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.
Fenn Lockwood comes alive in the shadows. Though he might have physically survived the kidnapping that stole his childhood, the trauma and pain he lived through have marked him forever. Now the only place where Fenn can be himself is within the walls of his private BDSM world-a place of erotic obsession, where desire isn't just captured . . . it's bound.
Hayden Thorne knows that behind Fenn's hardened exterior is a man worth fighting for. Yet to save him from the past that still haunts him, Hayden will have to abandon every inhibition she's ever had and venture into Fenn's intoxicatingly sensual world. Each tantalizing second she spends in Fenn's searing embrace is more delicious than the last and soon Hayden begins to think that she may never want to leave such torturous bliss . . .
I've been blessed with a few amazing books this year that I have been unable to put down. The first two books in this series are by far the best I've read in a long time. I admit, my initial interest was the topic of the BDSM club and I was curious how this author was going to approach it. However, once I got into the story, I was hooked. The story is what kept me hooked. It was not the BDSM aspect as I expected. It was the characters and their stories that snagged and held my attention. These books are the perfect mix of mystery, humor, sex, and romance.
Sophie is an independent woman who knows what she wants to do with her life. She's has a past that's tormented her and as an adult she has a job that helps her deal with that past. She is an accomplished journalist and works with the police on cold cases to resolve them. One cold case in particular has held her attention since she was a child; that of Fenn and Emery Lockwood. The twins were kidnapped when they were 8 and only one of them survived the ordeal. She fears the original kidnapper is not finished with Emery and in order to meet him and gain his trust, she has to gain access to the club he and his friends frequent. He is a sought after Dom and she hopes to become his willing Sub. Little do either of them know they will go through more in a few weeks than most couples do in a lifetime. Their relationship will be tested and will push the boundaries of D/s. What they discover together might just tear them apart when they've only just begun.
In Book 2, Hayden has decided she will beat her big brother, and Emery's best friend, to the punch and find the missing Lockwood twin. She's always been independent, but her parents want her to follow their dreams of becoming a wife to one of her father's cronies. She wants nothing to do with being a kept woman and desires forging her own way in the world. The first step, she believes, is to find Fenn and bring him home. Little does she know she is going to find a man who is nothing like his twin. He's lived a simple life and is barely making ends meet by riding bulls in local rodeos. Hayden throws herself into his life by saving him from a rampaging bull and continues to throw him off his game. Fenn has no memory of his life before, and it is a bumpy road they have to travel to prove to him who he is. They will meet the force head on and challenge the unknown man who had them kidnapped years before as a team. Together, they are unstoppable. The reunion of the brothers is heartwarming and at the same time a struggle. With their strong women by their sides, they will face their dark past and try to become a family again.
I can't say enough about this series. I'm dying for Book 3, The Gilded Chain, which releases in October of this year. Give them a shot and let me know what you think!
Author's Page: www.laurensmithbooks.com/