Review: Forever with You (Fixed #3) by Laurelin Paige

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Title: Forever With You
Author: Laurelin Paige
Publisher/Year: Laurelin Paige 1/6/14
Length: 249 Pages
Series: Fixed Series #3

Overview

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.

My Thoughts

I love where this final installment in the main trilogy bit took us.  I think that there’s so much tension in this book, the uinderlying or quite obvious (to be honest) theme here is trust and whether knowing that you love someone and that they love you – if it’s enough.  Given what we know of Alayna’s trust issues and what we know of Hudson and his games, it’s not surprising at all that there’s a constant push / pull dynamic with these 2 and their trust issues.

We go on a roller coaster in this 3rd installment.  We see the happiest times with these two.  We see that Hudson sees the best in Alayna and wants to see her succeed – not just because they are lovers, but because he sees her as being incredibly smart and capable. Along with this we get some great passion and the chemistry between these 2 is something that you can’t stop or reign in.  it’s just out there in your face and it’s hot.  Then there’s the downard bit of the roller coaster where things are just messy.  we know that Alayna doesn’t trust any of the interactions that he has with any of the women in his life, employee or otherwise.  That makes things dicey and then to add insult to injury, we have Celia who just won’t go away, and who we learn is quite evil.  She turns into what Alayna used to be and that’s never a good thing.  Celia makes it a point to go after Alayna, stalks her and makes her go insane.

So, where does that leave us?  Well i think that it’s safe to say that with ever 2 steps forward that are taken, there are two+ steps back that happen.  We learn that there are so many more secrets being hidden than you could ever imagine and i think that’s what causes these folks to go to the breaking point.  The question that always comes up is what will this mean for Alayna given her past and what will it mean for the happy couple.  It’s not until the end that we get to see what really caused all this, and that honestly while as ‘earth shattering’ as it was, was kind of expected and i think that we needed to have that other shoe drop just to make the ending into what it is.

All that being said, i read through this one very quickly since there was so much action and passion and i think that it really set us up for a great finale to their story, and what i see after the epilogue is that we now get to see what’s behind Gwen (the new manager at Sky Launch) and that’s bound to be a great story.  So, on to the next  Happy Friday everyone!

Review: Found in You (Fixed #2) by Laurelin Paige

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Title: Found In You
Author: Laurelin Paige
Publisher/Year: Laurelin Paige 9/28/13
Length: 245 Pages
Series: Fixed Series #2

Overview

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…

My Thoughts

Gotta love how things got set up in the first book and then we see them really begin to come to a head in this middle installment.  I feel like what i had expected from Celia begins to come true, she’s just very un-trustworthy and i feel like she’s got her own motivation.  Do we find out what it is?  I don’t know that we do, but she plays games just as well as Hudson used to, at the downfall of Alayna.

Now…Alayna and Hudson, things seem to be going well for them, they are continuing to develop these deep feelings for each other even if Hudson won’t admit it.  It’s nice to see that he at least shows if he doesn’t tell.  And he continues to make this book a very steamy read.

As for Alayna, poor girl is so uncertain about everything that she’s willing to talk and listen to anyone, especially a several few that are going to really do her harm.  There’s Celia we know who has an agenda, Stacy (the girl who works for Hudson’s sister Mira) whom i also think has an agenda, and Brian, her brother who wants her to just clean up her act and won’t believe that she’s changed.  Mira is there to be supportive, Alayna even finds herself back at therapy weekly yet it’s not enough it seems.

When things from her past crop up causing even more secrets, and blackmail, well you know that it’s going to end up causing quite a fight, and my guess is that you’ll see a bit of push pull and running away.  When there’s a company at stake, trust is completely broken and secrets revealed, well you can only hope that the passion and connection that these 2 have is enough and i don’t know that it is right now.  So, on that note, i have to take a cold shower cause some of these scenes were HOT HOT HOT and thankfully i have book 3 that i can enjoy, especially since i’m on another cross country flight tomorrow AM.

