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?
When I read the premise for The Thrill of It, I was certainly intrigued–hello, a virgin call girl. Do tell. I wanted to know more about this blackmail, too, of course. The story did not disappoint. Told in alternating POVs from Harley and Trey’s perspectives, this roller coaster had a bit of everything–mystery, drama, sex, regret, guilt, love, lust, and even a little funny at times.
From the beginning, I was in. The way Lauren wove the story, there was a lot of tension build up, and the secrets, lies, truths, all of it was revealed in a very slow–sometimes torturous–manner. As readers, we are definitely taken on the ride with the characters, and we’re only ever given just barely what we need to know for that particular moment. A couple of times I found myself wanting a little less as a few of the scenarios, emotions Harley or Trey were dealing with started to feel repetitive and I was ready for more of the actual, “what the hell is going to happen.” All that said, though, it didn’t stop me from wanting to read or anything at all.
So we have Harley, the virgin call girl. She’s got a crazy story to tell. And I won’t mention it here because I honestly wasn’t sure what the hell was happening with her for a large portion of the book, and I give major kudos to Lauren for that … so I don’t want to ruin it now.
Same goes with Trey. Yum. He meets Harley at the tattoo parlor where he works … and then again in group counseling. They become fast “friends.” He’s got a history. A big one. A sad one. And he needs a hug. Aw.
I really liked Kristen, Harley’s roommate. Her spunky attitude and what she brought to the story was really great. I’m guessing we’ll get more of her in the next book? Hoping so at least.
Harley’s mom … ew. I do appreciate the way she was written, though. And when all the “stuff” happens, I think that Lauren really kept the integrity of both the character, but just the overall story. It would’ve been easy to make Barb go one way–but she went the other. And she’s a nasty human. Ick.
And then a lot of stuff happens. If you read the book, you can find out. ;)
The ending … well, I’m not sure what to make of it right now. I don’t think I’m a fan. But at the same time, I might just be kind of still sorta blown away at this point. I saw something like that coming … but then didn’t think the story was just going to stop. Right. There. It says the second book will be out in winter 2014, but I’m hoping it’ll be sooner than that. Eek.
On top of my big “WHAT?” I do wonder what might happen with other characters, like Barb and Kristen, but also the twisted, evil, blackmailer Miranda. She just disappeared, but I can’t imagine we’ve seen the last of her.
Overall, The Thrill of It was a great read. It captivated me, had me guessing, and then had me yelling “what the F@&K” at the end. Who doesn’t love a book that pisses you off after dragging you through some shit? I know I do. :)
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.