I have read other books by Tracy Wolff but none of those should determine your expectations of this book. Lovegame is a completely different offering from this author. The foundation for the story was so well laid from the beginning of the book, I actually worried that the book would not be able to live up to its own hype. I worried for nothing, this book was extraordinary writing and storytelling from the first page to the last page.
I'm going to limit the amount of information I give you about the details of the story because there are a lot of twist and turns and I don't want to accidentally spoil anything. What I can tell you is that Veronica and Ian are two of the most complex, well constructed characters I have encountered. Veronica is an actress but what you see in the book is a person who is actually terrified of her own self. Veronica's self fear and to some extent hatred is what provides the context for a world of conflict between Ian and Veronica. It is actually Ian's job to see beyond Veronica's very carefully constructed facade. Since it is Veronica's mission to protect the facade, you can see how that would be a problem.
Ian has his own less obvious sub-identity which adds another layer of drama to the book. Ian has sexual desires which he has managed to ignore or repress until he meets Veronica. This is actually one of my favorite things about this book. Both Ian and Veronica were each others keys. They opened each others doors to everything the other wanted but never thought they could have.
If you add to the ongoing conflict between Ian and Veronica as they both seek cover from each other and themselves, the mystery of whether Veronica is losing her mind, this book feels more like an erotic psychological thriller. This is a perfect combination for readers like me. I love intense sex but mystery and suspense are a close second and third. I felt like not a single page of this book is wasted. Every detail is building up to little revelations and some major revelations as well. Nothing turns out the way you think. No matter how you feel about the characters, especially Veronica, you have to reserve judgment because it might not be what you think.
I was on the edge of my seat rooting for Veronica and Ian by the time this book was over. I was like hell, if these two can make it, we all have a shot at love. I was totally invested in these characters and this story. This is one of those books that makes it hard to move on to the next book because it's just that exceptional.A word of advice, don't judge this book by what you think you know about the author or even from the summary. If you are into erotic romance and you like suspense and complex characters, just give this one a try. I think you will be happy you did.
These five stars are well earned!
**ARC provided by Publisher**