Monday, October 31, 2016

Hotline by Quinn Anderson

Title: Hotline
Author: Quinn Anderson
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Zack and John
Release Date: October 2016
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Zack never intended to become a phone sex operator, but with half a college degree and a smart mouth, his options were limited. It helps that he has a knack for thinking on his feet and a willingness to roll with whatever his clients throw at him. Sure, he gets his fair share of creeps and unconventional requests, but it pays the bills, and he’s in no danger of breaking his one rule: never fall for a client.

Until a man named “John” starts calling, and Zack finds himself interested in more than a paycheck. It’s not just that John has money, or that his rumbling baritone drives Zack wild. He’s everything Zack isn’t: educated, poised, and in total control of his life.

A twist of fate brings them face-to-face, and now that they’ve seen each other—and spent an unforgettable night together—they can’t go back to the way things were. A sex worker and a trust fund brat . . . It’s like Romeo and Juliet, but with less stabbing and slightly fewer dick jokes. Hopefully they can pull off a more successful ending.

My Review:
The premise of this story was interesting. Zack is a phone sex operator. He's not a great one, but he's good enough to get by. That all changes when John starts calling. John is what they call a "whale"...he calls regularly and spends a lot of money. But the reason for that was that Zack and John really connected...to the point that Zack is just as turned on by their phone calls as John is. That made for some really sexy reading.

I liked how the guys met in real life. That was the best aspect of this story for me. They have such a connection and to just run into one another was the biggest stroke of fate and I liked it. I found it completely believable that John would recognize Zack's voice even in a club.

There was a certain action on John's part toward the end. While I understood the reasoning, from both the character's viewpoint and the author's need for conflict, it made it harder to believe in their happily ever after. But looking at it as a happy for now worked.  

Note: my one big complaint about this book was it had an undercurrent that made it feel a little dated. I wouldn't be surprised if the author said she wrote it 15-20 years ago. Between the smoking and the phone sex operators (is that still a thing??), it just felt like this was a book that should have been backdated. It didn't feel real for 2016...but maybe that was just my impression of the story.

While not completely 100% positive, I did enjoy reading the book. I would read this author again. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

1 comment:

Grace Stack said...

The author is in her 20s I believe, so writing it 20 years ago would indeed have been a feat! Ha ha.