Blog Tour: Title: The Fantasy (A Desperate Man #1) by Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine- Triple Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
I absolutely LOVED this first volume of A Desperate Man! It was with a cautious mind that I began reading this book. I had read a book about a sex addict before, which I absolutely ADORED, so I was afraid this book would not compare to that one. Well, this book is in a league of its own!!!!!
Oh Evan, Evan, EVAN! When I read the blurb for this book I was intrigued. Plus, I adore Ella Frank and seeing that she is collaborating with a new author, Brooke Blaire, I had to give it a try. Evan exceeded my expectations! I went into this book thinking that he was going to be a complete asshole that didn't acknowledge that fact the he had a problem. I was wrong! Yes he's not the easiest person to get along with, but he understands that he has a problem and feels dirty because of it. I loved his sexy side as much as I loved his vulnerable moments. As the story progresses, the layers to his character are slowly peeled away, but there are still a lot of questions I still have about his past and his addiction.
I loved Reagan. Well, the little bits and pieces that were shown about her throughout the book. She is still a mystery to me, but I know there is more to her than what meets the eye. The small glimpses of her character that the authors gave us were good. She is a strong independent woman that has as much of a sexual appetite as Evan's. The chemistry between them is strong and they are very similar which causes countless of charged exchanges.
Overall, I loved this book!!! I was a little pissed after I finished it because I was left wanting for the next volume! I highly recommend you give this serial a try because, I assure you, you will not regret it!
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Can I just admit this was my first serial? I know, I know. I just never could understand why I would read something in pieces. And then I read the blurb. HOOKED. I needed this! Two authors? Sold! I was intrigued of not only the storyline, but how two people could weave together a story of this nature. And you know what? I have no regrets! Not one.
Evan James. Trust me when I say you have never met anyone like him. He is in a class all of his own. A sex addict? You think you have an idea of where this story is going to go, but once you meet Evan, you’ll know you’re wrong. He has an issue. He knows this. And he struggles to get his life together due to his umm problem. And then he meets her. Evan James is a one time deal. He doesn’t do repeats. Until the woman that changed things for him reappears in his life and soon realizes that he wants another taste. But due to circumstances, she is off limits. Well. Sort of. Vague? I know, but Evan’s story is to be experienced.
I found that these authors seamlessly wrote a story with an intensity that grips you from the moment you start the book. They were truly able to capture the depth of Evan’s problem. While on the surface, Evan has a lot going on, you can tell his issue is much deeper. He is sexy, yet vulnerable. This is not your sex addict meets perfect girl and falls in love story. This is far from it. This story is raw. The authors never hold back. It is dirty, passionate, and this first installment will have you counting down until the release of the next one.
The Fantasy is the first part in an erotic serial that you don’t want to miss. Ella Frank is one of my favorite Authors and I was so excited to see her collaborating with such a talented debut Author, Brooke Blaine. I didn’t know at the time, but I do now! This first installment is packed with a super sexy punch of eroticism, grit, power, greed and the true meaning of a desperate man. A man willing to do just about anything to fulfill his need.
“He wanted to fuck her, own her, devour her, if only for the next few minutes. He was a man crazed.”
Even James is a sex addict, and not just some horny guy who can’t get enough. He’s 100% a true, real addict with an insatiable appetite that can never quite be satisfied, and he’s lost just about everything because of it. On one of his sex-capades he falls into bed with a hot blonde who not only satisfies his need, but she also revs his overactive brain up for more, and more, and more. Evan doesn’t usually get stuck on one woman ever. He moves along pretty quickly. So when blondie’s memory stays in his mind for longer than desired it unnerves him greatly.
“Was he simply trying to trade in one addiction for another?”
Evan is (or was) a very successful finance guy for a reputable company when his “problem” over took his conscience and caused him to lose it all. So know he’s jobless and hopeless, and the only thing getting him by is sex. It doesn’t hurt that he’s gorgeous to look at with some very impressive “assets” to boot. Evan pretty much gets any woman he wants. So when he’s confronted with Blondie again, whose name is Reagan by the way, he feels like the Earth is just out to swallow him whole and ruin his life.
“Oh, baby. I told you you’d never want me to leave once you got inside.”
Reagan is no sweet little thing, just the opposite actually. She’s strong, independent, and gorgeous and so far she’s the only woman to keep Evan on his toes. When these two meet again the chemistry is still there and the sexual tension is whoahhhh. It’s obvious that Evan and Reagan have unfinished business, but it’s also pretty obvious that neither is going to make the first move because neither of them do repeats. This makes for some major sexual-tension-flirtatious-banter between the two that was not only cute but laugh out loud funny at times. They are both so stubborn and set in their ways that they can’t see what is right in front of them.
“Well, inexperienced she must be because no respectable single female wanting to pick up a man would admit to owning two cats.”
“One can never have enough pussy.”
All the while, we are still reminded that Evan has a very real problem. The Authors did a great job of incorporating some not-so-normal stuff into the story that I believe would be very true to life in the same kind of setting. Your eyes might go wide a few times but you won’t be sorry for understanding the depth of the situation. And in true serial fashion, you are left with a pretty sexy cliffhanger that will leave you begging for more!
“Never had he consistently been drawn to one person the way he seemed drawn to her”
Evan James crooked his finger at the blonde currently shimmying back into her minuscule, tight, black dress. The same one she’d worn last night that had called like a siren’s song to his cock in the middle of the dimly lit club.
She looked over at him with heavy-lidded eyes and held the barely there fabric still around her waist. His eyes zoomed in on the impressive breasts overflowing out of her sheer, black bra. Covered, but not enough.
His mouth watered, and he wanted to drag her back to the bed and take hold of her ripe nipple before pulling the fabric down and out of his way to take her fully into his mouth again.
After having had her so many times in the last few hours, she’d no doubt taste of him on every inch of her soft skin. He liked that. Before, she’d tasted faintly of vanilla musk—a fragrance he wasn’t overly fond of. He’d made quick, dirty work of her though, marking and leaving his scent on her with his lips, his sex, his come, and he figured one last go-round before sending her on her way would suppress his craving for at least a couple of days.
He hoped. His appetite was voracious.
“Can’t get enough, can you?” She leaned down over the edge of the bed and placed her hands there, giving him an ample view of what he wanted. Now.
He narrowed his eyes. “Don't play with me.”
Blondie tsked and put her knees on the mattress, crawling on all fours toward him. “Oh, baby, I told you you’d never want me to leave once you got inside.”
She was right about that much. If he could live in pussy, he would. It was his weakness, his addiction, the one thing he’d give up anything and everything for. And he nearly had.
Ella Frank is a #1 Amazon Bestselling Author. She writes both contemporary and erotic fiction and is best known for her Exquisite Series, and Temptation Series.
The minute she began her love affair with reading, she became and avid supporter of the romance genre and has never looked back.
Ella is Australian born and bred but currently resides in Houston, Texas with her husband.
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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.
Her first solo novel, a romantic comedy, is due out in early 2015, but first, she thought she’d write a raunchy story with her best friend that would scar her conservative southern family for life.
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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