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)

BOOK BLITZ – The Dirty Ones by J. A. Huss

Title – The Dirty Ones
Author – J.A. Huss
Publication date – December 4th 2018
Genres – Dark Erotic Suspense
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Synopsis:

They said write what you know so that’s what I did. I wrote dirty, I wrote erotic, I wrote the truth.
And then they called me a liar. But it’s not me who’s lying, it’s them.
Our story isn’t for everyone. It’s not even for us.
So if you’re looking for the fairy tale and the stupid prince on his dumb white horse, move along. You’ve got a hold of the wrong book.
This is not your story, this is not your life, and this is not your opportunity to dip your frightened little toe into the dark pool of water and “try new things” and then pull it out and decide… #NotForMe.
When you go in with us you go all in. So make a decision before you turn this page.
Because I’m making one promise with this book.
Just one.
We are The Dirty Ones and this is our truth.

The Dirty Ones is a brand new dark romance about the secret world of erotica authors.

 

LOVERS

Excerpt:

In my dream we’re dancing. It’s a party, but not one I was ever at with them. Everyone is here. Hayes, Connor, Bennett all wearing tuxes. Me, Camille, Sofia all wearing gowns. They are the gowns we found in the basement room that first night with Louise.

I stop dancing when I realize that. I’m partnered with Bennett for some reason, which is also confusing. So I look around, searching for Connor, then Hayes. Connor has Sofia pushed up against a wall, his hand hidden beneath the long flowing layers of her elaborate skirt. Her head is tilted upward, mouth slightly open. And he’s whispering something in her ear.

I’m jealous, but turned on. So I lead Bennett over to them and take my place next to Sofia against the wall. Someone is kissing me. Bennett, or Connor, or maybe Sofia—but then I realize it’s Hayes. His soft lips caressing the side of my neck. His soft words wrapping around the tender skin of my ear just like Connor’s words wrap around Sofia. “Do you like it?” he asks. “I want you to like it.”

“What are we doing?” I whisper back. “When did this become who we are?”

And Hayes says, “It’s not real, so don’t worry about it.”

But it feels real. Camille is kissing Bennett now, her body pressing up against mine. Her soft, full breasts are bare. Somehow she’s gotten herself naked. And in my dream I laugh at that. Because it’s so typical of Camille to just take off her clothes and be indiscreet.

And then we’re all naked. All twisted together in the sheets of some giant bed. Camille’s bed, I realize. Now we’re at her Christmas party. And there’s butterflies in the air. Clear-winged butterflies like the ones at Connor’s parents anniversary. Dozens of them. No, hundreds of them. Their soft wings flutter around my hot, feverish skin like a summer wind. Making a cool breeze that feels so good.

But it’s not the butterflies. It’s Connor, blowing air across my pussy as his tongue laps against my folds, looking for the sweet spot. And when he hits it, I buck my back.

But Bennett is there, whispering, “This is wrong. This is so fucking wrong.”

And I reply, “Shut up,” because I’m irritated that he’s ruining the feeling of Connor between my legs. “Just shut up.”

And then he and Camille are gone and I get this weird feeling that they’ve left us. They figured it out—this wrongness—and left us.

But Hayes is there, saying, “Shhh, they don’t know anything. Don’t worry.”

But I do worry. Because I want to know what they don’t know. And Hayes is the secret-keeper and he’s close now. So close. “What don’t they know?” I ask him.

But Connor steals the words from my mouth with a kiss and it’s too much. I forget about my questions and how none of this makes sense and say, “It’s just a dream.”

And Sofia is touching me now. She was always so careful when she touched me, afraid she might do it wrong. But I used to tell her, “There’s no wrong way.” And that always made her happy for a little bit.

Which makes me think about her sadness. And her books. Those books she writes. The dark, sexy stories that steal your life away for days, or months, or years. And I say, “When did you change?”

And she just looks at me with her sad, sad smile that’s on her face so often now, I’ve grown used to it. She says, “You know when.”

But I don’t. I don’t really remember anything except that tower. And the book I wrote. And those dresses down in the basement. Why were there dresses in the basement?

“Kiera?”

