series is a heart-breaking, heart-warming mix of emotions.  Trust, secrets, lies and deception intertwine until, as the reader, you don’t know who to trust or who to believe.  Hudson’s past exploits linger at every turn and with his childhood friend, Celia, constantly in the background it did make me wonder whether they were truly in the past, and with Alayna’s obsessive compulsions he does seem to play these to his advantage.

I’ll be honest, it took me a while to warm to Hudson. I wanted to believe that he felt something for Alayna but with his continued secrets and connection to Celia it made it very difficult.  Alayna didn’t help matters either.  She kept her own secrets, which at times I thought Hudson dealt with very well.  For all their talk of communication they seemed to be sadly lacking.

This is one of those series where you spend most of the book thinking ‘I don’t know if I like him’ but somehow he works his way into your affections and you don’t want the series to end.  Good News! There are several follow-on books and a spin-off series which I will be reading and reviewing over the next two months.

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

Fixed on You (Book 1): 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.

Found in You (Book 2): Alayna Withers has only had one kind of relationship: the kind that makes her obsessive and stalker-crazy. Now that Hudson Pierce has let her into his heart, she’s determined to break down the remaining walls between them so they can build a foundation that’s based on more than just amazing sex. Except Hudson’s not the only one with secrets.
With their pasts pulling them into a web of unfounded mistrust, Alayna turns to the one person who knows Hudson the best–Celia, the woman he almost married. Hoping for insight from someone who understands all sides of the story, Alayna forms a bond with Celia that goes too far–revealing things about Hudson that could end their love for good.

This is the first relationship where Alayna hasn’t spiraled out of control. And she might lose Hudson anyway…

Forever with You (Book 3): Alayna Withers relationship with Hudson Pierce has tested both her and his ability to trust. They decide that the only way they can move forward together is with open doors and transparency. It won’t be easy for the scarred lovers, but they’re committed to each other more now than ever. Alayna, in particular, has grown through their trials, and has emerged more confident and faithful to the man she loves.

But while the pair is focused on the future, their past shows up again to threaten their fragile bond. Promises that were made are broken, and Alayna learns that Hudson still has very potent secrets–secrets that will tear them both apart. As much as she feels for him, her ability to forgive and forget is tested beyond her limits.

Even though she found the only man who could fix her, a forever with Hudson seems more and more out of reach. 

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21420473-the-fixed-trilogy)

RARE Author Re-reads

 

With RARE19 London fast approaching, Ok so it’s still 8 months away but that’s not long,   I have decided that each month I will reread a selection of books/series from some of my favourite authors who will be in attendance.

I was fortunate enough to go to my first RARE in Febuary 2018 in London and it was such an amazing experience.  It will be great to meet different authors that were not at RARE18 but can’t wait to see again some that were.

January

  • The Kathleen Turner Series by Tiffany Snow
  • The Billionaire’s Obsession by J.S. Scott
  • The Cafe Series by Jana Aston

 

February

  • The Tangled Ivy Series by Tiffany Snow
  • The Knight Series by Kitty French
  • Heart of the Billionaire by J.S. Scott

 

March

  • The Risky Business Series by Tiffany Snow
  • The Weekday Brides Series by Catherine Bybee
  • The Billionaire’s Salvation by J.S. Scott

 

April

  • The Corrupted Hearts Series by Tiffany Snow
  • The Billionaire’s Game by J.S. Scott
  • The Tall, Dark & Deadly Series 0.5 – 2 by Lisa Renee Jones

 

May

  • The Fixed Series by Laurelin Paige
  • The Over The Edge Series by Julia London
  • The Billionaire Undone by J.S. Scott

 

June

  • The Anchor Island Series by Terri Osburn
  • The Found Duet by Laurelin Paige
  • The Billionaire Unmasked by J.S. Scott

 

July 

  • The Needing Moore Series by Julie A. Richman
  • Blank Slate by Tiffany Snow
  • The Billionaire Untamed by J.S. Scott

 

During August I would like to read some new books that I haven’t yet read by some of these authors.  On that list is:

  • The Dirty Duet by Laurelin Paige
  • The Ardent Springs Series by Terri Osburn
  • The Billionaire Unbound by J.S. Scott

Please note that this list is only rereads and does not include any new books that I will be reading in between. Most of these books I have already written reviews for so please have a read of these as well.

Authors Websites

 Tiffany Snow

Jana Aston

J.S. Scott

Kitty/Kat French

Catherine Bybee

Lisa Renee Jones

Laurelin Paige

Julia London

Terri Osburn

Julie A. Richman

 

Happy Reading!

