Saturday, December 5, 2015

Book Review ~ First Touch (First and Last #1) by Laurelin Paige

First Touch
(First and Last #1)
by Laurelin Paige
Expected publication: December 22nd 2015 by Sphere

When Emily Wayborn receives an answerphone message from her former best friend Amber, she knows something is seriously wrong. Emily hasn't spoken to Amber in years, and when Amber uses a safe word in her message that Emily recognizes -- a word they always used to get out of sticky situations during their wild partying days -- she knows Amber needs her help. But when Emily tries to find her, she discovers that Amber is missing.

Determined to track her down, Emily follows a chain of clues that lead her to enigmatic billionaire Reeve Sallis. Renowned for his shady dealings and playboy reputation, Emily is convinced that Reeve knows something about Amber's disappearance. To try and discover the truth, Emily sets out to seduce him. But when she's forced to decide where her loyalty lies, how will Emily choose between saving Amber and saving her heart?

If you devoured Fifty Shades and Sylvia Day's Bared To You series, you will love the latest intense, passionate and page-turning novel from New York Times bestseller Laurelin Paige.

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So, when I read the synopsis for First Touch, I was certain that this was going to be a romantic suspense.  It is suspenseful, I‘ll give it that and if you consider erotic sexual acts full of consensual acts of abuse romantic, then okay…..romantic it is.  But seriously, this book is an erotic suspense – more emphasis on the erotic and it was scorching HOT!  I questioned my morals after reading this book because I liked it more than I should.

I really liked this book until the very end, where it ended in the most abrupt cliffhanger…ever.  I kept trying to turn the page on my Kindle, and it would not go on.  I needed more.  I demanded more. But alas, it would seem I must wait until June 2016.

But enough of my whining.  First Touch was exceptionally written and kept me engaged throughout.  Laurelin Paige is an author I have not had the honor of reading before, but after this book, I will be adding her to my list of favorites…even though she is evil with her cliffhangers.  The writing is solid and the plot engaging. The only reason I did not rate this one higher was due to the main character, Emily.  I really wanted to like her, but she has zero respect for herself and needs to learn how to say the word 'no', and say it more often.

This book is not for everyone, but it is one that I would recommend if you like a good dose of erotica with a dash of suspense.  It will keep you guessing on what really happened to Amber, and have you turning on the air conditioner in the middle of winter while you devour the scenes between Emily and Reeve.  But that cliffhanger ending *still shaking my head* will leave you breathless, yelling obscenities at the author……and feeling very much unsatisfied, BUT you will want to come back for more.

3 1/2 stars

NY Times & 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 Game of Thrones and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She is represented by Rebecca Friedman and Friedman Literary.

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