ELLA FRANK BROOKE BLAINE
Release Date: July 11th
Genre: Contemporary Romance M/M
5 UNBELIEVABLY AMAZING CROWNS
Let me just start by saying this is going to be a total gush, fangirl, love fest. This book is amazing! I love everything about it, from the characters, to the story, to the writing. The only negative thing I have is that I have to wait until August for the rest of their story, and really that is just my irrational side needing to know how their story ends.
So let’s start this lovefest. Love the story. Love Dylan. Love Ace. Love the writing style. I know that is simple, but I don’t have any other way to say it!
Dylan is this dream guy that Ace looks at daily on a billboard he purposely drives by, and Ace is the movie-star that Dylan fantasizes about on the regular. So, what happens when these two guys end up working on the same movie? Fireworks. Immense Sexual Tension. Desire. Yes, to all of the above. However, let’s focus on the particular characters. Dylan is carefree and has a lightness to him. He seems to take everything in and rolls with the punches. The best word to describe him is joyful. There is just an infectious happiness that radiates from this character, and you want to soak up his light, just like Ace does. In fact, his character is so well written that you feel lighter when reading about him. Then the reader encounters Ace. He is just as lovely but has the weight of the world on his shoulders. He has come out to the public, but the reality of what that means still forces him to keep his sexuality hidden, refusing to publicize any interactions with other men in fear of how it will affect his career. He is, however, drawn to Dylan, just as the reader is. Dylan and Ace together are magic, completely suited for one another. Their intentions are always driven by their care for the other and their desire to make the other happy. They are the epitome of what a relationship should be, truly. My adoration of these characters separately as well as a couple made me fall in love with this book.
Now let the love fest continue with the plot. The story is so amazing. These writers truly take the time to develop the relationship of these characters so it is more than just hot sex. Through the action of the story, the reader gets to see them share secrets, fears, hopes, fantasies, and so much more. The reader can see how they support each other and how they are truly falling in love. I am going to be honest and say that I was unaware that there was going to be a second book to their story, so, as the book was ending, I kept looking at the percentage and thinking there is no way the book is going to be over. I honestly thought the whole book was going to be ruined because the ending wasn’t going to be what I wanted it to be, but then surprise, surprise, it wasn’t over. Thank goodness! It was like finding that last present under the Christmas tree. After realizing Dylan and Ace’s story would be continuing, I quickly scrambled to see when book two was coming out, and, thank goodness, I don’t have to wait too long. The conflict that occurs at the end is one I expected; however, I did not expect it to happen in the way that it did and where it did. This, I think, is what truly makes this conflict so heartbreaking and makes me so anxious to get my hands on the conclusion of the story. This next one might bring me to tears, and I am not a book crier. That should just give you an idea of how invested I am in these two guys and how good this story is.
On a more serious note, the one aspect that I truly love about this book is how it highlights that just because a person announces that he or she is gay, it doesn’t mean that he or she is free to live his or her life out in the public. They may still be ridiculed; people may still expect them to hide their relationship. To have to live in the shadows because of the fear of judgment from others or how it will affect your life or career is heartbreaking. And these authors did an amazing job showcasing that coming out to friends, family, or the public and living your life with who you want and how you want isn’t as simple as just saying the words.
So as I said before. Amazing. Epic. Fantastic. Outstanding. So many words can be used to describe my love of this book, but you will just have to buy it and see for yourself. You won’t regret it!
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
Ace Locke is Hollywood’s hottest action hero. Women across the globe fling their panties in his direction, but Ace isn’t interested in those—he’s more of a boxer briefs kind of guy. Specifically, those of the nearly naked male model on a billboard he drives past every day.
Though he recently made headlines for his public coming out, Ace is wary about pursuing a relationship, fearing what the court of public opinion will do to his career. But there’s something in the model’s expression that intrigues him and has him wondering what if?
