Title: The Gilded Chain
Author: Lauren Smith
Publisher/Year: Hachette Book Group 11/3/15
Length: 352 pages
Series: Surrender #3
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?
I think that we all had really high hopes for where this next installment was going to take us since we knew that Callie was going to have a HUGE broken heart and Wes was kind of inclined to partake of all that she had to offer (whether she knew it or not)
This 3rd book in the series takes us from Long Island where Wes is working to help investigate an art theft for a painting that’s not only valuable but also one that he helped the family procure the piece so it’s personal that they stole it from their home. The journey then goes to Colorado where Wes goes to both oversee what’s been done to the ranch but to also see Callie. Then we’re taken to Paris as a result of both a business trip that Wes has and a bet that he has with Callie to take her to bed.
The path that this story goes on from here on is the expected yet unexpected journey of Callie learning to get past her first broken heart, and understand what she is as a sexual woman, grow as an artist, and then discover what Wes has to offer. THEN, it’s a matter of Wes deciding that loving her or lusting after her is worth it since it’s something so different for him.
We are go from here is one of trying to get to the bottom of the theft, and determine who’s behind it. we’re led on a wild goose chase of sorts, the thief is someone we know but not truly known (mind you i thought it was someone else) and then, there’s an almost death. SO….all that, it’s a great story that gives us this couple’s journey and wondering whether it’ll actually work given their VAST differences in life.
On that note – the teaser for the next story is GREAT and i can’t wait to see where all of our beloved characters net out.