If It Drives (A Market Garden Tale) Aleksandr Voinov LA Witt
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
I love the writing this duo produce, the Market Garden tales are all linked, and for me its so good to see what happens to people we’ve met in other stories. We met Cal briefly when his boss James hired Nick earlier in the series. James is fairly regular at the Garden when he needs to relive the stress of his job in the financial sector. He wants Nick this particular evening, no one else there appeals but Nick has retired now he’s living with former client Spencer. James comes out disappointed, invites Cal in for a drink – that’s a first, but Cal’s been lusting after him in secret ever since he began working for him, and can’t bring himself to refuse. Then things heat up, they quickly end up in a hot, sensual embrace that turns to the bedroom – but how do they go back after that. Cal wants to offer James more, but James doesn’t seem to want it. Poor Cal, he’s so in love with James, and feels so confused. He’s jealous of the rent boys, knows James needs something different sexually, and in a daring move takes steps to discover what it is and how he can provide it. It could work out – but again it could all backfire disastrously on him.
Of course the path of true love never runs smooth does it, and alongside Cal having to learn things he knew little about, he learns more about himself, and lots more about James. How far can Cal go though, and still remain in his chauffeur position? What will happen to them, what will James think about his attempts to be what he needs? Will he like it or be offended? Does he even want Cal for that side of his nature?
There’s some sensual erotic scenes here as usual, tied in with a terrific storyline encompassing not just the sexual side of BDSM but the psychological side too, all wrapped up in a tender love story. I’m always interested in why people behave as they do, what prompts their actions, why they need certain things and these novels show so much insight into that area. I was on tenter hooks for Cal, the risk he was taking with his heart was great, and he’s such a loving person I just didn’t want him to get hurt, and yet could see the potential for that growing very fast. James, he turned out to be very different to what I had imagined from earlier contact, and I understood how confused he was, how he didn’t intend offence but didn’t know how else to act. It was great to meet Nick and Spencer again for a short while too – I love them. That Nick, somehow he’s a character all to himself. I love the way he’s small in size, and yet big in confidence and stature. They way he and Spencer are just what each needs, and I was hoping Cal and James could find that too. I love the size of this book too, some parts of the series have been almost like a few chapters from a book, great for some but not for a quick reader like me, so this at 222 pages is excellent and the length allows us to really get deep into the story and people.
Stars: Five, another cracker 🙂
ARC supplied by Netgalley.