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Edward Fasbender is a devil.

He's my father's business rival, a powerful, vicious man who takes what he wants and bows to no one. I only took the meeting because I was curious. I thought he was going to offer me a job.

But that's not what he's after at all. His proposal is much more intriguing, and I see an opportunity. An opportunity to turn the tables and bring down the de
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 298 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Paige Press LLC
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Bookgasms Book Blog
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ratula
Good Lord what did I read? I'm still trying to catch my breath at that OMFG ending. But suffice to say Laurelin Paige just delivered a knock out punch with that cliffhanger ending that I truly never saw coming. Slay One: Rivalry was sexy, consuming and addicting. I am now officially obsessed!!! Book two can not come fast enough!

Without giving away any spoilers, Rivalry opens up where we see the familiar face of Celia Werner as she meets Edward Fasbender and enters into a dangerous arrangement wh
Mindy Lou's Book Review
I love that we finally get to see inside Celia's mind. I hated her in the Fixed Trilogy. I'm glad the author didn't spin the first book to where you all of a sudden love her. Celia deserves more thought into her character than that. I'm actually not sure where I land by the end of this first book and that in itself is satisfying.

I think there is some bit of vindication that finally someone has come along to shake her world like she has done to others. However, I'm still that reader that wants a
Tijuana *Book Twins Reviews*
Laurelin Paige slays yet again! This book is mind blowingly awesome! Holy smokes, strap in for this one folks. I loved loved loved it! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Here’s what I loved:
All the feels were felt!
Bad guys do it best! Seriously, give my a complex, arrogant, unexpected male lead and I’m golden.
I loved seeing inside Celia’s world again. I’d been waiting for this for a very long and it did not disappoint!

Edward is everything I wanted him to be and so much more! My mind was blown and I loved every
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-best-reads
Holy shit. Edward Fasbender is an utter bastard. I hate him right now. I want to strangle him with Celia’s skimpy bikini and smash his skull in with her Laboutin stiletto.

Utter. Utter. Bastard. But man he rocks a tux, and he’s packing.

Going to make some bread to get the anger out of me. Then I’ll come back to add more.

Frustration taken out on the bread dough. I’m going to call it Edward when I cut it into pieces and eat it.

I first met Celia Werner in the Fixed trilogy and I hated her. Detested
Sophia Triad
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Long ago, I learned how to be made of nothing.

I absolutely hated Celia at the Fixed trilogy. I was wondering how a book with her as the main character will work.
To be honest I did not participating liked her in this book, too.

But Edward M. Fasbender is easily my new a$$hole crush.

If you have read Fixed Forever, you will probably remember how the story between Edward and Celia ends. If not, I will not destroy the magic of this book telling you what happend in the end. But it definitely was a surp
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-2019
***ARC Provided by the Author***

First, to be clear, I hate Celia.

It's a well developed kind of hate, the kind that makes you throw a party at a person's funeral, laugh at their misfortunes, and keep driving if you seem them on the side of the road next to their broken down vehicle.

So, yeah, in case you missed it as I was subtle, I don't like her.

When she meets Edward, she's the Celia we all know and...not love. She's the manipulator, the one you met before in sn earlier book, but by the middle
KC Caron (Aprhodites Reading Alphas)
Laurelin Paige has woven a lewd adult romance that’s easily the most disciplined, depraved and delicious story I’ve read in ages.

Is it wrong to feel such glee reading about Celia? THAT Celia Warner?

Slay: Rivalry is the story of Celia, a shrewd wealthy heiress who finds solace in her numbed existence. Instead of intimacy and genuine connection, she tells us, she seeks a sick joy and elation in blackmail and deceit, in destroying the lives and loves of others. She’s been wildly successful, even
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
❤️4 STARS ❤️

It's been awhile since I read a book from Laurelin Paige and I missed her writing. From the moment I read the synopsis I was intrigued and excited to start reading Slay: Rivalry!I was hooked and I read it so fast!It was sexy,passionate,erotic and left me graving for more!


