Voyeur and Lovers by Fiona Cole Review #Tropeathon

Happy Thursday! For my next TropeAthon review I’m sharing not one but two books I read since they’re from the same series. One I really enjoyed and the other was my least favorite book of the year.

Voyeur is the fifth book that I completed for #TropeAthon. It fulfills the teacher/student and forced proximity prompts.

~Voyeur Blurb~

I didn’t know she was my student the first time I paid to watch her at Voyeur.

Once she walked into my classroom, another smiling college freshman, I knew I should stop going. Stop watching.

But I couldn’t do it. Everything about her makes me want more, and once I realize she wants me too, the temptation becomes irresistible.

The worst part is that she has no idea her professor is the one watching behind the glass.

I just have to hope that once she finds out the truth, she wants the same thing I do. Because now that I’ve seen all of her, I can’t look away.

Stand-alone.

~Review~

This book starts with Oaklyn’s parents stealing her college money to pay off some of their debts. It’s presented more as they just used it without her permission without really even thinking about it, but let’s call it what it is. That money was from a school loan, which was already her last ditch effort to pay for school. She only has one semester under her belt so far. Her friend, Olivia, might have a solution for her. Her uncle has a club, Voyeur, and it’s not your typical club. It’s a club where clients pay to watch.

And here enters Dr. Callum “Cal” Pierce. He’s a regular at Voyeur, and he notices Oak right from the start. He watches a scene between her and Jackson, her partner at Voyeur. He’s behind a window, though, so Oak doesn’t see him. Now Cal has a very specific reason he likes to attend Voyeur. Cal suffers nightmares revolving around sex. It’s very clear that Cal experienced something traumatic revolving around sex.

Cal then experiences a huge shock after Oaklyn walks into his astronomy class on the first day of the new semester. Next, she’s also working in the physics lab, which makes her an assistant to a few people, one of them being him. Cal feels instant guilt. He does his best to keep up a barrier, but she keeps pushing through. And, she’s very attracted to him. More than that, though, they have a connection. They enjoy talking to each other.

Things get complicated as a relationship is starting to bloom, and then Oak learns that Cal has seen her at Voyeur. She begins to think it was all about sex for him. And Cal is struggling both with being touched, and the fact that Oak is the only one he could ever stand to be touched by.

The conflict progresses further as Cal begins to have serious problems with Oaklyn working at Voyeur. He isn’t willing to share her. He can pay for her school. But, Oaklyn has big problems when it comes to trusting others with money.

One of my favorite things about this book is that Cal pulls himself away from the situation when he starts to lose control of his emotions. He works hard for his mental health. I loved that Oak was a woman studying to be in STEM, but I would have liked to see a bit more growth with her concerning trusting others.

Considering the title, it should be no surprise that there was a lot of sex, however, I just didn’t find any of the scenes to be smoking hot. I was pleasantly surprised with the depth in the plot, though. Cal in particular has a heavy story line, but it was handled so well. 4.5 Stars

*This book contains major triggers. Please do your research if you have any.

Lovers is the eighth book that I read for TropeAthon. It fulfills the unrequited love and friends to love prompts.

~Lovers Blurb~

I loved him first.

Jake was my best friend in college-my very straight best friend, until one night he was more. He may have ran after what happened between us, but I never forgot him.

When fate puts us in the same place, five years later, he has a fiance by his side. Carina is beautiful, driven, and draws my attention almost as much as he still does.

A game of truth or dare leads to a wild night and a relationship that has our feelings growing into something bigger than any of us intended.

But what happens when our feelings deepen? Can I handle being with two people?

If it means I can have him, I’ll love them both.

~Review~

While I very much enjoyed Voyeur, Lovers was a complete fail for me. I normally don’t like to talk much about books I dislike on here, but since I read it for TropeAthon and finished it, which normally doesn’t happen if I don’t enjoy a book, I decided to mention it here. I’ll share what I had issues with because it might be something that doesn’t work for me but would work for you.

Remember Jackson, Oak’s partner in Voyeur? Well, you get to know him a bit in Voyeur, and you learn that he fell for a guy that gave him a drunken night and then decided things weren’t for him. Now this is their story.

That guy that Jackson fell for is Jake, which was his best friend in college. Jake is now engaged to Carina, who’s been his best friend for a long time. Their sex life is fantastic and Carina is completely in love with him. They take on a marketing job for a new bar, Voy, which is an extension from Voyeur. In discussing Voy, Carina and Jake begin sharing sexual fantasies. Carina’s is an MMF situation.

Imagine Jake’s surprise (and Jackson’s) when he learns that Voy is partially owned by Jackson, and they’ll be working together. One thing leads to another and Carina and Jake invite Jackson to a threesome.

Now here’s where things turned seriously south for me. The book is marketed as an MMF, and so many of the reviews show the MMF relationship. It starts that way, sure, but that’s not what this book is. In the end it becomes cheating between Jackson and Jake and with Jake leaving Carina.

The real kicker is that you have Carina’s pov mixed in with guys throughout the story. You see how heartbroken she is. Jake was not only her love but her friend since childhood. I stuck with the book all the way through thinking things were supposed to work out for all three. It doesn’t. It was awful, and that’s all I have to say about that. 2.5 Stars

*This book contains triggers! Please research them if you have any.

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Have you read this series? I’m curious about the rest of the books now that I so thoroughly enjoyed the first one and very much didn’t the second one.

Happy Reading,

Alison

8 thoughts on “Voyeur and Lovers by Fiona Cole Review #Tropeathon

  1. I’ve read Voyeur but that one didn’t work for me. I’m glad it worked for you and I loved reading your thoughts on it. It gave me a bit of a different perspective. After reading your review for Lovers I’m not questioning myself for not continuing the series because I hate reading about cheating even though it sounded like it could be good.

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