Sunday, March 17, 2013

DOUBLE-REVIEW: "Quid Pro Quo" and "Take It Off" by L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov


Quid Pro Quo (Market Garden, #1)
Quid Pro Quo by L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov
(Market Garden #1)

Goodreads -- Amazon

For Ages 18+
Male/Male Romance -- Contemporary
Riptide Publishing -- January 7, 2013
Ebook, 43 pages
Received from Netgalley

SUMMARY
For the past six months, Jared’s been selling sex at Market Garden, a London club that caters to the better-off. But business is slow in the run-up to Christmas, when businessmen and bankers are too busy bickering over bonuses to rent themselves a little high-class action.

Though Jared’s wallet finds the downtime unnerving, the rest of him rather enjoys the opportunity it gives him to admire Tristan, an old hand in the club whose reputation usually sees him well-booked. Jared has been crushing on Tristan for months—he’s no more immune to Tristan’s cockiness and confidence than the johns, and those are just Tristan’s inner qualities.

Just as Jared’s about to chat Tristan up, a businessman asks for something a little different: he wants to book them both. They agree—and Jared finds himself going from crush to mind-bending lust as he’s made the pawn in a sexual power game. Tristan shows him how a pro handles a john while delivering the top-shelf sex for which the Market Garden is so rightly renowned.

FIRST LINE
"Feast or famine in this place, isn't it?"  Tristan sighed heavily.

MY THOUGHTS
Quid Pro Quo is the first in a co-authored series from L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov.  I had never read Witt before, but I was a fan of Voinov's work so I was intrigued.  The focus of these books is Market Garden, a very unique London club.  For the first book, readers are introduced to Jared and Tristan, two of the club's prominent "rentboys."

I thought this was a short, but very hot little story that did a good job of setting up the series and introducing readers to Jared and Tristan.  The story was told from Jared's point of view which helped with the introduction of Market Garden since he was still considered a newbie.  It mainly consisted of a single smut scene that involved our two protagonists and a voyeuristic customer known only as "Rolex."  I really liked how the authors were able to develop their characters in such a short amount of time.  The relationship between Jared and Tristan is very intriguing and really grabbed my attention especially since there wasn't a definite HEA at the end.

Overall, I thought this was an entertaining introduction to the Market Garden series.  It definitely wet my appetite for more of Jared and Tristan!

Thanks to Netgalley and Riptide Publishing for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


***3.5 Stars***


FAVORITE QUOTE
At some point, Rolex had lost his jacket and opened another button of his shirt.  He wore a white T-shirt underneath which made him American with nearly one hundred percent certainty.



Take It Off (Market Garden, #2)Take It Off by L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov
(Market Garden #2)

Goodreads -- Amazon

For Ages 18+
Male/Male Romance -- Contemporary
Riptide Publishing -- February 25, 2013
Ebook, 38 pages
Received from Netgalley

SUMMARY
Turnabout is foreplay.

High-end Market Garden rentboys Tristan and Jared have found their niche. Men are willing to pay good money to watch Tristan tease Jared, and the two of them seduce London’s elite with sex and power games.

Except Tristan is less and less interested in getting money out of the johns these days. He wants his partner in crime, and he wants the seduction to be real. But is Jared just in this for the pay?

When Rolex, the john who started it all, returns to Market Garden, the boys jump on the opportunity to service him—and each other—for a fresh pile of cash. Rolex isn’t the only one itching for a rematch, though. Jared’s been waiting for a chance to get back at Tristan for teasing him so mercilessly the first time.

And for a former stripper, revenge is a dish best served extra hot.

FIRST LINE
Tristan was bored.

MY THOUGHTS
Take It Off returns to the world of Market Garden, the London sex club, and shows what has been going on in the life of Jared and Tristan.  The first book showed their first experience working together to please a client who liked to watch with Tristan being the main power player.  Now its Jared's turn!

I really liked Quid Pro Quo so I was excited to see more in the series.  Like before, this book is mainly an extended sex scene with a great deal of plot and character development thrown in the mix.  Witt and Voinov's skilled writing really shines in the shorter page length with their ability to help readers figure out the inner workings of Jared and Tristan in the midst of all the smut.

I personally loved that the tables were turned in Take It Off with Jared taking control over the job.  The lap dance was perfectly described and Tristan's reaction to it was priceless!  It was nice to get inside his head in this book since we had spent that last time with Jared.  This couple does come to some time of an understanding by the end of this book, but I am hoping Witt and Voinov will revisit them in the future.  I also found myself intrigued by their colleague, Nick, who seems to be into stuff that's a bit less mainstream.  Can't wait to see what they do next!

Thanks to Netgalley and Riptide Publishing for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

***4 Stars***

FAVORITE QUOTE
"You don't just waltz into Market Garden and get a job unless you have . . . experience." Tristan pressed his foot into Jared's hand. "That, and you don't find Market Garden.  Market Garden finds you."

BOOKS IN THE SERIES
1. Quid Pro Quo
2. Take It Off
3. If It Flies
4. If It Fornicates (Coming 2013)
5. Capture and Surrender (Coming 2013)

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