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. Then she meets JC.
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 JC 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 JC, 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.
©2014 Laurelin Paige (P)2014 Audible Inc.
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
I'm going to review both books in this Duet partly because I just couldn't wait to hear more when it came to the dreaded cliffhanger so I dove straight into book 2 - and partly because the glowing previous reviews have said it all before.... this was, for me, a perfect 10 star listen and a wonderful wild ride.
And wow, what a ride it was...... I feel like I've been to Hell and back (several times) but this was a powerful, emotional, heartbreaking, very very hot, tumultuous and drama-filled ride that had twists, shocks, tension, danger, secrets by the bucketful and, in the epicentre, was a beautiful twisted romance that, thankfully, withstood it all. Gwen was a strong heroine, yes she was mixed up and emotionally closed off which only took one handsome, charismatic and sexy Playboy named JC to break through her carefully erected walls. But it would take Gwen far longer to break through his..... and to finally have all the answers too.
Great story told from Gwen's POV (except the touching Epilogue) good narration by Tanya Eby as usual as I really enjoy her male voices and the cherry on top of this wonderful cake was that I didn't have to wait weeks, months or a year for the second book, nope... just a few seconds, hit play and let the unfolding drama and catapulting emotions resume..... purrrfection.
Worth a credit? Oh boy YES it was and these characters, together with their beautiful and torturous romance that I've lived with now for hours and hours, will haunt me for quite some time and I'm sure it'll take me all day to come down from my book high too
Loved this book. An interesting look into Gwen's past and her relationship with her family. Meeting JC has given her a new perspective on life. Gwen and JC meet at a pivotal moment in Gwen's life and a roller coaster of emotions and events occur. Fantastic cliffhanger and looking forward to book #2, Find Me. Thank you for another great story Laurelin Paige!
It gets better
It took me longer than normal to get into this story. In fact I was on the fence for nearly two-thirds of it. Anyone who follows my reviews knows I like my romances with a healthy dose of angst and there wasn't much happening early on. And if I can't have angst, I need something else to drive my interest. Free Me definitely gets there, but it took until about Chapter 15 to reach that point for me. That said, Laurelin Paige's writing is strong, it's just my personal preferences in story telling. And as I said, the story did reach the point where I didn't want to put it down.
I think my biggest problem early on was that I didn't care for the two main characters. Like at all. Gwen came off as spineless, needy, and in desperate need of a healthy dose of self esteem. J.C. came across as arrogant, controlling, douche-baggy. So their relationship was something I didn't really care much for. Sure, the sex was hot, but that wasn't enough to make me care. Then something happens and Gwen finds the inner strength I never knew she possessed, and J.C. transformed into a pretty good guy. Suddenly I cared about both of them and what happened to them.
Its also possible my issues with the characters are a result of the narration. I might have had a different reaction to them had I read the book instead of listened to it. Narrator, Tanya Eby, has a sultry, sexy voice and injects enough emotion, but I think her inflections turned me off to Gwen. And I think the way she voiced J.C. made him come across as less sexy and more arrogant than maybe the author intended.
The plot centers around the relationship between Gwen and J.C. Gwen is uptight and in need of of J.C.'s particular skills, and J.C. just wants to sleep with Gwen. They forge a no-strings-attached physical relationship. What could possibly go wrong? In order to maintain the emotional distance necessary for this to work, they agree to not reveal anything about themselves except their first names. But life has a funny way of not staying on the sidelines, and things get messy when feelings develop. The subplotting revolves around the back stories of J.C. and Gwen, the reasons they are who they are, and how they became people who would agree to settle for a strictly physical relationship.
The back stories are doled out slowly, like a fisherman letting out line, teasing us, luring us further into the story. It was this deft plotting that kept me going, even when I was convinced I didn't care about the characters or what happened to them. And just when I thought I had it all figured out, the author threw in a twist I never saw coming.
Although I initially didn't care much for the characters, they grew on me. The development that Laurelin Paige does, took me from apathy to actually caring about them, hoping they could finally get their shit together. Both the main characters have deep-seated issues that are so ingrained in who they are, I finally understood them. I think there is something so real and human about that. Every one of us has a story that tells the tale of who we are. The fact that the author could get me from loathing, to simply not caring, to wanting them to be happy was pretty brilliant when I think about it.
The world the story is set in is the nightclub scene of New York City. And while the setting is important to the story, it's not heavy on world building. Since many of the scenes take place inside a hotel suite, it could easily have been set in any metropolitan city without impacting the story.
Top Five Things I Enjoyed About Free Me
1. Siblings. The relationship between Norma, Gwen, and Ben felt real, it was the way siblings should interact with one another.
2. Plot twists. I love when an author can totally stun me.
3. Piano sex. It may or may not be a fantasy of mine.
4. The last third of the book. It was intense and impossible to put down.
5. The epilogue. It really piqued my interest in the next book.
It started off slow for me but slowly built into a solid story that left me wanting more.
I was provided with a copy of this audiobook by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Free me was a book I didn't expect to love so much! I mean, I love Fixed series and Laurelin is one of my favorite authors, but this story was so good! Love the characters, Gwen and JC are perfect for each other, and despite the didn't know the details of their lifes, they knew each other, so well that they fall in love with each other
I totally relate to Gwen. That has happened to me, I mean the "let's just have sex and don't fall in love" arrangement. And guess how it ended up!
I totally understand Gwen's decision at the end of the book and maybe that's why I am not so upset about the cliffhanger, because IT IS A CLIFFHANGER, ugh! But I am ok with it. Now I only have to wait for the next book
Amazing performance in the narration. Love the voice of the girl, it fitted Gwen's personality. And her voices for the male characters was good too.
I couldn't put put fix me trilogy down... Free me left a lot hanging. .. I'm not sure what, but it was missing something. and the narrator spoke to fast in the first half of the book. ..
Gwen and JC light up the pages with hot sexy times. Gwen is driven to succeed. She has overcome a difficult childhood to become a successful manager of one of the hottest clubs in town. She has sacrificed a personal life because she is of the opinion that she doesn't need love in her life. That is until a mystery man came to the club and rock everything around her. JC is a complete mystery, he's secretive, evasive, charming and sex on legs. He makes Gwen an offer she can't refuse...or can she? This was a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ star must read!
I enjoyed this story line very much and wanted to know these characters so much from the past books so this really had me. I enjoyed this more than some of her others.
Gwen grew up having no control over her life, so as an adult control is everything to her. Then she meets JC and he's the only one who can make her lose control and forces her to see life in color as opposed to black and white.
JC has secrets, secrets he can't or won't share, so they begin a no strings attached affair, but as always happens feelings and emotions get in the way.
Just when they both decide to lay their true feelings on the line, fate intervenes and pulls them apart.
I need to remember when I download a book to look and see if it's a stand alone book, when will I learn!!! It's a great story, with a cliffhanger, I'll get over it especially since it's narrated by one of my all-time favorite Tanya Eby, so I will be downloaded book 2 just as soon as I finish writing this review!
Enjoyed this! Good read if you like 50shades trilogy!
Narrator was very engaging will get next book now I'm hooked!
Have not decided
Her narration was the only part of the experience that gave me hope the story would move forward
Not really, I made it to 9hrs but when the story returned to the female character continuously over analysing everything I just could not continue.
I prefer long running stories and purchased this book knowing it continued into a second book but I got so frustrated with the female characters never ending over analysis of every sentence and situation of the male character that I decided to close it down.
I have really enjoyed this book, a good story and characters. Very much looking forward to the next book, the sooner the better. I preferred the more subtle body parts language of 50 Shades though.
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