“The Gilded Cuff” Book Review

February 22, 2015 / 0 comments

“The Gilded Cuff” Book ReviewThe Gilded Cuff by Lauren Smith
Series: Surrender #1
Published by Grand central Publishing on February 10th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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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.

Liezel’s Thoughts:

What a riveting story! From the very first moment investigative reporter Sophie Ryder stepped into Emery Lockwood‘s universe I became totally enraptured.

 Sophie’s  primary goal was to solve Emery’s kidnapping  that happened years ago. To accomplish this she ends agreeing to way more than she bargained for. Emery provides her with this opportunity that she couldn’t resist. To get his story she agrees to become Emery’s submissive. From then on her world is literally turned upside down.

She’s been though   it all. She was thrown out, tied up, became a witness to  arson, experienced an explosion that almost costed her newly gained  friends’ lives, endured the first meeting with the parents and  of course  survived a kidnapping. At some point in the midst of all that one would have ran for the hills but no matter what came Sophie’s way  she always kept her cool.

That’s what I loved most about this book. The character building was exquisite.   Sophie has been through so much  but nothing deters her from her goals. You could  not help but fall in love  with her. I was so enamored I wished that there was a prequel that featured her before she even met Emery.

In many ways her and Emery were one in the same. They  both experienced traumatic events in their lives, lost someone dear to them and ended up  both being survivors. To me, they were a perfect match.  Their chemistry was all around terrific.

My only issue with them however was just how fast they fell for each other. I would have preferred a slow build up but because of the fantastic plot I was able to look past it and enjoy the book anyway.

Overall, I thought that this was a great beginning to the series and I am looking forward to reading more about these interesting characters.

The Verdict:


About Lauren Smith

Born and raised in Tulsa, Lauren Smith spent the first twenty-two years of her life in Oklahoma, bridging the worlds between urban girl and cowgirl. After high school she attended Oklahoma State University where she earned Bachelor of Art degrees in history and political science. Drawn to paintings in museums and obsessed with antiques, she has satisfied her fascination with history by writing and
exploring exotic, ancient lands.
Over the years, Lauren’s studies have opened doors throughout the world. From spending two summers at Cambridge to attending classes at such divergent places as Ireland and Chengdu, China, she has discovered fascinating opportunities for enrichment wherever she goes. After completing college, Lauren moved to Michigan to attend law school at the University of Detroit-Mercy and University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. Armed with two Juris Doctorate degrees from both countries, she returned to Tulsa and became an intellectual property attorney.
Since third grade when her English teacher proposed that all students should craft a story for a young writers’ conference, Lauren has been hooked on writing. Her first self-illustrated manuscript described the mysterious disappearance of rare brown bats that were being captured by scientists bent on using them as carriers for an incurable disease. The immense sense of joy in sharing that story with others, and discussing plots and characters, made it clear to Lauren that writing was her true passion.

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