Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Release Day Blitz 'The Gilded Cuff' by Lauren Smith

Today I’m really excited to participate in the Release Day Blitz of ‘The Gilded Cuff’ by Lauren Smith. ‘The Gilded Cuff’ is a contemporary romance novel and the first book in the Surrender series. ‘The Gilded Cuff’ is out NOW!!

About the Book: 


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23612842-the-gilded-cuffEvery passion has its price . . .

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.

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.


He slid his hands up to her wrists then connected his palms to hers. She responded, lacing her fingers through his, squeezing gently. His throat tightened and his eyes burned.

The simple connection—so sweet, so innocent—bound him to her, like a shimmering web spun between them, unbreakable and inescapable. He lifted his head a few inches, needing to see her eyes.

They were luminous, her lashes at half-mast. He was lost. A world of unimaginable beauty existed in the crescent silver of her dreamy gaze. He felt like a man from the ancient world, gazing north at the distant star Polaris, finding his way home by the loyal light that shone there. She saw him, every part of her, her light penetrating the shadows stretching out from his soul. He was open, laid bare before her, a man prostrate before a goddess.

Completely and totally vulnerable.

A tremble racked his shoulders, his muscles clenching and tensing. Then pleasure swept through him. He was in control of this luscious, precious woman. He could take her, give her such ecstasy she’d never recover.

Sophie licked her lips, her breath slightly uneven.

“You have to stop doing that,” she whispered in all seriousness, her nose wrinkling just a little.

He cocked a brow. “Doing what?”

“Kissing me like that.”

“You don’t like the way I kiss?” Her body told him otherwise as he shifted above her, the movement pressing his groin into hers. She raised her hips, seeking him, but the sheet and their clothes kept them worlds apart.

“I like it too much. That’s the problem.”

He rolled his hips again, reveling in the little hiss of frustration she made.

“What else do you like too much?” He dropped his head to her neck and nibbled on the underside of her throat. She shook slightly, her pulse leaping beneath his tongue. She was incredibly responsive and her inexperience made her reactions raw and pure. It was perfect. She was perfect.

“That. That’s definitely too good.” Her response was barely more than a breathless rush of words.

“Good. My sub has pleased me with her honest responses. You’ve earned a reward.” He eased off her and lay down beside her on the bed.

Sophie’s hands fluttered to her wrists, making contact with the gold cuffs.

“What are these?”


Sophie’s lips twitched, even as she narrowed her eyes. “Yeah, I can see that. Why’d you put them on me?”

He propped himself up on one elbow and drew a finger along the sensitive skin of her inner right wrist by the cuff.

“It’s part of our bargain. The cuffs remind you that you are mine.”

“Okay, so what’s my reward for allowing this?”

“You didn’t allow it, Sophie. You surrendered to it. Never think being a submissive is about allowing your dom to do something. You surrender. You give me your power.” Emery cupped her face and held her gaze, forcing her to confront his domination and accept it.

Her eyes—still wild, still free—darkened like a waning moon. “I surrender.”

My Review:

I have been a huge fan of Lauren Smith’s books from the moment I read ‘Wicked Designs’, her first book in the League of Rogues series. I have read two other books written by her since then, so when I had the opportunity to sign up to read her new book ‘The Gilded Cuff’ I immediately did. Although this book sounded different then her other books, I was super excited to read this one.

When I began reading ‘The Gilded Cuff’ I was a little surprised about the beginning. We meet Sophie, a journalist, when she tries to get in contact with Emery Lockwood in a luxurious BDSM club on Long Island. Sophie has felt an connection with Emery ever since she found out about his past and the tragic event in which he lost his twin brother, and now she desperately needs to find him because she thinks his life is in danger. Like I said, I was surprised about the beginning being in a BDSM club and I was a little afraid this would be an erotic novel without much depth. But of course I should have known that Lauren Smith doesn’t write stories without depth and romance.

After the, somewhat surprising beginning, I immediately fell in love with this story and the dark and brooding Emery Lockwood. This book is definitely worth reading so don’t get scared away by the BDSM lifestyle. Although there is some BDSM stuff in this book, it’s very tamed and not at all the main element in this story. Soon it became clear to me that this story was not about the BDSM, but about two hurt people with a tragic past who find peace in one another.
After Emery makes a pact with Sophie they soon get to know each other more and more. And a beautiful love story begins.

I loved the setting Lauren created in ‘The Gilded Cuff’. The beautiful mansion in Long island with the enchanting rooms, I could totally imagine the Lockwood manor in my mind. The characters are very intriguing and I loved Sophie and Emery very soon after starting this book. Sophie is this strong, kind of lonely, twenty four year old with a desire to save people. Sophie is shy but will do anything to save the guy who’s face followed her ever since she was a little girl. So when Sophie first set foot in the exclusive club in Long Island, I could totally feel her anxiety about stepping into this strange and unknown world.
Emery looks to the outside world as an arrogant and strong guy. But soon it becomes clear that he is really kind and loving but was just so scarred by his horrific past, and he didn’t know how to get past his fear.

I definitely loved this book. It’s definitely one of my new favorite books and I can’t wait to read more in this series. Lauren Smith did another amazing job and I would recommend this book to all other romance readers out there. This book is filled with romance and also keeps you at the front of your seat. There are  a lot of thrilling and action filled moments in this book, when someone tries to hurt Emery and his loved ones. This book just doesn’t get boring.

I can only say one thing: Bravo Lauren Smith!!

My Rating:


About the Author:

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 Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award. Lauren loves hearing from readers and can be reached through her website www.laurensmithbooks.com.

For more information about Lauren and her books please visit her website, her blog, Facebook Author Page, Facebook Friend Page, Twitter, Google+, Amazon and Goodreads. Or email Lauren on ldsmith1818@gmail.com, sign up for her newsletter and join Lauren’s Street Team

Click here to join Lauren's Facebook Party to celebrate the release of The Gilded Cuff!
February 15 ~ 6:00pm CST



This event was organized by Book Partners in Crime Promotions.



  1. thanks so much for hosting and reviewing!~Tabitha

  2. Sounds interesting Maureen and I have to admit, I often avoid books with BDSM but after reading your review I think I should give this book a chance..I havent read any books by Lauren but I would love to read her work. Thanks for sharing the review. :)

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    1. I also would avoid most BDSM books. But I promish you, this book is so so much more than just that. It's very light on the BDSM and it's just a great story. Definitely worth trying! ;)
      Thanks for stopping by!


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