Desperate for the Truth. Obsessed by Desire...
Emily Wayborn is finally her own woman. After a string of shameful relationships and reckless partying with her best friend, Amber, she's now a successful voiceover actress, her wild past and everyone in it firmly behind her. Until she receives a cryptic voice mail from her former friend that sends her spiraling into the darkness she thought she had outrun.
One thing is clear from the message: Amber is in trouble. Determined to track down her friend, Emily follows a chain of clues that leads her to Reeve Sallis, a gorgeous and equally dangerous hotelier known for his power games and shady dealings. Now, in order to find Amber, Emily must return to her playgirl ways to uncover his secrets and track down her friend. But as she becomes more entangled with him, she finds she's drawn to Reeve and his depravity despite her growing conviction that he may be the one responsible for Amber's disappearance.
©2015 Laurelin Paige (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
I am an avid reader, not a professional book reviewer. I gladly offer my opinion of the books I read/listen to.
This story was mostly a good listen. It has a strong heroine, Emily, one who used to use wealthy men to support her lifestyle. She broke from that life and her best friend to become a successful voice over access. Her life was seemingly on there might track until she gets a coded message from her past --and she finds herself in the company of a wealthy dangerous man looking for her best friend. ..... this story was just okay for me. I HATE cliff hangers and will mostly likely not read the sequels because I was not invested enough to see if Emily finds Amber and if Reeves is really dangerous. Even the performer could not save this story for me.
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
This is why Laurelin Page is an auto download for me.... she's delivered a story that hooked me right in from the start, filled it with intrigue, secrets, hot sex, passion, mystery, the Greek Mafia and suspense and her characters have depth and detail. In the past Emily, and her best friend Amber, used rich men shamelessly exchanging sex for money, gifts and a roof over their heads... it's always been a reciprocal business arrangement. But with one Sugar Daddy things went horrifically wrong between the two best friends and they fell out with each other. And, for 6 years, Emily has heard nothing from her former friend/party girl/addict Amber.... not until the day she played back her messages and heard Amber's voice giving their private coded message that meant she was in big trouble.
Emily slowly pieced together clues and information about Amber's life that led to the handsome Billionaire Hotelier Reeve Sallis and, in order to infiltrate his world and hopefully get answers, Emily had to orchestrate a 'chance meeting' that would lead to her, once again, becoming a rich man's pampered plaything. But Reeve was no pushover.... he was calculating, complicated, controlling and complex, he had Bodyguards, links with the Greek Mafia, was sexually demanding and dominant, oozed danger and secrets and his life was a closed book to Emily.... he said when, how and where - their relationship was strictly on his terms. However, their chemistry and sexual appetites were totally in synch with each other's and so, after a shaky start, their relationship grew deeper and stronger... but Emily still needed to find answers as to exactly what happened to Amber..... and just how much can she trust Reeve?
There's intrigue as Emily and Reeve play a game of cat and mouse, there's graphic hot sex scenes, there's puzzle pieces to fit together and answers to find that will hopefully lead Emily to Amber but, just as love is about to be declared, a shocking CLIFFHANGER will disrupt, devastate and disturb the balance. And, as the plot was slowly revealed... the mystery deepened, became slippery and took a sinister turn. Told from Emily's POV and the narrator was good.
Worth a credit? Yes - it was entertaining, cryptic and hot.
A reviewer on Nocturnal Book Reviews since 2011. Love fantasy of any kind, contemporary fiction, kick butt heroines & antiheroes.
Erotic romance is very individual, isn't it? It's really hard to find the books which would really connect with us on a deep, subconscious level, and as you can guess this one didn't.
There are very few authors in this genre I respect and love, probably no more than seven or eight names in total. Tiffany Reisz, Roni Loren, Emma Holly, Tamsen Parker, Lilah Pace, Kit Rocha, C.D. Reiss, Madelynne Ellis. Erotic romance and its subgenre, - bdsm romance for me has to straddle a fine line between clear consent and unspoken lines which WILL NOT be crossed. And I can not stand dark romance subgenre which is what happens when those lines ARE crossed: there is way too much abuse in it. The closest I got to it without stopping reading the book altogether were some of Annabel Joseph's novels which were pretty hot.
First Touch was a mistake from the get go. First of all, while requesting this book I mixed Laurelin Paige's name with Lorelei James, whose novels I know and like, secondly this was most definitely a dark romance. Our relationship was doomed from the beginning.
The narrator tried her best, but the writing itself was just too clanky and awkward, and not in a cute way. The very few plot threads which seemed promising - human trafficking investigation, Emily's past exploits, Amber's disappearance, and Reeve's connection to mafia were buried under a constant relationship drama, his huge insecurities and rough sex thrown in between. Add to it a very abrupt cliffhanger of an ending, and I was not a happy bunny! Hence, the low rating.
Emily as a character disappointed me. She started with clear intentions and ballsy attitude. All of it disappeared a few weeks into her relationship with Reeve. She lost all desire to proceed even when the information she needed was offered to her on a golden plate! There was also no description of her work or anything to do with it even if it was a big part of her life.
