by Roni Loren (Goodreads Author)
FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE LOVING ON THE EDGE NOVELS, THE FIRST IN A SENSUAL NEW SERIES
Overtime has never felt so good…
Marin Rush loves studying sex. Doing it? That’s another story. In the research lab, Marin’s lack of practical knowledge didn’t matter, but now that she’s landed a job at The Grove, a high-end, experimental sex therapy institute, she can’t ignore the fact that the person most in need of sexual healing may be her.
Dr. Donovan West, her new hotshot colleague, couldn’t agree more. Donovan knows that Marin’s clients are going to eat her alive unless she gets some hands-on experience. And if she fails at the job, he can say goodbye to a promotion, so he assigns her a list of R-rated tasks to prepare her for the wild clientele of The Grove’s X-wing.
But some of those tasks are built for two, and when he finds Marin searching for a candidate to help her check off her list, Donovan decides there’s only one man for the job—him. As long as they keep their erotic, off-the-clock activities strictly confidential and without strings, no one will get fired—or worse, get attached…
Exclusive to this edition only—a bonus short story
Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Berkley | Penguin Group
Genre: Adult Erotic Romance
Part 1 in a new series
My Off The Clock Review . . .
I'm a huge fan of Roni Loren especially after her Loving on the Edge series which is still on going. However, sometimes new series can be a hit or a miss. With this series it's definitely another hit because DAMN does Roni Loren know how to write erotica.
In this series it revolves around two sex therapists, Dr. Donovan West and Dr. Marin Rush. These two originally met 9 years ago when Marin was 18 and Donovan was a grad student. As Donovan was doing his paper he used Marin to help him with his research. This help turned into a week long exploration and one night of lost virginity. For Marin this time with Donovan was an escape from her real world and a way to be near her long time crush who also happened to be her T.A. She new it would be fleeting so she didn't tell him the truth of her age.
After that night both of their lives went into different directions. Now 9 years later the attraction is still there but both try not to act on it as it could lose them their jobs. Marin's life has been hectic and even though she's a sex therapist she's personally not very experienced. As Donovan has been the only one for her.
Donovan has turned into a bit of an ass and Marin misses the Donovan she used to know. Even though both have changed it doesn't stop the mutual attraction.
"I'm not going to change, Marin." Her smile softened. "Not asking you to. Just asking that you be you, not the guy everyone thinks you are, not the guy you were for McCray."
To help with her patients and her constant blushing, Marin, starts to explore her sexual self with the help of Donovan.
What starts as an exploration off the clock turns into something so much more. However, both of these two have their own baggage, but for Donovan it's pulling him under. Even though Marin may be inexperienced in some aspects of her life she is super strong in everything else.
"Watch me walk away, Donovan, and know that you're not doing this for my own good. You're not the martyr here. You're doing it because you're fucking scared. "
For them to be more, they both have to face their pasts and their demons so they can find happiness in each other.
The girl who had once turned red even thinking about these things now was begging for it, feeling every bit of it, loving it.
I loved this book. It was refreshingly different then others within in this genre. It was full of exploration and sensuality as well as heart and passion. I loved Donovan and Marin together. They were such a kinky balance for each other professionally and personally.
With in this book we also get a bonus story. Through out Off the Clock we get to meet some patients and this bonus story was about two of the most unlikely two patients that should end up together. Eli was a sex addict where as Bianca was a burn survivor and not experienced in life sexually and scared to get herself out there and date.
But these two needed each other and help bring out the best in one another.
"Scars don't scare me. We all have them. Some we can just see more than others. I think you're beautiful. "
This bonus story was sweet and sexy and a great addition to the original story.
4.5 Wowza Thumbs up!