BLOG TOUR REVIEW: Need For Speed by Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine

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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.

Need for Speed, the steamy second installment of the high-octane contemporary MM The Elite Series from USA Today bestselling authors Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine is available now!

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Need for Speed is the continuation of Solo and Panther’s story and should only be read after book one, Danger Zone.



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.


1. Kick everyone’s ass.

2. Do whatever it takes to win.

3. Do your best to distract the competition.

4. 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.


1. Keep it safe in the air.

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

3. No distractions. Stay focused.

4. 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

I didn’t think Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine could have amped up the sexual tension any more than it was in Danger Zone, but in Need for Speed, that’s exactly what occurs when Solo and Panther are put in even closer quarters, after what happened at the end of book one. And, with all that togetherness, everything changes between them, testing their singular focuses and leading them to contemplate if there’s something more important than being the top pilot at the academy.

Panther has had one objective throughout his life and nothing has stood in his way, up to this point, but it’s clear that Solo is a game changer for him and vice versa. And, while that doesn’t mean they lose their competitiveness or their alpha male characteristics, the more they’re in each other’s space, the easier they find it to let down their guards, to show the other parts of themselves that many don’t see, to acknowledge that what’s between them is so much more than casual hook ups.

Frank and Blaine do a great job of illustrating the evolvement of Solo and Panther’s relationship and their feelings as well as providing much needed insight into how they became the men they are today and what that means moving forward as an undisclosed couple, as competitive pilots who both want the number one stop, and as alpha males who are used to be in control of all aspects of their lives.

There’s a lot on the line for both heroes, so moving forward, both individually and as something more, it’s difficult to assess just what will happen…if their connection is strong enough to withstand scrutiny and the competitive nature of their desired goals as well as how they will be perceived by those around them…the risks are high in significant ways, so I’ll be interested to see heading into book three, where their wants and needs will take them – going their separate ways or holding on to one another no matter the obstacle.

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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