Review: Free Me (The Found Duet #1) by Laurelin Paige

Free MeTitle: Free Me
Author: Laurelin Paige
Series: The Found Duet #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
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.

This series can be read alone or with the Fixed Trilogy.

My Review:
This was an amazing read and I loved it from the first page until the last.

Gwen has had a fairly traumatic family life and it’s shaped the course of her life to date. She is a workaholic and devoted sibling, but apart from that her life is pretty empty.

JC has had his fair share of heartache too, and he has barely been surviving these last few years.

Their lives crash together one night in the club where Gwen works. JC recognises a lot of himself in her and sets out to help her relax. Gwen, of course, wants nothing to do with him. Everything changes when circumstances conspire to pull them together. They embark on a steamy sex affair that set my Kindle on fire!

Both of them are complete control freaks who together learn to let go. JC has no intention of falling in love or getting attached to Gwen, but you know what they say about best laid plans.

Despite the fact that he’s fallen in love with her, he continues to push her away. When we find out the reason why, my heart bled for him.

The twist at the end was completely unexpected and I immediately downloaded the second book as I couldn’t wait to continue the story.

Absolutely everything about this book was top-notch. The writing, the spot-on pacing, great mix of sex, romance, and mystery, fantastic character development and strong worldbuilding. This is my first Laurelin Paige book, though I read Miss Match earlier on in the year (co-written by Laurelin) and I was pretty sure I’d like Free Me. I wasn’t wrong. It was a phenomenal read and I’m hooked on this series now.

Thanks to the author and Inkslinger PR for providing a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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