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The Gilded Cuff (Surrender) Paperback – February 10, 2015
Pierced by the Sun
A gripping tale of murder and redemption by the author of Like Water for Chocolate. Learn More
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"From the very first page I was lost to the suspense, romance, thrills and chills of this intriguing story. In fact, I was so engrossed in the dramatic plot that I stayed up all night to finish the story. There was no way that I would be able to sleep without knowing how everything played out." - Sizzling Hot Books.com
"If you love a great mystery with a giant dose of steam and a beautiful love story, you will swoon over this novel!" - The Reading Cafe
"The Gilded Cuff was a dramatic, sexy, and suspenseful romance between two people drowning in survivor's guilt. Lauren Smith crafted an intriguing plot with strong secondary characters. Ms. Smith also created strong women who were brave and courageous; they were unwilling to sit on the sidelines while the men confronted the danger. Fans of Lisa Renee Jones would enjoy the sexy mystery with BDSM relationships."―Harlequin Junkie
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Top Customer Reviews
Sophie is an investigative journalist that specializes in kidnappings. If she can help save someone, it soothes herself from her traumatic past. Not cure. She will never forget or ever really stop blaming herself. She witnessed her best friend get kidnapped right in front of her. When she reads about the Lockwood boys' kidnapping of Emery and Fenn Lockwood, she is determined to help solve the case because she is sure that he is still in danger. It will be the story of a lifetime. No one has found Fenn but Emery has become a recluse for 25 years and the only way to get to him is to go to a club called The Guilded Cuff, a place he is known to frequent. After thanking her lucky stars on finding him there, he strikes a bargain with her, she give herself over to him completely and in return, she will get her story. As they get to know each other, she starts to develop feelings for him and starts to reevaluate how she has lived with her own guilt of not being able to protect her best friend just like he lives with his guilt for not being able to protect his brother. Series of events bring them closer until BAM!!! I cannot say anymore!!! Just know this was a very catching story. I was drawn into their world from beginning to end!!
Emery Lockwood has to live day to day without his twin and it feels like he's lost half of himself. The guilt is enough to carry. But when he meets Sophie, she intrigues him with her innocence. The initial chemistry is astounding as well.Read more ›
Emery Lockwood and his twin were kidnapped when he was young. He alone survived and he hasn’t shared all the details of what happened to him for reasons that he keeps to himself, the memories still haunt him. He surrounds himself with security and a personal guard and runs his family business from his estate. He exists but does not really live. Occasionally he visits a BDSM club and one night there he finds himself intrigued by a new submissive. When he finds out that she’s a reporter he knows that he should walk away but there is something about her that draws him so he strikes a deal with her, his story for her submission and perhaps she even can solve the case.
I loved this! This story had a great combination of mystery, suspense, romance and light BDSM. The characters were great and not just the main ones. The hero and heroine had emotional depth, both their stories were heartbreaking. I found myself invested in them, their attraction was strong and more than the lust that drew them to each other.Read more ›
I couldn't wait to try out her contemporary book, The Gilded Cuff. It did not disappoint.
Really well written, characters with depth, and so much passion.
Hot, hot, hot!
I can't wait for the next one in the series!!!
I loved getting to know Emery and Sophie. I found their characters completely compelling, riddled with honest emotions. They were both compassionate and genuine. Despite Emery's reclusiveness, he has the fierce loyalty of a small group, and that speaks volumes of his character, that although he has walls, literally and figuratively, in place, he still is an incredibly thoughtful, kindhearted man, even in his deep loneliness. Sophie also suffers from loneliness, yet the trauma she faced as a child has turned her into a warrior for those who need protection. Her personal life has suffered, but her compassion for those suffering around her has only grown.
So when these two meet and are able to see the truth behind each others' walls, it's no wonder that their chemistry, intimacy, tenderness, and understanding of one another drew them together, and gave them a chance at freedom from their pasts, and from themselves.
Even though they were together such a short amount of time, I loved how beautifully these two worked together. I could feel the sparks between them coming off the pages. Their attraction was a clear neon sign. But I loved the progress in their physical relationship. To me it was unexpected, because of how the author chose to progress it, and I loved that.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sophie Ryder had no idea what she was getting into when she agreed to let Emery Lockwood be her Master in exchange for his story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carol LaGatta
I have had this book in my kindle for awhile and several recommendations from friends, so I thought I might check it out.. OMG, I absolutely could NOT stop reading.. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Fite11
For Sophie, Emery is a mystery that she needs to solve. Emery has a dark sensuality that ends up entangling her in a world of control, secrecy and temptation. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Isha Coleman
Oh. My. Goodness! Such a breath of fresh air! I love, loved Emery and Sophie's story. Such a perfect blend of romance, suspense, BDSM...sooo good! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michelle Phillips
Emery and Fern were twin brothers who had been abducted from their home when they were eight years old. Sophie had followed Emery’s story since a little girl twenty five years ago. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Angel Hatfield
I was lucky enough to get gifted this book! Wow what an incredible read. I stopped reading my previous book halfway because of the intense BDSM, it just doesn't click with me, well... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
So last year, I was scrolling through my kindle trying to decide what book should I read. All I knew, I was looking for some quick read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ms.Meesh
Only bought this book because one of my favorite authors recommended it. I am really easy to please in the fiction department but I just could not love this book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lisa D
Loving romantic suspense novels lately. Definitely a well written and interesting story with a likeable cast of characters. I teared up at least once... ok maybe twice. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nicole German