Fixed Series #1
Publisher: Mandevilla Press (June 2013)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult
Format: eBook (Novel Length)
Source: Free book from AToMR Tours for honest review
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Rating: ★★★½☆ (3.5 stars)
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.
At A Glance
I had fun reading Fixed on You but it wasn’t perfect.
If I was going to say one thing about this book, it’s that I’ve never read anything like it. I have read contemporary romances in which the couple have a lot of issues, but Alayna and Hudson are definitely on the top 3 emotionally effed up couples ever. Sometimes it was frustrating but most of the time it kept things interesting. This is not a butterfly kisses, unicorn, and rainbows type of romance. It’s not sweet. It’s sweaty, crazy, and cringe-worthy. And I have to admit, I loved the change up.
Alanya made me so nervous. I didn’t know obsessive love disorder existed until now. Alanya can be a scary woman when she slips into her old ways. She tries so hard not to fixate and obsess over Hudson, but as her feelings grow, she can’t help her actions. I found it fascinating being in the head of a straight up stalker. But Alanya isn’t just her condition. She is also very smart, business savvy, and strong in other ways.
Hudson is sexy, arrogant, suave, and a ruthless businessman. He freely admits he is not capable of love. He has a bad past that any woman would be skittish of. And his B*TCH mother is making him marry a woman he has no interest in. But Hudson has a plan. He hires Alanya to play his loving girlfriend, hoping to deter his mother’s plans for him. But Hudson has another agenda. He wants Alayna all for himself…sexually. Hudson was hard to like. Sure, he can get you all tingly with his dominate ways and his ability to drive a woman’s body, but his lack of love makes him seem cold. Which actually had me on the edge of my seat to see if he would change. He did grow on me and eventually I really felt for him in the end.
Hudson was the worst kind of man Alayna could get involved with. He triggers her disorder, and a man incapable of love should not stir up a woman who falls in love so easily. But despite my reservations, these two really did work well together. At the very least, they made great entertainment.
Fixed on You is pretty well written, has great dialogue , and amazingly messed up characters. The storyline was somewhat unique and the pacing was perfect.
There was a good ending but it wasn’t satisfying for me. It was so average and boring.
Alayna’s constant monologue on how wet Hudson makes her and how hot Hudson is got so annoying. It was pretty much on every freaking page.
Both characters are unlikable at times. They are both so emotionally broken it’s hard to relate to them. Be ready for that.
This book is hot, hot, HOT! Not for the faint of heart. Lots of sex, lots of descriptions of sex, and lots of sexual talk. Alayna and Hudson are not the perfect couple but I did have fun watching them work out their problems together. But to be truthful, in real life, I would never see these two lasting.
I will be continuing this series for sure. Fixed on You was a rollercoaster ride for me and I loved all the bumps and stomach-dropping turns. This book may not be for everyone, but it has it’s place, that’s for sure. You just need to give it a try and keep an open mind. Very recommended.
“I’m drawn to you, Alayna. Not because I want to hurt you or make you feel a certain way, but because you’re beautiful and sexy and smart and, yes, a little crazy, maybe, but you’re not broken. And that makes me hopeful. For me.”
“Tell me, Alayna – were you first attracted to my son because of his money or his name?”
Pissed didn’t even begin to describe how I felt. I was seething, but in control. Without skipping a beat, I wrapped my arm around Hudson’s arm and answered. “Neither. I was attracted to him because he’s hot. Though, I stayed with him because he’s f**king awesome in bed.”
“I’d like to pay you to help me with a problem. I believe you’d be perfect for the job.”
“You win. My curiosity is piqued. What’s the job?”
“I need you to break up an engagement.”
“Um, what? Whose?”
Hudson leaned back, his dazzling gray eyes flickering in the strobe lights. “Mine.”
“This pretend relationship – to what extent would I be expected to perform?”
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. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads