Monday, November 25, 2013

Book Review: The Thrill Of It (No Regrets #1) by Lauren Blakely

Harley is a nineteen year old call girl. And a virgin. Which seems impossible given her secret profession. But it's not sex that she loves, its the power. She is addicted to the thrill of men falling at her feet and the power her beaut has over them. But she gets caught and now she has to the pay the price. Her blackmailer is not only making her write a book about being a teenage call girl, but also attend a sex and love addicts support group.

Trey is addicted to women. Specifically older, usually married women. To mask his own pain, he has slept with virtually every older woman in is parent's apartment building. It too for him to hit rock bottom before seeking help from the same support group.

The night before the first group meeting, Harley and Trey meet for the first time and have an amazing night of walking and talking and okay, a lot of making out. But it can't go beyond that since in 24 hours, they are starting over. Little do they know that they are both in the same group. As the two battle their own personal demons, they also have to battle their intense attraction to one another. Can they make it through an entire year without giving in? Or will they relapse and dive back into the life they are trying to leave behind?
Just because this is a story about two sex addicts doesn't mean you are going to get hit with all the steamy stuff right off the bat. Oh no, you are going to have to work for it. To earn it with the patience of a Saint. But trust me on this, it is so damn worth it!

“Do you want me to lick you, Harley?”
“Do you want me to taste you now?”
“Yes,” she says again, her voice nearing a beg.
“Do you want me to make you come on my tongue?”
“Yes, please,” she says, and that last word has several syllables as it turns into a long, low moan of pleasure as I bring my lips to her. To where she wants me. God, she tastes fucking amazing, and I have missed this, I have dreamed of this, I have jerked off to this many, many times. And now I’m back in the promised land, where I want to be. I want to have her, to kiss her, to do everything to her with my mouth. To feel her body move and arch against my face.

I loved Harley and Trey and all of their dirty, dark secrets they brought with them. Are they perfect? No. And that it what makes them so perfect for each other. Watching them grow closer and closer yet not being able to be with each other was sweet torture. I wanted them to chuck the darn group rules and just go for it, consequences be damned. I wanted them to find the love happiness with each other that they both fully deserved.

This was a different and interesting story for me. This is not a hearts and flowers romance at all. But a romance of two troubled souls battling the past and pain that have such a strong hold on them. It took me a few chapters to get into it but once I did I was fully invested in these characters. We end on a small cliff hanger and the story will continue in book two, Every Second with You, due out March 2014. You can also pick up the prequel novella, The Start Of Us, now to read about Trey's and Harley's first night together.

No Regrets Series
#0.5 - The Start of Us (to be read after book 1)
#1 - The Thrill of It
#2 - Every Second with You (March 2014)

Marianna's Rating:

**I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Title: The Thrill of It
Author: Lauren Blakely
Series: No Regrets #1
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Book Blurb:
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?


About the Author
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. Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He’s Mine, Playing With Her Heart, and Trophy Husband. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

Twitter: @LaurenBlakely3

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