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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 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.
When Laurelin first approached me to read her new book I was in the middle of recovering from the RT Convention in Kansas City which was then followed a month later by going to the Lori Foster Reader and Author’s Get Together. So you can imagine that my time has been a bit full with packing, recovering, cataloguing the hundreds (yes hundreds) of books from both conventions that have made their way in to my library. The good news is she didn’t expect it to be done and reviewed in a week but almost made me panic this past week when she mentioned I was up to bat for her soon. The even better news?? I had read it but just hadn’t managed to sit down and write up what you are reading now. I’m definitely thankful she asked me to read/review this title as it was very well done and the issues both main characters have are interesting to say the least.
Alayna is at a crossroads in her life where she’s happy working at the club but is being pressured by her brother to put the soon to be granted MBA to better use than just working at a club. She loves what she does and knows that unless the new owner has different plans she might just be getting her chance to become a manager at the place she thinks of as home. She’s very shy about getting involved with any man other than for a purely sexual, non-feeling arrangement but when she serves a man at the bar she’s incredibly drawn to his sexuality and amazing looks. She knows this is dangerous as her past has made her aware that she is a bit obsessive when it comes to anyone she’s severely drawn to but something about him calls to her. She later finds out he’s the bar’s new owner and he wants to propose a purely superficial relationship but with some spectacular sex. As much as she knows this isn’t a good idea for her… she’s forced to make a decision that could either be the best one she’s ever made or a failure of epic proportions.
Hudson is the man every woman wants to catch but are you sure he’s really what you want? He’s rich but is also damaged in that he believes he will never love someone so uses women purely for sex and nothing more. He’s also drawn to Alayna and knows he will have her but also needs to use her to get his mother and friend of the family off his back by pretending to have a new girlfriend that he is madly in love with. He believes that this charade will help free him from the arranged marriage their families want but isn’t thinking of anything other than this single goal. His family is a bit (being nice) messed up but I liked his dad and his sister even though the family dynamic was so off-kilter. He’s obsessive as well and as you find out what drives him he turns out to not only be a bit scary but very compelling.
Both characters are very messed up and have unhealthy views of relationships and boundaries but for these two maybe this combination will work for the best. They may just heal each other and build an amazing relationship but we will need to continue with the next one in this series to see is this the beginning of a major transformation in their lives or will they both succumb to the madness that has been their lives up to this point. I know I will keep an eye out for more by Laurelin as I found myself drawn to the characters she gave us and the insights they provide on obsession and the associated behaviors.
Thanks again to her for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed it!
Laurelin is doing a couple of giveaways via her site which is linked up above but I have included the link to her contest for some really nice prizes..