Title: The Gilded Cuff
Author: Lauren Smith
Series: Surrender Series Book 1
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
He kissed her with raw possession, his mouth showing her how wicked it would be between them. Wild, dark, and completely free. She wanted that more than anything, the freedom to let go, to give in to the erotic dreams she’d spent years ignoring but never had felt safe enough to give in to before. His kiss broke down every barrier, obliterated every part of herself she tried to hide. Sophie lifted her chin, offering him her mouth, pleading for him. Emery drew a quick breath, eyes widening before his lashes fell to half-mast, his gaze drawn to her lips. When he took her lips, he dominated her with the depth of his claiming. She breathed him in, like drawing the first heavy breath upon waking from a thousand-year sleep. Sophie came alive in that single moment. The woman she’d been all these years since losing Rachel, the scared little girl fighting against the evils in the world, was gone. In her place was the woman she’d always wanted to be, a woman not afraid to live her life. She couldn’t shut this man out like she had her other friends or her family. No. He demanded she give in to him. Electric tingles pulsed outward from the places they touched, setting her senses on fire, fogging her mind. His kiss consumed her—enveloping her until she was lost, set adrift in a haze of desire, longing, and aching. She felt his mouth tremble against hers; he seemed to strain to keep his possession under control, to bank the fires of his passion. His tongue slipped between her lips, thrusting in time with the rocking of his hips against hers in tiny circles. He gave up his control and took her over. His body weighed hers down, his hips rocking into hers. He could have done anything to her in that moment, and she’d have agreed to it. Sophie’s inner muscles clenched, empty and wet, yearning for him, but it was his kiss that was her downfall—almost brutal with craving, as though he was a thirsty man savoring his first sip of water from her mouth. All his focus, all his energy seemed to be on her, on her lips.
This was truly a touching and emotionally gripping read from Lauren Smith. Emery and Sophie's story is one of sadness, devastation, hope, growth, and unconditional love. Kidnapped at a young age along with his twin brother Fenn, Emery is absolutely devastated when he is the only one to return . Once back he pushed away those who loves him until he meets Sophie Ryder at the GILDED CUFF. Sophie who is a investigative journalist is struggling with her own demons from her childhood that plagues her everyday and she also believes that Emery is still a target for his kidnappers. What happened to these two was unimaginable and would break anyone. Different circumstances, but equally horrible and heartbreaking. From the very first chapter I was transported into these characters lives, feeling their emotions, fighting their demons alongside them. The chemistry between these two is off the charts SEXY and HOT, it's intense, all consuming, emotional, steamy and it had me turning the pages so fast, before I knew it, it was over and I was sad! I had become so engaged in this suspenseful and explosive read that I couldn't think of anything else but what was happening in the book. This series is shaping up to be one of those series that you always come back to when you want a true love story that will make you laugh, cry, and throw things! It has such a great plot and completely broken characters that you will root for anticipating their HEA, I so can't wait for book 2 THE GILDED CAGE!!!!
About the Author
Amazon best-selling author Lauren Smith is an attorney by day, author by night, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She’s a native Oklahoman who lives with her three pets—a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat and dapper little schnauzer. She's won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including being an Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.
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