The Guilded Chain (Surrender #3) by Lauren Smith

You are cordially invited to the engagement party of Hayden Thorne and Fenn Lockwood—” With a pained gasp, Callie Taylor ripped the expensive cream card and blinked hard against the thick tears that started to drip down her cheeks. Fenn, the man she’d loved her entire life, was getting married to her friend Hayden. It was too much to process over the sudden and shattering pain inside her chest.

After her crush of multiple years suddenly finds the woman of his dreams, Callie is left with her heart in pieces.

There was a wildness to her anguish that was breathtakingly gorgeous and something in him had rumbled, like a deep quake beneath the earth. Her pain had unsettled him, and few things ever unsettled him. So he’d decided to stay a few days to make sure she was going to be all right. Of course, if anyone asked, he was only staying to check on the cabins. That was his story and he was sticking to it.

But when Wes Thorne sets his sights on poor, innocent, heart-broken Callie; things start to change quickly… for both of them.

I give this book a 2.7 out of 5 stars. I have to say that after reading the last two books in this series I was a bit disappointed with this addition. I didn’t feel as connected to these characters and I felt that they lacked the depth of their predecessors. Another thing that I was saddened by was the fact that the story for Wes and Callie didn’t run as smoothly and was a bit predictable. On the other hand Smith still has a way of describing things with just enough detail that you can have a clear picture of scenes and events in your head with out overwhelming you with extra tidbit (which is a big plus!). My favorite character in this book would probably be Wes, because he knows what he wants and he’s not afraid to fight for it. While I did like Callie, I felt that she was a bit too cliche. She was super innocent (and naive) and she never really stood her ground when she and Wes had differing opinions. While I did have some trouble with this book particularly some events that happened in the end (can’t tell you because… spoilers) overall I was able to finish the book and was even surprised at one point. This is the third book in a series but it can be read as a standalone (though there are references to the other books).

Check out my reviews on the first two books in the series!

The Gilded Cuff

The Gilded Cage

The Gilded Cage by Lauren Smith


WARNING: I was graciously given an ARC for this book via Netgalley and it will not be available for purchase till June 9, 2015 (but it is up for preorder). Also there are spoilers if you haven’t read the first book of the series The Gilded Cuff!




Finding Fenn Lockwood is Hayden’s chance to prove to her parents that she’s more than just a pawn to further their wealth and connections. So when his life is threatened by a raging bull she jumps in (literally) to save him (I have to say that she was either really brave or really stupid for this by the way…).

That crazy girl saved you,’ George announced with a mixture of amusement and relief. ‘Tell me that really didn’t happen,’ Fenn demanded as he accepted his hat when one of the other riders held it out to him. He smacked it roughly with his palm, creating a cloud of sand and dirt around it. ‘Oh, it did,’ George chuckled. ‘A woman just saved your sorry ass. A hot one, too. She’s probably a buckle bunny. Play your cars right and you might be riding that tonight. I hope you can last longer than eight seconds!’ George whooped and slapped him on the back as they walked toward the open gate.

Things get more complicated as she finds herself attracted to him and he soon starts to become more than just her ticket to freedom. But do they really have a future? Especially when an assassin is out for blood, namely Fenn and his brother Emery’s.

‘You’re Fenn Lockwood. Famous missing twin of the Lockwood family from Long Island. Haven’t you heard the story?’ Fenn shook his head. ‘What story?’ ‘At age eight, you were kidnapped from your home in Westin, Long Island. No one ever saw you again and everyone thought you were dead. You have a twin brother, Emery, who’s looking for you…’ She trailed off as the sight of blood draining from his face made her dramatic speech wither on her tongue. Fenn leaned forward, slid his hand into her hair and clenched it, holding her in place, his face inches from hers. ‘Start talking, honey.’

I gave this book 4.8 out of 5 stars. Compared to the first book in the series I feel that this one is a bit more predictable and therefore a bit anticlimactic. That’s really where it lost the most points with me, I felt that once I knew all the players in the story I knew where it was going. Otherwise I really liked the characters again. You learn more about Hayden and her struggles and get to really meet Fenn. Like in the first book I liked how the main characters were able to fill out what one another needed and they were able to help one another through different situations. I also liked how it tied so well with the first book and that there were parts from Emery’s POV as well. You should definitely read it as it pretty much closes the mystery about who was trying to kill Fenn and Emery. Just know that though it does pretty much draw Fenn and Emery’s stories to an end there will be more in the series 😉 !

The Gilded Cuff by Lauren Smith


Over the last year she’d become obsessed with the photo and had taken to looking at it when she needed reassurance. Its subject had been kidnapped but survived and escaped, when so many children like him over the years had not been so lucky. Sophie’s throat constricted, and shards of invisible glass dug into her throat as she tried to shrug off her own awful memories. Her best friend Rachel, the playground, that man with the gray van…

Sophie is an investigative reporter. Her tumultuous past and her own experiences have led her to this path and she is determined to save as many lives as she can.

Enter Emery, he and his twin brother were kidnapped 25 years ago and only he returned (escaped). Sophie is sure that the person who kidnapped him all those years ago isn’t finished… she’s sure he wants Emery dead.

She was going home with Emery Lockwood. One of the richest men in America. Yet it wasn’t his wealth that made her fight off the rippling tremors at the base of her spine and in her womb. No, it was the fact that she was going home with a man who kissed her like she was the last woman on earth and time was ending. If he kissed like that, sex with him would be the Apocalypse. She’d never survive it.

Both are looking for answers.

One’s life is on the line.

Through a little soft-core BDSM…

What could go wrong?

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars! I loved it because of the characters and storyline. It wasn’t your typical eyes meet and then they’re in love story. Yes, they were attracted to one another from the start but they had to learn to trust on another and open up to each other as well. Emery was a jaded and wounded dominate personality and Sophie was strong, but lost. They complemented one another personality wise and because of an agreement in the beginning were willing to work together for what they wanted. One of the best parts is that the storyline was never lost in the character progression (I’ve read several where I get confused because the author got so focused on character progression that the storyline fell flat or was super rushed at the end). The storyline was solid, consistent and there wasn’t really a dull moment (though there were times I had to force myself to read slower because I wanted to skip the descriptive parts to get to the talking part). This book can be read as a standalone, but it is a part of a series (as of this review the second book to the series comes out in June).