ARC Review: Free Me by Laurelin Paige

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Her story started 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 J.C.

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.

Review

I received an eARC of the book via InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review.

Let’s talk Cliffhangers shall we?

As a voracious reader, cliffhangers are the bane of my existence! And you should know that when I am confronted with a cliffhanger, I tend to become violent – I throw things, I scream and if by any chance my poor man is anywhere near me, he is the one who faces the brunt of this violence. And sadly enough, when I completed Free Me, I was with with him and suffice to say he has decided not to even be in the same room as me when I am reading, anything! And i really loved to curl up with him to read 😦

So now that it is obvious that this book ends in a cliffhanger, let’s get to the actual review shall we?

Gwen is a manager at a club and that’s how her life is. She lives with her elder sister and all she does is hangs out with her and goes to work at night. Her life changes one night when she takes a friend’s shift at the nightclub. Her meeting JC changes her life but was it for the better? Gwen is uptight, controlled and on an absolute freeze out for anyone who isn’t her brother or her sister. She keeps her emotions in check, making her one of the most restricted people to be around. She is sassy though, when she lets herslef go but she has learnt that letting herself go only gets her hurt and she doesn’t need that in her life anymore.

JC on the other hand, is a free spirit, sexually of course. And is attracted to Gwen on the first meeting – even going to the extent of offering to help her let loose sexually. JC is a closely guarded man – he doesn’t do commitment but is exclusive for the time when he has arrangement. But what surprises him the most is that it is Gwen who insists on a commitment free arrangement.

Firstly, it’s the writing in the book that takes my breath away – it is flawless, and it flows in a way that makes even putting down the book (in my case, iPad) down impossible and those are the books that I like the best! How can you not, when for a few hours, you forget that reality exists and you immerse yourself in characters so fully that you don’t know where you end and they began!

But it’s the characters and their growth that is the icing on the cake here. The characters are infinitely relate-able and that’s what makes their little quirks all the more exasperating. I wonder if that’s how the people in my life felt when I take decisions like that?  But I ain’t ever asking because I love the bubble of denial I live in 😀

And this is why I was, almost, ALMOST, okay with suffering with the Cliffhanger because the way Ms. Paige ended this book put me in a book coma for almost two days that I almost missed my deadline for posting this review *teehee*

Rating

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5

Recommendation

This is a book that every single romance addict will love, no exceptions – just make sure you already have the second book in hand, especially if you are as allergic to cliffhangers as I am.

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-zInkSlinger Blogger

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