Book Review: Emma Holly’s Beck & Call

Posted November 28, 2015 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

I received this book for free from my own shelves in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Emma Holly’s Beck & Call

Beck & Call


Emma Holly

erotica, romance in eBook edition that was published by the author on May 15, 2015 and has 266 pages.

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Other books by this author which I have reviewed include Beyond the Dark, Three to Tango, Hot Blooded

Second in The Billionaires erotica romance series and revolving around Mia Beck, Jake Reed, and Damien Call.

My Take

This is a fun take on the shy secretary with big eyes interested in the big bad wolf at the office. Then a case comes down which requires both get satisfaction. Their target is interesting as well with his own particular requirements.

It’s the sex that’s very prominent, but I do enjoy how well Holly creates a story around it. It’s a seduction in several ways as Jake and Mia worm their way into Damien’s life while Ms. DeWinter has her own plans. Some role-playing *fans herself*, control switching back and forth, Jake being attracted to their target as well as to the Mia he had sworn to keep his hands off… Yes, it is a series of tropes, but the sex is great, ahem, lol.

Damien’s apartment sounds amazing with that 360-degree view.

It isn’t one of Holly’s best — the writing is a bit too Grade-B for that, but it’s still a good cozy story with some very erotic scenes.

The Story

Women can’t keep their hands off billionaire Damien Call. The mysterious mogul has it all: fast cars, killer looks, and a brain that just might be his best asset.

Mia Beck loves her job at Discreet. Her coworker Jake stars in most of her daydreams, so seeing him everyday is no hardship.

Jake hasn’t believed in human goodness since he worked black ops for the CIA, but romancing innocent Mia is unthinkable, no matter how enticingly submissive she seems to be.

Then a case of corporate espionage forces them to pose as a Dom/sub duo, to catch the eye of accused wrongdoer Damien. No fantasy is off limits for this voyeur — until the attraction the pair exerts lures him to go hands on…

The Characters

Mia Beck is the office secretary for Curtis and his company. Part of Curtis’ reason for hiring her was her brother Mike, the love of his life, and another is her particular gift for remembering anything she sees.

Jake “Mr. R.” Reed, former CIA with black ops experience, is the second private investigator at Discreet with Dom preferences in a bi-body. Sawyer Hayes is one of Jake’s buddies from The Farm. Nowadays, he runs a security firm.

The gay Curtis Ewing‘s company is Discreet Investigations, and he is their boss; he’d been Mike’s lover before Mike died.

Damien Call is the CEO for WorldWide which builds anything that goes supersonic: jets, cars, yachts, rockets, and more. Frederica DeWinter is his married secretary. José works security, but not for long. Roderick Call is Damien’s much despised father. Janine is the woman his father married.

Diogenes is a very exclusive sex club. Regina is a bellhop at Diogenes. To get in, a wannabe has to “audition” at Audition. Hillary Sweets runs a secondhand clothing shop in Brooklyn Heights with a sideline in fetish wear. Gabriel is a waiter at Audition who is surprised to see Jake. Management runs Audition.

Genbolt Industries is…
…a multinational corporation with problems. Sam Raeburn is the founder and CEO. Zoe Raeburn is his daughter, and they are not on good terms. Kozlov is one of Rayburn’s experts.

Greta Harris is an official with the Welles Foundation.

The Cover and Title

The cover is black in the background and Mia’s lace dress, white in the dress’ lining and the slightly transparent title that dominates the cover, and peaches in the skin on display as well as shading the author’s name and the series information. The “icing” on top is the red heart-shaped “berry” in the center.

The title is a bit unfair since it leaves Jake completely out of the picture, even if it is a fun take-off on the phrase Beck & Call, for surely Mia is up for complete subservience. Hmmm, well, it isn’t just Mia…