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By the Hour: A Pleasure Principle Novel (The Pleasure Principle Series) (Volume 2) Paperback – April 17, 2017
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Praise for the novels of Roni Loren:
"Thoroughly pleasing . . . The romance is as sweet as the action is hot and there's something deeply satisfying about the way this couple comes together." - Publishers Weekly
"Unique and emotional." - USA Today
"Get ready to crank up the A/C--this is a scorcher!" - RT Book Reviews
"Roni Loren's books are masterful, story-driven, sensual, and very erotic . . . Definitely one of my have-to-get-as-soon-as-possible series!" - Under the Covers Book Blog
About the Author
Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. If she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her cooking, watching reality television, or picking up another hobby she doesn't need--in other words, procrastinating like a boss. She is a RITA Award winner and a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.
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What I discovered is that there really is someone out there for every single person and all it takes it for them to find each other for a whole world of fantastic possibilities.
Elle is abrasive, unfriendly, judgmental and cold, but as you get to know her, you start to see a bit of a softer side of her. It's starts to become clear that her hard exterior was well-formed through a bitter and jaded past. The details of which I never saw coming.
Lane is just the opposite. On the outside he seems very easy-going, friendly and content. On the inside he's insecure, angry and overcome with feelings of inferiority and unworthiness. His job as a sexual surrogate is controversial but useful and fulfilling as it's giving him the opportunity to finish college and fulfill his dream of being something more.
From the first chapters of the book you can feel the passion between Elle and Lane, even if it is a hateful kind of passion. She's thinks he's nothing more than a prositute and he knows she's just a lonely ice queen but neither can deny an intense attraction between them. Lines will be crossed, pasts will come back to haunt them and trust will be tested. Can two jaded and bitter people really find love or are some things just not meant to be.
Once again Roni Loren has blown me away with the way she seamlessly blends together some of the sexiest scenes I've ever read with intelligent, strong characters and a plot line that never disappoints. She never fails to have me squirming in my seat while simultaneously rushing from page to page to see what's coming next. If you're a fan of love-hate stories layered with sensuality, romance and angst with plenty of hot, flirty banter, I HIGHLY recommend you pick up this book.
Elle and Lane are like fire and ice. There is so much crazy animosity and tension and underlying sparks between the two and I loved their fight and the hot chemistry that was created. And oh man was it hot! I loved their kink, it was very steamy but not over the top. These two have a tumultuous relationship and I loved the grit and vulnerability between them. I loved learning Elle and Lane’s histories and what made them tick. There is drama and tension, and so much emotion and I was caught up in it all.
Lane fascinated me. I loved his sweetness and how caring he was for others and how far he'd come in life. He had is battles that he was dealing with but I loved that willingness to try and better himself. Right from the get go I liked Elle even if she was cold as ice and full of attitude, because I just knew watching her walls come down would be epic. And it absolutely was! I loved their bickering and how they pushed each other's boundaries. There are so many ups and downs and emotion filled moments and it made for this rich story.
The writing was incredible. It was such a well crafted story, it had a fantastic build and great details and flow. I loved the layers that Elle and Lane had and really getting to see them develop and grow as characters. I just love a story that fills me up and consumes me and this very much did. It was just a full, solid story throughout with a fantastic ending.
I just loved this so much! My heart and emotions were all over the place. Once again the author has blown me away.
So if you have read Off the Clock, you have already met Lane and Elle. Being as I have read Off the Clock, let's just say I was a titch skeptical of how I would like Elle as a shero. Elle is abrasive, standoffish and can be brutally honest to the point of rudeness. In the first chapter, Lane compliments her on her death glare, if that gives you an idea. To be able to hold onto those sharp edges and still make Elle someone I cared about was a masterful feat of writing, indeed. As Elle's issues unfold, we get to see and know the lonely, betrayed, shattered heart she tries to guard so fiercely.
Lane is dealing with his own issues, also in a realistic, believable way. Lane was darn likable in Off the Clock, and remains so in By the Hour. He is a Good Guy, capital G, capital G. Except in the bedroom There, Lane is bad in the best possible way. Good. LORD. The heat level in this book started at sizzling and only got hotter as Elle and Lane got past each other's barriers.
Loved the messages in By the Hour. How we are so much more likely to be patient and understanding of other people's issues, yet beat ourselves up for our own. Other people's actions are not a reflection of us, but rather, of themselves. Forgiveness is divine, but sometimes harder than hello to achieve. Just because a person's desires are different doesn't mean they are wrong or bad. And so many other things that Ms. Loren slipped in along the way.
Bottom line - By the Hour is one of the BEST books I have read in a long while. By far the best book I have read this year. Seriously, Run, don't walk, to your preferred device immediately and one-click this book. It really is THAT good.