The GIlded Cuff
Synopsis: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.
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This was my first read by author Lauren Smith and I promise it won’t be my LAST! I was smitten with the writing and story building from the very beginning of this book. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting at all but in a very good way!
Most of the time when you see the words BDSM in the title you are looking for something very tie me up, however this story wasn’t truly about that at all. Of course our leading man had preferences and most of it had to do with control. Emery had an experience that would change you for life… Not to mention loosing someone who is a part of your soul alters you in irrevocable ways… So naturally Emery feels the insanse need to not only protect but to be in charge… Of his subs, of his business and of his life. He hangs on by a very thing thread.
Sophie is such a strong woman but she has a side of her that she’s longed to explore. Never truly satisfied with her past lovers the world that Emery exists in intrigues her, but that isn’t why she’s truly wanting to exist in this mans world. She harbors pain much like the pain she sees in Emery’s eyes and she proves that she will stop at NOTHING to get the information she so desires, and to warn Emery of the danger she believes he’s in. What unfolds is nothing she had bargained for and as the reader nothing that I expected.
This book had some truly heart stopping moments. I wasn’t expecting all the suspense and thrilling moments that had me on edge. I devoured this book in just a few hours as I couldn’t bring myself to put it down till I was finished! The mystery behind it made it truly an exciting read. Lauren has a gift of telling a story and keeping the reader engrossed to the very last page. There was just a few things that I really would have liked to have seen done differently. Over all it was a solid read and I would recommend it, if you like a little sweet, sexy, dominating and suspenseful read.