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“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.”
Emily is a beautiful woman who knows how to use her body to get what she wants, after all, that’s how she and Amber got through life. While Amber was just interested in the fast lifestyle, the attention and wild parties, Emily had much darker needs. For reasons she didn’t understand, she allowed men to use her, to a point many other women would call it abuse. She didn’t even had a safe word, fully knowing she wouldn’t use it when necessary, to stop the dangerous situations she got herself into. This lack of self-preservation is partially what makes an end to her friendship with Amber.
Nowadays Emily keeps her dark urges under control, doesn’t put herself in situations where she will be hurt. Meeting Reeve changes everything. Although he is just means to an end, to gather information about Amber, Emily feels very attracted to the man. She wants to surrender to her inner cravings, and give herself over to him. After some push and pull between the couple, Reeve takes full control.
“They left bruises. They left scars. They were the men that induced fear. The men who debased and defiled. They were the reason I’d left that life in the first place And this was why, where Reeve Sallis was concerned, I was f**ked. Because these were the men that I could never stop craving.”
First Touch is a sensual, darker book with two storylines. On one side it’s about Emily’s search for her former best friend Amber, she just needs to know what has happened to her, and goes to great lengths to gather necessary information. On the other hand this is the story of Emily and Reeve, them meeting each other and circling around one other before they start an intense ‘arrangement’. An arrangement that involves Dominant/Submissive elements, craved by both Emily and Reeve. First Touch is told solely from Emily’s perspective, keeping Reeve an enigma with unknown motives and thoughts.
“The kind of man who looked like he could fight for a woman and win. He’d protect her from harm and then brutalize her himself but only just enough. Complete trust. Was that what love looked like? Was Reeve what love looked like?”
First Touch is the first book in ‘the First and Last duet’. I adore it and I can’t wait to read the next part, Last Kiss, to see if Emily and Reeve have a chance at a Happily Ever After. I give this story 5 stars.
~~ I’ve won an early copy of First Touch during a contest organized by my favorite blog ~~
Well, I'm strangely in the minority on this one. This started so slow for me...at 30% I was wondering if this storyline was ever going to move. I was about 50% in before I became intrigued, but stuck with it because everyone raved about this one for so long. I think my biggest problem was with the main character Emily. She's trying to find her former friend, Amber, and in doing so inadvertently (but sort of on purpose) starts up a relationship with a man she thinks may be connected with Amber, hotelier, Reeve Sallis (hot name.) Emily constantly compares herself and her relationship with Reeve to Amber and Amber's possible relationship with Reeve. This became repetitive fast for me and only served to add length and make the read move more slowly, IMO. Emily is also a submissive but a submissive with no limits which didn't sit well with me for some reason. She doesn't have much sense of self preservation. Reeve did grow on me but by the end of the story I still wasn't sure if I liked him. I do think a Reeve POV would be fascinating. While I do think Emily and Reeve are a good match, I found myself not really caring what happened with Amber so the suspense part just didn't work for me. I am interested to find out what happens since this does end in a cliffhanger but will not be running out and picking up the next read any time soon.
Books in First and Last series should be read in order:
Book 1: First Touch
Book 2: Last Kiss
First Touch (book 1) opens up to actress and TV sitcom star Emily Wayborn aka Emily Barnes setting out to find former party friend after receiving a coded phone message. In their wild days they had shared men, sugar daddies and more. She masterminds an encounter with the man she suspects is behind her friend’s disappearance, heir and hotelier with rumored mafia ties, Reeve Sallis.
That “chance” encounter, charged with sexual tension, mixed signals, danger and hostility, sets in motion one of the best cat and mouse game of seduction I have ever read. Follow them as Emily desperately tries to entice and get close to Reeve to learn the truth while he is as slippery as an infamous playboy, too good-looking for his own good and more-money-than-Croesus with women-at-his-feet would be.
In fact, he is so jaded he can overlook his blatant hard-on to make a point and Emily has no choice but to go along for the roller-coaster ride of a lifetime while falling for him in the process. Reeve is complicated and calculated. He reads her deepest desires, understands parts of her better than she does herself… and that if nothing else makes him a dangerous man. Can she trust him…? More importantly can she trust herself?
REEVE SALLIS: 36 years/Greek-American/Heir/Hotelier/Black hair/Blue-green eyes/Orphan.
Think of Reeve Sallis as a master manipulator with suspicion as his middle name. He gets off on controlling and toying with you. His preference is variety and he is not opposed to sharing.
His combination of uncanny good looks, kinky, devious lover and with his larger-than life, enigmatic, elusive, suspicious, commanding; intense, in-control; ruthless and unyielding personality makes him unforgettable.
“He was always rough. Always raw. He f*** ed me however he wanted.”
EMILY WAYBORN aka Emily Barnes: 29 years/American/Actress/TV star/Blond hair/Blue eyes/Sub/
Emily Wayborn aka Emily Barnes has to work hard to hold her own against the larger-than life Reeve. What works in her favor is that she is smart, determined, callous and was blessed with good looks and big boobs.
“I can’t figure you out, Emily.” His words were tight yet even. “I don’t know if I like you or if I just want to f*** you.”
First Touch, from Emily’s POV, is a brilliantly told suspenseful unraveling of a mystery and a relentless, mixed messages, hidden agendas, calculated seduction and venture into BDSM, Story ends with a shocking, but perfect cliffy. I am considering hibernation until book 2, Last Kiss.
Refreshingly jaded, sinister and slippery Reeve Sallis! Captivating and suspenseful plot! Excellent story-telling! I am sticking Reeve on my top-10 hero shelf and I‘m itching to stick book on my 6-star shelf!
“And then sometimes, rarely, in the middle of the night, he’d be sweet. Pulling me into his lap, kissing me, caressing me. Letting me fly but anchoring me with his eyes. Speaking words he’d never dare say in the light of day.”
Hero rating: 6 stars
Heroine rating: 4 stars
Sexual tension rating: 5 stars
Sex scenes rating: 5 stars
Sex scenes frequency: 5 stars
Plot rating: 5 stars
Dialogue rating: 5 stars
Storytelling rating: 5 stars
Story ending rating: N/A
Overall rating: 5+ stars
Would I recommend this series: Yes.
Would I re-read this series: Yes.
Would I read future books by this author: Yes.
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I freaking loved everything about it. Great story aside, it is, laurelin writes really really good sex. There is soooo much to this book.Read more