Dirty Talker

When Emily Wayborn goes home to visit her mom while on hiatus from her hit TV show, she receives a voicemail from her former best friend, Amber. Though the two were once notorious party girls, they haven’t spoken in years. Although the message might sound benign to anyone else, Amber uses a safe word that Emily recognizes, a word they always used to get out of sticky situations during their wild days. And what’s more chilling than the voicemail: it turns out that Amber has gone missing.

Determined to track down her friend, Emily follows a chain of clues that lead her to the enigmatic billionaire Reeve Sallis, a hotelier known for his shady dealings and play boy reputation. Now, in order to find Amber, Emily must seduce Reeve to learn his secrets and discover the whereabouts of her friend. But as she finds herself more entangled with him, she finds she’s drawn to Reeve for more than just his connection to Amber, despite her growing fear that he may be the enemy. When she’s forced to choose where her loyalty lies, how will she decide between saving Amber and saving her heart?


★★★★ 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

About the Author

Laurelin Paige

Laurelin Paige is the New York Times bestselling author of the Fixed Trilogy. She loves a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably signing or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She’s also a proud member of Mensa International, although she doesn’t do anything with the organisation except use it as material for her bio.

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