Monday, June 13, 2016

Lovegame by Tracy Wolff

{I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.}

Lovegame by Tracy Wolff

Release: June 7, 2016
Romance Subgenre: Contemporary Romance, Romance Thriller, Erotica

True Crime novelist Ian Sharpe has spent his career writing about serial killers for very personal reasons. For his latest exposé, he is taking on the sadistic madman known as the Red Ribbon Strangler, and when his research leads him to Hollywood’s most private and provocative actress, he will break every rule to uncover her truth.

The daughter of one of Hollywood’s golden couples, chased by paparazzi and treated as a commodity her entire life, Veronica Romero wields her sex appeal like a weapon. She expects Ian to be as easy to control as every other man she’s ever known. But from the beginning, he refuses to fall into line. Mysterious and cool, challenging and just a little bit dangerous, Ian somehow makes her feel safe—even as he digs into the deepest secrets of her life and pushes her to the breaking point.

As raw ecstasy gives way to agonized truths, their dark obsession exposes secrets that have been buried for far too long. Ian wants to tear down her walls and heal the sensual woman underneath. But if Veronica’s learned anything, it’s that the line between pleasure and pain is a narrow one—and when caught between them the only thing that matters is how you play the game.

Holy fudge cake. My first thought after reading this books was, “what the f*ck just happened”. Seriously...what!?! I’m usually not a fan of dark, romance thrillers and I have to admit I thought about quitting this book quite a few times throughout the first five chapters. In the end, I really glad I stuck it out. After realizing this book wasn’t going to give me all the happy feels, I settled into the groove and finished this book in a few hours. Can I recommend this book to most romance readers? No. Can I recommend this book to people who like psychological thrillers? Yes.

Also...I know a few readers who aren’t a fan of epilogues and sometimes don’t read them. Everyone who reads this book needs to read the epilogue!

The Good

  • I found the dual points of view in this book to be challenging to navigate in the beginning. However, in the end they dual POVs really served the storyline incredibly well.
  • The thriller/mystery element of the book was really interesting. I felt on edge for most of this book and even after the mystery was solved, I kept going back to reread passages that led to the final conclusion. OMG OMG OMG.
  • I just really cannot deny that this book was beautifully written. From the specific words chosen, to the timeline jumping, to the descriptions of the characters and the sex Ian and Veronica have, this book felt incredibly lush. It’s so gorgeous and vivid.
The Bad
  • Even though we kept switching off points of view between Ian and Veronica, I felt like we got a much more in-depth look into Veronica’s perspective. We were almost skimming the surface with Ian. We heard a little bit about his past and what scared him but we didn’t do a deep dive into his motivations, his feelings for Veronica, or his psyche.
  • The sex scenes in this book all felt the same to me. We didn’t see to get any forward progress on them finding their own flavor of erotic, slightly kinky, sex throughout the course of the book. Whatever Ian did, Veronica liked. I wish we would have seen Veronica’s desires verbalized or even revealed a bit more as the book progressed
The Unique
  • I’m not sure I could categorize this book as a true romance. It was more a psychological thriller.The thriller/mystery part of the book filled up almost half the pages, so I would personally put it in a “strong romantic elements” category more than a honest-to-goodness romance.

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About Tracy Wolff

​New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Tracy Wolff collects books, English degrees and lipsticks and has been known to forget where—and sometimes who—she is when immersed in a great novel. At six she wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—and at seven she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she’d read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she’d found her life-long love. Now an English professor at her local community college, she writes romances that run the gamut from sweet contemporary to erotica, from paranormal to Urban Fantasy and from young adult to new adult.

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