This was an absolute passionate and intoxicating read … Excitement, passion, love, intensity … Author Lauren Smith has the best stories … (I was) fanning myself at times

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Rating: five-star-rating-md 5/5

About the Book

Title: The Gilded Cuff (The Surrender Series #1)

Author: Lauren Smith

Release Date: February 10, 2015

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Mystery, Suspense

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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.



Rating: five-star-rating-md 5/5




This was an absolute passionate and intoxicating read. I was addicted after reading the first chapter. These characters together are so stimulating; over time it just becomes such a steamy relationship, fanning myself at times.

This is one of the first contemporary romances I’ve read in 2015, and am so glad that I have. Author Lauren Smith has the best stories. This book is the first installment in The Surrender Series. I cannot wait for the next one.

The character development is so intelligent and detailed; you get such a close look into their minds and lives. I had so many different emotions popping as I read this novel.

Such excitement, passion, love, and intensity, it reigned me in. I laid back and prepared myself for what I expected to be one heck of a roller coasterride. This book knocked my shoes off literally.

Who doesn’t love a book that has it all? I know I do! I won’t post any teasers because I am not that type of reviewer. But I will tell you all, it is a Dom and Sub relationship. I want you all to prepare yourselves for one hell of an alpha male.

The mystery in this book was wonderful. I loved not knowing what I would expect. Emery is a full alpha, with a twisted and sexy mind. Sophie did not ready herself for what’s in store for her. She walks into a place, investigating then ending with a pleasurable and dramatic ride.

That’s all I’m giving you!

Until then, you will have to ORDER The Gilded Cuff and delve in if you are so inclined.

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About the Author

Author 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. Lauren loves hearing from readers and can be contacted through her site at


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