Blog Tour: Call on Me (Loving on the Edge #8) by Roni Loren
Call on Me Loving on the Edge #8 By: Roni Loren Published: July 7, 2015 Publisher: Berkley Romance Add to Goodreads Source: eARC from publisher for a honest review Summary:
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.
Call on Me is an exquisite erotic novel. Even though it is the eighth book in the Loving on the Edge Series, these books do not need to be read in order. I haven't read them sequentially, and was not lost or confused in any way. However, I got introduced to plenty of interesting secondary characters, which makes me excited and determined to go back and read all of their stories.
Call on Me is the story of single hard working mother, Oakley Easton and the sexy bad boy drummer, Pike Ryland. Oakley is raising her eleven year old daughter, Reagan, who has high functioning Autism. In order to make ends meet, she works two jobs. One of her jobs is as a secretary for Bluebonnet Place, a children's charity, and the other job is as a telephone sex operator, which she is able to do late at night from home, while Reagan sleeps.
Oakley is in charge of a musical fundraising event for Bluebonnet, and Pike has been pressured into helping out with the event due to his musical expertise. From outward appearances, Oakley and Pike do not look compatible. Oakley appears very conservative and proper. Her whole life has been dedicated to taking care of her daughter, and she has been celibate for the last five years. Pike has a ton of tattoos, and piercings, belongs to a secret BDSM sex club, and has had nothing but no strings attached sex from groupies recently. However, there is no denying the attraction and sexual awareness that infiltrates between these two, when they begin working together on the musical fundraiser.
Oakley wants a responsible man who works eight to five in a stable and secure career, not a bad boy musician. Pike isn't looking for a relationship, and he is uncomfortable around kids. He can tell that Oakley is not the type of woman that he should be pursuing. However, the more time spent together, solidifies a shared passion for music, and a deep connection emerges after these two realize, you shouldn't judge another person based on their outward appearance. Is taking a chance on love worth the risk of getting a broken heart?
Oakley was a great character. I loved how she was such a loving, patient, and dedicated mother to Reagan. She was also such a fun character. She had a sassiness to her, and was a very strong woman. Sometimes her stubbornness worked against her, but she had a huge heart, and knew how to learn from her mistakes. Pike was a character that I loved. He was fiercely protective of Oakley and Reagan. Pike was patient, caring, and really good at relating to Reagan, and making her feel safe, secure, and happy. He had a traumatic childhood, that gave him deep emotional scars, and I enjoyed seeing the girls mend his heart.
The relationship between Oakley and Pike was hotter than a steaming sauna. I could feel myself blushing from these highly erotic and explicit love scenes. These two used a variety of sex toys, role playing, and some aspects of the BDSM lifestyle. Let's just say this story taught me a few things! Call on Me was very eye-opening as far as sexual variety and creativity is concerned. However, what I loved was that this story wasn't just about the sex. There was also a very touching and emotional dynamic as well. The trust between Oakley and Pike started off as nonexistent and flourished in to a deep and abundant aspect in their relationship. They both had a giving nature, were big hearted, and yearned for a deeper connection with a loving partner.
I give, Call on Me, by Roni Loren, 4.5 Obscenely Erotic, Carnal Abandon, Emotional Healing, Sexy & Sweet Romance Filled Stars! Ms. Loren has proven herself to consistently write stories with richly crafted characters, sexually evocative plots, and emotionally riveting relationships. You can't go wrong if you pick up a book written by Ms. Roni Loren!
“Don’t tease me, mama. Tell me. In vivid detail preferably.” She pressed her lips together, humor in her eyes, and looked toward the road. “You sound like one of my callers.” “You’re dodging my question.”
She nodded. “A fair assessment.” “How come?” She glanced down, a self-deprecating smile tugging at her lips. “It’s silly, right? I talk sex for a living but when it comes to talking to you about it, I lock up like some awkward virgin. I had to fight it the first few times we talked on the phone. Now, in person, it’s coming back.” He appreciated the honesty. “I get it. Everything’s easier when it’s a role. You talk sex as Sasha. But it’s just you here tonight. Same for me. It’s easier for me when I’m the drummer from Darkfall. But the only person you’ve got in this car with you is James Pike Ryland. So don’t feel awkward. We’re on even ground.” She looked over at him. “Your name is James?” “It was my father’s name. But my dad walked out when I was five and I started going by Pike since my mom said she couldn’t stand to hear his name in the house. I legally changed it when I joined the band to separate myself from my history, but for some reason, James still feels like my real name. It’s what my brother called me.” She considered him. “So if I was in here with Pike Ryland, rockstar, how would it be different?” He laughed. “We are not going to discuss that. You would hate him.” She turned her body toward him, devious smile beaming. “Oh, no. We have to go there now. I think I got a glimpse of him the first time we met.” He rubbed the back of his head. How had he gotten trapped in this corner? “Fuck, all right. I do what’s easy. I tell women what they want to hear. Most girls just want to know how hot they are, how great they look in whatever they’re wearing. It’s much more about them and the conquest of landing the band member than it is about me. I figured that out early on. Then it usually ends up with talk of who I know, where I’ve been, all that shit that makes me sound like a big deal.” Oakley bit her lip like she was trying hard not to laugh. “What?” he asked, grinning. “That shit totally works.” “Oh, I have no doubt. I’m sure ten minutes of that and there’s no more talking because the girl’s head is bobbing in your lap. Frankly, I don’t know why you even bother talking. I mean, looking at you is enough. You probably could just unbutton your fly and point.” His mouth kicked up at the corner. “Yeah? Would that have worked on you?” “That would’ve gotten you a knee to the balls. And a thank you for showing me where to aim.” He laughed. She turned, peering out at the passing mileage signs. “Looking at you is no hardship. You know that. But talking to James Pike Ryland is what got me here. The other guy would’ve never had a chance.”
The gently spoken admission thumped him right in the chest. He focused on the road, trying not to show on his face how the words had affected him. “Thank you, Oakley.”
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, er, rock concerts. Yeah, that's it. She is the National Bestselling Author of The Loving on the Edge series from Berkley Heat.