Format: e-book, paperback
Format read: e-book
Series: book 1 of 2 the Dark Duet
Rating: 18+ language, sexual content
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20551480-free-me
In the first book of the spin off series from the Fixed trilogy, we follow Gwen as she embarks down a path of self-discovery. She is Norma’s sister (who works for Hudson which is the connection of the two stories) and she is a manager at a night club. When she meets JC, a cocky guy who doesn’t do relationships and gets any girl he wants. The two begin a relationship that is meant to be only physical, until of course, the feelings get involved and complicate everything. Now they have to decide if their future is worth revealing the ghosts of their pasts.
This type of storyline has been done time and time again. The cocky, arrogant, player of a guy makes an ‘arrangement’ with a girl who has ‘a stick up her ass’ (as quoted from the book) but they end up growing feelings for one another during the physical relationship. It is virtually impossible to have a long-standing physical relationship with someone without at least one of the members becoming attached. Having sex is too intimate not to. But that’s not the point. The point is what happens after those feelings form.
Gwen is someone who demands control in her job and doesn’t realize that she is uptight until JC points it out to her. Instead of standing her ground, she gives into the attraction and lets him sweet talk her. Initially, this bothered me because I thought it was going to be like every other novel that does a story line like this, but as we pull back the layers and find out what’s driving her, I found that I could relate to her in a lot of ways. She comes from a tough background and has ‘daddy issues’ that in fact bleed into her relationship with JC.
JC has his own stuff going on that we sort of scratch the surface of by the end of the book, but he is still a big mystery going into the second book. This of course is going to intrigue me enough to keep on reading. I need to know what the truth behind JC’s story is and why he’s had to keep so many secrets from Gwen.
The story reminds me in a lot of ways of the Fixed trilogy, but that’s a good thing. Unlike the trilogy, Paige focuses more on the main couple and there isn’t much of secondary characters in the story. We see Gwen’s sister, Norma, from time to time and her brother, but it feels forced at times and just there to remind the reader, ‘oh hey there is more to the world then just these two’. I hope that Paige elaborates Norma and Ben in the next book, especially after finding out the history of the three kids.
Some might say there is a cliffhanger at the end of the book, but it’s not the type that is going to have your cursing at it or the author. It’s just enough to keep you wanting more, which is the exact kind of cliffhanger I like.
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