October 2, 2013

BLOG TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Found In You (Fixed #2)

I read Fixed On You by Laurelin Paige a few months ago and was so sucked in by Hudon's and Alayna's story, I was waiting not-so-patiently for Found In You to be released. And, now it's here, and I'm so excited to be a part of the blog tour, hosted by AToMR Tours. Check out my review, then jump down and enter the giveaway for a $100 Amazon gift card and copies of Fixed On You and Found In You. And, don't forget to check out the other stops on this tour for inside info into this awesome series!

Found In You (Fixed #2), by Laurelin Paige
Published September 30, 2013
Publisher: Mandevilla Press
Format: e-book, obtained from the author and AToMR Tours in exchange for an honest review
Genre: adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon

My Review for Fixed On You (Fixed #1)

Rating:  4 STARS

(From Goodreads) 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…

WOW, was Found In You a frustrating book. As in, I really like these two and want them to be together and get their crap straight but they are making STOO-PID decisions and are making me completely nuts. As fellow book fiends, I'm sure you're as familiar with this feeling as I am. So, you also know that, frustrating doesn't mean bad - on the contrary. Found In You was engaging and captivating and swoony and crazy (pun intended - read the book. You'll get it.). 

So, Lannie and Hunter seem to be in a good place, but what kind of a book would this be if things stayed that way? They make promises to each other that they find hard to keep. Both their pasts come back to haunt them. And trust seems to be a four-letter word. Despite all that, these two seem to have something special, and thankfully, neither one of them are likely to get it go without a fight. 

So, why was I so frustrated? Most of it had to do with Alayna's actions. Now, in Fixed On You, I really loved her. I loved how strong she was and how much she tried to overcome her past problems. In Found In You, she made so many wrong decisions. Alayna is supposed to be a smart girl. She has an MBA and a creative mind. How could she not see all the things that we readers saw? Celia was working some kinda evil mojo and we knew it and other characters knew it, but Alayna was clueless. 

Hudson is my favorite kind of hero. He's wonderful and romantic and sweet. And, at times a total jackass and completely controlling. He's the best kind of flawed. I hate those guys that are too damn perfect. And, Hudson is anything but perfect. 

All the missteps and secrets were bound to cause things to go to crap. And, as horrible as it sounds, that was what kept me absolutely glued to this story. I just knew that the other shoe would drop eventually and when it did, I was wondering how they would make it out. IF they would make it out. And, the journey there was not without some twists and turns and surprises along the way. 

I really like Laurelin Paige's writing style. She knows how to create compelling characters and keep the reader interested in what happens to them. Sophie is evil, Mira is sweet, Jack is charming, David is meek. All these characters have totally different personalities and mannerisms, and they're all totally believable. 

Found In You is told entirely from Alayna's POV, just as the first book was too. I really, really wish there were some bonus Hudson scenes out there somewhere or something because, Laurelin Paige has done such a great job of keeping so much of Hudson hidden (from both Lannie and from the reader) that it's really driving me insane not knowing what's going on in his gorgeous head. So, Laurelin, if you could do something about that, that would be awesome. :)

This series has completely captivated me; I cannot wait to find out how it all ends for these two. While there's no cliffhanger at the end of Found In You, there are some definite loose ends still hanging out there that are bound to continue creating challenges and roadblocks on the road to happiness. I wouldn't have it any other way. 

GREAT NEWS! Until October 6, Fixed On You (Fixed #1) will be on sale in digital formats for only $0.99. If you haven't read it yet, this is the perfect opportunity to get started on this awesome series!

About the 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. She is represented by Bob Diforio of D4EO Literary Agency.

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Unknown said...

Hi there, great review. I was wondering if the giveaway is international or is it just the US?

Unknown said...

Entered. Cant help participate..so this is International.Thanks for the giveaway.