Review: Fixed on You (Fixed Series #1) by Laurelin Paige

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Title: Fixed On You
Author: Laurelin Paige
Publisher/Year: Laura Barnes 6/24/13
Length: 256 Pages
Series: Fixed Series #1

Overview

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 Thoughts

Well, i needed something new to read and i’ve been all over the place in what ive been gravitating towards lately.  Lucky for me, i had a 6 hour plane ride today w/ NO WIFI connection to tackle a new series.  This first installment of the Fixed series really sets things up for us to wonder who’s going to be the one to break the other’s heart.

We know that Alayna has a very damaged past, somewhat started by her parents death and her need to be love, and the other bit fueled by an addictive personality that means she gets VERY attached VERY quickly.  We slowly learn that Hudson, while sexy and powerful in business has his own issues with relationships and is just as damaged as Laynie but in a different sense.  He plays with women – sucks them in and spits them out.  This is where Alayna comes along though, she’s an ideal solution to the problem of not getting attached to Celia (Husdon’s supposed GF) and yet she can still be the girl that he comes home to for passion and sex.

Of course things are never that easy, and Alayna is put into a position where while her professional life is getting better, her brother is giving her grief, threatening her and all that, she has MAJOR trust issues with Hudson, his mother hates her, Celia has her own agenda, and someone from her past pops up and almost threatens to blackmail her.

So the question that we’re left with is whether or not Alayna will be strong enough to stay or even stronger to walk away.  What will that mean for everyone and what is Celia really gunning for?  There’s so much revealed by her that makes me wonder if some of the mystery around her pregnancy years ago wasn’t from Jack (Hudson’s dad) but that’s just my theory at the moment.

Anyhow – what we have here is a couple that clearly has intense chemistry and passion and Ms Paige writes it in such a way that you can’t help but to get aroused.  It’s hot and it’s steamy and it makes me want my very own Hudson.  Being a NY’er though, i’m not sure that i follow the geography of the story but if that’s the biggest issue that i have, then so be it.

Lucky for me, i’ve started book 2 since my flight was long and i’ll see what comes of the continuation of this story.  It’s definitely going to be interesting!

 

Blog Tour: Rocking Danni by Kacey Hamford

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Title: Rocking Danni

Author: Kacey Hamford

Release Date: May 27, 2015

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Synopsis:

Danni has spent the last three years raising her daughter and living with a possessive boyfriend, she thought she was happy until ‘Flix’ arrived back in town.

Will, the strong, tattooed drummer for the band ‘Flix’ spent the last few years sleeping around trying to forget a certain blonde that had invaded his head and heart.

When Will and Danni meet again after three years apart she finds herself mesmerised by his chocolate brown eyes and re living intimate memories. Did she make the right decision walking away from him?

Will old feelings come back to life, will their hearts be drumming to the same beat or have they both moved on? A tragedy brings them closer together and Will discovers a secret. Will it make or break them? Only time will tell.

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We are two thirty-something females, living in Cornwall, England.

We both have full time jobs and manage to squeeze writing in around very busy lives.

Last year we joked about writing a book, and in December we actually started writing! On 12th March 2014 we pressed the ‘publish’ button and didn’t breathe for a whole several minutes!

We have now written four books, ‘Rocking Esme’, ‘Rocking Scarlett’, ‘Rocking Marcy’ and ‘Rocking Ashton’ and we also have a million other book ideas which we are dying to write!

When we first started writing, we didn’t tell anyone- not even our other halves! We decided to tell them about a month before publishing, then about a week before publishing we told our friends and family.

We both love reading, and since buying Kindles, reading has become much more of an obsession and we have both discovered authors we had never heard of. Some favourites are… Jennifer Foor, Aurora Rose Reynolds, Kirsty Moseley, Kelly Elliot, Terri Anne Browning, Diane Chamberlain… the list is endless!

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Review: Shopping for a Billionaire’s Fiancee (Shopping for a Billionaire #6) by Julia Kent

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Title:  Shopping for a Billionaire’s Fiancee
Author: Julia Kent
Publisher/Year: ProsaicPublishing 2/26/15
Length: 171 Pages
Series: Shopping for a Billionaire #6

Overview

All of our best dates end up in the emergency room….

I planned the perfect proposal. Plenty of lobster, caviar, champagne and–her favorite–tiramisu. The perfect setting. The perfect woman. The perfect everything.

