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The Gilded Chain (Surrender) Paperback – November 3, 2015
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LAUREN SMITH, winner of the 2014 Historical International Digital Award, attended Oklahoma State University, where she earned a B.A. in both history and political science. Drawn to paintings and museums, Lauren is obsessed with antiques and satisfies her fascination with history by writing and exploring exotic, ancient lands. She is currently an attorney in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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For years, Callie Taylor has been obsessed with two things: a man she can never have and escaping to Paris where she can follow her artistic passions. But everything changes when Callie meets Wes Thorne, a wealthy, mysterious art collector and famous dominant. Despite all the nights she's spent dreaming of another man, it is Wes's predatory gaze that suddenly consumes her every thought and sets her body on fire. One touch from him promises unforgettable passion, but Callie knows that passion often comes with a price...
From the moment he sets eyes on Callie, Wes is intrigued by her artistic talent and her delightful innocence of all things erotic. A stolen kiss leaves him aching and desperate to claim her in a way he's never wanted any woman. But first he must convince her to surrender her control. And what better place to seduce an artistic soul like Callie's than Paris? (Amazon Blurb)
If being a cowgirl gets me Wes Thorne, sign me up!! This novel has passion, heartbreak and a suspense that keeps you captivated from beginning to end. Callie is the woman who falls in love with a man and dreams of marrying him, of being the one who will be able to help him heal from his abusive past, only to find out that he has fallen in love with another woman. Her heart has been torn to shreds and she tries to hide it as best as she can, only to find out that Wes has seen the real Callie who is in pain, mourning the loss of the man she thought would be his and the desire she feels for the man who promises her passion beyond her wildest dreams. I’m a first time reader of Lauren Smith and as soon as I found out that this book was part of a trilogy, I had to get the first two parts, not because I thought I was missing backgrounds – although in the first and second novels you get a better idea of what Callie is talking and thinking about in Gilded Chain – but mostly because she is the type of author that makes you want more. One thing is certain: not only will this author be added to my ‘to be watched list’, but her novels are the type that will be highly recommended to other readers who not only enjoy erotic, but even romance and suspense – let’s face it, there wasn’t just one aspect that drew me to this story, but a combination of many aspects that made it interesting, entertaining and leaves the reader breathless.
**Received a copy in exchange for an honest review. Read and reviewed by Kathleen for Alpha Book Club**
Wes is a man, who doesn't believe in love but is drawn to Callie despite her innocence. They find passion with one another in Paris, along with deepening their mutual love of art.
The reader knows that Wes will fall hard for Callie eventually. When he finally realizes he is love, it is a hard fall.
I loved all the rich details that Smith included in this book. So far this is my favorite couple in the series, I REALLY want to see a Royce book come out.
Callie and Wes' story started in The Gilded Cage when Wes and his sister Hayden showed up at Callie's family ranch "The Broken Spur" looking for Wes' friend Fenn that was kidnapped twenty-five years earlier. Callie had always loved Fenn and as she watched him grow close to Hayden she felt her heart breaking, it totally broke when Wes showed up with an invitation to Fenn and Hayden's engagement party.
I love the way Wes makes a bet with Callie about how she will feel after 30 days with him, he dangles the one thing that she has always dreamed of but never thought would be a reality. He is very sure of himself, and shoot looking like he does and his dominate personality I guess it's only natural that he would be so cocky. Ok, maybe cocky isn't the right word but he is overly confident of his powers over Callie.
There is a bit of a mystery that's happening on the Gold Coast of Long Island. Someone is stealing artwork from the homes of the elite, with Wes being the one that secured the purchase of the very expensive piece of art the FBI enlists his help in finding the art thief. This was a huge mystery, at one point I thought I knew who it was but something would happen or something would be said that would make me change my mind to someone else. It was a great who-done-it.
I am looking forward to Royce's story, and yes that one will be pre-ordered as soon as it becomes available too. :)
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Book #3: Surrender Series
My Rating: 5/5 stars
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