Review: Call on Me by Roni Loren

Call on Me by Roni Loren
Series: Loving on the Edge (# 7)
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 385
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

Oakley Easton wants two things: to be a good mom to her daughter and to ditch her less than ideal night job. Hooking up with bad boy drummer Pike Ryland? Not on the agenda. She needs a promotion. Not sex, tattoos and rock ’n’ roll.

Pike isn’t about to let Ms. Prim and Proper shut him down so easily, especially when he stumbles upon Oakley’s sexy night job. She’s only playing a role on those late night calls with strangers, but when he gets her on the line, all bets are off. He won’t stop until that sultry voice is calling his name for real.

But as they move from anonymous fantasies in the dark to the flesh-on-hot-flesh reality of the bedroom, the risk of falling in love becomes all too high. And the safe, quiet world that Oakley’s worked so hard to create is about to be exposed to the one person who could ruin it all.

 

Review: As I started this book I thought it would be a nice little romance with some erotic moments thrown in. Oakley is a phone sex operator, after all. What I got was a little more intense, a little more BDSM (which is just peachy fine with me) and a few laughs.

The book opens with Oakley on one of her phone calls, baking brownies and applying all her ‘Oh, yes, baby’ comments to the chocolate, not the man on the other end of the phone. I laughed every time she rolled her eyes and wondered if men know this is all fake and just pretend it’s real for those ten or twenty minutes like the phone operators.

But Oakley has a lot going for her. She’s a loving mother of a challenged daughter. She’s working as a phone sex operator to supplement her income so that she can afford a private school for her daughter. She puts everything she has into her daughter and her career (so she can stop the phone sex gig). And she has a great sense of humor and sarcasm.

Pike is the drummer in an up and coming rock band. At his age, he should be a has-been and appearing on Where Are They Now shows, but his band is just starting to take off. And somehow, he’s normal. He’s at an age where he prefers his dog to airhead band groupies – which is probably more normal than normal by Rock God standards. Although, some would say that his sexual kinks make him anything but normal. I thought his kinks were pretty tame – a little spanking, a little bondage, a little control, nothing done in great extremes and all what I would term ‘tasteful’.

I did feel that some of the BDSM was contrived, just there to be there and not so much as pertinent to the story, but there are still some good moments. And I do like how Oakley opens up to role playing and the Dom/sub personas with a little hesitancy but a very real desire she didn’t realize she had.

If you like BDSM and erotic sex but not in an overwhelming, slam-it-in-your-face style, I think you’ll be very happy with Call on Me.