Monday, 18 July 2016

Blog Tour, Review, Excerpt & Giveaway ~ Aced by Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine

Release Date: July 11th
Genre: Contemporary Romance M/M

Book Description:

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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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“I’d wanted him before I met him. But now, with him sitting so close to me, it was physically painful not to reach out and take him.”

When these two authors collaborate sparks fly and they certainly flew with this baby. Aced is a crossover with a side character from Ella Frank’s Sunset Cove Series and a side character from Brooke Blaine’s LA Liaisons Series, total genius!! Dylan was the hot model/surfer dude who was roommates with Derek in Devil’s Kiss and Ace appeared in Hooker, the hot movie star actor who Shayne became a beard for. Add these two men together and you get one hot and sexy M/M read, what else did you expect when Ella Frank is involved! I will say though that Aced can be read as a standalone but I can highly recommend the books that they first appeared in.

“…I love looking at you. For any reason. Even just to reassure myself that I’m not imagining you…”

I had been eagerly anticipating a Dylan book, while we got to know a little about him in Devil’s Kiss you always knew that there was something more lurking underneath his happy-go-lucky attitude and demeanour. Dylan never seemed to take life seriously and once you get to know his family there are plenty of reasons why this has filtered down the family chain, however, scenes with his family were hilarious and really added another dimension to Dylan. Being a top model and on billboards everywhere Dylan is really beginning to get noticed, so when he gets a call asking him to work on a film he jumps at the chance to try something new, it also doesn’t hurt that the man he has been drooling over for years is the in the leading role.

Ace Locke outed himself in Hooker to save Shayne’s relationship and his movie franchise is still going strong. Since he came out he has not been near a man nor has felt inclined to be either. Ace doesn’t want to bring them into the certain shit storm that will erupt with the paps clamouring for that first of anything. However, his restraint is going to be tested to its limits when he finds out that one of the film extras is none other than the male model he has been lusting and drooling over every day on his way to work, that billboard has nearly made him crash a few times!

“Because sitting there, like I’d pulled him off the billboard myself, was Marky fucking Mark.”

Ace is a cocky, arrogant arse at times, but this is the macho man persona he portrays to go with his movie character’s franchise. Underneath that bravado though is a man who is desperate to love and desperate to be loved. Being in the world he is he trusts no-one bar a select few and keeps people at arm’s length to protect himself and his private life. Ace was adorable, his personality was infectious and his alpha male tendencies certainly made their way into the bedroom or any other place that took his fancy. Once the beast was unleashed there was no stopping him. He was generous, kind hearted and extremely vulnerable which made Dylan such a good match, his kind hearted easy-going nature was definitely what Ace needed.

“Dylan definitely had me. I just wondered how long he would want me.”

When these two first meet both their fantasies are standing before them in the flesh, the chemistry and attraction was off the charts and the sexual tension was palpable. Movie sets have ears and eyes so it is hard for these two to hide that insane chemistry that is definitely going on. These two were scorching hot together, kindle combusting hot. Ella Frank knows how to pen M/M as she has so brilliantly shown us, but add that cheekiness of Brooke Blaine into the mix and it seems Ms Frank needs an A+ in corruption. The desert, OMG the desert…hot for more than the weather! So many stand out scenes that will leave you frantically chugging water to cool yourself down.

“…And that realization had me gone. Lost. Forever ruined by the one man I’d never expected. I was on complete and utter Locke-down.”

I adored everything about this book, from the first time their eyes met in the flesh you knew you were going to be in for one hell of a ride. The cloak and dagger, the disguises all add pressure but underneath all that were two people that genuinely loved each other and wanted to keep themselves to themselves just a little longer. However, we too must wait a little longer, August I believe, because these two were sneaky, sneaky, sneaky. It seems our Ace and Dylan have a lot more story to tell so now I am waiting with baited breath; August cannot come soon enough. Bring it on…and quickly!!


“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.”

About the Authors: 

Ella Frank: 

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.


Brooke Blaine: 

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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Ella and Brooke are giving away a $20 Amazon Gift Card in celebration of this release. 

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