REVIEW: DANGER ZONE by Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine

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They train to serve their country.

They strive to be the best.

But only a select few can be…

The Elite



Reckless, arrogant, and bold, Solo is as known in the U.S. Navy for his bad-boy reputation as he is for his skills as a fighter pilot. It’s a surprise to his peers, then, when he’s chosen to train and compete at the most prestigious naval aviation academy in the world.


Kick everyone’s ass.

Do whatever it takes to win.

Do your best to distract the competition.

Especially when that competition is a gorgeous blue-eyed perfectionist who makes your blood run hot.

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Disciplined, smart, and confident, Panther can’t afford not to play by the rules. As the son of a top Navy commander, all eyes are on him, and being anything less than number one is unacceptable.


Keep it safe in the air.

Prove you’re more than Commander Hughes’s son.

No distractions. Stay focused.

Don’t fall for your competition—especially not the rebellious heartbreaker with lips made for sinning.

In the heat of the hot California sun, tempers flare and desires ignite as Solo and Panther try to resist their attraction while fighting to be number one.

With passion this intense, the question remains:

Who’s gonna come out on top?

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My Review

As soon as Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine’s new MM series was announced, I couldn’t wait to meet their hardcore, driven, and a bit egoistical male leads, and I was eager to see what would happen when these fighter pilots went head-to-head with one another and had to put their personal relationships aside in order to prove themselves to their superiors and place themselves ahead of every other pilot fighting for top honors.

The setting, in some ways, serves as a character in its own right because the atmosphere is a breeding ground for competition, for characters’ puffing out their chests and showing each other just how hard they’ll work and just what they’re willing to sacrifice to claim the top spots and to be seen as the best of the best.

Matteo ‘Solo’ Morgan and Grant ‘Panther’ Hughes are two exceptionally skilled and driven pilots, but their personalities couldn’t be more different, which means anything developing between these two will have to withstand a significant number of variables, including the fact that they’re competing for a position that they’ve wanted their entire lives.

I have to admit…Matteo was a lot to take in, in the beginning. He seems to always be ‘on’ and always pushing other people’s buttons. He’s an adrenaline junkie – one who doesn’t seem to be afraid of anything, and while that drive can be absolutely crucial when the stakes are high, his kind of personality can also be dangerous to not only himself but to those around him.

Grant is all about staying on the straight and narrow, driven to be the best and not let anything or anyone stand in his way. He so was not expecting Matteo Morgan or the instant attraction he would feel as well as the need to let himself go and give into the sexual tension that surrounds them.

Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine definitely know how to write cocky, over-the-top alpha males – those who have a competitive edge as well as a bit of a reckless personality, taking more risks perhaps than necessary, but doing so because being number one is of upmost importance. And the fact that these two authors created a setting like the Elite and have skilled fighter pilots competing for the coveted spots at the top at the prestigious naval aviation academy is fitting for both the main and secondary characters who they’ve created for this new series.

There’s a lot for Matteo and Grant to contend with as their story moves forward and given the ending of book one, readers will be desperate for Need For Speed, hoping that what these two seem to be building together is strong enough to withstand their individual goals and not allow their egos to make decisions that could spell disaster for anything more developing between them.

4.5 Poison Apples

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About Ella Frank

Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the 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.

Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.

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About Brooke Blaine

Brooke Blaine is a USA Today Bestselling Author best known for writing romantic comedy and M/M romance. Her novels lead with humor and heart, but Brooke never shies away from throwing in something extra naughty that will scandalize her conservative Southern family for life (bless their hearts).

She’s a choc-o-holic, lives for eighties bands (which means she thinks guyliner is totally underrated), believes it’s always wine o’clock, and lives with the coolest cat on the planet—her Maine Coon mix, Jackson Agador Spartacus.

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