Last Kiss by Laurelin Paige
Series: First and Last #2
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Romantic Suspense/ Contemporary Romance
"Visceral, enticing, shining with white lies and dark truths, seductive twists and turns, and a love that takes your breath away." – Katy Evans, New York Times bestselling author
A GAME OF CAT AND MOUSE FILLED WITH DARK DESIRES AND DANGEROUS SECRETS…
Emily Wayborn has made a decision. She might not fully trust handsome and deadly Reeve Sallis, but he is the one person that gives her what she needs. With Reeve she can finally be herself. Submitting to him is the only thing keeping her grounded as the rest of her life falls apart. But the hotelier is a master at keeping secrets and as she continues her quest for answers someone is making sure she doesn’t find them. Time is running out and she is questioning everything she thought she knew about friendship and love. She must now make an impossible choice that will determine if she will survive with her heart…or at all.
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Excerpt:Reeve smirked—he loved it when I begged—but he didn’t take me where I wanted to go. Instead, with his fingers pinching my chin, he twisted my face so that my cheek pressed against the glass.
“Look,” he said in reverence.
The mirror ran the whole wall behind me then wrapped around the vanity so, facing this direction, I could see our reflections in the glass, half eclipsed by steam from the shower. He let go of me long enough to wipe the fog then resumed his grip on my jaw. I stared, transfixed by the sight of his cock driving into me over and over.
With my focus where he wanted it, Reeve rearranged my legs, bringing one foot up to brace on the counter and propping the other in the sink. Now I was angled so that my cunt could better be seen in the mirror. It was naughty and erotic and I couldn’t stop staring.
“Look at that,” he said again, his fingers jabbing into my skin. “The way you let me use you is so beautiful.”
Beautiful. It was beautiful. The way he had me spread out awkwardly across the bathroom sink, naked while he was still clothed—it was vile and wicked and oh, so beautiful.
“I can’t control myself when I’m inside you.” His voice was ragged and threadbare. “I want to tear you apart. I want to rip you to shreds.” He moved both of his hands to grasp my thighs, tilting my pelvis so that his thrusts hit even deeper. “I want to destroy you. Want to fuck you to pieces. Want to shatter you. Want to break you.”
His awful, wonderful words set a storm to gather low inside me, and I could tell that this time it wouldn’t back down. I shifted my hands from the counter to his forearms to brace myself for its attack. The movement drew his attention from the mirror to my face.
“Want to break you,” he repeated, his words more of a rumble than actual speech.
“You do,” I said, peering up under heavy lids, my voice a mere rasp. “You do break me. Every time.”
Reeve’s eyes sparked in awe, then the muscles in his neck grew taut and his rhythm stuttered. With a low growl, he froze and spilled into me, his fingers digging so deep into my skin I was sure they’d leave bruises on my thighs.
It was so hot, how he defiled and wrecked me. So hot how he loved to see me devastated. So hot that I joined him in his release. My mouth fell open and my climax took over, coarsely racking through my body. Even with the mirror supporting my back, I was freefalling, spinning with pleasure. Only a thin layer of sweat and steam covered my body, but it felt like I’d been pulled underwater into a whirlpool of bliss.
Reeve put himself away, then watched me as I finished, as if completely enamored with my orgasm. As if completely enamored with me.
It was somewhat disconcerting to feel his eyes so heavy on me. He’d seen me come so many times before, but I’d never noticed him so intent. I lowered my gaze, but he lifted my chin, forcing me to meet his stare head-on.
With a gentle touch, he swept a lock of sweat-drenched hair from my forehead. “Every time?”
He’d been tender with me in the past, but it wasn’t his usual M.O., and it startled me. Moved me as I realized it came from a place of concern.
“Yes,” I answered honestly, because he did break me, every time that he stuck his cock inside me, every time that he made me climax, every time that he touched me. Outside of the moment, when the sex was over and we were people instead of sex-driven beasts, it sounded horrible. Who would want to be broken by her lover? Who would want to be destroyed?
I do. I always did. I longed for it and needed it. I needed him.
I caught his hand and pressed the back of it to my cheek. “It’s the only reason I ever want to be someone who’s put together. So that you can break me all over again.”
NY Times & USA Today Bestselling author Laurelin Paige is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Game of Thrones and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender.
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Oh, I wanted to scream and cry at the ending Ms. Paige left us with in First Touch! It had me extremely nervous to read the Last Kiss and even though I wanted to find out what happened, I put off reading it for quite awhile. And I wish I could tell you that after I started it I was silly for worrying and that it was all for nothing, but I was right to worry. Last Kiss was definitely the hardest, angstiest book I've read in a long time - I feel like I just finished a marathon, but I don't regret anything and I'm glad I got through it!
In First Touch, I struggled to like Emily, I just didn't agree with some of the things she did, even if it was in the name of saving Amber and I really didn't like how loyal she still was to Amber. I didn't hate her though and I can truly say that I do like Emily now. Granted, there were still times when I wanted to shake her, but the positive feelings far-outweighed the negative. Emily becomes stronger and she brings out her inner fighter when she needs to. I loved seeing that side of her, but I think I loved seeing her vulnerable side even more. Emily just has this sweet lightness in her that made me love her. She's far from perfect, but I think she'll make you proud in the end!
While there was several things that made nervous to read Last Kiss, Reeve Sallis wasn't one of them. I never once doubted how he felt about Emily or that he would ever truly, deeply, purposefully hurt her. Reeve might not be the warmest, most playful guy you'll meet, but it's obvious that he loves Emily and won't give up on her. He's possessive, protective, and dominant, but he can be sweet and thoughtful and understanding. Reeve is wonderful and I completely loved him!
Last Kiss is the one of, if not THE most nerve-wracking book I've read this year. I would be nervous when it came time to read it and then I would get so sucked into the story that my anxiousness would disappear, but then some would happen and it would come rushing back. This book really gave me all the feels: it made my heart ache and race and pound, it made my mind spin, kept me on me toes, made me hold me breath, and I felt like I was on pins and needles. It was a constant game of anticipation, torture, frustration, and desperation. I felt like I was the prize in a tug-a-war match, always being pulled to one side and then jerked to the other. Last Kiss refused to let me go though, it had my attention from the very first page all the way to the very last - and trust me, I couldn't flip them fast enough to see how it would all end.
Last Kiss was an extraordinary read. It was beautiful, heart wrenching, a little terrifying, and consuming. It will make you angry, make you yell, it will make you feel like your heart and chest burning, and it will make you want to cry, but there are good moments that will make your heart ache, melt, and swell. It's a tough journey but it's unbelievably worth it in the end.
Last Kiss must be read after First Touch, it's told only in Emily's POV, and she does get her happily-ever-after.
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