The Gilded Chain by Lauren Smith
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?
The Gilded Chain is book #3 in the Surrender Series by Lauren Smith, I was lucky enough to be gifted an ARC of this book to read for Gemma Reads Too Much.
As a reader and blogger I LOVE a good series, for me as long as they are good then the more books the merrier.
The Gilded Cuff was a great read, The Gilded Cage was a fantastic read so as you can imagine I had pretty high expectations of The Gilded Chain.
This book promised a super dominant Wes Thorne, and for the first few chapters that’s what we got. I loved his intensity, I loved his dirty inner thoughts and I loved the fact that I was really looking forward to what I imagined would be a BDSM journey of discovery for our innocent Callie.
BUT all of my hope and dreams for this book fizzled away once Wes and Callie get together.
Where was the smutty sex???
Where was the Dom/sub play???
Where was the intensity???
I hate to say it but this book just totally missed the mark for me.
Wes went from super Dom alpha to metrosexual in 2.3 seconds and I honestly have never been so disappointed.
I get that this book didn’t want to become another Dom/sub rip off but in that case don’t mention it at all. Instead this book has a call me sir scene and then it’s never mentioned again. It has two tie me up scenes but other than that the sex is pretty much standard vanilla. I mean they go to a sex club and Callie refuses to only wear underwear as she doesn’t want to be seen!!!!
Callie is so flipping innocent it’s ridiculous, I don’t think she touches Wes below the belt at any point in this book; she never gives him a blowjob and at one point even asks “do I rub it?” There is innocent virgin and then there’s clueless lived in an all-girls cave!!!!
I’m sorry to say but I just didn’t feel any connection between Callie and Wes, the declarations of love felt like just hollow words.
There were flashes of the intrigue and edge of your seat drama we see in the previous books but they were too few and far between to really make me engage with the story.
I was ready to love this book, I desperately wanted to love this book but I’m sorry it just didn’t work for me.
I’m horrified to say I’m giving this brilliant author 2.5 stars for The Gilded Chain.