Rating: 3.5 stars
I am a HUGE fan of Hudson Pierce and the Fixed series. I was so excited to jump into this third and final book in the series. I feel like Alayna and Hudson have come a long way since they first met. What I love about this story was that both of these characters have issues – not run of the mill commitment issues, but real issues that have harmed people in the past. It’s been such a pleasure to watch them grow and change because they found one another. Overall, I felt like this was a good end to Hudson and Alayna’s story. However, I didn’t love this one as much as I did Fixed On You and Found In You. I’ll attempt to explain why.
If he was watching my every move, I didn’t feel so bad digging into his life. As far as shitty behavior went, the two were on par in my book.
The one thing that has been a constant throughout this series is Hudson’s love for Alayna. Maybe she has doubted it, but I never did. It was very clear to me as a reader that Hudson would move mountains for her. The only problem I, and Alayna, had was the way he went about moving the mountains and expressing his feelings. He may have screwed up in the past, but the secret that comes out in this book tops the cake.
“It was never the things you’ve told me that were the issue. It’s the things you haven’t told me.”
Oh Hudson Pierce. He is one complicated individual. I don’t know whether to love or hate him. And to be completely honest for a majority of the book I sort of hated him. Why you may ask? Well he has secrets, secrets he refuses to share with Alayna. I’ve always known that he was a very private person and controlled what information he gave people. But, I thought he was changing and to a certain extent, he has.
This secret is the main conflict of the book. Hudson wants nothing more than for Alayna to just drop it and Alayna wants nothing more than for Hudson to open up to her. They reach an impasse, which means that there is no where for their relationship to grow. Without giving the secret away, I will say that I was a bit…underwhelmed by it. I kind of already knew what the secret had to do with and when it came out, I completely understood why Alayna was upset and hurt by it. Despite feeling that her reaction was a bit extreme, I understood it and felt it was necessary to progress the storyline.
As much as I was disappointed with Hudson, I pretty much loved Alayna the entire book. This girl has balls of steel and she throws a great punch. I was very proud of her and how much she’s grown from the beginning of the series until the end. She never compromised herself – what she wanted or what she needed – and always stuck to her guns. Did I think her emotions were all over the spectrum? Yes. She was a bit all over the place and sometimes she did overreact. But, I still loved her.
“No wonder you think I can’t handle your secrets. Because you probably think I’d react just like you are now. But I’m not a coward, Hudson. I can take it. I won’t run from you.”
When I read trilogies or series, I have a certain expectation – maybe unfounded – but an expectation nonetheless. By the time I get to the third, or last, book, I want the conflicts to get resolutions, I want the main characters’ stories to start winding down in preparation of the end. I loved how Fixed On You and Found In You progressed; but I felt like this story was a bit rushed. Once Alayna found out about Hudson’s secret, these two were apart and Hudson was begging for forgiveness. This all happened in the latter half of the book, so I felt like their resolution was a bit rushed.
“Here I am, precious. I give myself freely. All of me, Alayna. No more walls or secrets or games or lies. I give you all of me, honestly. For forever, if you’ll take it.”
Overall, I think I expected more. I don’t mean that I expected more story wise – I mean I expected more in delivery. I wanted Hudson and Alayna to have more time actually being together rather than being angry at one another. I wanted more of a resolution to Celia and Sophia. I feel like the storylines with these two characters never came full circle. I still have some more questions about their motives and actions.
I don’t want you to think I didn’t like this ending or this book. I did. I just wanted more. I have come to the conclusion that I am a very greedy reader. In the end, because I loved the first two books in the series, I thought the ending was fitting for these characters. If you love Hudson and Alayna, you must read this book.
FIXED ON YOU (#1)
FOUND IN YOU (#2)
FOREVER WITH YOU (#3)