Title: Devil's Kiss (Sunset Cove Series #2)
Author: Ella Frank
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: MAY 24, 2016
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?
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.”
Devil’s Kiss by Ella Frank
Devil’s Kiss by Ella Frank was a complete surprise. In book one, Finley, you get to meet Professor Devaney, aka Jordan, and Finn’s best friend, and Derek Pearson.
Derek is this huge “muscle head” who you assume is this big “bad boy”. Man, is that so stereotypical?
Jordan, don’t get me started on him. In book one i thought he was this HUGE diva.
Book one, you knew there was something going on, and me personally, I kind of thought Derek was some sort of “daddy” to Jordan. You know, big muscle guy taking care of his “boy” ((ps I love that sh*t)). So I was super excited to read book 2, in hopes that that is what was happening
Maaaan, that couldn’t have been further from the truth. And I was totally OK with that
This book starts basically in the same “decade” as Finley.
This is the similarities between the two books. They run around the same times, hopping between past and present ((which totally floats my boat)) and the fact that both these boys have fallen for their professors? On top of the emotional whiplash that happens in both books. One minute you’re biting your nails hoping they unf*ck their shit, and the next you’re breathing a sigh of relief. But, this is where the similarities end. None of these characters are the same in ANY way.
I ended up LOVING Jacob. Was he spoiled brat? Yes. He even admits it, but it’s in the way he delivers it all and carries himself that you can’t help but love him. Basically, he’s the quirky light to Derek’s life.
Derek is an anomaly as well. Coming from a horrible background, he’s determined to be so much more than his family. He does what he does in spite of everyone and he dares you to doubt him.
“Find what makes you work the hardest, and dare yourself to make a difference”
It’s something you as a reader will fall in love with as well as Jordan. He was Jordan’s “challenge” and what a challenge he was.
Even their bedroom preferences will throw you off. And I find that to be the most endearing and probably one of my favorite things about this book. Basically, expect the unexpected and stereotypes, because they aren’t here.
So, buckle yourself in for this emotional rollercoaster full of surprises, and enjoy the ride.
Oh, and P.S I am really hoping book 3 is Dylan.I am VERY curious about him…but not before Thanos *cough, Ella, cough*
4.5 “I’ll Always Answer” stars
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Finley (Sunset Cove Series #1)
It's time to come home, Finn.
It’s been seven years since Daniel Finley left his hometown in Florida for the hustle and bustle of Chicago’s city life. Since then, he’s worked hard for his position at the prestigious law firm Leighton & Associates, even when it’s caused distance and isolation from his family and friends. But that’s all about to change. On his thirtieth birthday, he receives the one thing he never dared hope for. Something that was promised to him years earlier—a note. One simple sentence from the man he’s never been able to forget. Six words will forever change the course of their lives. Brantley Hayes has it all. Or so he thinks. When he first made the decision to take a job down in Florida, his family thought he was crazy. But, after years of living in the quiet beach town, he finally feels a sense of community. He’s surrounded himself with friends who are like family, has a job he loves, and owns a spectacular beachfront property that is his sanctuary. Yet he still feels unfulfilled, as if a piece of the puzzle is missing, and he knows exactly which piece it is. On an impulse, he follows through with a promise he made years earlier. A promise to call home the one he sent away. Nothing is as simple as it seems. After years of separation, the former lovers are reunited, but Brantley wasn’t expecting to encounter the high walls now guarding Daniel’s heart. Daniel may not be the same person he was when he left, but he knows that the first step to healing is the note in his hand.
REVIEW OF FINLEY
|If you're missing Tate and Logan, definitely pick up this book!!!|
Daniel and Brantley light up the pages, between their connection both emotionally and physically. There's a lot of hurt but also a lot of love. It's actually quite bittersweet. Daniel even adapts a "Loganesqueness" to him that's sure to melt you from the inside out. Not only that but with his professor? *gasps* ohh, the scandal! ;) But not really, it's just a pretty hot fantasy!
The writing is what I've come to love about Ella. Not only does she tell the story in present tense, but she does these flashbacks of Finn and Brantley's story that just gives it a whole other emotional dimension and connection with the characters.
All I can say is this is classic Ella and another great book from her and I'm super excited to learn more about Jacob and Derek...pllleeeaaase let there be more Jacob and Derek. Oh yeah and me mentioning if you miss Tate and Logan, well, read the book, you'll see ;)
and on that bombshell...4.5*
About Ella Frank
Ella Frank is the author of the #1 Bestselling 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 www.ellafrank.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ella.frank.author 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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