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The Thrill of It (No Regrets Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lauren Blakely
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Book Description

**The first book in the USA Today Bestselling No Regrets series**
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 away at 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?

Editorial Reviews


"Lauren Blakely at her most sexy, thrilling and addictive. I loved THE THRILL OF IT." - Katy Evans, NYT Bestselling Author

"Raw and Intense. One of my top reads from 2013." - D from Flirty and Dirty Book Blog 

Dark and sexy and twisted and slightly uncomfortable, it gives you all the feels you could ever, ever want."
- Monica Murphy, NYT & USA Today Bestselling author 

"A dramatic, angst-ridden story that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish." - Jen at SubClub

"The Thrill of It put me through the wringer in the most delicious way." - Sawyer Bennett, USA Today Bestselling author

"Gritty and deeply emotional, I was consumed by the words and wholly gripped by this journey into the dark, lurid, sinful world of addiction, sex, love and lies."- Vilma at Vilma's Book Blog

"Thrilling from start to exciting ride you won't want to get off through the very end." - NYT Bestselling Author Jen McLaughlin

"An unconventional love story...Trey is an insanely addictive hero - a delicious combination of naughty and nice." - The Rock Stars of Romance

"I was so invested in Harley and Trey's seemingly impossible love story that I swear there were moments I didn't breathe as I ripped through the pages." - Christina Lee, author of ALL OF YOU and BEFORE YOU BREAK

"This book owned me. A touching, soulful and deeply emotional story that will grip you by the heart and won't let go." Becs at Sinfully Sexy Reviews

From the Author

Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy my books! To receive an email when I release a new book, text BLAKELY + your email address to 678-249-3375 (please use the actual + sign)

Product Details

  • File Size: 2724 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492884685
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  • Publisher: Lauren Blakely Books (November 21, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
How can you love with no regrets when regrets is all you know?
WOW!!! I will be honest with all of you and say that I was thrilled to read The Thrill of It, but I was also a little nervous. I was thrilled to read this book because I loved reading all the teasers Lauren Blakely posted on her facebook page. I was nervous because I didn't know how a girl working as a call girl could be a virgin, and not only is she a virgin call girl, but she falls in love with the sex addict. I always wondered how that was going to work out. But let me just tell you that Lauren Blakely is a genius! I'm not kidding. Lauren Blakely knew how to throw these two broken characters, Trey and Harley, together and write a heartwrenching, emotional, dark, and addictive read.

I will not bend. I will not break. I will not go back to the way I was.
Harley is a nineteen year old damaged and broken virgin call girl that is addicted to both sex and love. I know what you are thinking. How can a virgin be addicted to both sex and love, right? Well Harely is emotionally damaged and she needs to feel that she is in control, that she is the one that controls her life and her emotions. Love and Sex provide this sense of control for Harley. She is addicted to the power and control she feels when she is doing her job as being a call girl. From the beginning of The Thrill of It, Harley is trying to figure out the girl she wants to be. She is Barb's- Harley's mother, but I can't bring myself to call her that- pretty daughter and she is her pimps, Cam, high-priced call girl. Now, being part of the SLAA group and having Trey in her life she is trying to find the girl she wants to be, and face the decisions she's made in the past.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harley and Trey December 3, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
***ARC received for honest review***

It's certainly no secret that I adore Lauren Blakely and her books! The Thrill of It is not your average romance - by any stretch of the imagination. Harley and Trey are both messed up, both are floundering, and both are making mistakes. They meet by chance one night (which you can read about in The Start Of Us) and decide they need to get straight before they get together.

Harley is a high-priced call girl being blackmailed by a woman who knows her mother. But, she's not JUST a call girl, she's a virgin call girl! How does that work? Well, you'll have to read the book to find out! ;)

Trey is a sex addict. He uses sex as his drug of choice to escape the direction his life has taken. All he wants is to forget, and he uses his body to do it.