Dad gave me my late mother’s engagement ring, platinum and diamonds galore. Shannon wouldn’t care if I slid a giant hard-candy ring on her finger instead of a three-carat diamond designed to impress. But my future mother-in-law, Marie, will pass out when she sets eyes on that rock, which will give us two minutes of blessed silence. That woman talks more than Kim Kardashian flashes her naked backside on the internet.

I was going to make it perfect, from the color of the tablecloth to the freshness of the roses. And it was perfect.

Until Shannon swallowed the ring.

My Thoughts

It’s kind of funny how over the top our author makes this story and i think that while there’s a chance that it could easily be ‘too much’ – it works here.  We have a sweet story about how a couple is so perfect but their family and friends are insane.

We know that Shannon and Declan are destined to be together and we know that they WANT to be together, but of course that’s never easy.  Declan’s father is determined to make him rethink things over and over again, and Shannon’s mom continues to make Dec so uncomfortable that he second guesses things.

If that weren’t enough, the stress of planning a proposal makes Dec even more nuts.  Add to that some drama with his brother Andrew and Shannon’s friend Amanda, and you can only guess how dramatic things will go.

We get a revisiting of ‘Toilet Girl’ here – appropriate as always, and i think that’s the consistency that we love.  Aside from that, it’s really just a sweet and enjoyable next installment to the series.

Review: Christmas Shopping for a Billionaire (Shopping for a Billionaire #5) by Julia Kent

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Title:  Christmas Shopping for a Billionaire
Author: Julia Kent
Publisher/Year: Prozaic Publishing 12/14
Length: 46 pages
Series: Shopping for a Billionaire #5

Overview

When Shannon is called to the mall to work as a sexy elf, her billionaire boyfriend, Declan, gets roped into playing Santa. The mall mommies start tweeting pictures, and soon everyone is crashing the mall to have a seat on Santa’s lap.

My Thoughts

Its been quite some time since i’ve been with this series but i realized that i had #5 and #6 in my library and i ought to read them.  So…what we have here is a very short novella that takes us through some shenanigans with Shannon and Declan when Shannon is called to help out on another mystery shop as a sexy elf and some how Declan ends up at #HOTSanta

What we see here though outside of this fun is that Shannon sees this relationship as long term and wants kids but has NO idea what Declan is thinking.  since things are still so new for them, it’s also really up in the air and i think that she’s afraid to get hurt and doesn’t want to push Declan too far.

Sooo….nothing too complicated here – but some great insight into what could be from them along with the sexy body of mr Hot Santa himself.  Enjoy!

Review: Beautiful Redemption (The Maddox Brothers #2) by Jamie Mcguire

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Title:  Beautiful Redemption
Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher/Year: CreateSpace Publishing 1/21/15
Length: 222 pages
Series: The Maddox Brothers #2

Overview

If A Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever. But what if he didn’t love you, first?

No-nonsense Liis Lindy is an agent of the FBI. Deciding she is married only to her job, she breaks off her engagement and transfers from Chicago to the field office in San Diego. She loves her desk. She is committed to her laptop. She dreams of promotions and shaking hands with the director after cracking an impossible case.

Special Agent in Charge Thomas Maddox is arrogant, unforgiving, and ruthless. He is tasked with putting away some of the world’s toughest criminals, and he is one of the best the Bureau has to offer. Though, as many lives as he’s saved, there is one that is beyond his reach. Younger brother Travis is faced with prison time for his involvement in a basement fire that killed dozens of college students, and the media want a conviction. Travis’s only savior is his unusual tie to the mob. In a deal that will spare his brother, Thomas has agreed to recruit Travis into the FBI.

Liis is stubborn, defiant, and yet somehow softens Thomas’s rough edges, making her the perfect agent to accompany him to the ceremony. Posing as a couple, they must travel to Travis & Abby’s beach vow renewal and give him the news, but when the pretending ends, she finds herself wondering if they were pretending at all.

In the second installment of the Maddox Brothers books, experience firsthand the mysterious world of the elusive Thomas Maddox, and how good love can be when you’re not the first, but the last.

