Peepshow, by Clare London
Series: London Lads, Book 4
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 26, 2017
Ever wanted to spy secretly on other people’s lives?
Ken doesn’t have a choice: his student summer job is manning the CCTV screens for the new central London shopping mall. But instead of spotting criminals or vandals, he becomes fascinated by a cute waiter from the local bistro who sneaks out to the backyard for his break—and plays sexy to the camera.
Is he an old friend, or just an anonymous exhibitionist? Should Ken be excited by this naughty peepshow, or will people think he’s a voyeuristic pervert? Poor Ken’s confused and thrilled in turn. It’s like living in one of the movies he’s studying at university. He knows the man can’t see him, yet Ken feels a connection of some kind. It all encourages Ken to continue with his guilt-ridden Waiter Watch.
Ken bears the suspense as long as he can, until a chance meeting and an abortive blind date provide the explanation to the secret assignations. But will this guide Ken to a real-life chance of romance?
This was a major flop. Ken…*deep sigh*… where to begin.
The blurb tells most of the story so I’m not going to rehash the whole thing. Why this didn’t work for me is because we spend the majority of the book in Ken’s head, where he is getting increasingly turned on by the progression of the voyeurism that’s part of his job. Initially, when the book starts, he’s whining about how boring his job is as a CCTV monitor in a dying shopping center. He’s looking for anything to happen, and then one day it does. A new waiter starts at one of the restaurants he monitors. In the beginning I wasn’t sure if the waiter was actually engaging Ken, and Ken wasn’t sure either. It starts out innocently enough, with what Ken believes is the guy winking at the camera. It soon progresses into something more.
This COULD have been a good story, but there’s an issue with how it wraps up. Ken enjoys his little perceived porn show to the fullest and jacks off to the cameras while watching the waiter. It did come off a bit creepy, but you know what… Ken you do you. Where the book lost me is when Ken finds out who it is and, while he’s interested and surprised, he then becomes judgey. I wish Ken had just been like, yup I got off on your little show and moved on, waited to see how things went. No, instead he got all weird about it.
Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with her other day job as an accountant.
She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with award-winning novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy.
Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters. Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter 3 stage and plenty of other projects in mind . . . she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for fair and honest review.