Title: On the Clock (Market Garden #8)
Author: Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt
Release Date: July 13, 2015
Page Count: 238
Reviewed by: Vallie
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
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.
The eighth instalment in the Market Garden series is a smut-fest like no other.
The American high-roller, Blake, aka Rolex, goes to Market Garden once more to get a rent boy recommended from none other than hotties Tristan and Jared. Jason is a wet dream come true and the boys waste no time getting down and dirty. Seriously, the sex in this book raises the bar so high that I wonder what the next instalment will bring. The scenes are not for the faint of heart, including a couple of ménage scenes that were smoking! Jason has a money kink, which I’d never read about before and it gave his character something totally unique. No rent boy sob story here or saving money ”for college”. Jason loves negotiating the price for services rendered and the authors did an amazing job writing witty dialogue with Blake and Jason upping the ante.
So, half if not more of the book is really these two guys hooking up and getting their money and voyeurism kinks going on. A little after the half-way mark, there’s a nice plot twist that gives them the opportunity for some actual romance to develop.
And here is where the book started losing points for me.
Let’s just say the opportunity was not taken advantage of in my opinion. They spent a week together which could have been a window for the readers to see Blake and Jason become intimate, developing feelings with each other, and actually come closer to wanting a relationship. Instead, we saw a day of that week on page and then the plot was fast forwarded to their week coming to an end. As soon as the week ended, Blake pretty soon realized that he had feelings for Jason and made the grand gesture/confession about wanting something more with him. It just wasn’t believable enough. If anything, I saw it more as Blake being infatuated with Jason than having actual deep feelings. The situation wasn’t helped by the fact that we only got Blake’s POV so it was even harder to see why/how/when Jason started reciprocating.
Although I appreciated that the ending was realistic, providing a very strong HFN, I was still left wanting more. I wanted to see how they were going to navigate the actual relationship with all the everyday issues and frustrations. And although I enjoyed the steam in this book immensely, I feel like the romance took a back seat in this one.
Fans of the series will appreciate the steam in this book. It is scorching! Witt & Voinov are good collaborators and the writing is clever and engaging throughout. This is excellent, kinky erotica but it did overshadow the romance development.