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Friday, March 28, 2014

REVIEW: "If It Drives" by L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov

If It Drives (Market Garden, #7)
If It Drives by L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov
(Market Garden #7)

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For Ages 18+ (Language, Sensuality)
Male/Male Romance -- Contemporary
Riptide Publishing -- March 31, 2014
Ebook, 222 pages
Received thru Netgalley

THEMES
Erotica, BDSM

SUMMARY
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.

FIRST LINE
"That was a first."

MY THOUGHTS
Witt and Voinov really know how to write a hot, but powerful love story.  If It Drives belongs in the wonderful Market Garden universe, but could easily be read as a stand-alone.  James Harcourt first appears in If It Fornicates, but is only identified by his red tie and readers don't learn much more about him.  Well, these authors have taken care of that!

I love it when side characters get to step into the spotlight especially when they are as developed as James. Readers quickly learn that he is a man who is hurting and searching for something through the background about his trips to Market Garden. And the one person who is present for everything that James goes through and does to himself is his driver, Cal, who is battling inconvenient feelings for his employer. 

I love heroes that are writers and seeing Cal's method was fascinating for me.  I especially liked how his mood was depicted through which manuscript he was working on: the space opera or the literary fiction.  In terms of James's character, I do wish we had gotten a bit more about him beyond his sexual needs and his family issues though I liked seeing him through Cal's eyes. 

I thought the driver/employer aspect was a different one for this series, but one that I appreciated especially when the tone switched to BDSM.  As one should expect from a Market Garden book, there is plenty of steam though the authors make a conscious effort to never get away from the emotions in the sex scenes which is important for both James and Cal's growth.

It was also wonderful to see Nick and Spencer and how happy they are together.  Nick obviously made an impact on James's personal tastes.  It was fun to see him teach Cal how to be what James needed and to give more explanation to the whys of the BDSM world.

I received a free copy of this book from Riptide Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

4 STARS

STEAM LEVEL
Rapture -- Very explicit (sometimes kinky) descriptions with focus on the physical desires.

BOOKS IN THE SERIES
1. Quid Pro Quo
2. Take It Off
3. If It Flies
4. If It Fornicates
5. Capture & Surrender
6. Payoff
7. If It Drives

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