Author: Laurelin Paige
Published: December 29th 2015
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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Caution: May contain spoilers
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?
I picked this one up because I'd heard a lot about Laurelin Paige and wanted to see what all the hype was about. And when I started it I was definitely intrigued and wanting more. Emily's on a mission to figure out what has happened to her friend Amber. The two of them have a sordid past, one that Emily escaped before it ruined her. What she learns along the way leads her to Reeve. She has to find a way into his life, and she does...by seducing him. As time goes on, she finds herself wanting him in a way she doesn't want to. She needs to find her friend and falling for someone who may be responsible or know what has happened to Amber. What is she going to do?
First Touch is a very dark and sexy romance. Personally, it was a little too dark for my taste, but I know a lot of people who like it that way, so they're going to love it. The dynamic between Emily and Reeve was well done--the tension and emotion was palpable. It just leaps off the page and takes you by surprise. The steam was a bit too much, but it was still well written. If you like your books full of heat and thoroughly intense, this book might be perfect for you.