The Gilded Cuff (Surrender #1) by Lauren Smith
Released: February 10, 2014
Genre: Erotic romance
Publisher: Forever Yours
Reviewed by Sarah
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Every passion has its price . . .
Journalist Sophie Ryder has been following Emery Lockwood’s story since she was a little girl. There has always been something in his haunted eyes that she couldn’t resist and now, when she’s certain he holds the key to solving a string of kidnappings, she’ll do anything to speak to him. Even if it means venturing deep into the seductive world of the Gilded Cuff, a luxurious BDSM club on Long Island’s Gold Coast and Emery’s personal playground.
From the moment Sophie enters his shadowy, sensual domain, Emery Lockwood knows this tantalizing new little sub was meant to belong to him. However, Sophie wants more from Emery than just pleasure . . . she wants his past. And that is something he isn’t willing to give—no matter who is asking. But every moment he spends with Sophie, Emery feels his control slipping and he knows it’s only a matter of time before he surrenders to her heart, body, and soul.
Sophie Ryder is more than investigative journalist; she’s still a little girl looking for answers as to why her friend never came home. She’s devoted her young life to trying to solve cold case kidnappings as a penance for the inability to save her best friend. Having been obsessed with the Lockwood’s abductions for years, she sets off in search of the one twin that returned. Her first place to look is at the private club he frequents.
Emery has spent twenty five years as a prisoner to his survivor’s guilt. Although he’s now in charge of the family tech business, he still doesn’t often leave the safety of his home or the side of his bodyguard with the exception of his time at the Gilded Cuff club. His life ended the night his twin brother died, until he meets Sophie.
Sophie and Emery make such an interesting couple because they appear to be mirror characters. They are incredibly strong, intelligent, and driven. They’ve both survived great tragedies, they remain damaged, and they work to improve the lives of others in situations similar to theirs. They now use each other to find some semblance of truth to themselves and his case; all the while find a future they had never thought existed.
Let me first say I liked this story very much. It’s an amalgamation of ideas I’ve read in other romances, a nod to The Great Gatsby, and still a unique story of its own. While reading the book I was aware there are two subsequent books due out later this year in the Surrender series. For the first 75% I actually thought this would be a trilogy focused on a single couple. Oh how wrong I was. The other books are focused on other couples within this small group. Perhaps I was under the impression because this story is just so much. There is quite a bit of action and tons of twists and turns so I thought there’s no way it can be entirely told in just one book. Now post mortem, I can see what’s going to happen. Just because the primary focus changes on the couples, the bigger story will no doubt remain in play. While I’d have enjoyed more BDSM, it nonetheless includes some principles of the lifestyle. I can’t wait for the next books in the series.
Rating: 4 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.