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Author: Lauren Blakely

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Blog Tour Review: The Thrill of It by Lauren Blakely

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Blog Tour, New Adult, Review1 Comment

Blog Tour Review: The Thrill of It by Lauren Blakely

Blog Tour Review: The Thrill of It by Lauren BlakelyThe Thrill of It by Lauren Blakely
Series: No Regrets,
Published by Self-Published on 21 November 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 275
Format: eARC
Source: Inkslinger PR
Goodreads
three-stars
Also by this author: Caught Up in Us, Pretending He's Mine

Place(s) Traveled To: New York, New York

First Line(s): I’m a sex addict and a virgin.

The Thrill of It by Lauren Blakely was a hard book for me to get into and its another one of those books where its hard to pinpoint just what it was that was off about it. Although part of it was because I had a hard time thinking of a virgin as a sex addict or even as a call girl. The two ends just didn’t seem to meet. Even after learning more of Harley’s story it was still hard to see her as a virgin sex addict. Even Trey, who actually had sex, just didn’t seem like an addict to me. Although they both showed more signs of addiction than in a historical romance I read a few years back where the hero was also supposedly a sex addict. So there is that.

Of the two sex addict origin stories Trey’s seemed more realistic and believable. Harley’s didn’t really seem to have a starting point and just seemed a bit of a cliche. Even with all the stories she told as she wrote her memoir. I don’t know. I just think that there was just too much broken in this story that it all sort of imploded just a bit and began to cancel each other out. Sometimes a story can have too much going on that it takes away from all that its trying to do. I think that this would have been a bit better if it was just Trey or Harley who had all the issues. Even if part of their story is the result of them connecting via a Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous meeting.

I did like the relationship of Harley and Trey but the character that really shone for me was Harley’s roommate Kristen and I really wish that she’d had more page time. I liked how she made Harley seem more genuine and real. Harley’s mother was total cringe-worthy and I think that Blakely succeeded in what she was trying to do there. But with Trey also having the typical bad parents it all just became another cliche.

As I said above, the start of this book was hard to get into but I did begin to enjoy and get into the story by the midway point. The pages flew by faster and I was curious to see where Harley and Trey would end up and what contemporary storybook cliche would pop up next. I was ready to rate this book a bit higher than 3 stars and then we got to the ending.

*insert eye roll here*

The cliff hanger ending.

I just.

I can’t.

Its just.

Ugh.

I don’t know how many books are in this series but I am not looking forward to a long drawn out series filled with ups and downs and troubles that exist more in the characters head than in reality. The rough patches in the road that happen because one character refuses to communicate something important to another. As of now I am unsure if I will continue to read this series or not it will all depend on what the synopsis says

THE THRILL OF IT Synopsis

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.

Trey…

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?

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.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Review: Pretending He’s Mine by Lauren Blakely

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, New Adult, Review0 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Pretending He’s Mine by Lauren BlakelyPretending He's Mine by Lauren Blakely
Series: Caught Up in Us, Book 2
Also in this series: Caught Up in Us
Published by Self-Published on 02 March 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 140
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
three-stars
Also by this author: Caught Up in Us, The Thrill of It

Place(s) Traveled To: New York, New York

First Line(s): The metal dug into his wrists.

Pretending He’s Mine by Lauren Blakely is one of those books that starts right in the middle of the story. The prologue is a future event and then it flashes back to where it all started and for me stories that do just do nothing for me. I’ve been having a similar issue with the show Flashpoint which I started to watch on Netflix recently. Pretending He’s Mine is the story of Reeve and Sutton and for the life of me I can’t recall how these characters fit in with those from Caught Up in Us but as with most romance series you don’t need to read one to understand the others.

Pretending He’s Mine is a very quick story and as a result there isn’t a ton of character development. I wish that it had been longer so we could have gotten to know Sutton and Reeve better as they both come across as just surface characters. They both did have some good chemistry and I enjoyed reading their story but I just wish there had been a bit more depth. I could have also done without creepy Janelle.

Pretending He’s Mine is a quirky story and not a bad way to pass the time. Its not my favorite contemporary romance but if you are a fan of the genre then you might enjoy this one as well. While I didn’t always like the characters I did enjoy the overall story better than Caught Up in Us. I just felt that Sutton and Reeve were more realistic. And if you are a fan of the sexy times then this book has it in spades!

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Review: Caught Up in Us by Lauren Blakely

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Review: Caught Up in Us by Lauren BlakelyCaught Up in Us by Lauren Blakely
Series: Caught Up in Us,
Also in this series: Pretending He's Mine
Published by Self-Published on 20 January 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 240
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
three-stars
Also by this author: Pretending He's Mine, The Thrill of It

Place(s) Traveled To: New York, New York // Paris, France // Mystic, Connecticut

First Line(s): He was my first mistake.

Caught Up in Us by Lauren Blakely is a new adult title told from Kat Harper’s POV and is a all about lost loves reconnecting. Bryan Leighton was Kat’s older brothers best friend in college and first met Kat when she was 17 and he spent the summer with her family. Bryan is several years older than Kat and they quickly fell for each other until quit suddenly Bryan broke it off and disappeared from her life. Years later, Kat is a successful jewelry designer finishing up her business degree and looking to expand her line. Her path reconnects with Bryan’s when he’s assigned as her mentor.

As a reader, you’d expect sparks to fly instantly when these two reconnect or even for Kat to be more upset about having to work with Bryan than she was. Ok, maybe upset to too strong a feeling as one would expect her to move on from her 17 year old self but she just seemed a bit passive about it all. The emotions Kat felt just never seemed to delve too far beneath the surface and she’d run cold and hot and never seemed to stick with her decisions. Though I did like her scenes with Bryan. I liked their story and I thought that it was fairly realistic.

The plot was decent though it did seem to drag for the first half of the story. This lead to the ending feeling a bit more rushed than I would have liked. It also left less time for Kat to have many reactions to learning about why Bryan broke up with her when she was 17. Though when you learn why Bryan broke things off it makes sense and your heart breaks a little as a result. If I was Kat I would have been more demanding in wanting to know why.

Overall, Caught Up in Us, was a quick read and I pretty much read it in a single sitting. Its not super deep or groundbreaking but it was a fun new adult read. I enjoyed the characters and while I do think that they all could have had a bit more depth to them I do plan on reading the other books in this series.

Caught Up in Us Series Order
Book 0.5: Caught Up in Him (This is was available as a free DL on BN but its really not worth the time it takes to read it, yes it is the start of Kat and Bryan’s romance when she was 17 but everything in this novella is covered – almost word for word – in the main story. Nothing is added to the story by reading this one. Though could serve as a good example if you are on the fence on reading Caught Up in Us)
Book 1: Caught Up in Us
Book 2: Pretending He’s Mine
Book 3: Playing with Her Heart

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