It makes no sense at all. Why that guy had dresses. Did he have a fetish?

“Kiera?”

But they weren’t dresses, were they? They were costumes.

“Kiera!”

I open my eyes to find Connor on top of me. Holy shit, this is real.

Huss
Author Bio:

JA Huss is the New York Times Bestselling author of 321 and has been on the USA Today Bestseller’s list 21 times in the past four years. She writes characters with heart, plots with twists, and perfect endings.

Her books have sold millions of copies all over the world, the audio version of her semi-autobiographical book, Eighteen, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award and an Audie Award in 2016 and 2017 respectively, her audiobook, Mr. Perfect, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2017, and her audiobook, Taking Turns, was nominated for an Audie Award in 2018.

She lives on a ranch in Central Colorado with her family.

Author links:

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Taking Turns, Turning Back, His Turn -Turning #1, #2, #3 by J.A. Huss

REVIEW 

WARNING!  Enter this series with extreme caution! High chance of getting burnt on the heat that comes out of these pages! 

The Turning Series revolves around three men – Elias Bricman, Smith Baldwin and Quin Foster – who have been friends for a very long time and have, during that time, found that they enjoy sharing women. Not just sharing them but playing games with them…everything is a game. That is, until it is not. 

Taking Turns finds theses men in a confusing situation when the woman they have spent the last three years with has vanished and someone else is in their place.  Chella believes she knows what she is letting herself in for.  She needs the pleasure and pain that these men can inflict on her.  Quin wants nothing to do with her, Bric doesn’t care either way, and Smith finds that he cannot stay away.   Something draws him to her but what secrets is she hiding? 

Turning Back sees the return of Rochelle, the woman who broke Quin’s heart and left him in a world of pain for a year.  Why has she come back?  Smith wants her to leave  before she hurts his friend all over again, Quin relies on anger to get him through the time ahead, and Bric seems to know more than he is letting on.  With Smith no longer playing can Bric and Quin find a way to bring Rochelle back into the game? 

His Turn is all about Bric. At a loose end he finds a new partner to play games with, Jordan Wells. Jordan introduces him to Nadia, who although is not anything like either Chella or Rochelle, she is more his type.  The only problem is that they both want the same thing – control! Are they all playing the same game or have each got their on set of rules?

I absolutely loved this series from start to finish.  I was a bit unsure, as I’m not overly into the BDSM Club scene books but having read numerous series by this author before I couldn’t not give it a try.  The club is not highly focused on, the stories are more about the main characters and the relationships they have and build together.  The subject of sex and sharing is very open within these books so, if that is not your thing or you are adverse to three/foursomes, then they may not be for you. 

The build up of the characters is fantastic.  I’ll be honest, if I had read His Turn first I would not like Bric’s character at all.  However,  knowing his backstory and having seen the softer side to him in the previous books gave me knowledge of the character that explained why he did what he did. I think may favourite is Smith.  I can just picture him with his two rat dogs and the puppy, he really will make a great father if they ever have the chance 🙂

The end of this series leads nicely onto the next – Jordan’s Game – which I will starting in the New Year! 

Rating 5/5 

Synopsis

Taking Turns – I’ve never been afraid of the dark…but that doesn’t mean I wanted to live in it. And maybe everyone wants what they can’t have, but I should’ve thought it over before I accepted the key and unlocked the door to their forbidden world.  Number One is mostly silent. He watches me with them very carefully. His gaze never wanders. His interest never wanes.  Number Two is mostly gentle. But it’s the other side of him I like best. The wild side.  Number Three is mostly reserved.  He refuses to cross the line. Even when I beg.  It was carnal, it was sensual, and it was erotic. That’s it. That’s all it was supposed to be. A trip into the dark. A peek into the forbidden.  I just didn’t expect to like them. (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33192096-taking-turns)

