Thursday, November 3, 2016

Hotline by Quinn Anderson

It's like Romeo and Juliet, but with less stabbing and fewer dick jokes.

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.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

5 'Holy Tension, Batman!' Stars

Quinn Anderson is a new-to-me author, and I found the writing style and storyline to be infectiously delicious.

Since I refuse to give plot points away, how about I just give a hint of what drew me to the book. Tension. Intensity. Chemistry. Build-up. Holy Hotness, Batman!

Zack is the phone sex operator known as Wesley Darkling. He's good at his job, but at the bottom dregs of the leaderboard at work, simply because he doesn't apply himself. Zack doesn't apply himself in anything really, unsure with what direction he wants to take in life while his family pressures him to fit their view of what/who Zack is.

Hotline is filled with pages and pages of the fantasy Wesley Darkling weaves for his client, John. Following which, the reader is taken on a journey as we try to figure out who John is, and then the subsequent relationship that follows.

I read this book feverishly, finding the chemistry, tension, and build-up between Zack and John to be one of the best and most intoxicating I've read to date. There is no insta anything on the pages, with the author making the characters earn it, and the reader as well.

Not only did Zack seduce his client, Quinn Anderson seduced the reader.

Recommended to MM romance fans who want tension they could cut with a knife and a gritty book that isn't tied up with a pretty bow.

Wow. This is a really original story and a fun romance. Zack’s life as a Millennial college dropout working as a phone sex operator is both laugh out loud funny and just a little bit sad at the same time. I fell in love with Zack and his quirky group of friends immediately. The little details dropped by the author makes Zack’s life immediately recogniseable and the author’s perfect observations forced me to care about him like I haven’t cared for a character in some time.

The romance is wonderful. Some basic elements have been lifted from the classic musical She Loves Me and the later film You’ve Got Mail, but the delightfully smutty phone sex is a brilliant, raunchy twist. Zak talks to clients as his sexy alter ego Wesley Darkling. His client only identifies himself as John. The phone sex is creative, explicit, and smokin’ hot. On the phone, their chemistry is perfect. But Zak doesn’t know anything about his client and John could never be as hot in real life as he sounds on the phone.

This is the story of Wesley and John becoming the story of Zack and John in real life. It is also the story of Zack finally growing up and finding a sense of purpose in his life and the book really doesn’t fit within a single genre. At times this is a silly, smutty romp. At other times, it is an intense romance. And then there are the moments where the author makes perfect, perceptive observations about the lives of Millennial slackers everywhere.

I really loved this story and I look forward to more from Quinn Anderson.

I had no idea calling a phone sex operator could be so hot! If Zack was on the other end of the line I just might be tempted to call.

Zack's life is fairly uninspiring. He ended up working in the sex industry as a phone sex operator to pay the bills. He isn't particularly motivated to do anything else even though it appears he isn't particularly great at his job. He doesn't have much going on in his life.

John enters the picture as a client of Zack's and add some excitement into his life as well as a relationship of sorts for the first time. Even though the way they meet is unique, Zack and John deal with issues of commitment, and the fact that John is loaded while Zack barely makes enough money to pay the rent. The way one of their particular issues is dealt with irritated me, and at times the story felt a bit preachy. But this story is definitely up there on the hotness scale. A good read.

First book for me from author Quinn Anderson. I liked the writing style, the characters were well written and had good character depth, but I didn't like the huge attention to the minutiae detail in the everyday life gyrations. "I went to the sink, did my dishes, hung my dishtowel" type of stuff. I had to weed through quite a bit of that to get to the meat of the story, and there is meat in this story, so I kept with it!

Zach is a PSO (phone sex operator) and he's got the rumbling low register that gives you the goosebumps. He's just okay at his job and does just enough to get by... never really deciding that this is what he wants to do and really just getting by. He gets a call one day from John, fitting name really. John is interesting, he's funny, he's sexy, and Zach lands what they call a "whale," John calls every day and stays on the line longer and longer. After a chance meeting at a local bar, John and Zach meet in real life and John would know that voice ANYWHERE! So, against rules and common sense, the two take the relationship beyond the phone. Chemistry is off the charts with these two and the common missteps ensue in the relationship, but I fell for them and wanted their happily ever after!!! I found this a lighter read and was entertained well, with some skimming.

Zack is a phone sex operator (PSO). He has the perfect voice for the job but he's not one of the best, as far as keeping them on the phone the longest. He does what he needs to do to get by. Until he gets a random call from John. John doesn't want anything out of the ordinary, just someone to talk dirty to him. For the first time Zack is into his work and talking to John as long as possible. When John because a regular, things really start to heat up.

I really enjoyed Hotline. The chemistry and the build up was written perfectly. The sexual tension was hot. If you are not a fan of insta-love this is one read you need to be adding to your TBR list. Quinn Anderson's writing was flawless. I can't wait to look for more from this new to me author!

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 fourteen years of age and was first published at nineteen. Her favorite authors include Gail Carson Levine, Libba Bray, Tamorra Pierce, and T.A. Barron. A nerd extraordinaire, Quinn draws inspiration from pop culture and makes far too many obscure references. Quinn’s favorite thing to write is witty dialogue, and her favorite thing to read is a slow burn.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Hotline (Murmur Inc. #1) by Quinn Anderson to read and review.

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