Author: Laurelin Paige
Book: Free Me (The Found Duet #1)
Other Books in Series:
Find Me (The Found Duet #2) – releasing on August 25, 2015
tl;dr recommendation: *fans self* THIS BOOK IS SO HOT. secrets + passion never felt so good.
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.
If you haven’t read the Fixed Trilogy, that’s ok. This duet is a spinoff of that series, but I swear that you won’t be lost or confused if you haven’t read it. This series definitely stands on its own and it’s super funny, sexy & full of mystery.
Gwen is a strong, independent and takes-no-shit kind of girl. She’s a rule follower. Some may call her a hard ass, but whatever, she doesn’t care. She’s protecting herself from a pretty shitty past and she’s not allowing anyone or anything to get in her way of succeeding.
She’s the manager of an exclusive night club and she takes her job seriously. Of course, Gwen’s so rigid that she rarely, if ever, allows herself to relax, and when she finds herself thrown into a VIP room that’s breaking all the rules, she begins to wonder if she should break a couple herself. Especially when the leader of this rule breaking party is JC. No last name. No job title. Just piercing eyes that see right into her soul.
When JC offers Gwen the chance to break out of her hard exterior, she flat out denies him even though she so badly wants to roll the dice and take a chance. So when they finally get together it’s like an explosion of arms, legs, and lips. GAH IT’S SO HOT.
It’s not so much that JC and Gwen withhold secrets from each other, it’s just that they started out their relationship with rules (much to Gwen’s delight) and one of those rules was anonymity. No last names, no personal information. Just incredible, mind-numbing, toe-curling, sex. When the sex turns to more, who will break first? Will it lead to the end of their relationship or will they reveal themselves?
I was so into this book. All of the secrets/omissions leave you dying to find out every spec of information that you possibly can get so that you can try to piece their stories together. When JC finally reveals his biggest secret (in epic form btw) I freaked the fuck out. I mean, Gwen was freaking out, but I was right there with her. I had to read the scene like 4 times because I just.couldn’t.hold.it.together.
Free Me is full of passion, mystery, intensity and phenomenal sex. Like, can I become Gwen for a Wednesday night? PLEASE? So so good, I had a minor meltdown when I realized that Find Me doesn’t come out until August. OHMYGOD YOU GUYS I NEED THAT BOOK.
[I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review – thank you!]