Author: Laurelin Paige
Publisher/Year: Paige Press 6/28/14
Length: 340 Pages
Series: Fixed Series #4
A full-length companion novel to the NY Times Bestselling Fixed Trilogy.
“I can easily divide my life into two parts-before her and after.”
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?
Told from his point of view, Hudson fills the holes in his love story with Alayna Withers. His past and relationship with his long-time friend Celia is further revealed and light is shed on his actions during his courtship with Alayna.
So as we all know, there’s an increasing trend about having a companion installment to series all from the lead male’s POV and i think that there’s something great that could have been done here since Hudson is SO complicated. The thing here is that the approach was so very different than in the main series, and that’s what kept throwing me a bit.
what we have is not just his POV, but we have the alternating ‘Before’ and ‘After’ chapters – meaning that we get to see how he was BEFORE he met Alayna and what the ‘game’ was then, how he shaped his experiments so to speak, and then the ‘After’ of what it meant to his relationship with Alayna, especially with Celia continuing to want to play the game and do harm to Alayna.
I thoguht i was going to LOVE this next book since i really enjoyed the other series, but i have to say that it took me significantly longer to read just this one than it did the other 3. That being said, i think that it’s nice to see that Hudson is human, and that there was a lot that he struggled with in himself and what it meant to those around him. Makes him human which we only got a bit of in the big series.
What fell flat here is that i don;t know that i cared so much about the others in the game – and i don’t know that the context of some of the interactions with Alayna needed to bet set up as they were. I think that it’s great to get his perspective on those same scenes, the parties and events that were ‘choreagraphed’ – but i don’t kno wthat they were all additive to make for a better story.
The great thing is that there’s an epilogue here that we didn’t get before, and that’s the continuation of the story that i liked. i think that we needed to see that things weren’t going to be ‘sunshine and daisies’ for them, and that there was still a lot of damage to work through but that there was more to the story. It skips ahead enough in the future to see how that impacted things for them
So i hope that you guys give it a chance and i’d be totally open to hearing that you have a different opinion than me. Where the others were pretty great – this one was just ‘eh’. Sorry!