Author: Roni Loren
Series: Loving on the Edge #8
Published by: Berkley
Publication Date: July 7th 2015
Oakley Easton wants two things: to be a good mom to her daughter and to ditch her less than ideal night job. Hooking up with bad boy drummer Pike Ryland? Not on the agenda. She needs a promotion. Not sex, tattoos and rock ’n’ roll.
Pike isn’t about to let Ms. Prim and Proper shut him down so easily, especially when he stumbles upon Oakley’s sexy night job. She’s only playing a role on those late night calls with strangers, but when he gets her on the line, all bets are off. He won’t stop until that sultry voice is calling his name for real.
But as they move from anonymous fantasies in the dark to the flesh-on-hot-flesh reality of the bedroom, the risk of falling in love becomes all too high. And the safe, quiet world that Oakley’s worked so hard to create is about to be exposed to the one person who could ruin it all.
It seems like I’ve been waiting forever for Pike’s book! Okay, I’m exaggerating, but still. I needed to get Pike in my grabby paws. The wait for Call on Me was so, so worth it, though.
I have a confession to make … I’ve read the series out of order. I know, don’t throw tomatoes at me! Anyway, this is the type of series that easily allows that, even though characters overlap because of friendships and belonging to the same club. So, I started with Not Until You, which is where I first met Pike and wanted him for my very own.
Pike is even more than I could have hoped for. He’s a drummer in a pretty popular band, but this isn’t a “rock star romance” per se. Pike gets roped into working on a project with a bunch of kids for charity, which is where he meets Oakley. These two have amazing chemistry! Despite the undeniable sparks between them, she wants nothing to do with him. Ah, but Mr. Pike likes a challenge!
What I love so much about Oakley, she isn’t some wallflower and can really hold her own. Pike likes to tease her, but she doesn’t get all shy and blush. Thank goodness. She’ll tease and joke around right back, and it’s hilarious when she catches him off-guard. Also, there’s a lot of great dialogue that actually shows how well they play off each other. They are really a lot of fun together. Hell, Pike is fun with everyone – the guy made me laugh so much! Seriously, it’s ridiculous how much highlighting I did in this book because there are so many passages I wanted to save.
Speaking of dialogue … Pike is a dirty talker! And oh man, is he ever good at it. Oakley moonlights as a phone sex operator in order to make ends meet, but yowza, he’s the one that needs to get paid. I know I know, I’m all about Pike, but believe me, you’ll understand once you meet him.
I’ve talked about how incredibly simpatico Pike and Oakley are, but there’s so much more to the story than them scorching the sheets. Pike has an aversion to children because of his upbringing, while Oakley has a daughter, Reagan, who has high functioning autism. I love Reagan’s personality and relationship she and Pike developed. There’s a lot of depth to the characters and the story as a whole.
Call on Me is definitely my favorite installment of the Loving on the Edge series. Well, so far anyway, since I haven’t read them all. But Pike and Oakley are going to be extremely tough to beat. Have I said that I love this book yet? I LOVE THIS BOOK.