Saturday, 13 February 2016

Review ~ First Touch (First and Last #1) by Laurelin Paige

Book Description:

When Emily Wayborn goes home to visit her mom while on hiatus from her hit TV show, she receives a voicemail from her former best friend, Amber. Though the two were once notorious party girls, they haven't spoken in years. Although the message might sound benign to anyone else, Amber uses a safe word that Emily recognizes, a word they always used to get out of sticky situations during their wild days. And what's more chilling than the voicemail: it turns out that Amber has gone missing.

Determined to track down her friend, Emily follows a chain of clues that lead her to the enigmatic billionaire Reeve Sallis, a hotelier known for his shady dealings and play boy reputation. Now, in order to find Amber, Emily must seduce Reeve to learn his secrets and discover the whereabouts of her friend. But as she finds herself more entangled with him, she finds she's drawn to Reeve for more than just his connection to Amber, despite her growing fear that he may be the enemy. When she's forced to choose where her loyalty lies, how will she decide between saving Amber and saving her heart?

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Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars

“The problem with men who are actually a threat is that you don’t ever find out how unsafe they are until its too late.”

This was one of those books that had me perched on the edge of my seat for the majority of the read, frantically chewing my nails with my mind running a mile a minute trying to figure out what on earth was going on. Who was good? Who was bad? What had happened?

“Because you do a lot of talking, and all I hear are mixed messages.”

Laurelin Paige delivers a fantastic romantic suspense with the perfect balance between mystery and intrigue and hot and sexy, so this should appeal to everyone. I find that I am loving these kinds of reads more and more because I find you get a plot that makes you think and you also get the romance and heat that we all love, it keeps those pages frantically turning while balancing out your forever rapidly beating heart for whatever the reason. It’s like an ebb and flow of emotions.

Emily Wayborn receives a message via her mother from her best friend, using a code word they would only know the meaning of and meaning that the other is in distress or trouble, the trouble being is that this message was delayed in getting to her and now Emily’s best friend, Amber, is dead…apparent suicide. Emily does not believe that her best friend would have committed suicide and therefore she decides to play Sherlock Holmes in trying to determine what actually happened.

Emily and her friend hadn’t been as communicative recently as they had in the past and as Emily delves deeper and deeper into Amber’s past few months it becomes apparent that her friend had been withholding information and leaving Emily questioning whether she really knew Amber at all. But none the less, her insistence that Amber had not committed suicide remained at the forefront. The deeper the digging the more information is uncovered and herein lies a huge “whodunit.”

“I’d set out to capture him and instead he’d captured me. I couldn’t fight it. It was done.”

A few men come to the front of Emily’s hit list and one of them is the very enigmatic Reeve Sallis. Reeve Sallis is a businessman first and foremost but a man that seems to have a few skeletons in his closet. Emily decides to keep her enemies close but the trouble is, will they get too close? With a man as enigmatic as Reeve Sallis Emily soon finds herself fighting his allure, her fantasies as well as her loyalties.

“I’m worth more than the flyby in the night that I know you’re counting on. I don’t do pump and dumps. I also don’t do romance.”

Laurelin Paige has interwoven some great side characters that really pull this story together and who also creates more than one potential suspect. However, the old lady next door who was a murder mystery writer in her heyday had me laughing out loud on many occasion and Miss Marple definitely came to mind…or was it Jessica Fletcher?

“Because, little by little, moment by moment, without any shred of doubt, Reeve was certainly going to kill me.”

Laurelin Paige does a fantastic job in building the suspense and just when you think you have an idea or an inkling it is shut down and another can of worms is opened. For a first in a series this book really packed a punch and at the end you are just left salivating for more, really none the wiser with a whole lot of WTF have I just read. I have so many theories and I cannot wait to see what is going to happen going forward. This book was totally addictive, I couldn’t put it down, nor did I want to. I had buddies I was instant messaging with my theories and all I got in return were messages of “keep going,” “I can’t tell you,” “ha ha ha,” so frustrating. But this is one book that you will want to talk about, you will need to discuss and will have your brain working overtime. I cannot wait for book two, I need it NOW!!

“This was our first surrender. First embrace. First kiss. First touch.”

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