Thursday, December 5, 2013

BLOG TOUR: The Thrill of It – Lauren Blakely + Review & giveaway!

Released: November 21st, 2013

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?

"Beautiful things can come from an ugly place. That it's the flower that grows in a landfill. Or the stained glass window in an abandoned apartment building."

I absolutely loved the idea of this book. There's nothing like a story that just hooks you in from the beginning through the blurb. Although I must admit that I enjoyed the author's writing style as well as the overall story, I couldn't bring myself to root for Trey and Harley until the end. But, it was an incredible love story about finding the beauty in all of the ugly, in all of the shit in their pasts.

I loved it. I really did. The plot was beautiful. The content was awesome. The author's writing style? A plus. However, I thought that their chemistry was too bland. If I was someone watching from afar, I'd probably think that they were the closest of friends who are probably going to start dating but, only in the end, do we really see the electricity between them.

Harley is a character I admired though. She's such a strong female protagonist. She's protective of her mother especially with the condition she's left in. She worries about Trey, Kristen, everyone. But she also stands for herself and her survival comes first.

The issue with her, which is probably an issue for all of us as well, is her addiction.
I loved the crazy burn, the rush, the thrill of the power. Because I needed it, I wanted it, I craved it. I still do.
It's hard to get rid of an addiction that you've come familiar with. And we see that. We see how she's trying to cope with that problem and she doesn't instantaneously, miraculously move on from that. Harley needs to have the control, even if it is hidden, because, although she doesn't realize it, she has never had that sort of power in her hands.

But Harley, for such a young girl, has a very cynical view of the world.
This is what people do. They walk away when you get too close. They leave when you let them in.
There is no such thing as real love. There is only agenda. There are only expectations. And if you can remove the sticky mess of feelings from the equation, you're better off.
Trey is the same. They're bonding while they're coping. They're facing the same tough issue. It's exceptionally hard for him because he still deals with the reality of his family and their loss, the temptations around him because his reputation has come so far. But he perseveres through it. And I admire that kind of tenacity.

He is physically there for her but he's also terrified. He's a very closed person and, to reveal something so important to another close to him, scares the shit out of him. But he's so considerate of Harley.
He stopped sketching, sat next to me, and swiped the tear from my cheek that I barely even realized was there.

The chemistry was bland and not evident initially. I couldn't find the real love connection between them even though they seemed to hint at it so many times. I admit that there is conspicuous sexual tension but love? I couldn't see it until the climatic ending.

Overall, wonderful read.

Minor Faults:
  • Love wasn't shown in the beginning.

4 APPLES!!!!!


♕ The Start of Us (Book #0.5): ♕

♕ The Thrill of It (Book #1): ♕

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.

Check her out in these sites:
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