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.
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.
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.
Books are a big part of my life. Happiness is a beautiful evening on the houseboat with a good book :)
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).
Great story and narration. Emily wasn't weak or mindless like many of the female lead characters in other romance books. The mystery and suspense left me wanting more. Starting the second book immediately!
this book turned out to be about a woman who needs to be a submissive. muuuch more 50 shades than i expected and i didnt think nearly as hot as 50 shades. for most of the book, i struggled to empathize for any of the characters or find anything redeeming in them... until towards the end.
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