Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: ACED by Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine @EllaFrank2012 @BrookeBlaine1

Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: ACED by Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine @EllaFrank2012 @BrookeBlaine1

I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: ACED by Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine @EllaFrank2012 @BrookeBlaine1ACED by Ella Frank, Brooke Blaine
Published by: Self Published
on July 11, 2016
Genres: M/M Contemporary Romance
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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?

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.

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O-M-G!!!!! You guys!!! I can’t EVEN tell you how much I LOVED this book!!!! One of my all time favorite M/M Contemporary Romances EVER! Ace and Dylan will absolutely STEAL your HEART! I was on cloud nine at the very beginning, and it just got better from there. Amazing, LOVABLE characters…a storyline that captured my attention right away, a blossoming romance that had me curling my toes, and wiping the tears from my face. It just amazes me, the amount of love I had for Ace and Dylan. Even when Ace was being a cocky dick, he STILL had my heart. And when Ace teased Dylan…Dylan held his own like BOSS! The back and forth, the push and pull, the incredibly sexy and flirtatious banter just had me grinning ear to ear.

“…you make me fucking forget myself.”

“And this is a bad thing?”

“No…”…”It’s a dangerous thing.”

When I heard about ACED coming out and I saw Ella Frank’s name tied to it, I about jumped out of my seat. Then I saw it was co-written with author Brooke Blaine, and I was intrigued! I’ve never read anything by Ms. Blaine, but I’ve seen the covers for her L.A. Liaisons series all over social media. Needless to say, after reading this book, I’ve added that series to my TBR! Two authors…two series coming together to create ACED and Dylan and Ace’s story…it was EPIC people! Even if you haven’t read either of these series, you will LOVE ACED! If you are a fan of M/M romances…you will absolutely LOVE ACED! If you crave romances with dirty talk, passionate sexy scenes, and scenes that will make you laugh out loud…you will LOVE ACED!

“Brace yourself, buttercup,”…”Cause I’m about to take  you on one hell of a joyride.”

Oh Dylan, you are quite a treat! I can’t stop talking about these two characters! Together, they were just EXPLOSIVE! Even though Ace was a little at war with himself during the book, Dylan sensed that and gave him exactly what he needed. It was just incredibly beautiful AND mouth-watering all at the same time. When Ace started showing Dylan the finer things in life, Dylan’s excitement was completely contagious. His exuberance was so freaking adorable, and I was ridiculously excited, right alongside him. Dylan made Ace feel like a king, and Ace made Dylan feel like he deserved everything he had to give. TOTAL SWOON ALERT my friends…on almost ever single page!

“Thank you.”


“For being so much more than I could’ve imagined.”

See!!!! GOD! I LOVE LOVE LOVED it! Oh yeah, and a couple of yummy tidbits – Dylan’s family? OMG! I can’t even begin to tell you how cute they are! And the acceptance that Dylan gives them! Ugh! It’s so freaking sweet! AND….fans of the Sunset Cove series…my other favorite couple, Derek and Jordan make an appearance! EEEEEK! I know, it’s so exciting!!!

OK! So now that you now how much I fucking LOVED this book….I still feel like I need to give you a warning. Don’t get mad, because this book will absolutely BLOW YOUR MIND, but….it’s not the end! (I’ll hold for gasps, screams, etc.) Ok ok ok! Hold your horses…it’s not that bad. Ace and Dylan has their HAPPY, just not their HAPPILY EVER AFTER…yet. We are left on a ledge…their cover has been blown, and this gives Ace more anxiety than you know. But again, Dylan is right there, and I believe when we finally get their HEA…it’s going to be more EPIC than we think, and I for one, can’t FUCKING WAIT for August, when we get LOCKED!

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Quote“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.”

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About 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.

She is the author of Flash Point, a romantic suspense standalone, as well as the co-author of the erotic series, A Desperate Man, with Ella Frank. The latter has scarred her conservative southern family for life, bless their hearts. Licked, a romantic comedy, will be released November 11th, 2015 and is the first in the L.A. Liaisons series.

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.

About Ella Frank

Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust. 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. You can reach her on the web at and on Facebook at

Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.

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