Series: No Regrets,
Published by Self-Published on 21 November 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Source: Inkslinger PR
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 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.
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.