★★★★ 4 Stars ★★★★
I have to be honest and tell you that I had mixed feelings about whether I was going to be a fan of this book or not, and it wasn’t until around 60% that I decided which side of the fence I was on. Without a doubt, the writing was absolute first class, and hooked me in and held on to me from page 1 right up until the end.
I pretty much read it in one sitting, so I really can’t put my finger on the reason for my reluctance to give First Touch the full five stars, because in my opinion, it has all the elements of a top rating. Perhaps certain parts dragged for me, but those moments didn’t last long because there were so many things that I wanted to discover that I had to keep on reading.
The characters are flawed, you learn to love them. You won’t fall in love with them from the start, but that is what I liked about it, you went on a journey and learnt a lot about both of their personalities. The book is told in the POV of the heroine, so the hero remains much of a mystery right until the end, which make for a very suspenseful read.
Emily Wayborn has led an interesting life, with a somewhat seedy past whereby she used men to get by in life. Now a reformed woman who has a decent job as a voiceover in Hollywood and is able to fend for herself, she still seeks the thrill that she is missing.
“Okay, my limits are don’t damage me. Don’t destroy me.”
When she receives a voice-mail message from an old friend seeking help, she vows to find out what happened to her and by doing that she ends up trying to seduce the last man that Amber was seen with, Reeve Sallis.
Reeve has connections to the Greek Mafia, so it is with a hint of danger that Emily proceeds to investigate. Reeve is also an incredibly alluring and dark and sexy man who appeals to Emily on a baser level, she knows she has to be careful not to forget her main goal and that is to find out where her friend is, but this proves difficult as she can’t help but to submit to Reeve’s dominant nature.
“He was infamous, famous, and if the rumors were to be believed, dangerous – a multibillionaire luxury resort owner and legendary bad boy.”
I would describe this book as a BDSM romance, it wasn’t particularly dark for my tastes but could be considered as such. I thought the erotism of the scenes were fantastic and added to the story perfectly.
It’s no secret that this book ends on a cliffhanger, and I am dying to get my hands on Last Kiss to delve further into the mind of the enigmatic Reeve Sallis and find out if Emily can trust him enough to give him her whole self.
Overall, I thought is was an excellent suspenseful and sexy read.
This is the first in a duet. Told in Emily’s POV.
ARC gratefully received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
First Touch by Laurelin Paige is published in the UK on 11th February 2016 by Sphere in paperback original, price £8.99