Series: First and Last #1
Author: Laurelin Paige
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Release Date: December 29, 2015
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Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Read more
Related Books: Star Struck, Free Me, Find Me
About First Touch: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’ve mentioned before that although I love romance as well as crime and suspense stories, I don’t usually mix them. That’s mostly because my main medium for romance is books, and my main medium for suspense is crime procedural dramas on TV.
And reading sex scenes with a Criminal Minds murder scene going on in the background kind of feels like it would be a mood killer. Yes, Shemar Moore is the finest specimen the A&E network has ever seen, but I don’t even think that would be enough…
(PS – Here are the Google Image search results for Shemar Moore’s abs. A merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good night!)
So I always love when I do find a romantic suspense book that catches my eye.
In First Touch, the suspense part even outweighed the romance in terms of what pulled me in.
My favorite thing to do with suspense is try to guess the ending. For this book, I came up with a few theories off the bat. Wildly different theories. Obviously, they’re spoilery so I’m not sharing them.
But an interesting thing happened as the book went on: I wasn’t able to eliminate any of them. I became more certain that one of the theories was correct, but all 4, despite being crazy different, were all still technically possible. Nothing had happened to rule them out.
I was so caught up in it, the romance was almost second string.
I started rereading chapters – even going back to the beginning of the book for a few pages when I was at like 80% – trying to find things I had missed before.
But I refused to just read on without figuring it out on my own first. I put myself into this cycle of rereading different parts of the middle to avoid reading the end without a single, fully formed theory that could be proven right or wrong.
Some might call me obsessive. Some might call me competitive. Some might call me stubborn. They would all be right.
The romance, I actually didn’t love. It wasn’t bad, just not my turn on. In so many parts, I hurt so much for Emily, not for what was actually happening to her, but for her thoughts and memories and everything else regarding those scenes. It was tough for me to read.
So in the middle of the book, when she was somewhat distracted from her mission and more caught up in Reeve, the more romance-heavy portions dragged, and that’s where I originally skimmed and needed to go back and reread.
About Laurelin Paige:
Laurelin Paige is the NY Times 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 Mad Men and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Adam Levine.