ELLA FRANK BROOKE BLAINE
Release Date: July 11th
Genre: Contemporary Romance M/M
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?
Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine are definitely a dynamic writing duo; their writing styles, character development, and plot evolution flow seamlessly together, providing readers with a story that is steamy, humorous, and sweet and two male leads who are 100% swoon worthy and downright sizzling when they’re together.
Ace Locke and Dylan Prescott may not have known each other until they were introduced at the first read through for Ace’s new action movie, but they’ve definitely starred in one another’s fantasies, and on more than one occasion, they’ve been responsible for bringing each other to climax without even lifting a hand.
Even though Dylan’s first impression of Ace depicts him as an “elitist douche bag,” the sexual chemistry between them is more than obvious from their stolen glances, piercing looks, and flirty demeanors. But with Ace’s notoriety as a big time actor as well as his recent coming out to the public as a gay man, he’s not able to be who he truly is and going after, in public, a guy he truly wants is a nightmare because he’s relentlessly hounded by paparazzi who want to be the first person to expose Ace’s first openly gay relationship, and he refuses to give the media any ammunition that could destroy someone just for wanting to be with him.
Ace Locke definitely takes on many personas to appease his fans, his family, and his co-workers, but the one person who doesn’t seem to have much of say about his life is himself. He came out as a gay man to the public because he wouldn’t allow his secret to destroy his friend’s relationship, but he hasn’t done anything to openly pursue a man because he doesn’t feel like his fame gives him that freedom, so while he is extremely attracted to Dylan and wants to see where things could go with him, Ace is at war with himself because he won’t bring Dylan into the craziness of his celebrity life and the media’s determination to document Ace’s first relationship.
Dylan Prescott can tell from their first encounter that Ace has the It Factor that every actor hopes for – Ace commands every room that he’s in and lures people in with his charm and good looks. Despite Ace’s hot and cold demeanor towards Dylan, Dylan can’t deny that he wants Ace in every way, and when he sees that those feelings are reciprocated, he does what he can to get Ace LOCKED DOWN!
Ace knew Dylan was going to be trouble from their first encounter, and together, they are definitely a bit reckless, but they both feel what they have is worth it and they’re willing to trust one another in order to truly give their relationship a chance despite the media and outside interferences that threaten to not only expose them but also perhaps destroy them.
Ace and Dylan’s story is a steamy, witty, and meaningful read that illustrates how burdensome fame can be sometimes and the steps celebrities have to take to keep their personal lives private enough to see what could be of a new relationship. I adored both Ace and Dylan and the way they interact and treat one another proves that they can go the distance as long as they block out all of the external factors that could prevent them from getting what they want – a happily ever after.
A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
4.5 Poison Apples
“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 I was 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.”
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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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