Genre: Contemporary Romance M/M
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.
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.
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.
When I read that the author of my most favorite MM series ever was working on a super-seekrit project with Brooke Blaine I was intrigued. I saw the cover and was sold on it. Yeah, I’m a cover-ho, sue me. Brooke Blaine’s series L.A. Liaisons and Ella Frank’s Sunset Cove are crossing over in this story so I was super curious about the result. What follows now is an attempt to put my fangirling feelings into words while giving you a spoiler-free review.
Ace Locke is Hollywood’s hottest actor. He goes out of his way to drive by a CK billboard ad with a gorgeous model on it. The model is male and in boxer briefs wearing a kickass leather jacket. His breathtakingly good looks make the traffic stop and get Ace’s imagination going.
Ace has been out of the closet for a year but shies away from having a meaningful relationship because of the danger the publicity would pose to his career and a potential relationship.
Dylan Prescott is new in Hollywood. He has pocketed his first movie gig after the big campaign he modeled for which brings him into the orbit of the person he has wet dreams about – Ace Locke.
Dylan has no filter whatsoever, is confident, witty, cheeky and easy to talk to. He is the least judgemental person on the planet and along with his beauty he has the “what you see is what you get” personality people seem to flock around. He also goes after what he wants without hesitation and he wants Ace. Their attraction in real life is instant yet Ace is reluctant to give into his growing feelings for this beautiful man.
Ace on the other hand is not as open as Dylan, his vulnerability is what defines his personality and he doesn’t let just anyone in. He doesn’t give his trust easily but Dylan sneaks past his walls and soon Ace finds himself addicted to the drug that is Dylan. There are surprising little details about these two characters I don’t want to give away because finding them out was adorable and while I had already been on their team before those details were what sealed the deal. Ace’s and Dylan’s banter is hilarious, their personalities, while pretty diverse still cover some major traits.
“You said when we get home tonight. Whose home did you mean?”
I caught his eyes with mine and then said with the utmost sincerity, “Anywhere you are.”
These two dance around each other for a while and watching them fall for each other is like unwrapping your favorite candy. Peeling back the wrapper one layer at a time, knowing what it will taste like yet savoring the anticipation of having it on your tongue. And the moment these two let their bodies speak for them is like a sensual explosion. Their chemistry is off the charts. Fair warning: have a second pair of panties ready. There is something insanely HOT about these two guys hitting it off, getting their MM-mojo on and bro-talking their way into bed.
If falling in love was the single scariest act a person could make, then I was ready to take that leap.
This author duo does an amazing job of co-writing, they are in tune and I could only guess what was written by Brooke Blaine and what by Ella Frank. They blend their styles together to one and make this story a fluid reading experience. I got a kick out of seeing characters from Ella Frank’s other books pop in and I will definitely read Brooke Blaine’s L.A. Liaisons soon!