Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the Fixed on You tour hosted by AToMR Tours. Today, I have my review of Fixed on You and an event-wide sweepstakes. There are a buttload of awesome blogs and bloggers participating in this tour so if you would like to check them out, just click here. Thanks for stopping by and happy Wednesday to you 🙂
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.
This review for Fixed on You has proven to be one of the hardest I have ever had to contend with. I have put off writing this review in the hopes that my little dog brain would come up with something (anything!) which would allow me to give this highly-acclaimed read more than 3½ stars. And so, I will endeavor to write this review, keep it spoiler-free and hopefully make sense of my 3½ star rating.
My interest in this read was absolutely immediate based on the intriguing synopsis and gorgeous cover! What could be better than two broken people overcoming their respective pasts in order to build a future for themselves? How about two beautiful, highly intelligent and driven but broken people coming together to create a future for themselves? Sounds like a grand slam to me . . . .
Alayna Wither is smokin’ hot bartender with a newly acquired MBA and a strong desire to work her way up through the ranks of The Sky Launch Nightclub. Alayna loves the club scene and wants to see the Sky Launch become “the” place to be; with any luck, that will happen under her command and as a result of her fresh ideas and business acumen. What Alayna doesn’t count on, is the club’s new owner, Hudson Pierce. Hudson Pierce has everything, almost literally. He is strikingly handsome, well-educated, impeccably dressed and, known throughout the business world for his skill and power. He is exactly the kind of man Alayna must, at all costs stay away from.
Hudson Pierce has rarely ever been denied anything and he wants Alayna in the worst kind of way. Both are undeniably attracted to one another but for very personal and serious reasons, each must avoid personal attachments – love is simply not an option. And thus, a deal is struck. Hudson needs to become disentangled from a completely unwanted arranged marriage and to do that, he must appear to be completely devoted to and in love with another. His intense attraction to Alayna makes her a perfect candidate to become his fake significant other. Though Alayna assures Hudson she can play the part without becoming attached, neither are prepared for what happens between them.
Alayna and Hudson together are over the top hot in bed but on a personal level things are much cooler and far, far more serious. Though Alayna tries to keep her feelings for Hudson from growing, she is totally unsuccessful and her past (absolutely scary!) behaviors begin to surface. Though Hudson tries to keep his no love/no emotions directive in place, he finds (despite what is wretchedly cruel mother thinks) that he can indeed care for another without totally and completely destroying her. Yes, Hudson has a past with some very dark and very scary behaviors as well. The two try to reign in their emotions and actions but neither is able to do so before the other is hurt and somewhat damaged.
The Bottom Line: I had to keep this review vague in order to keep the review spoiler free. Just know, it is in the vagueness that I have issues. I generally enjoy books about two damaged souls coming together to help heal one another and move forward but Fixed on You crossed a line for me. Though I totally get that both Alayna and Hudson are fictional characters with fictional pasts, their pasts and their issues are just too much for me. Though both characters have sought therapy, their issues are still very much a part of them and those issues kept me from connecting to or even liking these two characters. With this being said, I did not DNF this title nor did I consider doing so. While I didn’t care for either main character there are absolutely NO flaws with Paige’s writing style, pacing, technique, etc. So, dear reader, I fully appreciate that I am in the minority on this one and I can honestly say, if Alayna and Hudson were a little less of their particular kind of broken, I would totally be among the 5 star majority.
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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