This compelling series continues to enthrall, ensnare and entertain, while providing plenty of heat, emotion and new favorites to fall in love with. I love the contrast between outward images and inner personalities that is particularly highlighted in this book, especially because Pike (not to mention his adopted friend Monty) was already a favorite from “Not Until You”. The acceptance, no, enthusiasm, with which Pike accepts Oakley’s method of making ends meet plus the way he readily accommodates the requirements to keep Oakley’s daughter comfortable make one fall even more in love with him while the gradual revelation of the events that have shaped him into the kind of man he is makes one cringe and glad that he’s found ways to cope and thrive.
As usual, there are searingly intense intimate encounters which are balanced by humor and emotional interludes as these two complicated individuals learn to trust in one another. I enjoy getting glimpses into the lives of people previously spotlighted in the series because it’s like visiting old friends, even though the visits are all too brief. It is always delightful to discover that there is a new story by this author because I can depend on finding a compelling read with richly textured characters who I want to know more about and who cause me to become invested in rooting for them to have their happy ending. The combination of passion and angst and realism presented make this story another great addition to a series that I hope will continue on for many more volumes. The additional quick read that spotlights a sexy Domme and a tortured doctor is just another excellent example of this author’s talent and serves as a nice bonus.
“Call On Me” by Roni Loren is part of the ‘Loving on the Edge’ series and contains James “Pike” Ryland’s story as well as a novella, “House Call”, which also involves a couple associated with The Ranch. Pike gets conscripted by his friends to help work on a charity event and meets the lovely and contradictory Oakley Easton. Oakley has a seductive voice, an autistic daughter, and an antipathy for musicians, tattoos and long-term relationships. Rock band drummer Pike isn’t particularly comfortable around kids, is covered with tattoos, and is getting tired of the groupie and one-night-stand scene…but he’s willing to make an exception to get to know Oakley. Unfortunately, Oakley isn’t willing to meet him halfway…or is she?
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.