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The Gilded Cuff (The Surrender Series) by [Smith, Lauren]
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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



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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 983 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Forever Yours (10 February 2015)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00SMCO8GA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #169,823 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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The Gilded Cuff is the first in the Surrender Series trilogy and the first I have read by this author. I have to say it wasn't what I expected.
Sophie Ryder is a journalist with a knack for solving cold case crimes. After having her best friend abducted before her eyes as a child, she has devoted her life to resolving similar cases. One man has captured her fascination. Emery Lockwood. A billionaire recluse who managed to escape his kidnapper twenty-five years ago, but lost his twin in the process. Sophie believes Emery is still in danger and she’s determined to catch his brother's killer before he can finish what he started so long ago.
I thought the story would be centred more on the BDSM club, but it's firmly based around solving the crime committed against Emery and preventing him from further harm.
This has a definite historical feel to it. Whether it's because Emery lives in his childhood house, preserved as it was when the kidnapping occurred, or the flicks back in time to the abduction I'm not sure. Even the BDSM club, The Gilded Cuff, is a step back in time with its velvet drapes and Gothic brocade couches. I think it's a combination of all of the above paired with the author's eloquent writing style.
Emery is an interesting character. He's the powerful CEO of his father's company, a dominant - albeit a mild one, but he is still trapped as that little boy who lost his brother and endured horrors at the hands of his captors.
All these years Emery has avoided sharing his story with the world. Certainly not with any reporters. Sophie tracks Emery down at his BDSM club. Although she has no experience with the lifestyle, she responds to Emery's dominant nature. When Sophie discloses her career choice and the purpose behind her visit to the club, Emery recoils.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it 10 March 2015
By Books and Boys - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The Guilded Cuff by Lauren Smith is the first installment in the Surrender Series. This book will have you hooked page by page with the mystery, erotic build up, and anticipation. I loved Sophia and Emery's journey in this amazing book!! A new favorite author of mine!!

Sophie is an investigative journalist that specializes in kidnappings. If she can help save someone, it soothes herself from her traumatic past. Not cure. She will never forget or ever really stop blaming herself. She witnessed her best friend get kidnapped right in front of her. When she reads about the Lockwood boys' kidnapping of Emery and Fenn Lockwood, she is determined to help solve the case because she is sure that he is still in danger. It will be the story of a lifetime. No one has found Fenn but Emery has become a recluse for 25 years and the only way to get to him is to go to a club called The Guilded Cuff, a place he is known to frequent. After thanking her lucky stars on finding him there, he strikes a bargain with her, she give herself over to him completely and in return, she will get her story. As they get to know each other, she starts to develop feelings for him and starts to reevaluate how she has lived with her own guilt of not being able to protect her best friend just like he lives with his guilt for not being able to protect his brother. Series of events bring them closer until BAM!!! I cannot say anymore!!! Just know this was a very catching story. I was drawn into their world from beginning to end!!

Emery Lockwood has to live day to day without his twin and it feels like he's lost half of himself. The guilt is enough to carry. But when he meets Sophie, she intrigues him with her innocence. The initial chemistry is astounding as well. He sees her as a challenge to make her submit to him in all ways. As the days go by, Emery is starting to look at her with affection and care. And for the first time in forever, some of the pain has eased. She becomes his own personal drug.

This book can be considered a HEA, but I look forward to the next one for more to the overall story. It has multiple POV's that I believe give us as readers a wider span of the story. The main POV's are of Sophie and Emery. If you are looking for a semi-erotic and subtle bondage with a mixture of mystery then this book is for you!!!! The author has a vivid sense of how to take the storyline. The reading was very smooth and I got lost in between the pages!!! I love it when an author has the power to do that!! It didn't take me any time to finish this book!!! It has definitely made my top recommend books list!! I give this story a five star rating!!!

Written by Whitney for Summer’s Book Blog.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy captivating romantic suspense… 9 March 2015
By ZR1000 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Sophie Ryder is an investigative journalist, helping to solve cold cases involving the missing. She knows how it feels to lose someone dear because of the evil souls in this world. She also knows the guilt that survivors are left with. Her innocence of the world was lost when she was young and it has kept her removed from life, she’s been more of an observer than a participant, she doesn’t know how to be otherwise. But there is something in the eyes of a child in an old newspaper clipping and a gut feeling that it’s not over for him that has her seeking out the lone survivor of a twin kidnapping and doing so won’t be easy for he’s a recluse only rarely leaving his home to spend time at a BDSM club.

