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The Gilded Cuff (Surrender) Paperback – February 10, 2015
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"The Gilded Cuff is a dark, sensual tale that teases and tantalizes the senses. It's all about anticipation, seduction, and surrender. You will be every bit as enthralled with the story as Sophie is with Emery." - Give Me Books Blog
"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
About the Author
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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If you're thinking this is another BDSM novel w/ clubs, whips and chains, then you are really missing out. The sex is not that often and what sex there is isn't very graphic. NO, this is more of a story of two people filling a void in each other that has been missing for years.
Mystery, love, drama, and a major cliffy. I highly recommend..I'm headed into book 2 next.
the story is told in separate POV and it also turns back in time 25years earlier... Two twin boys, Fenn and Emery were kidnapped from their own home for almost 4 months, yet only one survived.. Emery, he is now 33 and is lost and runs the family business. He does not allow anyone to get real close to him.. He has a bodyguard, Hans and his computer kid, Cody - who he found that works for him (he was in foster system growing up and he and Fenn just clicked..) then there are Royce and Wes.. That is all that truly know him, he feels responsible for his brothers death. Fenn told Emery to run for help, but he did not want to leave him.. So for years he is half a man and shut down due to the guilt, until he meets a 'feisty' young lady, Sophie.. She is a journalist and also helps solve crime cases.. She wants to meet emery because she believes his life is still in danger.. She finds out he owns a BDSM club, the gilted cuff. Sophie attends the club one night and finds Emery... These two are on fire with HOT chemistry and this book has so much thrilling, mystery, Romance, and also some 'BDSM, kink' ... So, if you are ready for A lot of twists and surprises and clinching until the very end of the book.. This one will not fail.. .
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. They both had lost their innocence to the monsters of this world making them kindred spirits. They bring light into the darkness of the lives they’ve known and you want them to find freedom from their self-imposed prisons. I wanted to read more of this story that hasn’t totally ended and I’m so looking forward to the next book. This story does not end in a cliffhanger but there is more to the kidnapping mystery to be resolved, though Sophie and Emery do start their HEA. I loved the twists and turns in the plot and the surprise that I did suspect might be possible. This story captivated my attention and kept me turning the pages.