Blog Tour: Aced by Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine - Bianca and Stacy's Reviews, Excerpt and #Giveaway @BrookeBlaine1 @EllaFrank2012
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?
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Wow. These two did it again. I am absolutely blown away with just how much I was engrossed in this story. And I’ll be seriously rocking in a corner waiting (begging!) for book 2. These authors are easily top favorites of mine. But together? They are unstoppable.
Model Dylan Prescott has recently signed on for a huge modeling campaign. His drop dead gorgeous body is plastered all over L.A. His body is admired on a daily basis by famous actor Ace Locke as he drives by a billboard during his commutes. Circumstances allow these two to cross paths. Ace has recently come out, but one thing for sure is that he wants Dylan. Without a doubt. But he’s worried about his career. What others will think. The paparazzi follows him just itching to get a picture of him with a man. Can Ace really hide this? And how will this affect how Dylan feels about him?
Their secret relationship further deepens not only their connection, but their attraction to each other. There is something different about these two. While Ace is more reserved as he comes to terms with coming out, Dylan is bolder, and makes it obvious what he wants. Despite their differences, they are on fire for each other. They literally ignite the pages every time they are in each other’s presence. Their sexy times are off the charts. And when their world collides? It’s like time stops. They discover everything they were missing in life was each other.
There is so much that happens in this story. So much discovery made by these men about themselves. The story is deeper than just two hot men pining for each other. Aced slowly unravels and peels back layers to allow the reader to truly understand Ace and Dylan. We also get to see why these two find something in the other they have never experienced before. And what’s allowing them to pursue happiness now. I found the story to be brilliantly balanced with sex and humor.
The writing is seamless. It’s very hard to to tell this was even written by two different people as everything just flows and as a reader I got lost in their words. It was so hard to put this one down! I don’t think every author is meant to write as a duo, but these two executed the story effortlessly. It’s very rare that two authors not only collaborate on a story but allow their two worlds to combine. This book is a true testament to the unparalleled talent and writing skills that these two authors behold.
Aced is the book I never knew I needed. These two are explosive. Overwhelming. Addicting. Mesmerizing. Their feelings are raw. They are left open. Vulnerable. But doesn’t falling always come with a risk? SO excited for what’s to come with these two!
I fell in love when these two women wrote Sex Addict together, and I knew there was something special happening in the universe when they decided to combine their characters in Aced. This series can be read separately but trust me when I say you should read Ella Frank's Sunset Cove series and Brooke Blaine's L.A. Liaisons series. Not only are they great reads, but that's where you first meet the two hunks that are in Aced, Dylan Prescott and Ace Locke. And let me tell you, they are pure magic together.
Both guys seem extremely confident in who they are and are very assertive in their own respective lives. The part that really stuck with me is how Ace, who is easily the most popular A-list actor in Hollywood was able to be so vulnerable and strong at the same time. He's very straight forward and cocky, but he also has this side to him that you desperately want to learn more about. And Dylan is SO beyond perfect to be the one that gets to peel back those layers.
Dylan is a model who is trying to get his start in "the business" when he stumbles on a job that just happens to star the one and only Ace Locke. Ace has been the subject of many of Dylan's self-sessions if you know what I mean, and unbeknownst to him, he's been the same for Ace. So when these two finally come face to face you can only imagine the sexual tension resting just below the surface. And the chemistry is amazing! Dylan's personality is different than Ace's in the respect that he knows exactly what he wants and he's not afraid to go for it, he definitely has no filter and says what he means. I loved this dynamic between the guys so much, it really made for some good banter. GREAT banter, actually!
There are so many things you learn about Ace and Dylan and those little things really are what had me so intrigued with these two characters, just like Dylan had to wait and be patient with Ace, as a reader you get to go through that with both guys and it was so fun learning more about them. And can I just say you will also laugh your ass off reading this book, sure it's SEXY as hell, but some of the one-liners are so freaking funny.
A lot of the laughs I experienced came from some of the side characters.
Dylan's family is laughed out loud hilarious!! And I'm not over exaggerating
Ziggy, his dad, His mom- Sunshine, you'll learn about the names as you read, but trust me when I say how great they were! Paige and Shayne are also in here, and if you've read Brooke's L.A. Liaison series you already know how funny these ladies can be! They were all such a great addition to this story, there's nothing like a crazy family and some hilarious friendships to get you through life.
Aced is seriously a fantastic read, the writing was seamless and the chemistry between the characters was absolutely perfect, not to mention HOT, HOT, HOT! I can only imagine the blushing going on between these two Authors while writing some of these scenes! There is a cliffhanger which means there will be a second book so yay!!!! But don't worry, you won't want to bite your arm off or anything. It's a perfect cliffhanger by my standards and I love cliffys! This is definitely a must read!
“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.”
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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