Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Sent
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.
This series is amazing; I love Ms. Loren’s voice and style of writing. The stories are compelling and heartfelt and the romance is hot and dynamic.
Oakley Easton works for a school helping kids with music; she is raising her daughter Reagan who is a high functioning autistic that is extremely intelligent and very literal. The school Reagan attends is expensive so Oakley has a night job using her amazing voice for phone sex to supplement her income. When her boss at the school introduces a famous band member from Darkfall to help with a fundraising music project, Oakley finds herself extremely attracted to him, a dangerous situation that would not be good for either her or Reagan.
Pike Ryland is the drummer in a hard rock band; Darkfall was on the brink of success a few years ago when several mishaps occurred causing a bump on their road to fame, but now they are close to finalizing a new deal that will help them realize their dream. When his best friend asks him to help with the school’s project he is leery, he has never been around many kids and he is not sure he knows how to connect. But when he meets Oakley he is captivated by her, not only is her voice amazing, he also sees something amazing in her.
As the two work together their attraction is undeniable, he introduces her to his dominate preferences and she realizes his ways work for her. Although he does not go all in to the dominate lifestyle, he enjoys playing the part in the bedroom and Oakley agrees. Their time alone is sizzling and so very hot, and he enjoys introducing her to new things. Unfortunately life gets in the way as their work, her daughter and several miscommunications disrupt the romance.
This series works for so many reasons, mainly the writing, the stories and the characters that Ms. Loren introduces us to.
Oakley has several secrets that she is hiding from the world. She wants to bring her daughter up in a loving environment where she can thrive, but that means she needs some extra money, money her voice can provide. She also had a musical past, but abandoned it when she got pregnant at a young age and never looked back. But when Pike turns up to help at the school, she does not know what to do, she is attracted to him and wants his help but he is everything she does not need in her life.
Pike lived the rocker lifestyle when their band was on the brink of stardom several years ago, but when there were numerous hiccups along the way the band grew older. Now that they are again close to making it big, he is not sure he is ready for all that goes into that world, especially after he meets Oakley.
The two together sizzle, the chemistry is off the charts as they dance around their attraction but are pulled together with undeniable desire. He wants to control how things go in the bedroom but in the real world he is happy just being with her on any level. Although he gets roped into helping with the school project and is nervous around the kids at first, he jumps in with both feet and is soon a natural. I like how he changes, especially with Reagan.
The pace works well and the romance is sweet as they move from attraction to spending some amazing hot scenes together. The only problem I have is Pike’s pet name for Oakley, yet I realize it is my hang-up and I will get over it. Several characters from previous books come and go and it is good to catch up on what is going on in their lives. I really liked Reagan, she is a cute girl, wise beyond her years and looked at things interestingly, and I liked her thoughts on the world. I highly recommend starting with any of the books in this series; they are all standalone stories, some featuring the Ranch and some not, but all have sizzling sex scenes and amazing characters.
I give Call On Me by Roni Loren 4.25 stars!
“Are you touching yourself?” The voice in Oakley’s ear sounded labored and overeager—like a St. Bernard attempting phone sex. He was probably drooling, too. Lovely.
“Yes, you make me so hot…”—she quickly checked the sticky note she’d put on the kitchen island—“Stefan.”
Stefan. Literature professor. Single. Six foot five.
That’s the info he’d given her. Which probably meant: Steve, unemployed, married, and five-six on a good day.
He groaned. “You’re so sexy.”
Sexy? Two points off for lack of originality, Mr. Lit Prof. Though, even the suave guys tended to forget their vocabulary when they got to this point in the conversation. Oakley covered the mouthpiece on her headset and turned off the timer on the oven. If nothing else, she was impressed the guy had lasted through the full baking time.
“Thanks, sugar,” she said, letting her tone drop into a lower register.
“God, your voice is so fucking hot.”
That she heard a lot. A record company exec had once deemed her voice “smoky, X-rated perfection” when he’d heard her demo. At the time, she hadn’t considered how inappropriate it had been for a grown man to tell a fifteen-year old kid that. But her raspy voice had gotten her the gig then, and it’d gotten her this one now. Though, admittedly, the bar wasn’t set quite as high for this current one.
“I’m gonna give it to you so hard, Sasha,” Stefan ground out. “I can feel your hot mouth closing around me.”
Oakley donned oven mitts and leaned down to pull out the tray of brownies. The smell of chocolate and the heat of the oven hit her with full force. She inhaled deeply. “Mmm, that’s so good. I could just lick up every last bit.”
“Yeah,” he panted, the sound of his slick, pumping fist obscenely clear through the receiver. “That’s right. Show me how much you want it.”
There you go, Steve, you go on and get your money’s worth. Oakley set the tray of brownies on a trivet and tugged off the mitts. Her stomach rumbled. She’d stayed up late enough that her body was looking for dinner number two. But these weren’t for her.
She glanced toward the darkened hallway and the stairs beyond. Well, maybe one little corner piece wouldn’t be missed. She cut a small square and dipped her fingers in to grab it. But as she lifted the brownie, her knuckles grazed the searing hot pan.
“Ah, shit!” she hissed, jerking her hand back.
“Oh, yeah, let me hear it,” Stefan said on a moan. “Come with me, baby.”
Oakley shook out her hand, sucking air through her teeth, and tried to keep the pain out of her voice. Her phone companion thought she was mid-orgasm. She threw in an oh, oh, oh and ran to the sink to plunge her fist into the dishwater she’d drawn to soak the mixing bowl.
Stefan made choked sounds as he reached his own release. In another world, maybe it could’ve been an erotic moment. She’d talked a guy into an orgasm. He was calling her name. But the name was fake and so was the talk. And though she held nothing against the guys who called—after all, they helped her pay the bills—her libido had long ago crawled into a dark corner to die a quick, peaceful death. Even if she imagined the guy on the other end of the line looked like Johnny Depp or Justin Timberlake or something, she couldn’t drum up one ounce of interest.
Stefan panted heavy, wet breaths right against her ear, resuming his resemblance to a St. Bernard. Maybe she should offer him a “good boy” or a Milkbone.
“That was amazing,” she said, using her husky, after-sex voice as she soaked her hand in the water. “Thank you, Stefan.”
Panting. Panting. That was the only response.
Then a tight, high sound—whistling.
Uh-oh. “Stefan? Are you okay?”
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****About The Author****
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.