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Sunday, 24 November 2013

The Thrill Of It Blog Tour with 5* review & giveaway

Title: The Thrill Of It (No Regrets #1)
Author: Lauren Blakely
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 21, 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?

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Simone's Review

*Arc received in return for an honest review

I'm a sex addict and a virgin.
I know everything about sex and I've never done it, though I came close last night.

Now with an opening line like that, this story intrigued me and pulled me in from the first page, a story about two perfectly damaged people who are struggling to overcome their own addictions from their very sad and troubled pasts.

Now we are first introduced to Harley, who you quickly learn has an alta ego called Layla, who is a, wait for it......a call girl who is a virgin!! Confused? Yep, I was!! Harley has had a very exposed and dysfunctional upbringing , which has left her addicted to sex and love but in Harley's eyes it all just a game, RIGHT??

 It's hard to stay away from the fix. Because the fix feels good. The fix takes away the pain. The fix mends the hole in the heart. 

Harley doesn't know that 1 tattoo and 1 night with a tattooist will change her life for ever! In walks the ever so sexy, tattooed Trey!! This is when desire and need ignite within Harley, and she runs with these feelings as she thinks to herself this is just one night, hell she's not going to ever see this man again!! How wrong could she be......

 “The guy from last night who inked my shoulder, and kissed my body, and who gave me something I’ve never felt before – touch without agenda. A true and real want. He didn’t want anything more from me than me. It was such a foreign feeling, but such a wondrous one.”

Ohhhh my then there's Trey!! Sorry while I take a minute to sigh, swoon and fan myself.......Trey is fighting his own demons and addictions, but in different ways and, for different reasons. Trey’s upbringing and experiences have brought him to the same path that Harley is on, and their end goals are the same, which is to fight and overcome their addictions. This is then the challenge for both Trey and Harley. Can they overcome, accept and let go of the past and the pain, find the strength on their own? Or will they rely on each other for the strength they need to keep themselves in recovery, while trying to fight for their true feeling for each other?!!

"With Trey, a tattoo is never just a tattoo. It's a symbol, it's a message, it's the way he expresses the things he won't say."

Now there was another character I had a soft spot for, I loved him!! But I can see he may be a bit like marmite to some readers, you will have to make your own mind up!! Cam, who was Harley's, or should I say Layla's pimp?, he has a big demanding presence, but underneath he is caring and soft. Even though his path for Layla is not the direction you want her character to go in, you cannot help thinking in his eyes he really cares and wants the best for her, however dysfunctional it seems. I sure hope we see more of Cam in the sequel!! PLLEEAASSSEE!!!

There are so many favourite quotes in this book, that made me sigh, swoon and ugly cry,  I cannot list them all or I will just have to copy the whole book on my review! Here are just 2 that I read and had to stop reading to compose myself and reach for my tissue!!

"Trey Westin, when I walked into No Regrets more than six months ago, I had no idea that I was getting a whole lot more than a tattoo. That I was getting you, and a place to belong. Because I belong to us.

She is all I will ever want on this earth, and I have to make sure she knows without a shadow of a doubt that we might be damaged, but we are perfectly damaged together.
Most of all you belong to the ugly beautiful. You belong to this messy, crazy, brave and honest love ."

Can I say this book absolutely consumed and captivated me from the very first page, I found myself with my kindle in my hand reading while I was cooking, washing and cleaning!! Lauren Blakely's style of writing flows so beautifully, and her word choices so perfect. The story of Harley and Trey is going to stay with me forever. This is the first book I have read of Lauren's it will definitely wont be the last!! Thanks Lauren Blakely I now have an addiction to your books, but I refuse to go to any help group to give it up!!

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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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