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Series: Sunset Cove #2
Published by: Self Published
on May 24, 2016
Genres: M/M Romance
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What do you do when the one you least expect to matter…
Ends up mattering the most?
Derek Pearson likes to think he’s an easygoing guy. Uncomplicated, upfront, and unapologetic with what he wants. His what you see is what you get attitude is on prominent display for anyone who cares to look, and his foul mouth is right there to back it up should you miss the point.
However, what you see isn’t always what you get, and only a select few have ever glimpsed the real man under the brash exterior.
Among them? Professor Jordan Devaney. Complicated, high-maintenance, and vibrant, he’s Derek’s opposite in every way. From the moment they saw each other, a love-hate relationship began.
But what happens when one person wants more?
What a breathtaking love story! Ever since I finished FINLEY, Book One in the Sunset Cove Series, I wondered more and more about Derek and Jordan’s relationship. You could tell it was strained, but in DEVIL’S KISS, we are transported back to the past where they first met, and we discover their journey full of tragedy, loss, love, and devotion. My heart broke for Derek and his horrible childhood. But growing up didn’t take away the pain nor did it drive away the monsters. But Professor Jordan Devaney has always been there to answer his call, but will he be the one to chase away the monsters for good?
Two people from two completely different worlds find solace in one another. With boundaries and blurred lines, they tip toe around their feelings for each other. They have this impeccable connection and they continue to fight and go through years of being miserable when they are apart. Their timing is NEVER right. Every time their paths cross, the connection grows deeper and the reasoning for them staying apart grows weaker and weaker. Jordan is the only person who has seen Derek through the good, the bad, and the really bad. Jordan sees the vulnerable side of Derek that he shows no one. And even though he loves Derek and will ALWAYS answer his call, will that ever be enough?
OMG! Seriously, I’m getting teary eyed just thinking about this story. It’s so heartbreaking and so raw and emotional, there was absolutely NO WAY I was putting this down. These characters touched me in more ways than one, and I for one, am extremely grateful to have gone on this beautiful journey with the two of them. Ella Frank, you have something REALLY special here with these beautiful characters that you have created. You continue to break and mend my heart with every book you release. Bravo for bringing such heart and soul into this well deserved happily ever after.
Copyright © 2016 Ella Frank
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DEREK PEARSON PUSHED open the door of Leighton, Finley & Associates, and stepped out on the paved sidewalk. It was the first day of August, and if the sweltering Floridian sun was any indication, today was going to be hotter than hell’s waiting room.
As he strolled toward the curb, he pulled a pack of Marlboros from the pocket of his shorts and flipped open the top. He needed a fucking cigarette after watching Daniel Finley and his damn professor get all sappy and shit. That was gonna get old real quick if he had to stomach their nauseating displays of I love yous longer than the fifteen minutes he’d been in there. But he’d known he had to make an appearance sooner or later; otherwise Danny boy would’ve shown up asking questions. Questions he wasn’t ready to answer.
There’d been a reason he hadn’t come around to see Finn when he first moved back from Chicago two months ago, but it wasn’t something he was in the mood to talk about yet, even if he was one of the two people on the planet who would get all the shit he’d been dealing with.
Yeah… He just wasn’t ready to go there.
With a smoke between his lips, he lit up, then shoved the pack back in his shorts. He was so damn antsy lately, and for that he could thank his brother, Alan.
He walked around to the side of his Jeep and pulled open the door. After climbing inside, he grabbed his cell phone and stared at the dark screen, contemplating his next move.
Am I really planning to do this?
Fuck, it seemed that he was, even when he knew better.
If he did this, it would be nothing more than a Band-Aid over the real problem. A shot to numb the more painful issues he was dealing with right now. He would be slipping back into a pattern he had pulled himself out of. An addiction he’d broken free from. But he was also aware that if he didn’t do it, the alternative would be to spiral out of control, and solitude was no longer helping his fucked-up nerves.
He brought the phone to his ear and waited. The phone rang and rang, and fucking rang, until he was close to hanging up—and then it connected.
“You free?” were the only two words out of his mouth. He waited, not caring to pursue small talk. That wasn’t what this was about. All he cared about in that moment was getting what he needed.
When an affirmative came through the phone, he hung up, tossed it on the dashboard, and brought the Jeep to life. As he sped across town, he white-knuckled the steering wheel and didn’t allow himself to think about the consequences of what he was about to do.
It took him less than ten minutes to pull into the underground parking garage of The Palisades and take the elevator up to where his drug of choice waited for him. He glanced up into the camera in the corner of his metallic confines and stared boldly into the face of the one who was waiting at the other end of this ride.
Yeah, he was about to fall off the fucking wagon big time. Was about to slide back into the one place he promised himself he wouldn’t go again. Yet as the elevator came to a halt and the doors opened, there was no denying this was exactly what he wanted.
“I have thirty minutes,” were the words that greeted him.
Derek walked off the elevator and over to the naked man waiting for him. He took the haughty chin between his thumb and forefinger and promised in a voice thick with arousal, “I only need ten. Take me to your room, Jordan. Time’s a wasting.”
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FINLEY (Sunset Cove Series #1) by Ella Frank