Edward is my new sexy obsession, seriously this dark , mysterious and sexy man is going to make you swoon! Celia is drawn to him and she can't resist him.I probably be one of the few who haven't read the Fixed seri
Sarah - Musings of the Modern Belle


Fair warning, this is going to be a short a sweet review, because I do not want to give even the slightest hint of what might happen in this book. It is too amazing and suspenseful and HOT to ruin any moment.

Edward - Dominant. Hot. I may or may not want to disobey him (don't judge me).

Celia - I am going to be honest here, and I didn't read the book she appeared in earlier (and you don't have to), but I do not have any feelings about her character
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
4.5 Stars!
(ARC provided by author/Candi Kane PR)

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Celia Werner grew up an only child as a trust fund baby. She’s now a blond bombshell living in New York working as an interior designer. Over the years she’s been manipulative often exploiting the weaknesses of others for sport. Her past made her feel numb and emotionless, and she often wondered if she no longer had a soul. Then she encounters a man named Edward Fasbender, and he stirs something inside her, and makes her feel unbalanced. She wa
Cee Cee Houston
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rivalry (Slay Trilogy #1) really lived up to its name. I totally slayed me.
Anyone who is a fan of Laurelin Paige, must surely have read the ‘Fixed’ series of books. We all know about Lainey and Hudson. We also know who Celia is.
Or we thought we did.
Here is her own book we find a totally different woman. Yes, she owns up to her mistakes. She takes responsibility for them- at least in her own head. She’s strong and det
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's been a few days since I finished reading this book, and I'm honestly still speechless.

Slay: Rivalry was an intense, intimidating, sexy and seductive story that dared me to read on even though a part of me wanted to put this book down and just stop; simply take a breather and prepare myself for whatever could be delivered to me next. But it was as if Laurelin, Edward, and Celia themselves all dared me to carry on - dared me to turn the page without hesitation; dared me to dive myself fuller
Amanda Rowell
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Omg, omg, omg, this book is wow. I'm not sure what to say except READ this book. This book is amazing. Laurelin out did herself and all I can say is grab it. I am just floored and can't wait for the next.
R Rais
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Slay definitly slayed me😭
Just finish it second ago and I'm dying for the next book! It's crazy! It can't be the end for Slay! Oh my lawwwwd the cliffy😭

If you have meet Hudson Pierce, I'm sure you know Celia Werner or Edward Fasbender. But if you're like me and haven't meet Hudson, don't worry. Celia and Edward would still capture you good.
She's complicated. To the world she play the game with people mind and heart. She's ice cold, connifing, liar, grade A in B, spoiled rich girl with nothing on
Amber Sanchez
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OH! MY! OH! MY! OH! MY!!! CELIA MAY HAVE MET HER MATCH! I was so excited to find out what direction Laurelin Paige would take with this loathsome woman! And now I can say: it was with good reason and so worth the wait! Seeing her in such a vulnerable state while keeping her conniving ways in tact made for such an engaging read. With Edward’s cold, self-serving, calculating and distant attributes, I was hopeful that Celia would truly get what karma was ready to serve up. But then I couldn’t tell ...more
Michelle Claypot_Reads
Wow!! What a fantastic book. I could not turn the pages quickly enough and Celia is just as awful as I remember her from the Fixed Trilogy but I have to say I did love getting some insight into her character & motivations for "why" she was the way she was. I'm not sure how it happened but I even warmed to her a little in this one - who knew!!! Now Edward - well he is all sorts of dirty and evil. Like genuinely evil. They kind of deserve each other. That ending had my face like this😳
I absolutely
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review to come. All I can say right now is ALPHAHOLE ALERT!! Edward Fasbender is one sexy, billionaire alpha! You’re going to want to add Slay: Rivalry to your TBR and get your kindle ready for June 4th!! The Devil is coming!! 😍
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rated 4.5 Stars

Rivalry was awesome. It's a marriage of convenience of sorts with an enemies to lovers vibe. The main characters, Celia and Edward are devious, manipulative, enigmatic assholes and I loved them. I know I shouldn't but I do and cannot wait for more of their story especially after the way it ended. I highly recommend this compelling tale.

