Upwardly Mobile

Title: Upwardly Mobile
Author: Clare London
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length:  Short Story
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5


Since the day they met, Owen’s restraint has been an exciting foil to Caleb’s unruly lack of discipline. Now established lovers, they can’t deny how welcome that balance is in their lives. Two very different men, both strong-willed–it shouldn’t work between them, but it does! Owen’s steady world is rocked by Caleb’s boldness, and Caleb finds a haven in return. Now they share their lives, a strong need for each other and a highly developed love of play.

On this weary night at the end of a working week, they’re caught in traffic on opposite sides of town. They’ll have to wait until the journey’s over to meet up and enjoy the evening together. Or will they? Caleb decides he won’t wait to play, and he’ll play as dirty as he dares–or as much as they can handle over the phone.


 Caleb is a free spirit and Owen realized this the night they met by chance in a bar he dropped by for a coffee after a long business trip. When they hooked up almost immediately, their one night stand turned  into a weekend, then regular dates, and inevitably they decided to move in together. For both of them the commitment was more than great sex, although that was certainly hot.

This particular night Caleb was driving home alone in the rain that was coming down in buckets and Owen was fretting they would be late for dinner at a mutual friend’s place, because the trains were delayed by the weather. Eventually he was on his way home in an old train that had been pressed into service; due to the lateness of the hour there weren’t many other passengers in the carriage which provided an unexpected opening. When Caleb spoke to Owen on the phone he wasn’t his usual calm and controlled self because he was wet, his shoes were soaked, he was miserable and missing his man. Caleb on the other hand was mischievous and was determined to stoke the fires. Owen did not want to play but Caleb tempted him by telling him exactly what he was doing to pass the time, and when he unzipped his pants Owen showed what he was made of by upping the ante.

This is one of the most delightful and sexiest of Clare London’s  books. Upwardly Mobile is almost one long sex scene in a sense, but from another perspective the story gives the readers an appreciation of the characters and a peek into their relationship and why it works. Their attraction to each other comes through loud and clear when Caleb calls Owen and tells him that he needs to get off and he wants his help. At first Owen is mad because he’s on a train and he’s handicapped, since other people are in the carriage and there’s no privacy, so he can’t be a participant, but Caleb the free spirit knows just how to get buttoned-down Owen going. Owen was outplayed and outmatched and he decided to join the party rather than let his irrepressible partner have all the fun.

The rain plays an important part in the story because without it Owen wouldn’t have been late, ending up in an almost empty train carriage which gave him the opportunity to demonstrate that he’s more than the uptight person he appeared to be. His aggressive, take charge approach provides an added sensuous touch to the sex as they race to the finish line. The control that switched between both protagonists as they had the most extraordinary phone sex, with hedonistic and outrageous Caleb yanking Owen’s chain, and the push and pull by Owen as he attempts to wrest control from his lover, were what made this such a great read.

I really liked these two characters who were so three dimensional I could picture them in the throes of their incredible sexual experience, screaming their release.

Clare London managed to maintain the excitement throughout the story without repeating herself, something that’s very difficult to do. There are only a few authors who can write a story that’s almost one long sex scene and keep it interesting and vibrant and Clare did so in Upwardly Mobile.  Definitely recommended.


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  • *lol*
    What a fab review Wave, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! And you picked up on everything I could have hoped to get across in this short story :).

    And you’re right – no angst at all *hehe*.

    Many thanks again.

    • Thanks Tam
      Clare did a really great job on Upwardly Mobile and she actually surprised me because she’s almost a “fade to black” author. She’s getting awfully brave. 🙂

      One other reason you’ll like this book – there’s no angst in sight.

        • Well there’s none here.

          I can do angst if the story is interesting enough. I’m reading a few books with angst but it’s kept to a dull roar. 😀

  • Ooh, sounds really good. I find almost-public sex in books a mix of embarrassing and a big turn on so this story could be just my thing. 🙂
    Great review, Wave

    • Jen, you bad girl.
      I always thought of you as very straight (in the best sense, of course).

      It is a terrific book. The only reason I didn’t rate it higher (although 4.25 is nothing to be sneezed at) is because there was no conflict between the guys, but other reviewers may go higher because the writing is really good.

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