Book Review & Excerpt ✭ First Touch by Laurelin Paige

Title: First Touch
Author: Laurelin Paige
Series: First and Last, #1
Genre: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Erotica
Publication date: December 29, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: publisher via NetGalley
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?


 
 
 



Laurelin Paige has always been a credible author that never fails to write her butt off. In First Touch, she shows us the explicit sexual explorations of Emily Wayborn and her dangerous mission for answers.

I know there are countless readers that are salivating over this book and praising it, and I respect that. I don’t feel quite the same, and I hope you can respect that, as well.
I hate to say that I’m in the minority, because I do love Laurelin Paige’s writing. I think this book had some strong aspects, but for me at least, they were overshadowed a bit by the negatives.

First Touch is wildly erotic. Erotica, hands down. It’s dark and twisted, and a whole new world for Paige. The premise of a missing friend covertly asking the heroine of the story for help and her delving into a dangerous world to find answers is intriguing to say the least. That was what really made me want to read and love this novel.

I like the first half or so of the book. I felt that suspenseful vibe that was promised. The set up was done well and the writing pulled me in like a boisterous siren.
Then it all began to collapse for me. While the writing itself was still spectacular, I failed to connect with either of the characters; individually, nor as a couple.
The alpha male here was Reeve Sallis. He’s beyond possessive and controlling. Dominant is his middle name. He wasn’t too much of an annoyance, more of just there. I didn’t care for him much.
I found the heroine to be naïve and too easily caught up in the sexual magnetism. Her friend is meant to be the priority, but that’s rarely the case. She often forgets about her initial mission and is rather preoccupied with whether or not she should sex it up with Reeve.
If I’m to rate on the sexual scenes alone… Bravo! Very hot, sexy, and risqué.

The story ended up focusing too much on the sex than the actual suspense of it all. When there was something other than sex happening, it was mindless babble that dragged on too much. I ended up skimming a lot to get past the repetition and endless back and forth.

The writing was of course stellar, as per usual. I mean that cliffhanger for one. I may not be on board the Reeve Train, but even that ending got to me. Jaw-dropping finish to this first half of the duet.

If all you really care about are explicit sex scenes, then this is the book for you! 






Last Kiss (Book Two) 
A First and Last Novel
Releases June 14th, 2016
 

Laurelin Paige is the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Fixed Trilogy. She's a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there's kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn't seem to complain, however. When she isn't reading or writing sexy stories, she's probably singing, watching Game of Thrones and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She's also a proud member of Mensa International though she doesn't do anything with the organization except use it as material for her bio.
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