Tuesday, December 29, 2015

RELEASE DAY REVIEW ~First Touch by Laurelin Paige~

Title: First Touch

Author: Laurelin Paige
Series: First and Last #1
Release Date:  December 29, 2015

My Rating: 5 Stars
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?

This book tortured me. Downright took me by my make believe cojones and strung me up. First Touch is THAT book. The one that leaves you feeling so perplexed about EVERYTHING that you don't know whether you hate it or love it. I think I loved it. Did I? How the heck should I know. But I'm so flabbergasted, that I can't believe I did anything but love it. It kept be up until 4 am reading and when I finished I shouted every profanity in my repertoire and then made some up.

Emily and Reeve are explosive. In and or themselves there's a lot of turmoil, hate, affection, uneasiness. These two have the market cornered on messed up, confused, and erotic. What a place to be! I will warn readers that this is not an easy read. It is dark. Really dark. And sometimes the graphic detail of Emily's past went too far for me. But again, this is that book that gets a hall pass for putting me out of my comfort zone. I was so highly engaged and riveted. Every part of this book was a train wreck waiting to happen, and wreck it did. This way, that way. And it left my heart and nerves shattered.

So do you pick up this book? Maybe. If you're in the mood to be taken for a ride, and tossed around a big, absolutely. I want to say prepare yourself, but there's no possible way you can. Just dive in and relish in the yo-yo storyline that is Emily and Reeve's beginning.

Happy Reading!
*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
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Meet Laurelin:
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 Mad Men and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Adam Levine. She is represented by Bob Diforio of D4EO Literary Agency.

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