TeriLyn's thoughts: **First Touch generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**
PHENOMENAL. This one word perfectly captures the beauty of this exquisitely written, chilling, erotic, thrilling, and brilliant story. Reeve Sallis and Emily Wayborne shine together. Laurelin Paige completely outdid herself with gorgeous writing and a plot so intricately twisted creating a mysterious web of trust and deceit, cat and mouse. I was consumed from the first word until the very last. Yes, indeed, PHENOMENAL.
In the interest of preserving the exciting thriller that is the plot of First Touch I'm not going into explicit detail but rather highlighting some of my favorite things about this book. Firstly, the book opens with a chilling prologue. It grabs hold of your attention providing a "WTF" type moment and thus beginning the love affair you'll no doubt engage in with this story. Secondly, as the reader from the first chapter forward in the 1st person POV of the heroine you're thrust into the thick of Emily's plotting and planning. There's no dramatic planning stages, no build up - it instantly begins with this complicated web of Emily's present day. Third, juxtaposed with the present we find ourselves immersed in Emily's elicit past. The brilliance of including the past, for me, were the clues were learned about her life in relation to what she's up to present day as well learning the intricacies and depth of her love affair with her missing best friend.
Fourth, REEVE freaking SALLIS. Yep. I want a Reeve of my own. Mysterious, intriguing, passionate, arrogant, tortured, dominant - REEVE SALLIS. Trust me, his name deserves all caps. From the moment their eyes meet, which in and of itself was one my favorite moments of the book and they didn't even speak or touch, undeniable chemistry prevails. Paige's writing is so unbelievably brilliant I'm telling you I had a visceral reaction to these two, like literally felt sparks flying. From there this story takes off always providing just the perfect amount of detail to leave you breathless and hooked but never giving too much of anything away. I could read about these two for days even though I don't have slightest clue as to where they're headed. So many factors provided endless discussion of theories.
Explicit, debauched sex is a major part of this book. It's hot as all hell and done in such a classy, beautifully written way. Reeve's dominant satiates Emily's submissive nature. Based in depravity, the erotic fantasies of these two will melt your Kindle. If this kind of relationship isn't your thing, I suggest you not read. If you're intrigued by it but not certain, try this book with that understanding keeping in mind while those traits are a major part of who these characters are First Touch isn't a book about the primal sex between two people. The depth of where that sexual tension takes these two leads us to the root of their emotions in such an organic way. Pivotal developments in their characters lead you to moments of clarity about them, Paiges builds your trust while never letting on if you're correct or not. The plot so cleverly constructed leads us through a world of power, danger, and intensity. You won't know who's the cat and who's the mouse. You won't know who to trust. You won't know which way is up or where to turn because of Paige's brilliant, delectable story telling.
First Touch is EPIC! Trust me, if you like the erotic depravity of human sexual nature coupled with thrilling intrigue, strong characters, the alluring darkness and danger of life all blended beautifully together to create an expertly crafted plot - this is the book for you. For the anxiety-ridden readers stressing about rumblings of a cliffhanger, PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF READING, DO NOT skip this book just because it's not a standalone. Paige knows exactly where to leave you - needy and breathless wanting MORE but in such a maniacally brilliant way. Bravo, Laurelin Paige. A favorite of the entire 2015 reading year for me. You absolutely rocked it. Yep, PHENOMENAL.
**Readers Note** This is a PERFECT book for a BR, my reading BF Irene and I had many chats throughout. We have more theories than I could even name with absolutely no clue what's truth and what 's not. It's great fun to discuss. I highly recommend reading with your best BR buddy!