Turning Back – I lived in the dark for three years. My whole world revolved around the whims and happiness of three men. It was just a trip into the forbidden. A way out of a bad situation and forward into nothingness.  Quin, with his easy smile and charming good looks. He was always there for me… Until he wasn’t.  Smith, and his dispassionate attention. He was never there for me and he never regretted it.  Bric, the one who listened, but only to himself. Self-absorbed, self-obsessed, and self-serving. He was never the one I wanted.  And now he might be the only one I have left.  It was good while it lasted, I guess. But it could’ve been so much more. It could’ve been so much better.  And that’s why I’m turning back. (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33867511-turning-back)

His Turn – I look her body up and down as I circle her.
Mine?
I smile a devious, deviant, I’m gonna make you sorry you ever started playing this game with me smile.
And then I take her hand.
I lead her to the elevator.
We go up to my apartment.
I tie her wrists together with rope.
Raise her arms above her head.
And chain her to the ceiling.
It’s my turn. (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34818548-his-turn)

The Triangle – Shape of Love #1 by J.A. Huss, Johnathan McClain

REVIEW

If there is one thing that can be said about a J A Huss novel/series it is, expect something unexpected.  That is exactly what you get with this book, unexpected twists, unexpected decisions, unexpected…everything!

Christine is not your average 24 year old.  She doesn’t work in an office, the man in her life isn’t her boss, and she most definitely isn’t doing ‘something boring’. But what exactly is it that she does do?  Christine has lost her memory and now a man is standing in front of her telling her to leave with him.

Danny has loved Christine for more years than he cares to remember.  When he found her, he promised to protect her and in doing so he hid his feelings and pushed her away.  Now she is back. One call from him and Danny comes running. Finding Christine the way she was, no memory of anything but him hurt more than he would say, but this is Christine. His to protect, his to love, and his from this point on.

Alec knew he could count on Danny to protect her, save her from whatever was happening, but what exactly was happening?  With Christine’s loss of memory it would take time to piece everything together but by then it may be too late.  Can three people really love, trust and respect each other and what happens when the triangle loses shape? Will it be able to put itself together again?

Absolutely engrossed in this story from page 1.  The tension between the characters, the trust and betrayal, the bits of Christine’s memory coming back to add even more intrigue to an already enthralling story just kept me turning page after page, and by the end there were still so many questions that needed answers…so many questions…

These are very interesting characters.  Christine is way older in her thoughts and actions than any 24 year old should be.  She knows what she wants and she is not afraid to go get it.  Danny is the calming influence, the decision maker, the ‘let’s think about this for a minute’ one, but once he makes that decision he goes full force into it.  And then there is Alec.  What can be said about Alec – rich, entitled, slightly delusional, a whole lot ‘who gives a fuck!’

The sex between these three is HOT! If MFM/MMF is not your cup of tea then don’t get this book cos, trust me on this, there is plenty of heat and sizzle when these three finally get it on!

Another fantastic start to a new series by the talented duo that is Julie Huss and Johnathan McClain.

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

They’re sworn enemies and I’m in the middle.
Both of them claimed me. Had me. Used me. Forgot me. 
Except… I don’t remember any of it. I don’t even know who I am or why I’m in this cramped basement apartment with tinfoil covering the tiny windows when my bank account says I have over two million dollars. 
I don’t know how I got the stitches on the back of my head, or the scar under my chin, or the ache in my shoulder—but I do know I probably deserved it.
I don’t know why there’s a shotgun in the closet, a sniper rifle under the floorboards, and a pistol under my pillow.
I don’t know why I stay. 
I don’t know why I care. 
I don’t know why I’m trying to put something back together when it was never whole to begin with. 
Until I look at them.
Until they look at me.
Until I touch them.
Until they touch me.
And even though the memories don’t come back.
I know. 
I know why I stay.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41566383-the-triangle)

Passion Rising – Original Sin #4 by J.A. Huss, Johnathan McClain

REVIEW

What an amazing journey this has been and I’m so pleased that I shared the ride with Maddie and Tyler.  Because that is what we do, as readers we immerse ourselves into the worlds of the character and the lives they live.  If a book is written well then we can get completely lost in another time and space…an alternative reality, and that is exactly what I got through the course of these four books.

I felt the emotions, although slow to begin with, as Tyler and Maddie grew closer only to be torn apart, either through their own actions or by some evil drug lord! The pain and heartbreak of losing friends and loved ones, the joy and happiness of finding that one person who makes your life complete.