The two decide to start going to Sex Addicts Anonymous, and become very close friends. The relationship that develops between them during the story is heart-warming and sweet, but like all of Lauren's books, there is some serious heat between the two as well.

Lauren does a fantastic job introducing us to Trey & Harley as well as all the secondary characters like Harley's mom and roommate, as well as her pimp. She portrays both characters struggles with abstaining in a way that makes them both so realistic. I also loved the way she wrote Harley's struggles with staying away from her pimp and the relationship she has with her mother. I just want to hug her - and show her that some moms are awesome. The Thrill of It quickly became one of my 2013 must re-read books - I keep going back to relive the relationship between the two and I can't wait for book two!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exciting, Emotional, Sexy and Unique Read December 3, 2013
4.5 stars

Loved it! Harley is such a unique character but also has aspects that everyone will be able to relate to. Despite the fact that I pretty much haven’t gone through any of the things she has, I connected to her really well. She has this inner strength that is actually partially the reason why she has ended up as high end call girl (who has also never had sex). Where other people would have crumbled Harley took somewhat drastic measures to be in control of her life.

Trey is a great hero, sexy and very supportive of Harley but also realistically flawed. With their issues they should be a complete mess but they are perfect for one another, like two shattered pieces of a mirror but then together they are whole. I loved that they started off as friends, fellow addicts who supported and confided in one another when there was no one else to help and support them. It was a refreshing change to the hate at first sight which then becomes love that is common in NA at the moment. It was nice to read a friends to lovers story for once, especially one that was so well executed.

This book has several characters that you will love to hate; I really want to slap some sense into Harley’s mother! This was the first book in a series so I’m hoping that now the main characters have come to terms with their issues and even confronted their dysfunctional parents, that in future books that conflict will be resolved. Though in all honesty I’m happy enough with “I may be a bit screwed up but it is all your fault”.

I loved that Lauren managed to write a book about a virgin call girl without it ever coming across as either virgin or slut shaming. This book also tackled difficult issues such as addiction (though not a typical addiction) and blackmail and did it brilliantly.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great Lauren Blakely Book
I absolutely love everything that Lauren Blakely writes and this series was no exception. I fell in love with Harley and Trey in The Start of Us and really looked forward to seeing... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Paris Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars great series
I love this author! Its an amazing book. I love the characters and all the emotions that went along with their story. This is a great series!
Published 22 days ago by CandiceB
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story
This was an audio book for me - and at first you have to wonder - What the heck is a 19 year old virgin call girl doing at a sex and love addicts anonymous meetings? Read more
Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Lauren Blakely is a great author. The detailed writing draws you in to Harley and Trey s story big time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by lovemeagoodread
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the love story
The build up of the sexual chemistry between Trey and Harley was driving me crazy. Then finding out why they were both in therapy was a sad story for one and unbelievable for the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by chelleq
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I liked this book. The author was not kidding when she said this book would be COMPLETELY different than we are used to seeing from her. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kim Sullivan
4.0 out of 5 stars A deeper insight into the characters that I adore!
4.5 Stars

The Thrill of It continues the day after the ending of The Start of Us, where both characters cross paths again at the love and sex rehab clinic. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Naomi @ Nomi's Paranormal Palace
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good!
This book made me look forward to my quiet moments when everyone was in bed and I could read. It made me keep coming back!
Published 1 month ago by Katie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story.
Definitely different type of love story and it was great. You didn't know which way it was going. I really enjoyed the relationship between the two main characters. Great book.
Published 1 month ago by Viviana Varona
5.0 out of 5 stars Book hangover
This book is totally worth the book hangover I had.

Harley just wanted a tat but what she never expected is that her missing peace of the puzzle would come with it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by JoT
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More 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 her novel, 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, Far Too Tempting, The Thrill of It, Every Second With You, Night After Night, After This Night and One More Night. In August, she'll release Stars In Their Eyes, the next book in the bestselling Caught Up in Love series. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, text BLAKELY + your email address to 678-249-3375 (please use the actual + sign)

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