Lovegame by Tracy Wolff – BECKY’S REVIEW

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WHY I READ IT

Tracy Wolff is one of my favorites and I was intrigued by the sexy and suspenseful story described in the blurb

WHAT I RATED IT

off the charts

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

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.

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BECKY’S REVIEW 

This is the second time so far in 2016 that I have been blown away by an unexpected release from one of my favorites. Tracy Wolff is one of many authors that I adore – I have read and reread her Ethan Frost series and I loved Accelerate, which came out last year. Lovegame is completely different from anything that I have read by Tracy Wolff, which was surprising and refreshing.

Lovegame is sexy and psychological and suspenseful. It focuses on two very public figures – Veronica Romero and Ian Sharpe – who have very private and dark pasts. Their paths first intersect when Veronica stars in a movie adaptation of a book written by Ian. However, Veronica’s connection to the Red Ribbon Strangler, the focus on Ian’s new book, leads him back to her. Within the first few moments of this book, Tracy Wolff establishes a suspenseful tone by providing us with these key details. This is not your typical romance – there is something dark and sinister buried, waiting to be resurrected. There is also the added benefit of dual POVs – the reader learns fairly early on that Veronica has secrets to hide and that Ian desperately wants to uncover them. Ian’s prodding and Veronica’s deflection create tension between the two that adds to the suspenseful tone.

Ian and Veronica bring out the best and the worst in each other. It is clear that their chemistry is off-the-charts and even though Veronica wants to remain closed off and detached, she very easily gives in to her needs. Ian is the only man capable of satisfying her sexually, which makes Veronica crave him in ways she didn’t know were possible. When Ian acts on his attraction, he succumbs to his raw and primal nature. He is frightened by this side of himself, because he doesn’t want to physically harm Veronica but she brings out the carnal beast in him. The scenes between Ian and Veronica are some of the hottest that I have ever read. I mean like crazy hot.  The sex between them helps them realize what they have, what they want and who they are. 

I have to applaud Tracy Wolff for creating two dynamic and complex characters. I am a huge fan of characters who feel totally complete. I don’t like feeling like I don’t understand a character’s actions. I did not feel that way at all about Veronica and Ian. Tracy Wolff really took the time to make sure that who Ian and Veronica are in the present is truly dictated by past events and she makes sure to provide thoroughly explain these connections between past and present.

I want to talk so much about the plot but it’s hard to not give away what Tracy Wolff works so hard to create. There are so many different elements to the plot and they all work together to create an extremely complicated, yet compelling story. I was so engrossed in the story, in each moment where new information was revealed. The title reveals so much about the plot – love is a game on many levels. Tracy Wolff uses Ian and Veronica’s story to illustrate the many different ways people use love as a game. There truly isn’t a dull moment in this story; I was on the edge of my seat, swiping page after page until the very satisfying conclusion.

Lovegame was a fresh read that surprised me in so many ways. I hope that you’ll give it a chance because it’s one of the best books of 2016.

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