Author: Tracy Wolff
Publication Date: 7 june 2016
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
The stakes are high in Lovegame, when a movie star with a shattered past meets a man who can either break her or make her whole.
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.
Lovegame is a twisted, psychological thriller that will mess with your heart as well as your head. I am the type of person that flicks to the back of a book to ensure the story goes the way they want it to, believe me it took all my strength not to flip to the back in this story. I held myself back and let the plot play out adding extreme tension to my life 😉
The dual narrative provides much-needed insight into the main characters, Ian and Natalie. Ian is a former FBI profiler turned true crime writer while Natalie is a Hollywood siren starring in the movie adaptation of one of Ian’s books. Natalie and Ian meet as part of an interview for a prestigious magazine where the author interviews the star of his adaptation.
The chemistry is obvious between Ian and Natalie from the beginning, although so are the emotional and psychological barriers they both have. Hints to the origins of their psychological damage are scattered within the narrative, a bread crumb of hints and clues to be picked up on to the intuitive reader. The characters are very complex, I loved delving into their minds.
Tracy Wolff ingeniously portrays the inner workings of a narcissistic personality within the plot, adding terrifying clarity to the events portrayed. In all honestly I don’t think anyone is ever going to fully understand how a sociopath’s mind works because it is so outside the realms of reason, solely focused on themselves without a hint of remorse.
There is no way to go into detail regarding the storyline without spoiling it completely so I am not even going to try, just believe me when I say it is extraordinary in its delivery.
Lovegame is a steamy, psychological thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat all the way through.