Blog Tour: A Desperate Man (Vol 2) by Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine- Bianca and Stacy's Reviews, Excerpt, and Giveaway
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
I’ll be honest here. Serials weren’t my thing until THIS ONE. Volume one got me intrigued over Evan and Reagan’s story. But this next installment ?It has me hooked. I’m talking about can’t put my kindle down must finish in one sitting kind of hooked. So sit down, get comfy. You will get lost in this story.
“Right then she knew that, regardless of what her mind was telling her, she’d continue to push those warnings aside to indulge in Evan James—her own guilty pleasure.”
Volume Two continues Evan and Reagan’s story as it picks up where the last one ended. This time, we are given the story from Regan’s POV. While in Reagan’s head, you feel the pull she has towards Evan. The need for him. Yet you understand her hesitation. Their sexual tension is off the charts. Evan and Reagan so desperately want each other, despite the circumstances. The authors don’t simply allow you to see ...You FEEL their want. It’s intense and passionate. But how can Reagan give in knowing what she knows?
“Within the stirrings if lust she felt every time his name was mentioned, there was the twinge of something more…something dangerous, and the more she felt herself falling, the more she couldn’t stop herself.”
Volume Two digs deeper. There is a past. There are secrets. Everything isn’t like it seems. And things slowly unravel as the story continues. You are immediately sucked in the moment you start the first page and are fully immersed in Reagan and Evan’s story. Their flirty banter will have you laughing out loud. The suspense will have you clutching your kindle. And the sexual tension will have you fanning yourself and wondering where is YOUR Evan James!
I am absolutely fascinated how these authors effortlessly weaved a story unlike anything I’ve read. It’s sexy, sassy, and addicting! Reagan and Evan are highly sensual. There is sex, but this story goes beyond that. It goes to the layer within two broken people. There is a shift in the story. As a reader you will feel it. The authors unlock emotions you never existed between them. We learn so much more about these two, yet Evan and Reagan’s story is so far from over. And I cannot wait to see what’s in store for them next.
This has quickly turned out to be one of my absolute favorite serial series I’ve read. Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine have merged their thoughts and words together so well it’s scary! In the first book we get to meet Evan James and really get to know how he sees the world around him as well as himself. He’s a man struggling with a very real sex addiction, and on top of that he has some hidden demons from his past which we learn a little bit more about in this book. It’s so interesting going from book one to book two and then realizing how pertinent certain actions and feelings have evolved in such a short period of time. Evan is a complex man, and when Reagan Spencer is involved it’s a whole different ball game.
Miss Reagan Spencer. Holy crap is this woman something else! I have very few woman characters that I swoon over (yes, I said swoon) but if anyone is worthy it’s Reagan, In my opinion she is the most perfectly well rounded woman one can be. Some women are strong yet they are whiny, others are Independent yet not willing to become vulnerable. Reagan is strong, independent, fierce with conviction, NOT whiny and has a soft vulnerable side that is just right. And the stuff that comes out of Reagan’s mouth is friggin GREAT! She’s so witty and funny and sassy, I just love her! This book is told in Reagan’s POV and it has such a different feel than the first book, obviously because she’s not a dude. But just like book one needed to be told by Evan, this story needed to be told through Reagan’s eyes. Obviously the characters know each other better in this one, but the way the chemistry hits is so perfect and hot.
There are A LOT of unanswered questions that I’ve noticed while reading this series, and slowly bit by bit things are (sort of) becoming clear. I mean, that’s why we read serials right? To make us question and think and crave more? Well guess what? That happens. You will be scratching your head wondering what is going to happen next. Reagan has a secret and Evan definitely has some stuff from his past that hasn’t been completely revealed. You learn some things, and let me tell you I was not expecting what her secret was. It was a great twist to an already intriguing plot, so well thought out and it definitely categorizes this book as an angsty, hot, sexy page turner! This story has so many different dimensions and colors, and the characters just make it come to life.
Let’s talk about sex… Holy crap can these women right the hell out of a sex scene!! What I loved about this particular scene is that it was anything but ordinary! The chemistry is so perfect, and ohhhhhh I almost forgot to mention the banter!! Oh my gosh the beginning of the book with these two! THAT is what’s going to hook you right away; they are so funny together, seriously. I was cracking up at the smart ass flirty stuff that was going on between them. So classic. Ok back to the sex. It was hot, it was original and it was unforgettable. That to me is so important in a book. Anyone can read about V-cut abs and quivering loins, but THIS. This was some sexy erotic stuff going on! You will not be disappointed. And Evan James can dirty talk with the best of them, like he’s really good at it. Really super good.
The biggest thing I took away from this book (Aside from the erotic party in my kindle) was the fact that the characters evolved SO much. As an avid reader that is truly a beautiful thing. When you have a preconceived notion about a character and then the layers unfold to show you a whole other side to them—that’s great writing. I loved being told the story by both Evan and Reagan, and I can only hope to hear from both of them again in book 3. And I can’t wait for it!! Pick up this series for sure, it’s definitely worth it!
“Walk with me?” Evan asked.
She gave him a small smile and nodded. “Sure.”
Pushing off the rail, she fell in step with him as they walked along the river’s
“I’d be scared of what you’d see if you looked at me through your lens,” he
Evan scoffed and ran his fingers through his hair. “I can’t imagine there’s much
“You’d be surprised at what I see.”
That comment had him coming to a standstill. “Would I?”
“Okay,” he said, and started walking again. “Tell me what you see.”
Reagan slid her thumbs down the straps of her camera and cocked her head,
looking him over.
“I see a successful man. One who dresses well, even on a Saturday morning. So
that would indicate to me that he takes pride in his appearance. Maybe cares about what
others think also. The fact that you were leaving a therapist’s office makes me think
you’re a man with some issues, but also a man who is willing to work through them.
Again, that comes back to pride. You seem to be able to swallow yours when need be.”
Evan’s brow furrowed, but he said nothing as she continued.
“You also have a certain…air about you. It’s in the way you move. You’re
confident, but at the same time, when you flash that smile, the arrogance disappears, and
you look like the boy you used to be.”
The smile under discussion appeared, and Evan asked, “How do you know what
kind of boy I used to be?”
“Hey? This is my story,” Reagan reminded him before he continued asking
questions she wasn’t willing to answer.
“Oh, my apologies, I somehow thought it involved me.”
“It does, but you’re on the outside listening, so shh. You asked, remember?”
With a serious face, he nodded. “You would be right.”
“Okay. Now I lost my train of thought.”
Evan chuckled. “Well, it’s probably for the best that you didn’t mention any of
my unappealing attributes.”
“Speaking of…” she said, and turned to walk backward, facing him. “How did the therapy session go today?”
“Really great. There was an orgy, a sampling of sex toys, and a dessert buffet
afterward. Very satisfying.”
He blew out a breath and rubbed the back of his neck. “It was fine. It’s always
fine. Today, Dr. Glover brought up behavior triggers, and it helped to figure out where
this whole mess started.”
Curious, she asked, “And where was that?”
“It wasn’t any one event. It was the high off the power I got from my job, it was
being in an unhealthy relationship…my grandparents passing…the worry about
following in my parents’ footsteps. The further things spiraled out of my control, the
more I craved that control in other parts of my life. Well, a very specific part of my life.”
He glanced over at her before continuing. “Obviously that’s the condensed version, but…I think it helps. Knowing those things and hopefully being able to stop them in the future.”
But the urge isn’t gone?”
The look in his eyes was haunted as he replied, “No. No, it isn’t gone.”
A Desperate Man: Volume One
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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