cover image Call on Me

Call on Me

Roni Loren. Berkley, $16 trade paper (448p) ISBN 978-0-425-27839-0

Loren’s thoroughly pleasing seventh Loving on the Edge erotic romance (after Nothing Between Us) shines the spotlight on rebellious drummer Pike Ryland, who’s torn between his wild rock star lifestyle and his attraction to Oakley Easton. She’s a well-behaved receptionist by day and a phone sex operator by night; when Pike discovers her secret job, he senses a fellow wild spirit and throws caution to the wind. What starts as flirtation swiftly escalates into pulse-pounding, white-knuckle carnal satisfaction that leaves them both reeling, physically and emotionally. Loren continues to portray safe, sexy, consensual BDSM, with Pike happily introducing Oakley (who’s not especially vanilla to start with) to all manner of toys and techniques, in a series of encounters that practically sets the pages on fire. The romance is as sweet as the action is hot, and there’s something deeply satisfying about the way this couple comes together. Oakley’s 11-year-old daughter, a stereotype-busting adorably punk girl with autism, will immediately win readers’ hearts. A bonus story features a submissive doctor in need of emotional healing finding a dominant woman who can push him past his limits. Agent: Sara Megibow, Nelson Literary Agency. (July)