Monday, July 4, 2016

Book Review: First Touch (First and Last #1) by Laurelin Paige

When Emily Wayborn receives an answerphone message from her former best friend Amber, she knows something is seriously wrong. Emily hasn't spoken to Amber in years, and when Amber uses a safe word in her message that Emily recognises -- a word they always used to get out of sticky situations during their wild partying days -- she knows Amber needs her help. But when Emily tries to find her, she discovers that Amber is missing.

Determined to track her down, Emily follows a chain of clues that lead her to enigmatic billionaire Reeve Sallis. Renowned for his shady dealings and playboy reputation, Emily is convinced that Reeve knows something about Amber's disappearance. To try and discover the truth, Emily sets out to seduce him. But when she's forced to decide where her loyalty lies, how will Emily choose between saving Amber and saving her heart?


I received this novel last year from NetGalley and somehow, I skipped over reading. No idea how that happened but at least I was able to sit down with it this last week. I've never read a book by Paige before, so I really had no idea what to expect with First Touch but if I'm being completely honest ... it really just wasn't the book for me. It wasn't what I expected AT ALL. And unfortunately, I don't mean that in a good way this time. 

The characters were ... different. Emily is a very damaged girl and I see Reeve as damaged as well. To me, it seemed like they were two mismatched plates that had been shattered and someone tried to put them back together as one. Geez. That doesn't even make sense to me but that is what these two characters felt like to me. I really just didn't like either of them. On ANY level. 

What must it be like to be so desperate for attention that you are willing to let someone debase and abuse you? I'm not just talking about physical abuse, I'm talking mental abuse and psychological abuse as well. Emily likes being punished in the bedroom and basically treated like trash. This chick is okay with being constantly berated and treated like she's worthless. Hey, to each their own but it's definitely not something that I enjoyed reading about. This crossed the line between sexy dirty talk and verbal abuse. Stuff would happen in the bedroom and Emily would feel horrible about herself but then she would go back to it. Over and over again, year after year and with countless men.

When I originally picked this book up, I thought that there would be a little suspense with the looking for her friend part of the story but that whole storyline was pushed way to the side. The sex and Reeve's possession of Emily took center stage. That was a little bit of a let down. I was more interested in what happened to Amber than I was about how many times Emily was going to be spanked or forced to give a beej because she talked to a dude that she wasn't supposed to or looked at a man that crossed her path.

Literally thousands of people on Goodreads adore this book but it just wasn't for me. Maybe I'm taking it too seriously or something and because of that, I'm not seeing the sensuality in the relationship between Emily and Reeve ... I don't think that's the case but I guess there is a slim chance that it could be. All in all, just not for me. I won't be reading any more of the series. 

*I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

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