Hotline (Steph’s Review)

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Title: Hotline
Author: Quinn Anderson
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: October 31, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 347
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5

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.

This is the unconventional story of how Zack and John. The ups and downs they experience as they traverse their newly budding relationship.true_story_barney

Zack has a thing against relationships/love and keeps himself guarded. John, on the other hand is lonely and wears his heart on his sleeve. So, when John comes to the wrong conclusion, not purely his own fault mind you; he almost puts an end to their newly formed relationship. Honestly, this is a new relationship between two boys in their 20’s. I feel like they have a lot to overcome like class gaps, maturity and so on.

The two have amazing chemistry together. Seriously, some of the phone sex scenes were hot and inspiring 😉 I really do like and appreciate Zack’s personality; he uses his wittiness not only in jest but as a buffer as well. With that said, I believe that the sex scenes carry not only the MC’s relationship, but the story as well. I really didn’t feel that Zack and John felt anything deeper than lust for each other.

itsmylifeWe are given a small glimpse of Zack’s family in the beginning, and if I can be honest I feel like there should have been a bit more in this area at least in passing. I really do feel for him, because I do understand wanting to find your own way even if it goes against what your family may wish/hope for you. Zack just wants acceptance and to live his life as he sees fit. On the other hand, the only thing we know about John is that he is an only child and he comes from money. It would have been nice if the author gave us more of a background here; to give us more of a connection.

At the end of this book, IMO is really just the start for Zack and John. The author gives us a HFN, leaving it open for the reader to make a decision if the budding relationship is one for the history books.

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Galley copy of Hotline provided by Riptide Publishing via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.


I love reading books about boys who love other boys <3. Sometimes there is a HEA or HFN, but sometimes it just is. Yes, I love all outcomes even it is not what I hoped for. We all need a good cry from time to time. As you can probably can tell, I love cliffhangers as well. Yeah, I am one of those people :) I read a variety of genres, whether it is dark/taboo, historical, shifters, GFY, SciFi, mysteries/thrillers; I love it all.