Author: Quinn Anderson
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 10/31/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Erotica, Gay Fiction, Humor/Comedy
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 was my first time reading Quinn Anderson, and my first experience with an MC who is a phone sex operator, and on the whole I think it went pretty well.
One of the things I appreciate in a book is evidence that the author is socially aware and is making an effort to write characters who are morally responsible, and Hotline fits that bill. The narrative touches on things like consent (in a scene involving alcohol) and abuse (regarding a guy punching his male partner) without slipping into preachiness. Zack has a neighbor whose advice sometimes comes off a little heavy-handed, but otherwise I thought everyone seemed fairly normal/realistic.
The main reason I didn’t give this title a higher rating was the pacing. The big conflict arrives very late in the story IMO – and thus it happens, is resolved, and then is moved on from so quickly that I couldn’t properly process it. I almost would have preferred not to have a conflict at all, even though that sounds boring, because the timing here is just wrong for John and Zack’s relationship.
That said…with lots of sex to offset its only real flaw, this is a book I’m happy to recommend to those who are interested in the blurb.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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