Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Book Tour for Call on Me by Roni Loren (Review & GIVEAWAY)

As a reader obsessed with the Loving on the Edge series I always celebrate a new book release from this decadent and erotic world.  I'm thrilled to introduce you today to the latest installment, Call on Me by Roni Loren, along with giving you my impressions of it.  To further celebrate the release make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a selection of decadent brownie mixes for those in the US or a $25 GC for those outside the US too!

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.


“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.”



As a fan of the Loving on the Edge series and tatted-up rock stars I knew I'd gobble this story up the moment I turned the first page.  From its delightful characters to its seamless incorporation of steamy sexual encounters with a hint of kink, readers will quickly see why this series is one of my favorites.  From the first installment to this most recent one it's become a series I can always count on to entertain.

Oakley is a woman with a past, one she'd like to forget as it left her disillusioned.  All she's focused on now is her special needs daughter Reagan and making ends meet any way she can.  From her night job as Sasha the phone sex operator to her day job of working with needy children she's left with little interest in men.  The moment she meets the sexy, charming, pseudo bad boy Pike though her hormones start raging.  She's desperate to fight her attraction as he's a rock star and she's been hurt by that world before.  They start off as friends as they must work together on a project for the kids but before long he's charmed his way into her life and into her bed with steamy interludes with a bit of light BDSM the result.  Oakley's an admirable heroine who's dedicated to her daughter.  Their interactions brought a smile to my face with its realism in dealing with Reagan's autism.  Oakley and Pike are wonderful together with their crackling connection and witty and flirty banter.  She came alive in his presence.  I just wish she'd given into him sooner as he proved himself nothing like the rock stars she once knew.

Pike comes from a history of pain that has bruised him but not broken him.  He grew up with abuse and the weight of caring for a family that ultimately threw him away.  He fell into drugs out of grief but put all that behind him with the support of his new family made up of friends who all visit The Ranch, the BDSM resort whose mystique permeates the series. It's a history that broke my heart but made me proud of the good man he is now.  After seeing his best friend find happiness with a loving woman he now wants that for himself.  Oakley might be very different from his usual women but her voice and strength call to him. Though she's not into casual relationships, and he doesn't think himself capable of caring for a family, their connection quickly morphs from friends to lovers in a journey full of charm, steaminess, smiles, and a bit of kink.  Pike's a delightful hero good at keeping secrets and loyal.  He's seemingly carefree but can be serious when in a crisis.  His interactions with Oakley were fun and flirty and made for verbal exchanges teeming with sexual tension.

Ms. Loren has crafted another emotionally satisfying read with wonderful dialogue, super sexy encounters, and very little angst.  The encounters are varied with a hint of BDSM but always playful and full of deep-seated emotions. Both characters are larger than life whose banter was equal to verbal foreplay for me and I was rooting for them every step of the way.  I enjoyed seeing characters from past installments too as it was like seeing family with interactions that were playful (and brotherly when it came to Pike, Gibson, and Foster) and always supportive.  I don't normally like children in books but Reagan was a joy with her open honesty and her and Pike's bonding through music.  This series continues to shine with characters you're drawn to and romances that captivate you. These books can be read on their own but with such masterful storytelling you won't want to miss a single word!

My rating for this is an A.

*I got this book from NetGalley for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


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 rockstarser, 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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