Shopping for a Baby’s First Christmas – Shopping for a Billionaire #15 by Julia Kent

REVIEW

Heart-warmingly hilarious

Nothing is ever simple or straightforward for Declan and Shannon, why should Ellie’s first Christmas be any different.

Spending Christmas with the in-laws (all of them) is not high on Declan’s list of ideal Christmas’ but Shannon can think of nothing better than being close to her family and relishing in the joys of chaos. Throw in a couple of dogs, a temperamental cat, some old ladies, Declan’s own family and even that may be too much for Shannon to handle.

Marie is back on top form for this festive treat that will bring a smile and a sense of seasonal spirit to even the hardest Grinch.  Anyone for Polyoga?! How about matching stripy PJ’s?  Oh to see next years Christmas card!

A real treat for anyone who loves this series.

Rating 5/5

ARC read courtesy of Julia Kent

Synopsis

My mother wants all her kids and grandkids to spend Christmas Eve at her house and wake up on Christmas morning together.

Sounds reasonable, right?

And it would be.

If it weren’t my mother.

My husband, Declan, is protesting any involvement, though he’s openly intrigued by the idea of claiming his territory by suggesting we have sex in my childhood bed.

And by ‘suggest,’ I mean make a series of really hot offers that make me whimper when I have to say no.

Wait – why am I saying no again?

Mom has turned her house into a Christmas showcase that makes Frankenmuth look like the picked-over clearance rack at Target on December 26. You know those crazy people on Etsy who make felted gnomes out of belly button lint and use … a certain kind of hair… to make thatched roofs on little decorative elf homes?

Those people are saner than my mother.

There is no force of nature stronger — and more emotionally volatile — than a fifty-something grandmother determined to create holiday memories.

Wait a minute. Maybe there is.

My husband. 

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42279095-shopping-for-a-baby-s-first-christmas)

The Billionaire Shifter’s Final Redemption – Billionaire Shifters Club #6 by Diana Seere

REVIEW

Asher is absolutely ADORABLE! And I know he will hate hearing that but so be it.  This series has seen Asher at his best and his worst, so to have his story finally told was something I have been waiting for since… well, really since I first came across him in Billionaire Shifter’s Curvy Match.

Dr. Samantha Baird and Asher Stanton have had a love/hate relationship from the very beginning.  The work that Sam does at LupiNex goes against everything Asher believes in but the truth runs deeper than that.  Asher has never forgiven himself for the death of his wife and child. It is a burden he feels he must bare for the rest of his life, unfortunately for him, Fate has different plan.  When the Beat calls it must be answered.

Sam is the perfect match for ‘Asherhole’ (love that nickname she gave him…wonder if she ever used it to his face?!) She is strong yet feminine, tough but sensitive, and family aside, probably the only person who doesn’t take no for an answer, especially if it has come from Asher.

The continued threat to the Stanton Family, and shifters in general, from Asher’s old friend, Tomas Nagy comes to head in this book.  Following on from the previous book, ‘True Alpha’, Asher finds that he is suffering side effects from his fight with Tomas and being the secretive and protective person that he is, decides that he will battle it out alone.  Sam has different ideas. Needing the help of the full clan, the fight against Tomas and his mutant shifters escalates, but who can they trust within the Shifter families?  Who will fight by their side and who will turn their backs?

An emotional end (or is it?) to this series. I have loved each and every story, each and every character, and the underlying plot that has run through the entire series has brought this final one to a close. If this is the last book in this series then I will miss these characters immensely and finding out what happens to them in the future, but the great thing about books is that they can be reread, and that is exactly what I shall do.

Each book is focused around two main characters and can therefore be read as standalone’s, however I would highly recommend that they are read in order to fully appreciate and enjoy the wonder of the Stanton family and their mates.

Rating 5/5

Reading Order:

The Billionaire Shifter’s Curvy Match – Gavin and Lilah

The Billionaire Shifter’s Virgin Mate – Derry and Jess

The Billionaire Shifter’s Second Chance – Edward and Molly

The Billionaire Shifter’s Secret Baby – Lars and Kara

The Billionaire Shifter’s True Alpha – Sophia and Zach

The Billionaire Shifter’s Final Redemption – Asher and Sam

Synopsis

Asher Stanton has devoted his entire, long life to protecting the shifter world — but he couldn’t save his own beloved human wife and child. Walling off his emotions and turning his life into a mission to consolidate power, he is ruthless, determined — and most definitely never falling in love with another human again.

Years later, a dark threat looms over the shifter world as Asher’s childhood friend, Tomas Nagy, becomes his worst enemy. With the future of the shifter world in question, he must turn to a human scientist, the fiery, headstrong Dr. Samantha Baird, to help him fight the forces of evil.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41579845-the-billionaire-shifter-s-final-redemption)