Title ~ If It Drives (Market Garden #7)
Author ~ Aleksander Voinov & L.A. Witt
Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing
Genre ~ M/M Romance
Rating ~ 4.5 Stars
If it flies, drives, or fornicates, it's cheaper to rent it.
After driving James Harcourt, his wealthy banker boss, around for a year and a half, Cal isn’t surprised by much anymore. Not even James’s regular trips to Market Garden, London’s most elite gay brothel.
But when James leaves the Garden alone one night and turns to Cal instead, Cal’s floored. After crushing on his boss for ages, it’s his wet dream come true . . . until the awkward morning after. Cal still has a job to do, but he wants to offer more. Yet James doesn’t take him up on it; he keeps Cal at arm’s length and continues his chauffeured jaunts to Market Garden.
As Cal learns what James needs from the rentboys, he tries to fill that need himself. But there’s more to James’s penchant for rentboys than Cal realizes, and it may be one role that Cal can’t fill without overstepping his duty.
Market Garden is one of my favourite Riptide reads, not one story in this series has been a disappointment so far. If It Drives is the 7th instalment in the series and we finally get the chance to meet Red Tie from Nick and Spencer’s story.
For 18 months Cal has been driving the wealthy banker James around. He’s secretly attracted to his boss and nothing surprises him anymore, not even his weekly trips to Market Garden. But there’s something he’s longing to do. He wants to be the man James needs, he wants to satisfy his kinks.
So he contacts ex-rentboy Nick, who knows for sure what makes James ‘Red Tie’ tick.
Cal is an amazing, lovable character. Holy hell, he’s even a writer! How awesome is that? Especially If he’s familiar with a
cute author living not too far from him? ;) That would be sheer coincidence, wouldn’t it?
Cal cares deeply for James and after 18 months he finally has the guts to reach out and do something about it. Their situation isn’t ideal though. Callum is only the driver, how can he be the ‘one’ for James?
James on the other hand doesn’t do relationships. After a nasty divorce he’s used to satisfying his urges with anonymous prostitutes, with men he can keep at arm’s length. He doesn't pay them to top him, he pays them to leave afterward. But when one night he leaves Market Garden without a rentboy, he allows Callum to get closer to him…
I liked both characters. Callum, first so insecure and unaware of his own dominant desires, James, all wealthy business man but with submissive tendencies in the bedroom - it all plays together nicely. Bring the sexual sadist Nick into play and… holy hotness Batman!… the story becomes a scorching hot, kinky, breath-taking read. I will never look at black leather gloves and billiard tables the same way as before… *blushes*
It was so great to see Nick again… and it’s not only a little glimpse we get… he’s game to help Callum to satisfy James’ needs. And of course we meet cute Spencer again, it was wonderful to see them so happy together.
I liked the depth of the story and the well elaborated characters. Their dynamics are interesting to read and hot as hell! Once again, the writing is exceptional. It's crisp and pointed, explicit and subtle at the same time. There are no wasted words, no wasted situations. Even the sexual scenes all serve their purpose to further the plot and the relationship.
I just love the way the authors write BDSM scenes, they complement each other perfectly and their contribution always leaves me wanting more. From the range in emotions to the sex scenes, everything comes together… wonderfully elaborated to bring yet another great instalment to the Market Garden series.
About Aleksandr Voinov
Aleksandr has been published for twenty years, both in print and ebook. He has ten years’ experience as a writing coach, book doctor, and writing teacher, and he works as a financial editor in the research department of a pan-European investment bank.
After co-authoring the M/M military cult classic Special Forces, Aleksandr embarked on a quest to write edgy, dark, sometimes literary M/M and gay fiction (much of which is romance/erotica)—the only way he can use his American Literature degree these days.
He’s been published with Heyne/Random House, Carina Press, Samhain Publishing, Loose Id, Dreamspinner, Storm Moon Press, and others.
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About L.A. Witt
L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer currently living in the glamorous and ultra-futuristic metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two cats, and a disembodied penguin brain that communicates with her telepathically. In addition to writing smut and disturbing the locals, L.A. is said to be working with the US government to perfect a genetic modification that will allow humans to survive indefinitely on Corn Pops and beef jerky. This is all a cover, though, as her primary leisure activity is hunting down her arch nemesis, erotica author Lauren Gallagher, who is also said to be lurking somewhere in Omaha.
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