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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 ~~
Emily and Reeve. They are both so flawed, they both know this not only about themselves, but about one another.
The writing is amazing, you want to hate Reeves for all the secrets he's keeping and hate Emily for using Reeves, but you end up loving them and hating them at the same time.
The. Ending. OMG There is nothing that can be said that is not a spoiler. But this is one of those books that you finish and the FIRST thing you want to do is yell and scream and hate Laurelin Paige
What was it that didn’t jive? Plain and simple, the protagonists as a couple, mainly the female lead. Reeve and Emily were not the most likable relationship. Their chemistry never felt palpable. Honestly, for me, it never ventured beyond surface level. I couldn't find any common or emotional ground that allowed me the opportunity to connect with them. Actually, when it came straight down to it, they were NOT healthy for each other. I searched long and hard for something, anything that would leave me with some kind of feels, other than disconnect and exasperation. And since all I experienced was a lack thereof, I just couldn’t buy into their attraction or love. Well, let me rephrase that, I couldn’t buy into Emily. Everything about her felt very mechanical and forced until the last ¼. Up until that point, it was all very fleeting.
I will say, I enjoyed Reeve more than Emily. The way he was written reminded me a lot of the Gideon/Christian type character, except with a darker edge. Due to that darker edge, I found Reeve to be a bit more intriguing. I never knew which way was up or down with him. He even managed to surprise me a few times. FYI ladies, if you love a controlling man, Reeve was sexy as all get out in the bedroom. His commanding presence will send shivers down your spine, making you take immediate notice. I don’t fancy myself being submissive but I’d certainly submit to him. Between that and the suspense surrounding him I couldn’t help but keep reading.
Due to my strong disconnect with Emily (I couldn’t even remember her name most times), I couldn't find it in me to care one way or another about her outcome. I really wanted to like her but being inside this chicks head drove me straight up the wall. Her flaky and scattered inner dialogues just seemed to drone on and on, becoming monotonous at times. Honestly, I skimmed a bunch when it came to her sections. I definitely wasn’t fond of her “voice.” My heart did hurt for some of the things in her past, but even with that I didn't always understand her need to be treated the way she did. Not to mention, most of her past transgressions were due to her own lack of self survival and preservation.
Though even with all that said, I will be buying book two. Laurelin left us with one hell of a cliffy and I NEED to know what the hell is going to happen. Soooo many questions are left unanswered. Soooo many theories swirling around in my brain. I’m not sure how I will make it till June of 2016. If you are not a cliffy person I would hold off and read this closer to the release of Last Kiss. And with that ending, I have a strong feeling I will finally be able to fall for this couple as everyone else has.
Thank you, St. Martin's Press, for a complimentary copy of First Touch.