This is the second book in the three book series.
To read my review of FIXED ON YOU, click HERE
Rating: 4.5 stars
Laurelin Paige has done it again! Found In You not only has the same sexy vibe as the first book, but it adds depth and dimension to two of the most broken yet deserving characters I’ve ever read about. Where Fixed On You was the beginning of Hudson and Alayna, Found In You hits the ground running with one amazing ride of secrets, lies, deceit and sex.
Holy second book! I’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of this one so when Laurelin asked if I wanted to read an ARC of it, I immediately dropped everything to read it. Hudson and Alayna had become one of my favorite book couples and not because of their chemistry or attraction to one another. I like that they aren’t perfect. I like that they have flaws. I like that even though they are somewhat damaged, they are trying for something better, they are trying to be better, for each other.
“You’re the first person I’ve ever met who makes me believe I might not be crazy. It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. You’re the best thing that’s ever happened to me.”
This book picks up exactly where the next book ends and I was able to jump back in with no problem. It does a wonderful job of showing how Hudson and Alayna’s relationship is growing and changing into something more than what it started out as. Where Hudson seems so sure of their relationship and where they are going, Alayna is plagued by doubts – some self-inflicted and others planted by outside sources. However, that is probably only because the book is told entirely from Alayna’s POV.
“I was a branch in a roaring river, rushing toward the sea. And Hudson, he was the current, pulling me whichever way he wanted to take me. I was at his mercy.”
So without giving anything away, I will tell you some of my favorite things about this book. Even though this is only book two and there is still one more book to go, I felt like I got some answers. That was one thing I didn’t entirely get from the first book. In this one, I was able to find out more about both Alayna and Hudson’s pasts and their “issues.” And let me tell you, they are messed up – both of them. But, I firmly believe they are not the same people anymore and I think knowing their pasts make me believe that even more.
“Certainly even people like us – people who had been so broken that we destroyed others around us – deserved happiness of our own. We didn’t have to spend our entire existence making up for our mistakes.”
I also loved how I never knew who to trust or who to believe – it kept me on my toes and wanting to keep reading. Because I was in Alayna’s head the whole time, I had no idea if I should believe Hudson or Celia or David or Sophia or Stacy or anyone or if I should question their motives. This is one of the few books where my opinions of the characters changed throughout the book.
For example, like in the first book, I constantly questioned how I should feel about Celia. Sometimes I really believed her and thought her intentions were pure. Other times I thought she was full of crap and evil. I went back and forth the entire book until the end. By the end of the book, you will get a much better understanding on what side of the fence you should be on when it comes to her.
“I wasn’t sure why Celia’s presence was giving me so much anxiety. She wasn’t a threat to me. She felt like one, though.”
Another thing I liked about this book was that it didn’t have Hudson and Alayna having the perfect relationship. They fought, they yelled, they got angry, they had make up sex, they used sex to solve an issue. I like that Alayna stood up to Hudson’s controlling and domineering ways. Hudson is the kind of guy that gets what he wants no matter what. So it was interesting to see how Alayna dealt with this, especially when what Hudson wanted and what she wanted were two different things. To me this shows that they have a normal relationship – one that takes work, patience and compromise. Don’t be fooled, they have plenty of sweet, romantic and sexy moments as well that will make you swoon as well.
“Okay, I’d never be a normal girl and Hudson would never be a normal guy, but perhaps we’d found the closest thing to normal that we’d ever be capable of achieving. And it was pretty damn good.”
I think the only thing I didn’t love about this book was Alayna’s justification of her secrets. On one hand, I don’t blame her. On the other, I think she should know better. Heck, she did know better! She knew she shouldn’t keep secrets, yet she did anyway. However, I totally get it. I feel like no matter how much Hudson shows her that she is different, her doubts and fears crept in and messed with her self-confidence. I am hoping that by the next book, this is something that Alayna conquers and corrects.
“The list of things I wasn’t telling Hudson was getting much longer than I felt was acceptable.”
I really did love this book. It was a great second book and I feel like it ended on the perfect note. Don’t worry, no cliffhangers, but there are a ton of more issues that Laurelin still needs to address! There were some major revelations in this one as well that I think you will be interested in finding out. I absolutely feel like you can read both Fixed on You and this book and be fine with waiting for the final book in the series. I for one am now anxiously awaiting book 3 – I’m already going through Hudson withdrawals.
“I’ve never been you boss, Alayna. If anything, you’re the one who owns me.”
Fixed On You (#1)
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Found In You (#2)
★ ★ ★
★ About Laurelin Paige ★
Laurelin Paige is 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. She is represented by Bob Diforio of D4EO Literary Agency.
★ ★ ★
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