Often I forget that I am on a journey through life, that this is the one and only shot I get at being here with those I love.  It does not mean that I can’t escape every so often into the realms of the fictional, more that the time I spend here, doing whatever I am doing, is what leads to the life I choose for myself.  That is essential what Tyler and Maddie discover. Each choice they make leads to the next and decisions will lead in different directions.  I loved the use of the “choose-your-own-adventure books” they are a great metaphor for life, except maybe where if you choose the wrong path you don’t get to start back at the beginning, you have to keep moving forward towards the end of the book.

Going to miss Maddie and Tyler but that is the great thing about books…they can be reread!

The EOBS is great.  Johnathan has a really wonderful outlook on life and I could hear Tyler in some of the things he says.  Julie is a fantastic author in her own right and I have read many of her books (The Mister Series are a particular favourite of mine).  I eagerly await to see what the next creation is that this duo will bring us.

Synopsis

Old demons are back.

Maddie’s dealing with the fallout of her choices. Safety and happiness are relative, elusive things she’s desperate to have. But they will forever remain out of reach until the demons of her past are laid to rest.

Tyler’s mistakes resurface to haunt him and he’s just beginning to understand that money can’t fix a broken relationship. He must open his heart and search for answers he’d rather not find.

She wants peace in a world made of chaos.

He wants to rid himself of a lifetime of guilt.

They’re soul mates, but that’s no guarantee.

They’ll need to rely on each other to find their happily ever after.

Because the fight never ends—it just gets easier with someone at your side.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38605802-passion-rising?ac=1&from_search=true)

 

 

Angels Fall – Original Sin #2 by J.A. Huss, Johnathan McClain

Sometimes angels fall. 

Maddie doesn’t really owe drug lord, Carlos Castillo, money. So she hadn’t taken his threats seriously. Until now. He wants it, whether she owes it or not. And if she doesn’t have it in six weeks he’s gonna take her as payment instead. 

Tyler would save the world if he could. That’s a fight that lasts forever. And if there’s one thing he’s good at, it’s fighting. So if Maddie thinks she’s gonna deal with an insane drug lord on her own, she’s crazier than he is. 

She’s got a debt she can’t pay. He’s got more money than he needs.
She’s not gonna fall for his charm. He’s gonna make sure that happens. 

They’re destined to be together. Even if Maddie doesn’t know it yet.
Sometimes your soul mate isn’t who you’d choose, it’s who you need.

Good thing you don’t get to choose.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38521449-angels-fall)

REVIEW

I fucking love Tyler! His bizarre sense of humour, his quirky outlook on life, and the fact that he loves Maddie and really does try his hardest to respect her wishes even if she doesn’t see it that way.

The funny one-liners and sarcastic retorts that Tyler just can’t keep to himself.  The Angel/Devil arguments that Maddie has with herself. The inner monologues that send both of them into fazed out moments where the world ceases around them.  All of these are brought about by the genius writing team of Huss and McClain, and that’s just the tip of the story iceberg.

This book had me all over the place, emotionally speaking.  Maddie is still in debt to Carlos and has Logan breathing down her neck.  Tyler, with the help of some friends – old and new, finally becomes what Maddie needs.  There are a few happy surprises along the way and the pair are finally finding some clarity in their lives.  You know when you get to that stage in a book when everything is going right and you think…”ok, story can end now, all is good”…but no, the writer/s just keep on going. There is that defining moment for me in this book, and guess what?  Yep, the writers just kept on going!

No spoilers but if you get as involved with the characters as much as I do, not just the main ones but all the side characters that make the stories come to life, then I would suggest that you have some tissues at the ready.

The third instalment of the Original Sin Series, Flesh into Fire, will be released on 17th April 2018.

At the time of writing this review I know that Johnathan McClain is not well so I would like to send my best wishes to him and hope he Gets Well very soon.

EOBS – Personal note to Julie – I was at the book signing in London and have the photo to prove it!  And I can confirm that your readers do all love you and support you 100%.  I just hope that being in the UK I get to see The Company when it is aired.