My Thoughts

i LOVE the Maddox brothers – i’ve said this before and this next installment with Thomas’s story just solidifies the fact that they are not just sexy but amazing too.  We were introduced to Thomas in the first book of the series, knowing him just as TJ who was in a weird relationship with Camille who was also in a weird relationship with Trent (the brother) who had loved her since he was a kid.  When that all panned out as it did, Thomas was left broken hearted and back at work in San Diego at the FBI.

Liis is also an agent who’s moved to SD in the hopes of both furthering her career and getting away from her ex fiance who she knew for quite some time wasn’t right for her but didn’t want to break his heart.  So you know that it means that we’re going to see 2 very damaged people go around and around in circles while they try to decide what’s right for them.

The amazing thing that Ms. Mcguire does is that she gives us a continuation of the story that started in the big series, with all the mob stuff from Abby and Travis, and that’s the focal point here.  we get to see things come to a head with some of the investigation, and see all the good ground work that Abby laid to keep Travis safe from being prosecuted from the fire go to shit.  I think we all knew that the other shoe was going to drop in that sense, but it’s really amazing to see how far Thomas will go to protect his brother, which brings Liis into the mix even deeper.

Throughout this story, we see that there’s AMAZING chemistry between Thomas and Liis, and it’s not just amazing sexual chemistry – they are both firey, feisty and they both seem to push and be stubborn at the exact same time.  You know that you’re going to get a heated fight no matter when they are together, and their anonymous one night stand w/o names at the very beginning should have told us that it was going to get VERY tricky.

I can’t wait to see which brother we get to see more of next – i’m guessing Taylor.  Hopefully his story won’t end like the others have, with car accidents, gun battles, lots of stress and aggravation.  You always want to root for things to happen one way but they never ever do, so it’ll be up to our talented author to find another way to make it very anxiety filled at the end.  Have a great weekend all!

Spotlight & Giveaway: Reclaiming Love by Shirleen Davies

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Adam Monroe has seen his share of setbacks. Now he’s back in Peregrine Bay, looking for a new life and second chance.

Julia Kerrigan’s life rebounded after the sudden betrayal of the one man she ever loved. As president of a successful real estate company, she’s built a new life and future, pushing the painful past behind her.

Adam’s reason for accepting the job as the town’s new Police Chief can be explained in one word—Julia. He wants her back and will do whatever is necessary to achieve his goal, even knowing his biggest hurdle is the woman he still loves.

As they begin to reconnect, a terrible scandal breaks loose with Julia and Adam at the center.

Will the threat to their lives and reputations destroy their fledgling romance? Can Adam identify and eliminate the danger to Julia before he’s had a chance to reclaim her love?

Excerpt

Adam set down his dessert fork, pushed back the plate and turned toward Julia, his jaw working as he leaned forward, his thumb rubbing across her lower lip.

“You missed a bite,” he said as he held out his thumb, then brought it to his lips, tasting the sweet tang of lemon.

She watched his movements, unaware her lips had parted, her tongue peeking out to moisten them.

He cupped her face in his hands, letting his gaze wander over her face to the fullness of her mouth, then to her deep green eyes. “I want you in my future. No other woman…just you.” He leaned forward, touching his lips with hers before delivering a searing kiss that sent tremors through both of them. The beginning of a devastating grin tipped the corners of his mouth up as he pulled back. “We don’t need to talk more of it tonight. I just didn’t want you leaving here without knowing how I feel.”

He’d driven her home, kissing her lightly, asking if he could see her again soon. All she could do was nod, causing a crooked smile to brighten his face.

She’d lain awake for hours rehashing Adam’s words the night before, words that curled around her heart, squeezing out the small amount of resistance still left. There now remained no doubt in her mind he wanted her. In all the years she’d known him, he’d never lied to her. She might not have liked what he said, but lying held no place in his life.

Julia touched her lips with a finger, closing her eyes, remembering the sensations of his touch. No man had ever affected her the way he did and she doubted anyone ever would.

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Bio 

Shirleen Davies writes romance—historical, contemporary, and romantic suspense. She grew up in Southern California, attended Oregon State University, and has degrees from San Diego State University and the University of Maryland. During the day she provides consulting services to small and mid-sized businesses. But her real passion is writing emotionally charged stories of flawed people who find redemption through love and acceptance.  She now lives with her husband in a beautiful town in northern Arizona.

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