On the Clock (Market Garden #8)

Author: L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: Riptide and Amazon

Type: Novel in a Series

Received from Publisher

 

Blurb: When Blake Raleigh’s favorite rentboys retire from Market Garden, they’re sure their friend Jason will be a perfect replacement. Though Tristan and Jared are a tough act to follow, Blake returns to London to test out their recommendation.

Jason is right on the money. Negotiations turn him on. Getting paid turns him on. The higher the stakes, the hotter things get. Each trip to London is more expensive than the last, and the webcam sessions don’t run cheap, but Jason is well worth the sticker shock.

The more time they spend together, the more Blake wants, and not just sex and transactions. But Jason’s been burned before by men who thought they were in love with him, and he’s not making that mistake again. When the lines between personal and professional start to blur, it’s going to take more than money, jewelry, and sports cars to keep Jason from clocking out and walking away.

 

Review:  In On the Clock we finally get Rolex’s story most fans of the series have been wanting since he first appeared in Quid Pro Quo with Tristan and Jared. Blake, aka Rolex, is back in the UK on one of his regular business trips and looking forward to spending some time at the Market Garden. Although sorry that his favourite two rent boys have retired, Blake is also eager to see if their recommendation for their replacement is all he’s been led to believe. It doesn’t take long for Blake to realise he’s well and truly met his match in the enigmatic, funny, smart and insanely hot man that Jason proves to be.

After a series of steamy encounters, Blake finds he wants more with Jason than just infrequent hook ups. Casual sex doesn’t satisfy him the way it used to and Blake finds himself asking the question of exactly what he does want. The answer is surprisingly simple – Jason.
Yes, this book is hot (holy moley is it ever!), and, yes, there is a lot of sex, but it isn’t at the expense of well formed characters and the smut is balanced with a fun, sexy romance between two characters that have chemistry in spades. I really liked both characters and loved the playfulness between them.
The sex scenes seriously sizzle and the scene with Tristan and Jared’s much appreciated cameo is at the oh-my-god, set-things-alight level of heat. There is no doubt these authors excel at this and at creating great chemistry between the characters. Although I was disappointed that the romance itself was a little underdeveloped. The set up was there, but then the opportunity to use that and really give the story a well-rounded balance between the erotic and the characterisation, which were both very well written, and romance was missed. It felt like it needed an extra chapter or two to fully realise that element of the story, but it was instead glossed over and an opportunity to really explore it passed by.
I couldn’t quite see how these two characters would make it to a HFN, never mind a HEA, but the ending did come together to a solid HFN. While it did leave me wanting a bit of a clearer picture of a future for them, it was still satisfying in its realism. I loved that Jason unashamedly loved his job and had no intention of giving it up while that was still the case. Blake’s voyeuristic bent made it plausible for him to be okay with Jason’s choice of career, even if some insecurities did crop up. I also liked that Blake did have those insecurities. It made him feel human. We’d only seen the confident businessman in the previous books he’d appeared in, and it was great getting to know him more thoroughly in this story. I hope we get another book for Blake and Jason and that we get Jason’s POV, because with this one being solely in Blake’s POV it was harder to get into Jason’s head and I have feeling it would be a fascinating place to be.
All in all, On the Clock is a thoroughly enjoyable addition to the series and has everything readers have come to love about Market Garden.

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