Off the Clock by Roni Loren #Review

Off the Clock by Roni Loren #ReviewOff the Clock by Roni Loren

Series: Pleasure Principle #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Berkley on January 5, 2016
Pages: 432
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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Off the Clock is a home run hit that left me satisfied, but wanting more from this new exciting series by Roni Loren. A couple of college kids meet up over a holiday break when they are working and hit it off on a great friendship that turns into one passionate, lust filled scene that ends with regrets. Afterwards events keep them apart until years later they meet up again working as sex therapists in an exclusive institute.

Marin Rush has just lost her funding and job for research and is desperate for a new one to pay the bills along with supporting her younger brother. What’s a girl to do who has never really dealt well with helping people face to face, and really has no practical experience? So she takes on a new job at an exclusive institute in the sexual therapy department only to have her mentor be none other than Dr. Donovan West, her college crush and first lover. Things ended badly and abruptly and she wonders if he even recognizes her.

Dr. Donovan West is well known for his unique sexual therapy techniques. When a bad time comes about, he takes on a job at an exclusive institute, where he continues his own spiral from humanity over the loss of his parents while still in college. He doesn’t believe in love, but lust is just fine and dandy as long as it is not out of control. Mentoring a colleague isn’t is idea of fun, but he wants control of the department and needs to show the boss woman he can do this.

So why not a little of their own sexual healing to help Marin get an understanding of her patients while also allowing Donovan to get what he wants. Keeping all their “activities” secret is a little hard, but in the end no-strings is the name of the game.

“I’m happy to take things slow since you’re new to so much. But that doesn’t mean I don’t think about hauling you up against a wall, hiking your skirt up, and fucking you like I own you. I think about it. I think about it. All. The. Fucking. Time.”

This book is combustable! Up in flames went my Kindle and burned my hands to boot. The openness to try things left me panting for more. They were likable characters dealing with real issue in their own lives like thoughts of suicide, sexual dysfunctions, deaths in the family and mental illness. While they deal with a lot in their own lives, they see patients with even more problems and you come to care for them too.

Donovan comes across as a playboy at first, but deep down he is dealing with some real world issues that have clung to him for a long time. Coming to terms with all of this was a key element. He is abrasive at times, but also the lovable college student we meet in the beginning. He is a whole package of everything good and bad.

While I don’t consider being gay a problem, but something to celebrate, Marin’s brother is dealing also with some identity problems as he is gay, but then is kissing a girl. Marin and her brother are real world people that dealt with a manic mother. They struggle to pay the bills, so this new job with housing is a godsend to them.

This was the entire package: lust, love, family, inner circle of friends and patients, the boss that scares you, and unresolved issues. It left me drained and happy in the end. Now I just need to buy a Kindle replacement since this one burned mine up. Wonder if I can claim that with insurance? Just kidding.

 

About Roni Loren

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.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • Oh man, that does sound deeply emotional and intense. Flawed, sensual people, indeed. 🙂 I love her writing.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      She knows how to write them. I love how much I have seen her writing grow. This one is emotional from start to finish as each layer is peeled back on both of them and you find that not everything is nice and rosy by just being a sexual therapist.

  • I saw college and had to scroll up to check if this was NA. Whew! I think ill enjoy this better than her kinky erotica

    • Shari Delighted Read

      The college part is about 2 chapters. You get to know the young characters and it ends abruptly as life takes center stage. When they meet up again, it is years later and no way can I consider this a NA book. It has very mild kink to it, mostly it is dealing with real human issues. You also get to know a few of their patients which makes it an all around great book.

  • I need compustable…I have 2 of her books, both recent titles..apparently I need to dig them out and add this one as well! Love your review!!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I love her other series, but it is BDSM related all around. This one is more contemporary with a few kinks thrown in that aren’t always BDSM related. I loved starting a new series with her and not bound to just the one world she has created.

  • I find the concept of new adult books intriguing. I know that was certainly an interesting time in my life!

    Stephanie
    http://stephie5741.blogspot.com

    • Shari Delighted Read

      This isn’t a NA book. Only the meeting when they are in college. 95% of the book is later when they are adults. I don’t do NA books if I can help it.

  • It really was a fantastic kick off to the series. Will be interesting to see what’s next.

  • karina

    Can’t wait to read it too. I adore Roni. Glad you enjoyed it so much!