Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Her story started long before she started working at The Sky Launch... 

Screw fairytales. The only reward Gwen Anders got from her rough childhood was a thick skin and hard heart. She’s content with her daily grind managing a top NYC nightclub—Eighty-Eighth Floor. So hers isn’t a happily ever after. She doesn’t believe in those anyway. 

Then she meets J.C. 

The rich, smooth talking playboy is the sexiest thing that Gwen has ever encountered, but she’s not interested in a night-in-shining latex. But when a family tragedy pushes her to the brink, it’s J.C. who’s there to teach her a new method of survival, one based on following primal urges and desires. His no-strings-attached lessons require her to abandon her constant need for control. Her carefully built walls are obliterated. 

Gwen discovers there’s a beautiful world outside her prison. Freedom is exhilarating—and terrifying. When she starts to feel something for J.C., she fears for her heart. Especially as she realizes that he has secrets of his own. Secrets that don't want to set him free. 


“And his eyes…I couldn’t see them clearly in the darkness, but I felt them.” 

I was truly blessed to be one of the very first people to read the finished amazingness that is this book, Free Me. Free Me is a spin off novel and the first book in a new duet from the bestselling, totally talented Laurelin Paige.

Gwen Anders is first introduced to us in Forever with You, book 3 in the Fixed Series, when she begins working at the Sky Launch for Alayna. We know very little about her, except that she is hiding from someone or something. I can honestly say I never thought in a million years that I would love this book, as much as I loved Hudson and Alayna’s story, but I was so very wrong. I fell completely in love with Gwen and JC. Gwen is a woman that has tried desperately to put her troublesome past behind her. Her sister Norma, and her brother Ben have had a pretty crappy childhood. Suffering from a violent and abusive father, they are closely bonded, and would do whatever it takes to protect each other. The relationship between them is genuine and touching. Norma being the oldest, she’s sacrificed a lot in order to ensure her siblings safety and happiness. Gwen loves her brother and sister fiercely and to that end, she’s not allowed herself to love anyone else. She doesn’t believe that she needs it. She fears it in some ways I think. She only needs them. She loves her job at the Eighty Eighth Floor, she gets along well with her co-workers, admires her boss and, most important of all, she remains in control at all times. 

“I did like my job. It was steady and rhythmic. Managing gave me the opportunity to be no-nonsense and harsh. It was how I preferred to be. Cold. Hard. In Charge” 

Being spontaneous is simply not who Gwen Anders is. Everything goes up in smoke when JC, handsome stranger, brash, and completely arrogant appears in her life. JC’s the kind of man you can’t help but get swoony in the presence of. He sees people in a way that strips them bare, he’s upfront, honest, but at the same time a complete mystery. He is a contradiction. A business man who regularly rents the Viper room in the club every Tuesday night (Gwen’s regular day off) to entertain associates, he’s used to getting exactly what he wants, when he wants it. Gwen is completely unprepared for the chaos that erupts when this man makes his appearance in her life. Caught up in the whirlwind that is JC, Gwen begins to question everything. 

Why should she have to be so uptight all the time? What would it feel like to let go, even for a few moments? Is it possible for her to be happy? Is it possible to be free?

“What would it be like to be that uninhabited? To be that unrestrained?” 

This book made me feel so many things; I had an epic book hangover afterwards. I had every feel possible, because it was impossible not to. Paige creates the most beautiful, sexy, emotional books, they give you all the things you want and even the ones you didn’t know you needed. Her storytelling and characters are magnificent. She delivers yet another bestseller here, I’m saying this now on the record, this is “that book”. The one that everyone is, once again, going to be shouting, raving and gushing about. She somehow always manages to make her next book better than the last. It’s a talent not many authors have, but all aspire to. 

Beware there is a pretty huge cliff hanger at the end, when I flipped the page and realized it was over, I wanted to launch my kindle against the room! I needed more, I’m left hanging again, I need answers I need closure. GAHHHH! Free Me, is completely seductive, impassioned, captivating and devastating. I absolutely adored this book, bring on Find Me…I’m ready!

“The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.” 

**Disclaimer: I hate writing reviews, but I know they are appreciated.

A spin-off of The Fixed Trilogy. (my Huddy)

Gwen's story. 
The first of a 2 book series (doesn't need to be read after the Fixed Trilogy)

We first met Gwen in the 3rd installment of the Fixed Trilogy, Forever With You. The sister of Hudson's right-hand woman, Norma, at Pierce Industries, Gwen has a wonderful story all her own. I fell in love with Gwen in this one...and JC, of course. Gimme more of him, please.

Honestly, I didn't think I'd love this story as much as I loved Hudson's, but I really did love it. I don't want to give anything away, but I can say that I laughed...and may have teared up a little. I had anxiety, and now...I have CLIFF! Now I have to wait to see how the story ends, but I KNOW it will be well worth the wait for Find Me.

Laurelin never disappoints.

NY Times & USA Today Bestselling author 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.

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1 comment:

John Thuku said...

Hi. I have not yet read a Laurelin Paige book but I would love to. They sound quite interesting.