- File Size: 2580 KB
- Print Length: 63 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 2 edition (July 26, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 26, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073R3Y9ZR
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,491,403 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Peepshow (London Lads Book 4) Kindle Edition
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Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Peepshow is the fourth book in the London Lads Stories. As far as I can tell the books and the people in them are not related to each other, so each book can be read independently in any order. This is a fun, short story about Ken. Ken is a young adult working security at a mall to earn some money before returning to University at the end of the summer. It is a pretty easy, boring job where Ken watches the various monitors as shoppers and employees make their way around the mall. The tediousness turns very interesting when Ken notices a waiter putting on a little show for the cameras. As the shows get more explicit, Ken becomes obsessed with finding out who the waiter is. When a friend attempts to set Ken up on a blind date, Ken thinks he may have found out who the mystery waiter is. As we know, things don’t always turn out the way we think they will and Ken is surprised to find out who has been putting on a nightly peep show for him. There is not much in the way of chemistry between our two main characters, but what the story lacks in chemistry it makes up for with anticipation. This is a very short story that moves along quickly spanning several weeks. I think that I would have enjoyed the story more if there was more to it, but it seems like the other books in this series are also short in length. I enjoyed the sweet ending to this story where love is found in the strangest way. Again, there is not much in the way of character development, but I did enjoy the interactions with Ken and his co-workers and friends.
PLOT: 4 Stars
CHEMISTRY: 4 Stars
PACING: 3 Stars
ENDING: 4 Stars
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Mollien from Alpha Book Club
I like the London Lads series by Clare London, and Peepshow, number four in the series, was a good addition. I enjoyed it all the way up until it ended, but I was left wanting more. There was lots of build up to who the mysterious waiter was in the backyard portion of the restaurant that was teasing the CCTV cameras, but after the big reveal then the story went really fast and I wanted to know what happened to the couple afterward when they started dating.
I did really enjoy Ken and his group of friends. Simon the matchmaker, and Roger who’s just come out of the closet and is making up for lost time by sleeping with everybody. And as part of his matchmaking skills, Simon tells Ken about a former high school student that has come down from Oxford College on break and is trying to look up old students to find out what they have been up to.
But Ken can’t exactly remember what the former high school student looks like anymore, and his friend Simon says that he no longer looks like he did in high school. And, of course, Ken can’t help but wonder if the mysterious waiter’s actually the former high school student. But he can’t tell for sure because the waiter never gives him a clear shot of his face. I did like how conflicted Ken felt about watching the waiter and how he felt like a voyeur and a peeping tom. He’s both disgusted and excited by it and finds himself looking forward to his shifts to find out what the waiter’s going to do next. All the while, Simon’s trying to hook Ken up with the former high school student. But when Ken finally finds out the identity of the mysterious waiter, he still isn’t sure how he should feel. And he can’t help but feel that the waiter isn’t just performing for Ken like he says he is but that he’s performing for whoever’s watching. Will Ken be able to conquer his fears and trust the waiter and have a relationship with him or will he let his fears get the better of him and let it destroy the relationship before it has a chance to start?
There are a couple of hot scenes in this short story which I really enjoyed, but I wanted to know what happened next. Maybe the author will continue their story sometime, and I will get my questions answered. I would love to see what happens to these characters. I was also kind of disappointed that the story ended at page 42 when I thought it was going to page 54 and that 12 pages were used to promote the next book in the series and the other books in the series. That was part of the reason I was surprised that the story ended when it did. I thought I was going to have another 12 pages of story and then it was just over.
I was just like, no, I wanted more. But for those 42 pages, I was nicely entertained
*** The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***
Ken's summer job is watching the CCTV (closed circuit TV) in a shopping center in the evening. The job is boring and he tries all kind of things to keep his mind on his job. One night he sees a cute waiter on his break at the back of the restaurant where he's taking his break. Ken swears the guy winked at him.
Peepshow is a short novella coming in at 63 pages but it kept my interest. I couldn't wait to find out the story behind the waiter seeming to flirt with the CCTV. Did he know he was being watched? This was a really fun story and I certainly would read more stories by this author.
An advanced copy of this book was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.
***Review will be posted to Xtreme-Delusions dot com on 8/14/17***