Sunday, November 24, 2013

Review: The Thrill of It by Lauren Blakely

The Thrill of It (No Regrets #1)
by Lauren Blakely
Published: November 21, 2013

A new adult story of Love. Sex. Addiction.
Blackmail. And Power...

Some say love can be an addiction. Others say it's the thing that makes life worth living. Let me tell you everything I know about love...Love isn't patient, love isn't kind. Love is a game, a chase. A thrill. Love is wild and war-like, and every man and woman must fight for themselves. At least that's how it was for me. A high-priced virgin call girl by the time I started college, I was addicted to love and to sex. Even though I've never had either. I controlled love, played it, and held the world in the palm of my hands. Then I fell down from those highs, and I'm being blackmailed for all my mistakes, forced to keep secrets from everyone, except the only guy I don't regret.


With all the other women, I knew what they were. They were temporary. They were pills, they were bottles, they took away all the pain, and numbed the awful memories that wore
down my ragged, wasted heart. Until I met Harley. She's the only girl I ever missed when she walked away. But now she's back in my life, every day, and there are no guarantees for us, especially since I don't know how to tell her my secrets. What happened to my family. All I know is she's the closest I've ever come to something real, and I want to feel every second of it.

How can you love with no regrets when regret is all you know?

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My Thoughts:  I don't know what I expected before I read this book, maybe just another hot contemporary romance, but that certainly isn't what, or should I say all you get in The Thrill of It.  It is dark, emotional, and raw.  When it says sex and love addiction in the synopsis, it really is about that.  I guess I never realized or thought about the fact that there is actually an organization like AA or NA for this called SLAA.  It kind of made me want to plunk myself in the head - kind of like one of those "You could have had a V8 moments."  Trey is in school and works part-time as a tattoo artist, he's 21 and has a thing for thirty-something cougars.  Harley is also in school, she worked part time as a high-end call girl, calling herself Layla, and she's a virgin.  They meet when Harley goes in to get a tattoo, and hit it off immediately, feeling something real for the first time in both of their lives.  They meet again at a SLAA meeting, and after there mutual "WTF" moment, they wind up becoming the best of friends, as part of the commitment in SLAA is staying relationship free for one year, so that is off the table.  Nevertheless, the constant undercurrent of emotions and sexual tension is always there.  Both come from well-off families, never lacking for any material thing.  Emotionally, it's a different story.  It was heartbreaking to find out about the things that brought Harley to the point she is at, and she has herself in a mess, what's even sadder is when you find out the reason she's in it.  Trey comes from different situation, and he doesn't talk about what lead him to his addiction.  His story is also sad, but while Harley's is heartbreaking, I had a little harder time believing that what happened to Trey could have affected him as deeply as it did.

As the story progresses, you see the struggles both of them go through, their challenges, the desires that plague them making them want to return to their addiction, especially Harley, while watching their relationship with one another grow as they each try to figure out what love really is and if it is something that they can have with each other.  I did like both Harley and Trey, and enjoyed the secondary characters, except for Harley's mom.  She's a real piece of work and I would have liked to have slapped her.  Is it sad that I liked the pimp, Cam?  I think maybe so, but he was really to nice to be a real pimp, even if he was a high-end one.  Other than that, and the other quirk I had about Trey's problem, I did enjoy the book. It was different than most I've read lately.  It does end in a bit of a cliff-hanger moment, but not too bad for me, though I will be looking forward to the next installment to see how things workout.  Overall, I enjoyed The Thrill of I and found it t to be an interesting, though sad, and definitely graphic at times, and I learned a few things while I was at it to.
3.5 Hearts

About Lauren Blakely:
Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers! Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He's Mine, Playing With Her Heart, Trophy Husband, and Far Too Tempting. On November 21, she'll release the edgy new adult novel THE  THRILL OF IT.  She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

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      1. Sounds like this was a different and maybe even a little bit of an emotional read for you Ellen. Great review!

      2. This one sounds like it's a bit angtsy, which I love. I noticed that you pointed out that Trey has a thing for cougars, so does that mean Harley is older then him? It kind of sounds like she's the same age but I'm not too sure. I only ask because I have a serious book nono against cougars lol. Great review!

      3. I like the sound of this one but I think i'd have to be in the right mood to read it. I'm curious about the characters and what has happened to them.

        A great review Ellen. :-)

      4. I love this cover, so pretty! I read one book by her (I can't remember the name but the cover was black and white with hot pink font, and hot!) and I liked it. I just haven't found time to read anything else from her yet.

      5. I didn't have time to take this one for review. Maybe I'll pick it up at some point. Thanks for the review.


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