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?
Have you ever been reading a book and you’re liking the story and characters just fine, and then…WHAM…BAM…the story kicks into high gear and you go from liking it to loving it?!? That’s what happened to me while I was reading The Thrill of It by Lauren Blakely.
Trey and Harley are two very damaged souls looking to break free from their past addictions…in this case the addiction is of the sexual nature. One thing that makes this so interesting is that Harley was a very high priced call girl…who had remained a virgin. Never thought was possible?!? Yeah, me neither but Ms. Blakely pulls it off.
For Harley it was really all about the control and power she had over men who obviously had their own sexual dysfunctions. For Trey it was a way to numb the pain of great losses in his life. His preferences were for older, married women who liked having a skilled boy toy.
They become friends first while attending a group which deals with sexual addictions, but there’s a chemistry and attraction between them from the start. Denying the feelings they have for each other makes for a whole lot of UST for the the characters and the readers. The story really took off for me in a huge way at about the 60% mark, because it was then that they both began acknowledging what it was they really felt. Even though they both felt unworthy of the other they begin to move towards a deeper relationship.
From that point on I couldn’t read fast enough, and I truly enjoyed where the story took me. Trey and Harley have a story worth reading, and I’m recommending you read it to find out why. It’s a romance full of angst, self discovery, and heat.
My rating for The Thrill of It by Lauren Blakely:
4 …you should read it hearts.
**This book was provided to me for an honest review**
Lauren Blakely Bio:
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.
THE THRILL OF IT Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18457861-the-thrill-of-it?ac=1
Lauren Blakely Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6860216.Lauren_Blakely
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