Lovegame has an intriguing blurb:
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.
I liked the idea of this true crime novelist coming in and exposing secrets. It sounds very mysterious and dark. I was a little confused by the beginning of the book though. It seemed to jump right into the story almost as if I missed a prologue or prequel. There is a certain assumption in the first couple of chapters that the reader knows what is happening. Because of that, it took me a while to get into the story.
Another thing it took me a bit to get used is the point of view switch with each chapter. Maybe I am slow but it would be helpful to have a name at the top of the chapter letting me know the voice we were now hearing. That name wasn’t there and there were several sex scenes where we jumped thoughts mid thrust, literally. It took some getting used to the characters to know who exactly was thinking or talking.
Ian Sharpe needs Veronica Romero to spill her secrets. He is writing a book on Hollywood’s most famous actress under the guise of getting information from her. At least, that is how everything should go. After a few minutes in Veronica’s company, Ian wants more from her. He wants to crack her open and know what makes her tick. She is a cool customer, deliberately giving him vague answers and avoiding pointed questions. He doesn’t know why she agreed to an interview when she has nothing to say, but he is determined and will find out all she is trying to bury and hide.
Veronica survives by keeping people at a distance. She has protected herself from everyone and isn’t about to stop doing that because a man is asking her questions. Ian isn’t someone she can put off though and what started out as an impersonal interview quickly turns into a white hot sexual relationship. Ian is the first man Veronica can’t fake it with, he is the first one to break through her barriers.
So many things stand in the way of their relationship. Ian is working with Veronica under the pretense of writing a book but he has darker, ulterior motives. He is a crime author and wants information on a man who played a sinister part in her life. He wants to drag up all the gory details she has pushed deep and ignored. Those details that are now coming back and haunting her, causing her to see and do things she doesn’t remember or would never normally do are exactly the ones he wants to dredge up.
As Ian and Veronica get closer and Veronica lets a man see the real her, Ian is going to have to decide what is more important to him- Veronica or the story he has been chasing for so long. That decision might be taken out of his hands when someone spills the beans for him. Veronica must now face that all the relationships she has in her life are some form of toxic and she will either need to walk away or take the leap and trust Ian.
Lovegame is a pretty intense, dirty book. The story will capture you from the first chapter and not let go. I am usually all about the sex, and I still was here, but the mystery going on behind the relationship really captures the reader. There is a lot of sex and once that part of their relationship is established I wish it had been dialed back a bit. My only complaint about the book is I wanted to see Veronica open up more. She started closed off and ended only a little bit less closed off.
Overall though, the book is one most romance readers should enjoy. The suspense and romance is mixed well and neither overshadows the other. It is dirty and the plot will make you blow through the chapters. This is my first book by this author and I will happily pick up another one. Final grade- B
“You sure you want me to be your happy ending?”
“You’re already my happy ending, Veronica. I want you to be my everything.”