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If It Drives

TITLE: If It Drives (Market Garden, #7)

AUTHOR: L.A. Witt, Aleksandr Voinov
PUBLISHER: Riptide Publishing
YEAR: March 2014
PAGE/WORD COUNT: 222 pages
GENRE: M/M Contemporary Erotic Romance
HEAT LEVEL: Adults Only, Erotic Content
RATING: 5 out of 5

Market Garden

REVIEW: This review is based on an uncorrected advance proof, provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

While previous titles in this series star the fabulous rentboys of Market Garden, If It Drives presents this fascinating and alluring world through the eyes of Callum, the driver for James Harcourt, a well-to-do financier. Appearing in previous books as the character Rolex, James has enthusiastically availed himself of many of the delights to be found at the Garden, including Nick, who has a pivotal role in this newest book.

It’s a real joy to get this new perspective on Nick. What a wonderful character he has turned out to be! He proves to be an essential factor in helping Callum and James work out the dynamics of their evolving relationship. And getting a glimpse of the HEA that Nick and Spencer are enjoying is an enormous bonus.

But Callum and James are the stars of this story, and with over 170 pages, Witt and Voinov have plenty of room to tell it. In previous books, we’ve seen that they are masters of the short story format. The craft of telling a story in 12.500 words is very different from that of telling one in 42,500 words. Characterization, plotting, narrative, it all changes based on the length of the work. This pair of authors seems to be able to do it all with equal skill. They understand pacing at any word count, and each book is a gem in its own right.

The sex is as hot as ever, and never gets repetitive or stale. The scene where Nick schools Callum on the proper application of driver kink is particularly delightful. But the meat of this book is the love story, and Witt and Voinov are masters at using their sex scenes to drive the emotional story to its conclusion. After reading If It Drives, I want more – more Market Garden, more of anything written by Witt and Voinov.