4 starsBDSMEroticaPanty MelterRomantic Suspense

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

First Touch Book Cover First Touch
First and Last Duet #1
Laurelin Paige
Fiction, Erotic Romance, BDSM
December 29, 2015

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?

Maria’s Review

“I was here because this was who I was—a strong, independent woman with distinct wants and needs that were only met when I submitted to a man.”

➦This is a mysterious, dark and sexy novel with an asshole alpha for a hero and a submissive heroine. They are both kinky to no end – he needs to be rough and in control and the only way she get off is if she is completely overpowered and degraded.

➦The premise for the novel is very intriguing: Emily’s friend Amber leaves a voice mail and uses a safe word they both agreed on to indicate when either of them was in trouble. Emily then begins her search for Amber. She meets Reeve, Amber’s last boyfriend, who happens to be a very rich, powerful asshole with questionable connection to Greek mafia.

➦There are a bunch of disturbing situations in this book, involving BDSM. Most of those scenes are from the heroine’s past which help us understand her character better. The sex scenes between the MCs are pretty hot if kink is your thing 🙂

❤I thought the best thing going for this book was Reeve. He starts out as a huge douche and he stays a huge douche to the end. There are certain things indicating that he has deep feelings for the heroine but he is so mysterious that you really have no idea what he is thinking or what he is planning.

❤I read so many books where the hero starts out as a giant asshole but becomes a love sick puppy by the middle of the book. This is definitely not the case here, there is a slow progression with a change in his character and I’m certainly left wanting more of Reeve!

Emily. I have mixed feelings about her character. My first impression of her was good – she seemed to be kind of bad-ass… but once she actually started her “investigation” I quickly realized that she is super naive and the whole thing was going to be a train wreck for her. Reading this book was kind like watching her dig her own grave.

✘She snoops around but she’s far from stealthy. The very first time she goes questioning Reeve’s staff she wears a wig but fails to remain anonymous. After that you pretty much know that fooling Reeve takes more than a wanna-be detective in a cheap wig and sunglasses.

➦The book ends on a huge cliffhanger. There are two books in this series so I think I’ll stick around for the second one 🙂 I recommend this book to anyone who likes dark reads (BDSM) revolving around a mystery.