Hotline, by Quinn Anderson
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: October 31, 2016
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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.
I intended to take my time with this book.
But when one page led to another, which led to another and another, I had to face the facts. This one was just too hot, too sexy, too cute and too damn enjoyable to put down. This is definitely your read-in-one-sitting kind of book.
First off, look at that adorable cover. It’s so simple yet it still manages to convey a real sense of fun with the whimsical font and the candy apple red retro phone. I mean, you already know from the cover that you’re going to enjoy this book so don’t even try to pretend otherwise.
Secondly, the phone conversations between Zack and John were off the charts sexy, right from that first call. I love the premise that they fall in love with each other’s voices before meeting each other. Those calls set the tone for their relationship and ramp up the tension leading up to their first meeting. By the time they have their first ‘real’ date, the sexual tension between them is so hot I expected my iPad to catch fire.
As this book is told from entirely from Zack’s perspective, we spend a lot of time getting to know him and he’s pretty adorable. Daddy to his fur-baby, Ziggy, Zack took the job as a phone sex operator to support Ziggy and pay for his own apartment after he dropped out of school. Though not completely committed to his job, he does okay with the myriad of weird calls he gets throughout his day. Still, he has hopes for something better, something that doesn’t involve going back to college – much to his parent’s chagrin. Zack would rather work on Marilyn, his ’69 Firebird than work a job that barely makes the rent on his crappy apartment.
John is a bit more of a mystery. A trust fund kid and law student, he lives in a house his parents own and drives a car his parents bought. Although he could easily act like a spoiled, rich kid, John often seems slightly embarrassed by his parent’s wealth. Still, that doesn’t stop Zack from feeling a little inferior in light of John’s financial status. This perceived imbalance is a factor in the events that lead up to the “big misunderstanding”, a staple of NA novels everywhere. Although it probably *could* have been avoided by a rational discussion (a fact that Zack even acknowledges afterward), we readers know that you don’t get your “big reconciliation” without it.
Despite this inevitability, I still enjoyed the book and the way it ended. Although we’re left with more of an HFN than an HEA, I’m hoping it’s because the author still has more of Zack and John’s story left to tell. It would be great to see how our MC’s will proceed from here, because their story feels unfinished. I will hold out hope that the author gives us more of these guys. Much like most of the 20 yr olds out there, they’ve got great potential for a brilliant future.
Quinn Anderson earned a Master’s degree from the University of Dublin in Ireland and is also a University of Florida alumna with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She began writing books, poetry, and fan fiction at 14 years of age and was first published at 19. Her favourite authors include J.K. Rowling, Gail Carson Levine, Libba Bray, Tamorra Pierce, and T.A. Barron. A nerd extraordinaire, Quinn gets ideas from video games, anime, comic books, card games on motorcycles, and tabletop games. Quinn’s favourite thing to write is witty dialogue, and her favourite thing to read is a slow burn.
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