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Meredith Wild
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Slay series isn’t like anything I’ve read before. It’s a potent marriage of eroticism and suspense. The tug of war and outright war between Celia and Edward is addictive and fascinating. The characters are complex, the ride is wild, and by the last page you won’t know what hit you.
Heather andrews
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I don't even know why Edward cares about things, the man really couldn't give a crap, “parading around in next-to-nothing in front of my staff,” stab, “And flirting with anyone that has a ***k,” stab, “Will not be tolerated.” Edward is an ***, I thought Celia would have more backbone and lady balls, the ones she has none isn't worth one iota. I liked this book, but I really need to see Celia play Edward's game but better.
Can I like Celia? That is the question.


The answer so far is....NO. But that doesn't mean I'm not enjoying the series. On to book two. One extra star for being seriously curious about Edward's real motive.
Beneath The Covers Blog
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, kelly, sonal, 2019-reads
Dual reviews can be found HERE:

*ARCs provided for voluntary honest reviews.* ~Kelly & Sonal
Charmane Phillips
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I knew this book was going to be good but holy smokes!!!! That ending. I need book 2
Weronika -  Little Steamy Reads
Did the top player finally met her match?

I was very skeptical when I learned that Laurelin Paige would write Celia Werner’s story. Let's admit honestly- not many people who have read Fixed Trilogy can say that they liked her character. I literally told my friends that Laurelin would have to make a miracle, so I’d warm up to Celia. And I think we have a miracle in creating... because I did.

Laurelin showed precisely what drives Celia and why she is what she is. In addition, she left us in a small
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-2019-reads
I don't even know where to begin with this book, I have been lost for words for the last 24 hours. This story running crazy in my mind.... and that is not a bad thing. I love it when a book can gut-punch me hard, and leave me winded just like this one has.

Slay is the first book in the Slay Quartet series and what an amazing start to a series. Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. This story is intense and insane, it blew my mind. Laurelin Paige in one of my top favorites and this series
Gyrithe Blichfeldt
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Laurelin, you have slayed me with this book. How could you turn my hate for everything Celia. To a love and affection so deep, that I think out of all your books, I love her the most. How did you make me team Celia. Damn I wish for some good in her life. For someone to love him like only She deserves. She really need someone that will and can love her with all his love. I really hope Edward will prove to be that man. What a fantastic asshole he is. Who can stay away from him.
I think this is the
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh boy here we go! Queen of angst is bringing the suspense upon us once again. We have a whole new roller coaster of emotion ahead of us and it won’t be a doozy, let me tell you. Ms. Paige can redeem anyone, I know it’s hard to believe but I’m already feeling so sorry for Celia. I know I shouldn’t but I think she’s been going through her own demons she has had to battle.

Edward Fasbender is a mystery, an enigma. I am dying to know more about this man and his feeling towards Celia. He holds somet
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"He’d established the rules of this dark little game of ours. A game I was more committed to playing than ever. I just couldn’t say anymore if I wanted to play to destroy him or to win him."

I am seriously speechless after finishing this book. I am not even sure how to form a coherent sentence to write this review. It was UTTER PERFECTION. Laurelin Paige ABSOLUTELY slayed me with Slay! This is officially my absolute favorite book to date by her. This story was everything I wanted and SOOOO mu
Kelly - Words We Love By
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who can write a book and make you hate a character with your heart and soul then turn around and write a book about that character and make you want to give them your heart and soul is truly a gifted writer! Laurelin Paige you are that writer for me! You kill me with your cliffhangers but easily mend me back together with the love you put into your books. Please never stop surprising me with all your erotic, sexy as hell, mind blowing books! The Fixed Series and all the spinoffs have been ...more
When I pick up a Laurelin Paige book it’s because of her writing and her intriguing characters who’s usually in their thirties and forties. In Rivalry Celia and Edward are just that and I was giddy when I found out. Mature characters are a catnip of mine. Rivalry is laying the foundation for the three books to come flawlessly. Both Celia and Edward has their share of secrets. Celia is emotionally flawed and broken which was very fascinating to watch how Edward slowly made her discover and feel m ...more
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