Review | First Touch by Laurelin Paige

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Review | First Touch by Laurelin PaigeFirst Touch by Laurelin Paige
Series: First and Last #1
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Release date : December 29th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Erotica, Suspense
Source: The Publisher | Format: eARC
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Reading Challenges: 2016 Romantic Suspense Reading Challenge

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?

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My take:

First thought after finishing:

*maniacal laughter* Shut, the mother rucking front door. AHHHH. OF COURSE IT ENDS THERE. 

When I heard about this book – I was all over it. Romantic suspense novels are one of my favorites. The thrill and anticipation are just something I cannot get enough of. What I didn’t expect was to be so engrossed in this story, so enraptured, that every priority I had went out the window until I finished this book.

That being said, I am sad to admit I almost DNF early on. I wasn’t very far in, within the first 10%. I just hadn’t hit that mark yet; the one that snags you and never let’s go. I regretted thinking that immediately because the next chapter had me sticking my foot in my mouth.

First Touch has many jaw dropping twists, slowly reveling more about our characters in each chapter. We have our main plot; Emily going “under cover” to find out what happened to her estranged best friend. But we also we some back story of how they were together. We learn about Emily and Amber’s toxic friendship and also what tore them apart. And we slowly learn more about Emily herself, and just how dangerous Reeve is to her.

Let me tell you – Emily’s life was not a cake walk. Often times, I would cover my mouth in horror because of the things she did, and went through. She deals with so many things from her past, as well as understanding herself in the present. MOST times, that picture isn’t pretty. I don’t fully grasp her choices or life style, some of it was just so… out of my realm that it’s inconceivable. Yet on the flip side, there are parts I do understand. She is such a complex character though, so it doesn’t surprise me that I am questioning her choices while thinking HELL YES, GET EM GIRL. I admire her for what she is doing to find out what happened to Amber. I admire her for admiting those things about herself that she’s ashamed of. I admire her growth and honesty with herself.

Emily and Reeve have instant sexual attraction, and all-consuming passion for each other. They quickly form ground rules for their sexual arrangements. Which was Emily’s goal. What wasn’t in her plan book was actually falling for him, and honestly, I was hoping beyond hope that those feelings were returned. Also like Emily, hoping the clues that pointed to Reeve as the culprit in Amber’s disappearance were coincidence. Reeve isn’t the most likable love interest. He’s a natural Dom. In the bedroom and out of the bedroom. Most scenes with Reeve are very graphic. Some even pushed me out of my comfort zone. Honestly, we really don’t learn that much about him. I feel like there are WAY more revelations to come. I can’t WAIT.

In the last 15 %, so much was revealed that my mind was whirling. It shines a little light on the characters, but opens up so much to be answered. The ending was a massive cliff hanger, but one of the best ones I have read. I seriously NEED to get my hands on the next book like, tomorrow.

All in all – I loved it. First Touch is dark, thrilling, suspenseful and so, so sexy. If you love darker romances, or ones that push you out of your comfort zone, I highly recommend it.



Tonya is a 30 y/o mom, wife, avid reader, coffee junkie, junk food addicted workaholic and blogger.

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