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I Belong


Review: Call on Me by Roni Loren

Call On MeTitle: Call on Me

Author: Roni Loren

Genre: Erotic Romance

Series: Loving on the Edge (Book #8)

Publication Date: July 7, 2015

Format: Paperback, 448 Pages

ISBN-10: 0425278395 (Berkley/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0425278390 (Berkley/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

The new Loving on the Edge novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Nothing Between Us and Need You Tonight…

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.

Quick & Dirty: I instantly got swept up into this erotic romance featuring a drummer and a single mom. They both had to face situations that they weren’t comfortable with.

Opening Sentence: “Are you touching yourself?” The voice in Oakley’s ear sounded labored and overeager—like a Saint Bernard attempting phone sex.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Holy Cow! I loved, loved, loved Call on Me! My only warning is that you have to like erotic romances otherwise you may not like a good portion of this story. Call on Me is the eighth novel in the Loving on the Edge series, which features characters that have memberships to a BDSM club called The Ranch. For you Ranch fans, you may be surprised by how little of The Ranch was actually in this novel. The characters discover their needs in other ways. Call on Me does go back and forth between Oakley and Pikes third person point of views.

Oakley Easton is a single mother devoted to her special needs daughter. She works for a charity that helps children explore other activities after school. The charity has decided to put on a show to help with funds. They just need the help from a musician. Pike is the unlucky musician who volunteers for the job. Thank goodness for good friends, right? Pike doesn’t particularly like kids so he is really out of his element here but there is something about Oakley that he just can’t stay away from. He loves the fact that she plays hard to get but he can tell she is drawn to him in spite of that.

Oakley is struggling to raise her daughter so she takes a night job as a phone sex worker. Her deep voice keeps her busy at night. When Pike discovers her secret, he isn’t turned off but intrigued. Since Oakley won’t open up to him, he uses her night job as a way to get her to put down her guard toward him and also to open herself up to new experiences. The buildup of their relationship is hot and sexy. Oakley gives in to a lot of temptations when it comes to Pike. She also explores her sexual self in a way that she never thought she ever would again.

Pike is absolutely swoonworthy. I was falling for him. He might be my new book boyfriend. He never fell into any of the traps that I figured he would as the drummer in a popular band. He also has a lot of tattoos. The fact that his eyes were only on Oakley made me fall for this guy. Pike wasn’t always like that, he loved the groupies and drugs, and even after he got his life back on track he still loved the groupies. As a single-mother Oakley is not someone he would have thought he would be interested in. He fears children and doesn’t want anything to do with them.

Oakley’s daughter is eleven and she does have some special needs but music really helps her out of her shell. Oakley has done everything she can in order to give her daughter as good of a life as she can provide. Meeting Pike was something that Oakley never thought would happen. She steers clear of him because she needs someone who is more 9 to 5. She also has a secret dislike for musicians and tattoo’s. I really liked Oakley. She tried to stick to her guns but her gut instinct about Pike being a good guy kept overruling her life of solitude.

Overall, this story sucked me in and never let me go. I loved Oakley and Pike! I kept thinking something really bad was going to happen but my bad wasn’t quite the bad that did happen so I was happy with that. I wasn’t quite satisfied with the ending, but I loved the characters too much to be too disappointed in it. I do know what I need to do, I need to read the rest of this series, stat!

My eBook edition of Call on Me also featured a short novella, House Calls featuring the dreamy doctor Theo Washington and the BDSM trainer Maggie. This was another wonderful story about a character breaking down walls with a supportive love interest who knew how they needed to be treated. Whether this story is just a one night stand or the beginning of something new, it was a steamy quick read that I would love to know the future of this couple.

Notable Scene:

“You can still walk away,” she said quietly. “I won’t hold it against you.”

His jaw twitched and he stared toward the front of the bus. “Then you need to raise your standards of what you expect from a guy.”

The comment landed square, and her defenses rose. “Low expectations are better than getting blindsided later.”

He looked at her then, his gaze burning into hers, but his voice was soft when he spoke. “I’m not him, Oakley. And you shouldn’t let me be. You deserve better than that.”

She rubbed her lips together, her patched-together façade fraying at the edges again. “I don’t know what better looks like, Pike.”

His eyes creased at the corners, empathy there. “I get that. Once I left home, I expected the worse from every person I met. I looked at people like they were all out to screw me. I know how hard it is to break free of that, to trust someone—especially to trust someone like me. But when I say you’re not alone in this, I mean it. Whatever you need, I’m here.”

She closed her eyes, letting his words wash over her. She wanted so badly to believe them. She wanted to hope that if this happened, it wouldn’t be as terrifying as last time, that she’d have someone in her corner.

“Tell me what you need, Oakley. Name it and it’s yours.”

She shook her head, unable to voice what she wanted most. She couldn’t ask that of him. Wouldn’t. It was dumb to even think it. “I just need to get some sleep.”

She could see him in her periphery, staring at her, evaluating. But finally he released a long breath and leaned back. “Okay, Oakley. I’ll stop asking.”

Loving on the Edge Series:

1. Crash Into You

1.5 Still Into You

2. Melt Into You

3. Fall Into You

4. Not Until You

5. Caught Up in You

6. Need You Tonight

6.5 Forever Starts Tonight

7. Nothing Between Us

7.5 Yours All Along

8. Call on Me

8.5 Break Me Down (October 20, 2015)

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FTC Advisory: Berkley/Penguin provided me with a copy of Call on Me. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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