This is an ADULT title
5 out of 5 stars
Off the Clock by Roni Loren is a contemporary erotic story that centers around Marin Rush, whose experiences during one week while she is an undergraduate student establish a pattern that will shape her future in a way she never imagined. Dr. Donovan West has always had very definite goals and a single-minded determination to achieve them, but he doesn’t plan for the complications caused by the unforgettable Marin. They will have to decide if the risk of their relationship is worth derailing all of their goals.
This author never fails to enmesh me in her sensual and emotional tales that involve characters who creep into my heart and make me care about them. I love the way each action that potentially could be ridiculed from a distance is perfectly logical as one is caught up in the situation that gradually snowballs until there is a danger of all the blocks tumbling down. The angst and emotionalism that are hallmarks of these stories are masterfully portrayed, even as the sizzling hot intimate encounters provide more than enough explanation for the searing connection that forms between the lovers. The remarkable ability to also have secondary characters who are intriguing yet don’t take over the story is also a plus for me, and I would love to see more about Marin’s brother and a couple of the other folks who are encountered in this story. The bonus short story, "One Night Only", that provides a closer look at a couple of the secondary characters was a wonderful bonus but only whets my appetite for more!
One thing that intrigued me the most about this story was watching the characters mature from college to professionals and the evocation of the insecurity and exploratory attitude that one has at the cusp between student and graduate. The glimpse of the challenges that hone the main characters gives excellent insight into their personalities and the desperation that shapes them and makes them vivid to me. This is a book that is definitely going on my keeper shelf, since it provides both a wonderfully spicy and emotionally wrenching tale that I will undoubtedly read over and over again.
A copy of this title was provided to me for review, which has been submitted to Night Owl Reviews