Fixed Forever (Fixed book #5) by Laurelin Paige
Release Date: June 25th 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
You act so high and mighty, you and your perfect pregnant wife Alayna. With your perfect child and your perfect home.
You weren’t always perfect. Your past is filled with misdeeds.
Does your wife know all your secrets?
Would she stand behind you if she did?
You think because she’s on bedrest you can protect her? How sweet.
Sleep tight, you two.
-An Old Friend.
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Hudson and Alayna have been one of my top book couples since I read Fixed on You, so as soon as I saw the announcement for Fixed Forever, I was both excited and terrified. I was worried that the newest conflict wouldn’t completely fit Hudson and Alayna’s marriage or their current family life. I’ll admit that I was hesitant to start Fixed Forever for that very reason. I’ve come to expect a lot from Ms. Paige’s Fixed Universe and the characters who I’ve spent so much time with over the years, and while maybe that’s not fair of me as a reader, I can’t help but feel that way because it’s the truth.
When I had finally reached the point where I was prepared to re-enter Hudson and Alayna’s lives, I did so with an open mind and an anxious heart, and now that I’ve finished it, I can wholeheartedly say that Fixed Forever lived up to my expectations and Hudson and Alayna have retained their position at the top of my list, and here’s why:
Reason 1: Regardless of how many years have passed or how much their little family has expanded, they remain the Hudson and Alayna they’ve always been, meaning that H and his Precious still hide things from each other, whether they think it’s what’s best or it’s simply done to spite the other: they still fight with every fiery part of them and then release their heightened emotions in the sexiest of ways; Hudson still tries to control everyone and everything around him, which means looking out for Alayna and her mental state even to his detriment, and Alayna’s OCD and obsessive nature still figures into their lives and sometimes it gets out of hand, but each and every time, they work through it together.
Reason 2: The central conflict doesn’t feel contrived, and it also is not solely due to Hudson’s past and the games he and Celia played with so many lives. Each piece of the puzzle that Laurelin Paige provides readers with until the climax is revealed makes sense on all fronts and it’s easy to trace the events back to their origin, and when it all comes together, the plot lines intersect in all ways possible.
This was an absolute must for me because I didn’t want Hudson’s old life and his old ways to be the sole reason for the events he and his wife face, and I also didn’t want Celia to be the sole antagonist that she’s been throughout Hudson and Alayna’s relationship. There’s still a reason for her to be in their lives and that idea is laid out nicely, and while I’m still holding out for Celia to truly get hers, I didn’t want it to be due to her past meddling or issues with between her and Alayna.
Reason 3: Hudson and Alayna are complicated people with flaws and eccentricities that define them and that continues to be the case in Fixed Forever, and while their tendencies do cause some issues between them, there’s never a doubt of their commitment to each other…their endless love for another. So while they might bring out the worst in each other, they most assuredly bring out the best in one another, which means that there’s not Hudson without Alayna and there’s not Alayna without Hudson.
Something tells me that I’m still going to be able to get my fix of Hudson and Alayna in the years to come, and I have to say that I’m beyond intrigued by the revelation at the end of Fixed Forever, and like most readers, I’m ready to see how the dragon was slayed!
5 Poison Apples
If she’d needed a day or two in bed, upset and processing and obsessively looking through pictures of the event on social media, what would that have mattered?
I trusted her to come back to me when she was through her anxiety.
Maybe that was the key. Maybe she wasn’t punishing me —but rather, was testing me. Seeing if I was capable of actually letting her go to work and not interfering. Not showing up, cold and demanding, when she lost track of time.
Because in truth, I was the one who wasn’t strong enough.
For all that I blamed her for giving in to her overactive mind, I was the one who worried too much. Who was overprotective. Who couldn’t handle the thought of her suffering, even only slightly. She was the one who alerted me to possibilities, her mind skittering from one thing to the next even as she stayed my rock.
The truth was, without me, Alayna was still brilliant and clever and lovely and big-hearted and enough.
But without her, I was nothing.
With over 1 million books sold, Laurelin Paige is the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Fixed Trilogy. She’s 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 Game of Thrones and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She’s also a proud member of Mensa International though she doesn’t do anything with the organization except use it as material for her bio.
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