Emery Lockwood and his twin were kidnapped when he was young. He alone survived and he hasn’t shared all the details of what happened to him for reasons that he keeps to himself, the memories still haunt him. He surrounds himself with security and a personal guard and runs his family business from his estate. He exists but does not really live. Occasionally he visits a BDSM club and one night there he finds himself intrigued by a new submissive. When he finds out that she’s a reporter he knows that he should walk away but there is something about her that draws him so he strikes a deal with her, his story for her submission and perhaps she even can solve the case.

I loved this! This story had a great combination of mystery, suspense, romance and light BDSM. The characters were great and not just the main ones. The hero and heroine had emotional depth, both their stories were heartbreaking. I found myself invested in them, their attraction was strong and more than the lust that drew them to each other. They both had lost their innocence to the monsters of this world making them kindred spirits. They bring light into the darkness of the lives they’ve known and you want them to find freedom from their self-imposed prisons. I wanted to read more of this story that hasn’t totally ended and I’m so looking forward to the next book. This story does not end in a cliffhanger but there is more to the kidnapping mystery to be resolved, though Sophie and Emery do start their HEA. I loved the twists and turns in the plot and the surprise that I did suspect might be possible. This story captivated my attention and kept me turning the pages.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great storyline! 1 July 2015
By OpenBookSociety dot com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

Emery and Fenn Lockwood were only eight years old when they were abducted from their home during a party their parents were hosting. One brother has never been seen since, but miraculously Emery managed to escape, but was too traumatized to ever discuss his captivity. Now 25 years later, he lives as a recluse in the Lockwood Mansion, never completely forgiving himself for leaving his twin behind, and only living half a life.

Sophie Ryder is an investigative journalist who combs through cold cases, finds patterns in them, and helps the police to solve them. She specializes is kidnapping cases after witnessing her best friend’s abduction and not being able to do anything to stop it. Now Sophie is in search for Emery Lockwood, if she can get his story, she’s sure she can find his kidnapper and bring them to justice! But how do you not only find a rich hermit, but to convince him to share his greatest pain? Well in this case you go to the BDSM club he occasionally visits and offer your complete submission in exchange for all the horrid details.

Oh and did I mention that Emery could still be in danger from the man who harmed him all those years ago?

I just recently discovered author Lauren Smith, and I must say she has skills:) This is the third book of hers that I have read, and I just don’t want to put them down once I start reading!!

BDSM is far from my usual genre, but the publicist raved at how good this book was and I was intrigued by the kidnapping storyline. I’m happy to say that I was not disappointed!

The BDSM aspect of this book does require you to tweak your way of thinking a bit, or at least it did for me. This book gives you a lot of information about the lifestyle without immersing you into it too deeply. Being an independent female, and a bit stubborn myself, I do find some of this doing whatever the dom says to be a bit demeaning, being there fully for their pleasure, even though the sub does walk away with pleasure of their own, it’s sometimes hard to see that. Luckily our male lead isn’t into the pain aspect of BDSM and really seems to do BDSM lite… pleasure, a little light bondage, an occasional spanking, but not much more. I do worry that readers may get the wrong idea about the lifestyle, romancing it a bit based on books like this one. I don’t think Emery is the normal dom, and is much more compassionate than the reality. I’d hate people to read this and think it would be fun to try and encounter a much stricter kind of dom. I realize as an author though, you have to write a character the reader can like, and if he was too cruel it would be impossible. Emery does try to warn Sophie about how some of the other masters are, but I don’t feel it really sinks in.

“There are a thousand things I could ask of you that would not just push your limits but break them. You were spooked at the sight of one little bench, and that tells me everything I need to know. You may have studied domination and submission, but you haven’t lived it. The importance of this particular lifestyle is that one must always be safe, sane, and consensual. Your offer shows no consideration for any of those, and half the doms outside would do things you might not consent to. You have natural submissive tendencies. It’s clear from the way you responded to my commands, but we aren’t in a vanilla sex world, Sophie. While this life demands trust, it is a dark world, full of fire, passion, loss of control. Are you truly ready for that?”
I hope that this series does touch on the ugly side of this lifestyle before its completion, maybe in a villain or a dom that one of the characters escapes from?

