Title: Fixed On You Author: Laurelin Paige
Published: June 23rd 2013 By: Mandevilla Press
Genres: New-Adult, Erotic-Romance My Rating: 2.5 Stars
Format: Kindle Book Source: Purchased
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.
I really wanted to love this book. It’s description promised something a little different, but the usual tropes gives nothing new. To start, Alayna annoyed me. Like, really really annoyed me. Her thoughts and actions were repetitive throughout the entire book. She went on and on and on and on about how Hudson affects her lady parts. I wanted to offer her something to soak it up; that’s how much she thought about being wet. Her situation intrigued me. I’ve heard of similar things happening to people, but her’s was very scary. Her stalking-obsessive behavior gets her into trouble and big brother is tired of supporting her. What is she to do? Take Hudson’s offer so that she can afford to take care of herself. Only, she knows it’s not a good idea. I liked Hudson. There’s something about a damaged, hot man that makes me want to know more. Sadly, I’m one of those readers who can only read so much of the same things by different authors. It’s kind of getting out of hand; the whole damaged billionaire gets the normal girl, or in this case – not so normal girl. I can do without the rest of the series.
Title: The Turner House By: Angela Flournoy
Published: April 14th 2015 By: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Genres: Literary-Fiction, Cultural, African-American My Rating: 3.5 Stars
Format: Hardcover Source: Library
The Turners have lived on Yarrow Street for over fifty years. Their house has seen thirteen children grown and gone—and some returned; it has seen the arrival of grandchildren, the fall of Detroit’s East Side, and the loss of a father. The house still stands despite abandoned lots, an embattled city, and the inevitable shift outward to the suburbs. But now, as ailing matriarch Viola finds herself forced to leave her home and move in with her eldest son, the family discovers that the house is worth just a tenth of its mortgage. The Turner children are called home to decide its fate and to reckon with how each of their pasts haunts—and shapes—their family’s future.
Praised by Ayana Mathis as “utterly moving” and “un-putdownable,” The Turner House brings us a colorful, complicated brood full of love and pride, sacrifice and unlikely inheritances. It’s a striking examination of the price we pay for our dreams and futures, and the ways in which our families bring us home.
This story is very well written but at times it’s hard to keep track of all the characters. Mind you, there’s not a lot about each of the 13 siblings, but it is a little confusing. It encompasses one family’s struggle from Arkansas to Detroit during the times of The Great Migration. Still, getting out of the South wasn’t all that promising for Francis and his family. This story recalls the hardships, but more importantly, the love that this family has. Racial tension, lack of jobs, and just more than you’d think someone could endure; but they made a way. The sibling rivalry and overall normal family drama was the strong point of this story. I love the changes to the city over the years, as narrated through different voices. When I think of Detroit, I think of Motown. Everyone was putting their talents on the block in hopes of getting a record deal. So, the matter at hand is the family house that has been in the family for 50 years. There are a few passages that needed to be narrowed down a bit, but overall I enjoyed reading this. Recommended to those who enjoy cultural and historical novels about family and sacrifices.