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First Touch: A Novel (A First and Last Novel) by [Paige, Laurelin]
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"Gritty, edgy, dark and compelling, First Touch pulls no punches and just might leave you reeling." Megan Hart, NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author of Tear You Apart 

"A beautifully executed maze of suspense, seduction, and ridiculously hot sex." Alessandra Torre, New York Times Bestselling Author 

"Laurelin Paige writes an addictive mix of emotion and sexy that draws the reader in and doesn't let go until long after the last page is read." K. Bromberg, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Driven Series

About the Author

Laurelin Paige is the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Fixed Trilogy. She's 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's also a proud member of Mensa International though she doesn't do anything with the organization except use it as material for her bio. You can connect with Laurelin on Facebook at facebook.com/LaurelinPaige or on twitter @laurelinpaige. You can also visit her website, laurelinpaige.com, to sign up for emails about new releases and a chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Certificate in a monthly drawing.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1455 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 125007519X
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (December 29, 2015)
  • Publication Date: December 29, 2015
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00UFS7C1M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,864 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This review is 100% spoiler-free.

A few things to consider before you decide to one-click this title:

1. if you are the kind of reader who can't separate real life from fiction, this book isn't for you
2.if your views on sex are strictly black and white, this book isn't for you
3. if you can't help but judge characters' actions as you would your own, this book isn't for you
4. if you use rose-colored glasses to view relationships between two people, either leave them off for this one or this book isn't for you

Moving on ...

I don't think I've ever done this before but I actually started writing my review [for this book] as I was reading it. I mean, I would read a few chapters then pause to write things down. Things this book made me feel. Things that simply blew my mind. Like exceptional writing. And how vivid and even poetic it is, considering the kind of story author tells.

I love how the story starts, immediately following the prologue, with the plan already in action. We didn't have to sit though 'who, where, why and when' but ended up in the middle of it all right away. That doesn't mean the author skipped out on any details because there are A LOT of details/info and not for one second was I bored with any of it! Everything has a purpose. Every story. Every detail. The present. The past. Everything.

Speaking of the past, I LOVE the way Laurelin gives the backstory of Emily and Amber. To me, it felt almost nostalgic ... learning what brought them together and made them go their separate ways, eventually. Some of the darker stuff that did happen in the past felt a bit easier to take as a story told years later.
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After reading First Touch I can honestly say the blurb doesn’t do the book any justice, it’s so much more, so many layers – dark cravings, dysfunctional friendships, coming to terms with one’s sexual needs. It’s written in the beautiful style I love Laurelin Paige’s books for, and for me it’s the perfect blend of suspense and the exploration of dark erotic desires.

“I only knew that she’d shown up in my dull, lackluster, impoverished world and she’d glistened. I was fascinated with her instantly. Awe-struck. Enamored. F**k, I was practically in love. I would have followed her anywhere. And I had. I’d followed her everywhere, through everything. Until, I couldn’t anymore.”

Emily Wayborn is a woman with a wild past, together with her best friend Amber she got involved with older rich men who provided for them; apartments, nice clothes, jewelry, all the luxurious things they wanted. After a brutal incident Emily is done with Amber and the life they are leading, she gets her act together and starts living a normal life in Hollywood. While leading her peaceful life Emily gets a voicemail from her former best friend – who turns out missing – using their old safe word. Emily goes after Amber’s last known lover, the charismatic and dangerous hotel entrepreneur Reeve Sallis, to find out what has happened with Amber. She knows he’s an attractive man, but she hasn’t counted on the sizzling chemistry between them.

“And I shivered. Because while I had ulterior motives for getting close to him, Reeve Sallis got to me. I’d read about his natural charm and sex appeal, but nothing had prepared me for the fullness of it in person. It was indescribable. Any adjective I tried to pin on him felt contrived and unoriginal. He was magnetic and provocative and commanding.
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Premise: a lady with a wild-child history who is now a voiceover actress gets a mysterious message from her estranged friend and co-partier from back in the wild days. To find out what happened to her, she starts an affair with a possibly-murderous billionaire dude.

This is pretty dark and pretty Gothic. The people are not really like real people - everything is very heightened, very dramatic. People don't really respond the way real people would respond. If you like reading about your main character having sex with a man she is pretty sure doesn't care for her and suspects might want to murder her, THIS IS YOUR BOOK! If that sentence makes your eyebrows go up really high, it might not be for you.

Prose is pretty good, though. I couldn't get over the characterization (the book didn't sell me on it being plausible that people put up with some of what they put up with) but I think this is a reasonably good version of this type of dark/gothic sexy romance, if that's what you're into. For myself, it was too uncomfortable to be a fun reading experience. Again, if you like reading sex scenes where the heroine is not sure that she's going to survive the encounter, THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU! Otherwise, it might not be. Zero judgment either way from this reader - it's just quite a bit darker and edgier than I realized when I bought it, so my review is just for those like me who may not realize what they're getting into. For calibration, I find most prose in most contemporary romances fairly terrible (so "pretty good" is praise even if it sounds lukewarm). I like real characters with real problems and real emotional responses, I hate fluff and those series romances where all the characters from other books show up with their million babies.
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