“Go home, Sophie. Forget me, this place. Let it be a peculiar dream, nothing more. I’m not the man for you.”
But after all that talk, I have to say the BDSM is prevalent in parts of the book, but it really does take a backseat to this amazing plot about the twin kidnapping! The abduction is definitely the main focus of the novel, each chapter beginning with a news snippet about the tragic event. This story was so wonderfully weaved that it kept me enthralled, not being able to read fast enough, until the final word.

From Sophie’s first encounter with Emery, I found him to be nothing short of captivating. I do like my cocky sexy male characters after all, and Emery has that in spades. He’d have to be cocky to agree to the contest she was dragged into. TWO MINUTES?? But besides his self-assured dominating attitude, Emery also has a gentler, more caring side as well that I enjoyed exploring.

I found that I really enjoyed some of the secondary characters as well, such as Cody and Hayden, and I’m excited to learn more about them.

“Stay, Sophie. Looking at you makes me feel better.” Cody shot a more energetic grin at his employer and friend.

“Why?” she asked.

“You’re hot, babe.” Cody shot a wicked smirk at his boss.

“Cody, find your own hot woman to drool over.” A war of looks began between the two men, half sneers and mockingly threatening scowls.
“Can’t. Stuck in this damn bed. So I’ll borrow yours.”
The revelation at the end of this book is our segue into book two, The Gilded Cage. It promises to be even better than this installment and I can’t wait to start this next adventure with Lauren Smith! But just a warning … don’t read the synopsis of book 2 until you’ve finished reading The Gilded Cuff, it’s a bit of a spoiler afterall… I speak from personal experience!

In closing, I really hope you don’t let the BDSM aspect of this book put you off from reading it, you will be missing out on an amazing read!

Thrills. Adventures. Mystery. Intrigue. Emotions. What’s not to love? And if that isn’t enough … there’s sex too!

“As long as you don’t tell your father that I seduced you, tied you to my bed and made love to you, then treated you like my personal sex slave, I’ll probably make it through the meeting alive. Explaining dominant behavior isn’t exactly easy. I’ll be lucky if he doesn’t kill me.”
*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Erotically Charged Romantic Suspense...the best of both worlds! 13 March 2015
By Rachel Bound by Books - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
WOW..that's all I could think from almost the very beginning. Lauren Smith surely knows how to keep you wanting more. The anticipation was killing me...

Sophie Ryder is a journalist with heart. She's looking to help victims by calling attention to the criminals and making them pay for what they've done. Some may say she's trying to alleviate the guilt she feels over the kidnapping of her best friend years ago.

Emery Lockwood, Oh my, swoon...was kidnapped when he was 8..he made it back, but his brother didn't. Well, Sophie is trying to get his story because it resonates SO deeply with her..she wants to catch the perpetrator. So we start in a BDSM club, and it's at once funny and erotic, and you just HAVE to keep reading!

*** "Is there any special reason you have handcuff keys in your kitchen?"
-"Sometimes I like a midnight snack, and I have to chain her to a counter."
A wicked image of her restrained on the counter, spread wide like a feast, burst into bloom. Emery's golden head between her thights, his tongue thrusting in and out, his lips sucking on her clit...
"Now that looks like an interesting thought you just had. Care to share?"
"Nope, not sharing." She was on fire, and he was just standing there putting dishes in the dishwasher. Ridiculous. This was all absolutely ridiculous. ***

The writing is superb, the storyline fabulous. I love the characters. GAHHHH, I'm so glad I've found this author. I love romantic suspense, and throw in this erotica...well, I've found a new home.
I love finding a new series, new author...and I can't wait for more from Lauren Smith!
5 STARS
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lauren Smith is one of my new favorite authors. I couldn't wait to try out her ... 12 February 2015
By Seanna Yeager - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Lauren Smith is one of my new favorite authors.

I couldn't wait to try out her contemporary book, The Gilded Cuff. It did not disappoint.

Really well written, characters with depth, and so much passion.

Hot, hot, hot!

I can't wait for the next one in the series!!!