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First Touch Audiobook

First Touch: A Novel

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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.

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    Denise 06-25-16
    Denise 06-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Cliff hanger alert!!!"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    kara-karina UK 05-22-16
    kara-karina UK 05-22-16
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    "It was a bad fit for me"

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 05-15-16
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 05-15-16 Member Since 2017
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    "AN ALL CONSUMING PLOT WITH A DREADED CLIFFHANGER"

    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.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Darlene 02-17-17
    Darlene 02-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointed"

    The story was "just ok" to me, but that ending...REALLY?!! so disappointing!!! Story teller was pretty good though

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Patterson 02-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "not what i expected..."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Georgina 02-02-17
    Georgina 02-02-17
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    "Ugh. I quit."

    Made it to chapter 14. Tired of flashbacks to sugar-babies and pedophiles. Actually hoping the Amber character is dead so I can stop hearing about her. Not into the BDSM scenes at all. Sorry I wasted half of a 2 for 1 sale on this. Move on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Yikes 05-23-16
    Yikes 05-23-16
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    "TOO Much SEX"
    Would you try another book from Laurelin Paige and/or Ava Erickson?

    Yes - the story was good, but I eventually had to jump forward through the sex scenes - just not my thing.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Laurelin Paige? Why or why not?

    Yes I think the follow up to this story might be good if there isn't so much sex in it.


    What does Ava Erickson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    good narration


    Do you think First Touch needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes - it was a cliffhanger.


    Any additional comments?

    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).

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Desare 02-25-17
    Desare 02-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "AMAZING"

    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!

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    Rizin Phoenix 02-07-17
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    "first touch"

    wow I did not see that coming at all... All this time has passed. Very good book now I must listen to book 2. I am mad it took me this long to finish this book. 😮😮😮😮😮

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    ChantalG 06-16-16
    ChantalG 06-16-16
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    "Absolutely Amazing"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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