Don't let me start on Reeve. I felt like he was Roarke wannabe with his blue eyes and black hair and billion dollar empire. At the same time, everything about him was generic. There were no hobbies, favorite foods, clothes, reads, nothing about the way he operated. We are told that he is a billionaire and that he owns resorts, however there are only a couple of interactions between him and other people with might give us an insight into who he is, and it's not enough, peeps.
Overall, a promising start which did not deliver. Some scenes offended me on some level, as they do in this subgenre, so if you are of a similar mindset, I do not recommend it.
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Yes - the story was good, but I eventually had to jump forward through the sex scenes - just not my thing.
Yes I think the follow up to this story might be good if there isn't so much sex in it.
Yes - it was a cliffhanger.
I like a good mystery/suspense. This story was over-powered by the sex plot - probably half the book was filled with very strong descriptive sex and the author loves to use the "C" words. I don't know why there needed to be so much sex in this book - it didn't add anything to the story (IMO).
You definitely want to listen to this one. I usually only listen when I working but this one I could NOT turn it off. I had to know what was happening and what was next. I listened every chance I had, the narrator nailed too. She's giving u her story and u want only good to come of the bad and heartbreak she has been through.
Ready for book 2. Happy reading
Can you say captivating? Can you say sexy? Can you say intense? Can you say suspenseful? This is what this book is. CAPTIVATING. SEXY. INTENSE. SUSPENSEFUL.
This is Emily's journey to find her friend Amber whom she believes is in some sort of trouble. Trying to find her she meets the ever so handsome and down right sexy Reeve Sallis. A well known playboy and Amber's known last man. Reeve is as much intrigued by Emily as she is with him and so a game of cat and mouse begins until they succumb to their desire for each other. Will Emily find the answers she is looking for? Is Reeve the one to lead her to Amber?
From the prologue to the last page this story has you captivated. The suspense has you wanting to read on. Reeve is as sexy as they come, intriguing as one can be. Emily not one to be messed with herself. I loved this story and a definite 5 star recommend for me.
Laurelin Paige nailed it with First Touch. Suspense, drama, fear, lust, love-hate. It's all there in spades. Emily and Reeve will draw you as they dance around their commonality; Amber. A woman you will love to hate. Emily is searching for Amber, a dangerous quest. Reeve avoids all things Amber but he can't stay away from Emily.
First Touch is hypnotic and addictive. For every answer there are more questions. And then...the explosive cliffhanger!!!
This is a re-read on Audible and I love it even more. The reader is seductive and leaves you hanging on her every word, adding to the experience. I am ready for Last Kiss!!!
I don't write a lot of reviews but this book definitely compelled me.
I finished this morning and I can't get it off my mind. This book was hot, disturbing in places but over all a great story.
I have been reading/ listening to romance novels for years but found this story to be different from all the rest. Before I read the book, I read a review that said to keep and open mind and not to expect the main character to do what you think she should do. This is was the best piece of advise given the sexual proclivities.
The writing was excellent!! I love reading stories where the beginning is rather mystifying and the back story unfolds as the book progresses. I did find the cliffhanger ending to be predictable but oh so good! It looks like "Last Kiss" is out in a month. Hopefully this will be on Audible the same day. I wish I would have waited on this book so I could listen in quick succession!
Oh and narrator was perfect!
The author's description of scenes or acts, where the main characters spoke out loud to each other, in an almost elementary manner to say what they were doing. She did this through out and it annoyed me to no end. Like Sesame Street meets Hooked on Phonics, the porn edition.
Yes I have listened to other series that I liked very much. This one is not really in my lane. I like to relate to the lead characters in some way, either in real life or fantasy. I didn't fantasize about anything related to this chick. Physical and mental debasement does not get me off or appeal to me in the least.
Yes or I would have given it a one star. Although I could not relate to the Emily at all, I did enjoy some of the other stories surrounding her. It would have been nice to know why she liked to be treated the way she does. Honestly, I found her a little digusting and kept wanting a reason to like her. There wasn't a back story to explain why she could never say no to men. I kept holding on thinking there was something that would connect the dots in my head, but alas she was just trashy.
Not sure if I would read book 2. It was pretty easy to guess the ending, which in all honesty was the most interesting part of the book. I would like to know what happens next for Emily and Amber, but I don't know if I can FF through another of these books to get to it. I had to listen to this on 2 or 2.5 to hurry it along.
Wow... this one blew me away!
This was not like my usual contemporary romance fare. It was twisted and dark and there are parts to this story that I'm sure some people just won't like, but I loved it! And a bonus for me was that the narration was on point!
The story is complex and twisted and I loved how the author shared the background to the story in little pieces, each turning the story in a new direction
Emily, the reformed party girl, is searching for her old friend Amber and this brings her on a collision course with the sexy Reeve Sallis. Their interactions are erotica and dark
It does end in a cliffhanger, and I could see it coming, but in the end I welcomed it! I can't wait for the conclusion to this series and it will definitely be one that I will re-listen to again and again in the future
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