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First Touch by Laurelin Paige

(First and Last, Book 1)

Release Day: December 29th

Synopsis

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?

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Candi's Review

When I was first asked by Laurelin if I’d read this book. I’ll admit. I was a little speechless. And I might of answered back with, “Do bears $hit in the woods?!?!?! YES!!!!” Not one of my finer classier moments. I wish I had a more sophisticated answer than that. But, that’s just how excited I was!!! And after reading it. I’m still filled with such raw emotion. This is one of those books that will stick with you, deep in your soul, for a very long time.

First Touch is highly erotic, dark and twisted. It’s unlike anything Laurelin has ever written. Hell, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever read. From the very first page, to the very last, it will have you completely sucked in and begging for more. It will strip your mind bare. It will make you feel things you never felt or probably never thought about. And I’m not just talking about your lady bits. Although, you will feel it there too. TRUST. ME. But it will take your mind on a Sex-Pose. Laurelin exposes all the things.

It’s kind of hard to write this review without giving anything away. I want you, the readers, to feel what I felt. The shock and awe. That tingly sensation. And because of the mystery and suspense that is also included. I will not rob you of that. What I will say is this.

Emily. She’s absolute perfection. A different type of heroine. A girl that knows what she wants. And only one man, Reeve Salis can give it to her. And ohhhh how he gives it to her. And holy hell. Reeve Salis. He’s hot, sexy, demanding, possessive, controlling, and oh so dominant. All alpha male here. Hands down. My new favorite bbf. I apologize to Hudson Pierce. But hey. At least I’m keeping it in the family.

The sexcapades in this book will literally have you gasping for your next breath. It will push your boundaries. Take you out of your comfort zone. That is the beauty of Miss Paige’s writing. Laurelin Paige has the power to make you feel. Make you want. Make you crave. Things that you didn’t even think were ok. Until you read it. Her writing is brilliant. Risqué. Magical. There’s a certain scene. One that I’ve only heard about. Very tabooish. And let me tell you this. Freaking HOT!!!!!! It left me speechless. And thinking, IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH ME!! Again. I blame it on the spell that Laurelin casts over her readers. It’s my only explanation.

I’ll end my lovefest by saying this is Laurelin’s best book yet. And that is a very hard thing for me to say. But seriously, it’s a mixture of all her best things with some new added spicy ingredients. It will definitely melt your knickers right off. The only bad thing I have to say, is that reading this book so far in advance. Yes. It’s May now. And out in December, is that I have to wait longer for book 2. Because THAT ENDING!!!! I literally yelled out loud WTF!!!! No lie. So Laurelin, I better not see you on social media. You need to be writing!!!!!!!

5 Stars

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Ang's Review

It’s here! First Touch is live! I’ve been waiting to read this book since May as a couple of my friends were early readers, and they could not stop raving about it. I was so excited to see if it lived up to the hype and so happy to find out they did not let me down!

Emily is a reformed bad girl who spent her sexual awakening using her god given gifts to get by along with her partner in crime/best friend, Amber. The two parted ways years ago yet Emily is the person Amber cryptically calls when she runs into trouble. Emily decides she will do whatever she can to help Amber. This is what best friends do regardless of time or distance. Emily’s recollections of her friendship with Amber broke my heart a bit. I yearned for Emily to solve this mystery of her missing friend.

The biggest piece of the puzzle is where the gorgeous Reeve Sallis fits. Oh Reeve. He’s a bazillionaire bad boy hotel mogul with a dangerous reputation. He has a penchant for kinky sex and beautiful women. Reeve has all the makings of the alpha bad boy that I know I’ll love, but I need some serious redemption before I can go all in on these dominant types. Will Reeve give it to me?

Emily’s search for Amber leads her directly to Reeve, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get her answers. Unfortunately for Emily and fortunately for us readers, she is immediately drawn to him. She knows he’s the type of man she’s been running from yet dying to find. Will Emily’s search for Amber destroy her chances with Reeve? Or will it bring her closer to him? What is she willing to give up?

The heavy D/s relationship in this book may not be for everyone, but it’s right up my alley! There are scenes that left me uncomfortable and squirming at the same time. Emily’s tastes run much darker than mine and while I may not want those things done to me, I sure as hell want to read about them happening to Emily because it is fucking hot!!! Emily and Reeve are a perfect sexual match and when they come together, it’s explosive!

First Touch is a suspenseful, dark, erotic story that ends in such a cliffhanger you will be dying for book 2! Go 1-click this book so you can join in the obsession. I want you to suffer with me until book 2 is released.

Maybe I’m a bit of a masochist after all?

5 Stars

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Paula's Review

I was expecting lots of filthy sex in First Touch, but I have to say, the plot took me completely by surprise. The suspense and the hint of danger surrounding everything are what hooked me. The erotica was a bonus! I hit the jackpot!

These characters weren’t your run of the mill interchangeable characters either. They were complicated and seriously flawed. My favorite kind!
Honestly, I didn’t know what to make of Emily or Reeve, at first. I love when an author gives me characters that you can’t fit into a pretty box and makes me try to figure them out. I like to work for it. I don’t want it to be easy. Laurelin Paige made me work for it!

Emily has led a life using men to get what she wants. She and her best friend, Amber, indulged in a little of everything. Actually a lot of everything. Rich men were a means to an end with them. It wasn’t pretty for the most part and Laurelin Paige didn’t glamorize it. Emily has left that sugar daddy life behind and has become pretty successful all on her own. When Amber disappears, Emily is determined to find out what happened. This girl refuses to give up on her friend. Emily’s investigation leads her to…

Reeve Sallis.

Ah, Reeve. This man was kind of hard to love, but I found a way. I always do. He was sexy and wicked with an air of “I might be a killer.” I actually put that nugget of danger out of my mind because Reeve had that special something that makes me excuse almost anything. I have loved many morally challenged book boyfriends so until I see the body, you’re good. Maybe even after that. So no worries, Reeve. Emily, however, might present more of a problem. She had enough sense to know that maybe Reeve wasn’t the man to play Nancy Drew with. But did she have enough sense to protect her heart? That’s the most important question.

Emily uses all the goodies that god gave her to entice Reeve. He was alpha and controlling but there were some feelings brewing under the surface for Emily and that’s what pulled me in. I love when the flawed and damaged hero finds his weakness. And when two flawed people come together? Nirvana for me.

Sorry, but that’s about all I can tell you without giving too much away. I can’t believe I haven’t read more Laurelin Paige books! I need to fix this immediately. I was seriously impressed with her ability to weave a compelling story around some unique and hot as hell sex scenes. First Touch took me out of my comfort zone at one point but I just made a new one because I loved every second of it. It ended on a so very cruel to me cliffhanger and now I’m dying to find out what happens in Last Kiss.

5 Stars

About the Author

NY Times & USA Today Bestselling author Laurelin Paige is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Game of Thrones and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She is represented by Rebecca Friedman and Friedman Literary.

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