☆••*´¨`*•.☆•• 4.5-stars ☆••*´¨`*•.☆••
Marin Rush loves studying sex. Doing it? That’s another story. In the research lab, Marin’s lack of practical knowledge didn’t matter, but now that she’s landed a job at The Grove, a high-end, experimental sex therapy institute, she can’t ignore the fact that the person most in need of sexual healing may be her.
Dr. Donovan West, her new hotshot colleague, couldn’t agree more. Donovan knows that Marin’s clients are going to eat her alive unless she gets some hands-on experience. And if she fails at the job, he can say goodbye to a promotion, so he assigns her a list of R-rated tasks to prepare her for the wild clientele of The Grove’s X-wing.
But some of those tasks are built for two, and when he finds Marin searching for a candidate to help her check off her list, Donovan decides there’s only one man for the job—him. As long as they keep their erotic, off-the-clock activities strictly confidential and without strings, no one will get fired—or worse, get attached…
Off the Clock by Roni Loren is off the charts good! It is the first book in a series, but definitely reads like a standalone novel. There are NO cliff hangers!
Ms. Loren provides a great balance of budding friendships, crushes, edgy sex and second-chance love in her latest book. Off the Clock begins when main characters Marin Rust and Donovan West first meet in college.
Marin Rust is highly intelligent; she tested out of two semesters of classes! Her life has been plagued by a manic-depressive mom whose instability has made Marin’s and her younger brother’s, Nathan, lives hellish. The chaos at home doesn’t allow Marin to have much of a life outside of school and some part-time work at the sleep-disorder lab at college.
“I want to believe in fate and fairy tales and happy endings.”—Marin
When Marin runs into her crush, a hot TA from one of her classes, she happily helps him with his dissertation research, and in turn, he provides a much need diversion from her real life. Their budding friendship is fun and simple, but it abruptly ends when Marin’s home life tanks.
When Off the Clock resumes nine years later, Marin still has too many responsibilities and problems for a 27-year-old woman. She is stronger for all that she has survived, and she is more determined than ever to do whatever it takes to provide some stability and support for her brother. When Marin looks for employment near her brother’s college, she isn’t prepared to run into Donovan West nor is she prepared to work closely with the man she has fantasized about for the past nine years. Their personal and professional exchanges are intense. They work well together because Marin gets Donovan. She knows some of his haunted past and sympathizes with him.
“We do what we need to do to keep moving forward.”—Marin
Donovan is handsome and very smart. When he meets Marin, he’s working on his PhD in psychology. You’ll love his focus within that field!! He’s a funny, nerdy guy who has been plagued by inner demons since he suddenly lost both his parents.
“He’d learned that joy in life had a very quick expiration date.”
When he and Marin meet again, he is ineffectively managing his feelings by keeping busy, avoiding intimacy, and finding release with his emotionally unavailable co-worker Elle McCray.
“…can’t a person just like things a little left of center simply because it’s fun and exciting and feels good?”—Marin
He’s still gorgeous. He’s learned a few tricks, and he’s become renown in his field, but like Marin, life hasn’t gotten any easier for him since college.
These main characters are flawed yet perfect. They have plenty of problems, but they don’t let those problems rules their lives. Most importantly, despite of their flaws, Marin and Donovan bring out the best in each other. The verbal sparring is filled with double-entendres and sprinkled with humor.
Off the Clock has an evenly paced plot with little angst. There is however plenty of tension that builds up to the climax of the story (no pun intended). The big threat of the taboo of fraternizing with a co-worker fizzles instead of sizzles as the major conflict in the story. It is not a fast paced book, but the action will keep you riveted.
“We kissed last week and our clothes almost caught on fire. We’ve got chemistry, Rush.”—Donovan
Overall, Roni Loren’s Off the Clock has an interesting and unique premise, the main characters are very likable and empathetic, and the secondary characters are engaging. Off the Clock’s edgy sex scenes are very steamy and definitely about and for a mature audience.
This is my first Roni Loren book, but it won’t be my last. A hot-cha-cha 4.5-star read!
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About the Author:
Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has.
Though she’ll forever be a New Orleans girl at heart, she now lives in Dallas with her husband and son. If she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her reading, watching reality television, or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to rockstars concerts.
She is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the The Loving on the Edge series and other sexy things.
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