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.
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.