Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: The Thrill Of It by Lauren Blakely

The Thrill Of It (No Regrets Series, Book #1)
By: Lauren Blakely
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?
*ARC provided by author for an honest review*
Each time I finish a book by Lauren Blakely it becomes my new favorite. That is, until I read the next one she writes. Every one is unique in its own way, but that has never been a truer statement before now. The Thrill of It is vastly different than anything I have ever read by Ms. Blakely. It is edgy. Suspenseful. Sexy. Heartbreaking. Dark. Did I say sexy?!

The Thrill of It is a book that is wrapped in mystery. You get little tidbits here and there of what Harley and Trey are both hiding, but never enough to make a good guess. It drove me C-R-A-Z-Y (in a good way!) trying to figure out what brought them each to the place they were. The who, what, where, when, why and how slowly come into focus as the book progresses. And as this happened, some things were like "oh. That makes perfect sense now!" While others were more along the lines of "wow, I never saw that coming!". 

It seemed natural that they were drawn to one another. Even though the things they have endured in their past are at different ends of the spectrum, it led them both to the same place. Trey and Harley are both lost because of their past and the emotionally traumatizing things they have endured. And because of how broken they are, I found myself wanting to reach into the pages of my book and hug them. Tell them both it was all going to be okay. 

The chemistry between them was intense. They are fighting the inevitable but with that much sexual tension, one of them is bound to break. The question is, who will it be first? I don't want to give too much away but I will say this, when they finally cross that bridge, the heat between them definitely burned it down so there was no going back!

So, as you may have guessed, this book is a roller coaster ride of highs and lows, ups and downs. It made for an intense but enjoyable ride. I love books that can grab my attention from the beginning and this one definitely fit into that category. If you like a story that has flawed characters, a little angsty type mystery and off the charts steam, The Thrill of It is a book you will want to read ASAP! 
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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