Stalking and restraining orders are a thing of Alayna Wither’s past. With her MBA newly in hand, she has her future figured out — move up at the nightclub she works at and stay away from any guy who might trigger her obsessive love disorder. A perfect plan.
But what Alayna didn’t figure on is Hudson Pierce, the new owner of the nightclub. He’s smart, rich, and gorgeous — the kind of guy Alayna knows to stay away from if she wants to keep her past tendencies in check. Except, Hudson’s fixed his sights on her. He wants her in his bed and makes no secret of it.
Avoiding him isn’t an option after he offers a business proposition she can’t turn down and she’s drawn further into his universe, unable to resist his gravitational pull. When she learns Hudson has a dark history of his own, she realizes too late that she’s fallen for the worst man she could possibly get involved with. Or maybe their less than ideal pasts give them an opportunity to heal each other and finally find the love their lives have been missing.
It requires enormous skill to create such complex dysfunctional characters and not only make them likeable but have the reader rooting for them too. That is what Laurelin Paige has achieved in this book. It would be so easy to hate Alayna and Hudson because they have both done such horrible things in the past. Their actions have hurt others and caused huge conflict within their families.
Hudson is a conundrum of a character – on the outside he appears as a cool, collected, savvy businessman but it’s all a veneer. Internally, he is all cut up. He tells Laynie that he isn’t capable of love, but really, it’s that he feels unworthy of love.
She is actually the same – she tells him she loves too much (she has an obsessive personality and a stalker reputation/past) but that’s not true. She is pretty much running scared. So, they are more alike than they realise.
I raced through this book as if a gun-toting maniac was holding a weapon to my head. It sucked me right in and I struggled to put it down. The writing is superb, the plot is dark and compelling, the characters are multi-layered and about as complex as you can get, and the pacing is bang-on.
This is an excellent series by a hugely talented author and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.