First Touch (First and Last #1) by Laurelin PaigeFirst Touch by Laurelin Paige
Published December 2015
Series: First and Last #1
Genres: Dark Romance, Erotic Romance
Format: eBook

Note: I was granted an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my rating or the content of my review.

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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?

DNF at 38%

First Touch was given to me as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Unfortunately, I have to say that the book didn’t manage to keep my attention and that I finally had to call it quits at 38%.

Out of the blue, Emily Wayborn receives a cryptic call from her former best friend Amber, whom she hasn’t spoken to in years. But one things she know for certain: it’s a plea for help. Her investigation brings her straight into the playground of mob boss Reeve Sallis, who is both scary and captivating. Emily is having a hard time staying concentrated on her goal, which is to rescue her friend, and an even harder time not getting reeled into Reeve’s game.

If you are planning on reading First Touch, I do have to warn you: it does involve some really twisted things such as threesomes or BDSM (and alpha a-holes treating girls like disposable items). It’s not what scared me away. And the fact that in their past, Amber and Emily “sold” their teenage bodies to various sugar daddies who would maintain them – well that didn’t phase me, either. I really don’t mind my share of dark, twisted stuff when the book is well-written.

What did annoy me, however, was the fact that the story would absolutely NOT move on. To prove my point, I held out until 38% and it still didn’t feel to me like the story had made major advancements. The whole thing just dragged on.

What’s more, I absolutely could not relate to Emily. After all, she seemed like a really smart person, came from a good home, so I do not understand why she would have let herself being dragged down by Amber when she was a kid. She’s also quite naive because she knows how dangerous Reeve Sallis is, but she still wants to play his game and even worse: she completely looses her mind around Reeve, and also looses track of her initial goal which was obviously to find why her friend Amber had gone missing.

And if you’re looking for a proper alpha a-hole, then Reeve Sallis is your man. I couldn’t for the life of me understand what (apart from maybe his looks) would have any woman attracted to him. The whole book also did not really feel like the characters (especially Emily) were living a life outside of the intrigue. It all felt pretty unreal, and gave me another item for my cons column.

So unfortunately, this was not for me. I am conscious that I am swimming against the tide when most readers thoroughly enjoyed the book, but hey – I was asked for my honest opinion. And when I’d rather read another book (or even 3) before even considering going back to the initial book I can’t cope with, then that’s usually a sign…

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