The Thrill of It - Lauren Blakely

The Thrill of It

By Lauren Blakely

  • Release Date: 2013-11-21
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4
From 129 Ratings


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. 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?
*The Thrill of It is book one in a two-book new adult series. Book two is Every Second With You and it’s available here on iBooks.*


  • Mistakes throughout....

    By Bookworm_slimm
    So I'm reading this book now and I'm confused. Some of the pages end with a word that has a dash so that the word can continue on the next page but the next page will be an entirely new sentence. I'm trying to get through the book but honestly the mistakes make me want to just give up and delete it off my phone.
  • Ugh

    By Couponluv
    I love this author. But I absolutely hated this book. About a third of the way through I was debating on putting it down. It was frustrating. I had to finish I paid for it. Took me 4 days to finish. Would not recommend.
  • Bliss and Heartache and Bliss

    By KPSimmon
    Looking for a book that will take you through all of the emotions and back again? You've found it! And it's done in such a way that you want to thank Lauren for all of it when you are done. You won't be able to get enough of Trey and Harley. It's a definite must-read!
  • Loved it

    By LJamerlan
    Read it in one sitting. Absolutely amazing!
  • Harley and Trey are AMAZING!!!

    By hewie02
    I am a dedicated Lauren Blakely fan and have been since I read Caught Up In Us last fall. I am constantly blown away after each new release and her talent never ceases to amaze me. Each book is a separate masterpiece and she continues to raise the bar. As if I needed more proof how spectacular she is, Lauren goes and creates The Thrill of It. You cannot prepare for this type of brilliance. She definitely proves her expansive range of pure talent with this story unlike anything I’ve read. While still a romance, The Thrill of It is gritty, lusty, and tenacious. The aspects of deceit, addiction, and blackmail make it a complete standout in the genre. Lauren’s “ugly beautiful” explanation describes it perfectly. Harley is beautiful and she has grown up hearing it daily. She finds herself living a shallow, fake life created from years of vain compliments. She gets swept into the world of male desire and couldn’t love it more. Harley has become addicted to the escort role. It allows her to escape reality and slip on the flawless mask craved by everyone… except Trey. Harley stumbles into Trey’s tattoo parlor the night before everything must change. They allow themselves one night to enjoy each other and plan to never see each other again. He knows everything about me. He’s the only person I’ve ever let in. As fate would have it, Harley and Trey have more in common than just their mutual attraction. Their addiction to sex and love bring them together at a group meeting where an immediate friendship forms. This pure bond is the only true thing either has and they rely heavily on one another. Both grip the memory of their one physical night together in order to remain grounded. Together they are strong and can make it through the cravings… until the temptation is too delicious to resist. “I can’t stand to see you dressed like this. I wish you were wearing a t-shirt and jeans right now.” Harley is a vixen and every woman wishes she had a bit more of her bold traits. Her fear of abandonment cripples her and this weakness gives her addiction strength. Trey is trying to get over his painful past and forget how easy it would be to slip up. He wants to be a man Harley deserves but doesn’t trust enough to make a move. What if he becomes just another fix? A quick hit to soothe the pain? They know each other better than anyone and fear their truth is too much. The subtle and gentle touches they allow are such a tease! I loved every glorious taste of what might be. I don’t know if we are coming or going. Harley is both my best friend and my biggest fear. I need to put my armor on, protect myself from her. But I don’t know where I left it. I am crazy about Harley’s memoirs wrapped up within this story. It added another layer to this already mind-blowing plot. These glances into her past were marvelous and brought a steamy, kinky dynamic. The puzzle of a virgin being a call girl is quite complex and these stories will help. I always appreciate the dual point of view and of course, it was fused effortlessly. The secondary characters need a huge shout-out! Cam plays the ultra-suave layer/pimp that feeds Harley’s cravings by setting up clients. Even though he is her dealer, Cam gave her an outlet for the emotional mess Harley was dealing with at home. Kristen is an amazing best friend that every girl needs. Even though she doesn’t know Harley’s secrets, the support she provides gives Harley the drive to get better. Meredith is a nasty woman hell-bent on ruining Harley’s life. I don’t like her but I do appreciate her influence in removing Harley from the escort lifestyle. And we cannot forget about her mother, Barb. It is shocking that Harley isn’t more messed up with a parent like that raising her. She is sneaky and wicked in such a complex way. Harley has been blinded by her “kindness” for years. Barb provides a whole different puzzle to figure out! Are you prepared to discover the sex-addict within you? The quality and execution of this novel is immaculate. Each page is dripping with delicious details that will leave your mouth watering. The ending is simply splendid and absolutely divine! Devour this tasty treat today because it is now LIVE! The Start of Us will be releasing VERY soon so get ready to discover how it all began. 5+ Dreamy, Dirty, Delicious, Delightful Diamonds
  • Sooo good!!

    By BookishBabe89
    Incredible. Loved every sweet and sexy word!!!
  • Emotional and Intense!

    By RexyLovesBooks
    The book is an intense, angsty, twist ride!! Be prepared - there’s a book 2! Snapping up now...