Book Review: First Touch by Laurelin Paige *****

UK Publishing Date: 29 Dec 2015. 384 Pages

Laurelin Paige has got a strong track record in the “adult” romance market. While the genre only came to mass market with the success of the Fifty Shades books, her Fixed series managed to stand out amongst the competition with Hudson Pierce a much more believable (and hotter) hero than his counterparts in other books.

“First Touch” is the start of a new series (First and Last). In her author’s notes Laurelin confesses that this book has been the hardest for her to write so far. Now that I’ve read it I can understand why. Unlike many of the other books in this genre (ruthless CEO with a predilection for kink) First Touch is a book with real bite. It has a really strong story and the journey through the book is pretty explosive.

Emily Wayborn has been left a message on her mother’s answerphone. It’s a real blast from the past and someone that she hasn’t heard from in years – Amber. While the voice message is quite casual and upbeat she ends her call with a question. “Do you still have that blue raincoat?” Amber is in trouble. Whenever one of them was in distress and needed help without alerting suspicion they could use the secret phrase “blue raincoat” and know that the other would come running. Except that the message is now several months old and Emily doesn’t have any firm leads on Amber’s whereabouts.

Since her teens Amber has been a professional plaything for the rich, and occasionally famous, men of California. A serial mistress. The last time Emily saw her was in the pages of a celebrity magazine on the arm of multi-millionaire Reeve Sallis. A notoriously private man whose reputation is dark and dangerous. Emily realises that in order to find her friend she has to get close to Reeve. To put herself in the same kind of danger that her friend had done.

In typical Paige fashion this is a very graphic adult novel – not for the faint hearted! Where this book differs from the rest is that it is also a full throttle investigative story as Emily weaves her way into Reeve’s life and tries to pick up the threads of clues left behind. As she spends more time with him she begins to unravel and reverts back to her sex slave days with Amber. Throw in a few modern day gangsters and the Greek mafia and it’s a real doozy!

It is a seriously chilling book on many levels and one that will leave you marking the days off on the calendar until Last Kiss is released.

Supplied by Net Galley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

You can find the book here: First Touch (A First and Last Novel)

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