Series: The Found Duet #1
Author: Laurelin Paige
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 9, 2014
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Related Books: Star Struck, Find Me, First Touch
About Free Me:Her story began 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.
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.
BOOK ONE OF TWO. This series can be read alone or with the Fixed Trilogy.
God, I loved this book. I read it as soon as it came out but never got around to writing a review. So I jumped at the opportunity to review the audiobook. I was nervous about it at first:
I haven’t gotten a chance to start this yet, but we know I’m a big fan of Laurelin Paige, and the series is definitely intriguing. Readers of The Fixed Trilogy can assume that this story? It doesn’t end well.
As a lover of happily ever after, hopeless practical romantic, and general sap, it makes me nervous to read a book I’m pretty sure won’t have a happy ending. It’s something new for me, but I’m definitely looking forward to it.
I’m not sure why, but when Gwen moved to The Sky Launch, I assumed it was because of a guy. So I was extremely wary of J.C. throughout the entire book. I just didn’t trust him. Words that could’ve been seen as smooth, I interpreted as sleazy. I just didn’t like him.
I was also so scared of the ending. I like happy endings. I don’t care if they’re unrealistic and come off as wrapping things neatly in cute little bows. I’m a sucker for them. So knowing that this book ended with the scene I remembered from the Fixed trilogy, I suspected this wouldn’t have a happy ending. I wasn’t looking forward to it, but then I also couldn’t wait because it’s so different from what I usually like.
I loved Gwen’s strength and independence in the beginning, but was disappointed by how quickly she abandoned them. In my mind, the first rule of fictional characters falling in love with their hook up buddy is, at least try to fight the feelings. Gwen was just like, *swoons and professes love*.
But then further in the book, it hit me that she really isn’t that independent, and I began to question her relationship with Norma. I’m 24, and am constantly questioning my dependence on my immediate family. For Gwen to be so much older, and more independent in terms of her other relationships, to rely so much on Norma without questioning it was weird to me. Norma even takes care of things and phone calls and errands for her.
So for her then to cling so tightly to J.C. right away worried me.
But I still ate up every second. J.C. won me over towards the end, and then completely shattered me. This constant up and down had me sitting in my car in the parking lot, not wanting to turn it off.
OMG. I loved Gwen’s voice. It reminded me of the sister on Daria, whose name I can’t remember right now. So low and throaty, I’m a sucker for that kind of voice. Like in the episode of Friends where Phoebe purposely gets a cold to make her singing throatier and sexier. I loved the rest of the female voices, as well.
However, I found most of the male voices harder to get lost in. A lot of them, J.C. especially, were very cartoony and animated, a voice someone might make when trying to sound funny. It made it really easy to see J.C as this sleaze-monster, even when he’d proven himself to me in my first read-through.
About Laurelin Paige:
Laurelin Paige is the NY Times 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 Mad Men and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Adam Levine.