Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Review ~ THE GILDED CAGE by Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith is an attorney by day, author by night, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She’s a native Oklahoman who lives with her three pets: a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat and dapper little schnauzer. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including being an Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.

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This the second book in Lauren Smith's delicious and dark Surrender series.


Surrender Series, book 2

Grand Central Publishing (Hachette Book Group USA)

On sale: June 9th 2015

Imprint: Forever Yours

ISBN: 9781455532780

Language: English

Length: 110,000 words

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Explore a hidden world of erotic fantasies, where the greatest pleasures are stolen and the fiercest passions are untamed. . .

For years, Callie Taylor has been obsessed with two things: a man she can never have and escaping to Paris where she can follow her artistic passions. But everything changes when Callie meets Wes Thorne, a wealthy, mysterious art collector and famous dominant. Despite all the nights she’s spent dreaming of another man, it is Wes’s predatory gaze that suddenly consumes her every thought and sets her body on fire. One touch from him promises unforgettable passion, but Callie knows that passion often comes with a price…
From the moment he sets eyes on Callie, Wes is intrigued by her artistic talent and her delightful innocence of all things erotic. A stolen kiss leaves him aching and desperate to claim her in a way he’s never wanted any woman. But first he must convince her to surrender her control. And what better place to seduce an artistic soul like Callie’s than Paris?

Praise for the Surrender series:
"The Gilded Cuff is a dark, sensual tale that teases and tantalizes the senses. It's all about anticipation, seduction, and surrender. You will be every bit as enthralled with the story as Sophie is with Emery." - Give Me Books Blog

"From the very first page I was lost to the suspense, romance, thrills and chills of this intriguing story. In fact, I was so engrossed in the dramatic plot that I stayed up all night to finish the story. There was no way that I would be able to sleep without knowing how everything played out." - Sizzling Hot

"If you love a great mystery with a giant dose of steam and a beautiful love story, you will swoon over this novel!" - The Reading Cafe

My Thoughts:

All of the previous statements are more than accurate. This is the second book and I would strongly suggest reading them in order. I'm sure that you would be glad that you did, as book one sets the scenario and you would miss a lot by skipping it.

I really liked The Gilded Cuff, book one in the Surrender series. I reviewed it awhile ago and I have been waiting for this one. The Gilded Cage picked up right where book one left off.

This book focused on Fenn and Hayden. Just saying their names makes me blush. Naw, not quite but you get the gist. They had a very hot chemistry.

This book had plenty of suspense, sexy scenes including some tying and kink ;-) action and danger, plotting, romance and some tender moments too.

I am happy to say that this book was just as good as the first, maybe even a little better. It was definitely worth the wait but I really hope The Gilded Chain, book three, is available quicker. :-)

I received an ecopy in exchange for my honest opinion. I was glued to my kindle with very few breaks. I probably wouldn't have taken any but I had to feed my hubby and the kids! Lauren has a way of pulling me in and wrapping me up in the words she writes. It is addictive, endearing, adrenaline spiking and super sexy. I am so ready for more! ;-)

If you like your books with plenty of sexy, a huge heaping of suspense, and characters that will work their way into your heart, this series is for you!

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  1. just their names made you blush? oki that's too steamy for me but even if it's not a book for me i do hope you will get the next one quick enough to satisfy you( and that it wibe as good if not better than the precedent one)

  2. I still need to grab the first but at least I can read this one right after then and don't have to wait for it.