Dylan Prescott just scored his biggest modeling campaign yet. One that has him plastered all over L.A. in not much more than what he was born with. And when he’s cast in Ace’s latest blockbuster, it puts him in close proximity to his ultimate fantasy.
Outwardly confident, Dylan has no problem with his sexuality or his pretty-boy looks, and uses both to his advantage to get what he wants. And what he wants is the impossible—Ace Locke.
From Ella Frank’s Sunset Cove series and Brooke Blaine’s L.A. Liaisons series comes a scorchingly hot novel that blends humor, passion, and romance.
What happens when these two worlds collide?
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“WAS THIS YOUR plan?” he asked, his voice low and husky. “Invite me over…get me in your bedroom…”
My racing heart could’ve answered that question for him it was beating so hard, and I almost wished it would, since being this close had every thought fleeing my brain. Especially when he leaned in like he was going to whisper in my ear, his words a silky breath across my chin.
“What happens next?” Dylan fingered the buckle of my belt, and I immediately reached down to still his hand.
“Hang on a second,” I said, and could feel my chest tightening at what he was implying. Jesus, I wanted this so bad, wanted him so bad, yet at the same time I was utterly terrified.
“No,” Dylan said, removing his hand from mine. I caught my breath as he slid his finger over the buckle once again. “Not this time. You have a nasty habit of starting things and never quite finishing them, Ace Locke.”
His teasing tone made me want to kiss the smirk off his face, but Iwas caught between all the things I wanted to do and everything I’d always held myself back from.
“Kind of like yesterday in your car. You corner me somewhere and then seem to think better of it.” As Dylan angled his head to the side, he slipped his fingers behind the buckle and took a step backward. “Why is that?”
His fingers had frozen in place, and I knew if I wanted anything else beyond this to happen, I needed to say something—and fast. So I said the first thing that came to mind: “Because you make me fucking forget myself.”
Clearly that answer was more than okay by the man whose fingers had now tightened around the top off my pants, because Dylan continued moving backward, this time drawing me with him until his back was against my bedroom wall and I was crowding him in.
“And this is a bad thing?” he asked, and even in the darkness of the room I knew his eyes were on mine.
“No…” I said, and took in a shaky breath before admitting, “It’s a dangerous thing.”
“So this”—Dylan pulled the end of my belt from its loop—“would be too dangerous.”
I cursed under my breath as he tugged my hips closer, and his other hand went to the side of my neck. His thumb grazed my lower lip, and instantly it took me back to the first time I’d seen him, seen that same thumb brushing against his lip, and I let out a soft moan.
“Just a taste,” he whispered, his head angling toward mine. “That wouldn’t be too dangerous. Right?” He didn’t wait for me to respond before his mouth skimmed the line of my jaw. As I held my breath, he planted light, feathery kisses down my neck, and I had to put a hand on the wall to steady myself.
“I think it’d be very fucking dangerous,” I said, but I didn’t move away. No way in hell was I going anywhere, no matter how many red flags were waving, telling me I was going too far. I wanted this, wanted him, and only the devil himself could drag me away.
Dylan’s lips left my neck and he leaned back to look me in the eye. “So stop me.”
I shook my head. “No.”
Ella and Brooke are giving away a $20 Amazon Gift Card in celebration of this release.
About the Authors:
Ella Frank is the author of the #1 Bestselling Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite erotic serial, Sex Addict. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”
A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction and lives with her husband in Portland, OR.
You could say Brooke Blaine was a book-a-holic from the time she knew how to read; she used to tell her mother that curling up with one at 4 a.m. before elementary school was her ‘quiet time.’ Not much has changed except for the espresso I.V. pump she now carries around and the size of her onesie pajamas.
Brooke enjoys writing sassy contemporary romance, whether in the form of comedy, suspense, or erotica. The latter has scarred her conservative Southern family for life, bless their hearts.
If you’d like to get in touch with her, she’s easy to find – just keep an ear out for the Rick Astley ringtone that’s dominated her cell phone for ten years.
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