Review: Peepshow (London Lads #4) by Clare London

2nd Edition

A London Lads Story

Ever wanted to spy secretly on other people’s lives?

Ken doesn’t have a choice: his student summer job is manning the CCTV screens for the new central London shopping mall. But instead of spotting criminals or vandals, he becomes fascinated by a cute waiter from the local bistro who sneaks out to the backyard for his break—and plays sexy to the camera.

Is he an old friend, or just an anonymous exhibitionist? Should Ken be excited by this naughty peepshow, or will people think he’s a voyeuristic pervert? Poor Ken’s confused and thrilled in turn. It’s like living in one of the movies he’s studying at university. He knows the man can’t see him, yet Ken feels a connection of some kind. It all encourages Ken to continue with his guilt-ridden Waiter Watch.

Ken bears the suspense as long as he can, until a chance meeting and an abortive blind date provide the explanation to the secret assignations. But will this guide Ken to a real-life chance of romance?

First Edition published by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2013.

I haven’t read the previous London Lads shorts but I can tell you that this was a fun piece of writing.

Ken’s friends are all eager to set him up, something to make his life a little less boring, but he only has eyes for the mystery waiter, who sneaks behind the dumpster of a restaurant to do weird things that Ken can’t quite see on the CCTV he monitors, as his summer job. His fascination turns to obsession, even while he tells himself he is being a creepy perv.

The set up for the story was the fun part. Who is this guy who keeps winking at the CCTV and does he know Ken is watching or is he having some fun at the expense of the security company? It’s something Ken burns to know.

I liked Ken, even though he was turning into a creep. I liked the way the plot unfolded. And the movie quotes and references were endearing and attention grabbing.

This is very short, but gets the point of the plot across. It doesn’t appear to be connected to any of the previous stories so can be read as a standalone.

If you’re looking for a quicky, I’d recommend this story for something light, fluffy, and easy.

A review copy was provided for an honest opinion.

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