If it flies, drives, or fornicates, it’s cheaper to rent it.
Book seven in the very sexy Market Garden series is about ‘Red Tie’ or James and Cal, his driver. James and Cal were first seen in If It Fornicates when they took Nick home. Or should I say James picked Nick up at Market Garden and Cal stewed in the front seat. For almost a year Cal has watched James take home rentboys from Market Garden and it eats away at him. Then one night, after leaving Market Garden empty-handed, James makes a move on Cal and much sexiness follows.
When the awkward morning after happens Cal isn’t sure where to go from there but he does know he would like a repeat of the night. From the way things played out, Cal recognizes that James needs something in his once a week meetings and he wants to be the one to give it to him. He reasons that James always brings home a certain type of rentboy and maybe if he goes to the source someone can teach him how to do what James needs.
A visit to Market Garden has the owners referring Cal to Nick. Nick is a sexual sadist plus sexual dominant and he has the added bonus of having been with James and would know what he needs. Nick and Spencer agree to give Cal lessons on being a Dom but when the lessons aren’t enough, Nick offers to be there when Cal tops James. Cal manages to work up the nerve to ask James for a night with him and Nick and even though he is unsure about the whole thing, James agrees.
The night goes perfectly and though Nick is there to watch he is not really needed. Cal is able to sexually satisfy James’s needs and is sure he can do that in the future. But the question was never about the sex, it was always about the emotional aspect. After an awesome session James turns Cal away telling him he wants to be alone. Cal realizes that James cannot emotionally handle what he wants. Cal wants something more than just the sex but James only wants sex and then for the person to go away afterward. If the pair cannot meet in the middle, Cal will have to leave James. He can’t handle being around him and watching him turn to rentboys for the very thing he has offered the man.
Market Garden books jump back and forth for me. The last one, Payoff, was a more sexual read and now If It Drives was very much an emotional read. Cal is a writer and uses that as his escape but everything that is going on with James is causing issues with his concentration and writing. Eventually he has to ask his uncle for a transfer to get away from James. This ends up being the catalyst to make James come around but until that happened it was a bit heartbreaking to watch Cal struggle with his feelings.
The book is only narrated from Cal’s side so we don’t get to hear from James and what he is going though. I am sure the struggle is just as difficult on his end as he is just out of a divorce and doesn’t get to see his children enough. With the way the book is written though, I was firmly on Cal’s side and wanted to smack James for being such a blockhead. He has someone offering up what he needed and all he could think about was how he wanted the person to go away and not have attachments. Part of his trouble is with respect and how he trusts Cal. In James’s head things go wrong when you mix what should be business with emotions which seems to be one of the main reason he pushes Cal away.
Overall, I thought this was a good addition to the Market Garden series. I loved seeing Nick and Spencer again as they have always been my favorite of the couples. I enjoy this series, these authors and look forward to who they will bring us next. Final grade- B
He didn’t even care about the particulars, about how they’d ultimately define this relationship. James had said what he’s wanted to hear more than anything else.
I don’t want you to go.