“I can easily divide my life into two parts—before her and after.”
Hudson Pierce has led a life few others could even imagine. With money and power at his fingertips, he’s wanted for almost nothing. He’s never experienced love, however, and he’s seen few examples of it in his dysfunctional family. The ridiculous notion of romance has always intrigued him. He’s studied it, controlled it, manipulated it, and has yet to understand it.
Until he meets Alayna Withers. Now, the games he’s played in his quest for comprehension can finally come to an end. Or are they just beginning? Told from his point of view, Hudson fills the holes in his love story with Alayna Withers.
His past and relationship with his long-time friend Celia is further revealed and light is shed on his actions during his courtship with Alayna.
Hudson. Where do I start. I could probably go on for hours and days about Laurelin Paige’s decision to give us Hudson’s POV. I, for one, feel that it was very necessary to hear Hudson’s voice. Why do I say that? Well, let’s start off by saying I am a very emotional reader. So at the end of Forever with You when we find out that Hudson is in on his own game, not so much Celia’s…but enough that he knows Celia is trying to play Laynie…I SNAP!! Yes Yes, Hudson isn’t actually playing Laynie, still….It bothered the SHIT out of me when I found out that Celia was WITH him at the symposium. Naturally, I saw RED!! YES RED!! Even after the air tight amazeballs epilogue, which totally redeemed Hudson, I was still pissed! Even thought we hear his dialog of I’m sorry’s, I need to know what was going on in his head. I needed to know more about his past….his issues…..how he started the game…how he ENDED the game….his relationship with Celia…how he became enamored with his precious Alayna.
So yes this book was very freaking necessary to the air I breathed in this world.
I loved how Laurelin broke the book up, Before and After. Before Laynie and After he meets her. The Before chapters were my favorite for obvious reasons. Its all that we don’t know about Hudson. All new territory. She starts off and you honestly hate him. He’s a giant douche. Typical rich kid who loves to play with woman’s emotions. And who better to play with then his close friend of the family, Celia.
You can ALL sit there until your blue in the face and yell at me and say, “Trish, Celia is a bitch” or “Trish, Celia deserves everything she gets!” Fine…maybe she does. Sorry, I saw a different Celia. I saw a broken Celia. I saw a Celia that lacks self esteem. And is aching for Hudson’s attention. Aching!!! Naturally she’s caught off guard by his lies and games. Because she thinks she has a shot, and breaks up with her boyfriend for him and then Hudson, being Hudson does a dicky thing and hurts her!! Like rips her heart out with a dull metal spoon. So why the F not seek revenge Ceely??? You can’t blame the girl for banging his Dad! Shit, Hudson deserves more!!
And truth be told, yeah, Celia got her bad karma. And when Laurelin wrote that “Before” chapter of when Celia gets her bad karma….I cried. Like a baby!!! She left me feeling sad and empty. I felt just what Celia was feeling. I knew this particular scene was KEY for this book. I could not wait to figure out HOW Celia decides to start playing the “Game” with Hudson. I won’t give it away or tell. But I will say this….Smart writing on Laurelin’s part. Celia…I felt it…I felt her light go OUT in her heart and turn black. And that’s when I cried. I mourned Celia. That good girl that loved Hudson…that young, beautiful, fun, happy girl…She lost her baby, lost herself. And she turned black. ALL BECAUSE OF HUDSON. And that mother f*cker knows it. Hells to the yeah!! I was livid!!!
Reading the Before chapters was the most intriguing for me. I felt like I was getting an inside edition into the lifestyles of the rich and crazy. Two sick twist people playing and toying with people emotions; peoples lives. It was just good stuff. Learning how Hudson and Celia worked together, knowing how close they really were.
More so, learning how cold Hudson was. I felt so bad for him. I really did. My God, Laurelin, this book had to be hard to write. Your writing a part of Hudson we are going to hate, but somehow we end up loving him even more! I think that’s genius on her part if you ask me.
And yes of course we get some of the same dialog, in order for Hudson to tell his story. But this SAME dialog is accompanied with SMART monologue. Good monologue. Stuff I couldn’t dream up. Shit, I want to be Laynie. I want to be loved that like. He learned to love for the first time with her; because of her.
The internal struggle we Never see from Hudson, knowing he needs to come clean to Laynie. And the pressure Celia puts on him; Hudson knowing Celia holds a lot of the cards. This is the Celia we know and hate.
But truly, the Hudson that we see falling in love with Laynie that melted me more.
“She’s everything that I never knew I wanted. I’m addicted to her-she’s my drug and I can’t get enough of my fix. But she’s also just the opposite. She’s my cure. She’s a balm that eases and relieves me. She’s my rehabilitation. She’s remedy. She’s reason. “
WHAT???? Who says that?? Hudson…No couldn’t be?? YES!! We would have never gotten that from Laynie. NO we needed to hear that shit from him!! From deep within!! And even when he’s not sure Laynie will come back to him after he royally fucks up, you still feel like Hudson is learning from his mistakes. He’s growing. This is why we LOVE HIM!!! He’s evolved; from this man who swore he would NEVER feel and never love. Said he wasn’t capable of love….to a man who is full of love, and full of hope….
Probably my Favorite Male POV to date. Laurelin, Bravo! Hats off to you my friend. You wrote yourself a master piece and 5 fucking HOLLAS from this MINT!!!!
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About the Author
USA Today Bestselling Author 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.