Title: Off the Clock
Author: Roni Loren
Series: Pleasure Principle #1 (can be read as a standalone)
Publish date: January 5th 2016 by Berkley
Tropes: virgin heroine, office romance, bdsm
Add to TBR: Goodreads
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…
“I’m happy to take things slow since you’re new to so much. But that doesn’t mean I don’t think about hauling you up against a wall, hiking your skirt up, and fucking you like I own you. I think about it. I think about it. All. The. Fucking. Time.”
Off the Clock won the RITA 2017 Best Erotic Romance of the Year and I must say it is well deserved! Roni Loren sure can write sexual tension! I made the mistake starting this right before I went to bed at eleven p.m. and I could not put this down. I ended up staying well past midnight to finish this and then I wanted to go read the second book (which I immediately did in the morning). Despite being very tired, I absorbed every word.
Roni Loren filled the pages with hot moments as well as informative and smart ones discussing sex and getting the readers into the sex therapy world of The Grove. In erotica and romance I’m not usually one too interested in the small facts and details, but in Off the Clock, I enjoyed reading up on the different views of sex because of how well it was written into the story. I can totally see this being turned into a television show about sex therapy doctors and wish it was!
“I made you a promise to keep things professional. I’ll keep that promise if you want me to.” He reached down and took the hand she’d been using on herself in his. He traced his thumb over her fingertips, setting the sensitive pads on fire. “But I fucking want you.”