ELLA FRANK BROOKE BLAINE
Release Date: July 11th 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. 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?
This is one of those stories that you really have to put yourself into the mind of the character to truly get the why’s of their actions. Take your own personal feelings of how YOU would react to something or how YOU would handle something and just pretend you are them instead. This is a story about an action star who came out but still isn’t out. It’s also about a successful model who is forward and doesn’t hide that he is gay to anyone but has a tough past which colors some of his decisions.
Let me just say that the chemistry in this book is off the charts! Truly! I know Ella is good at writing that really teasing intense unresolved sexual tension that leads to hot sex scenes and that doesn’t stop with the addition of this co-author. Dylan and Ace have it in spades and that relates to some seriously hot sexy times throughout the whole book. My favorite is the one towards the end because that one spoke volumes to me. It spoke of trust in each other. It spoke of how deep they were in this relationship together. I love it when authors use hot sex scenes to mean more, be more than just hot sex scenes.
I loved the banter that Dylan and Ace had. Dylan truly was that guy who has no filter, speaks his mind, and isn’t afraid of who he is. He helps Ace by giving him a safe place to let go and be the funny carefree guy Dylan sees lurking behind that mask Ace wears in public. I do wish we got more of a background feeling on Dylan, I know that it was something he wasn’t ready to speak about yet to Ace and I totally get that but we as readers didn’t get enough of a fully developed character because we were missing a huge part of him and the why of him. I love Dylan but wish I was able to connect more to him.
Ace lead of life most would dream of living; with the cars, the house, the money, and of course the fame. He loves his job but sees the fame, as I am sure most famous people do, as chore and something to “deal” with. When he came out it was to save a friend but other than that, as I mentioned before, he basically stayed in the closet. And you know what? I absolutely see why. Who wants to be hounded when they are trying to date someone? When that could be the thing that comes between two people before you even get the chance to build the relationship? How about wanting something for just himself for a short time? Like I said I agree with his decision of secrecy and privacy and I think it really helped him be a lot more open to Dylan. Plus Dylan’s acceptance of the secrecy helped Ace big time.
I freaking loved Dylan’s family in this book and I truly hope that there is much more of them in book 2. They are a trip and I want to see how they interact in person with not only Dylan but Ace as well. (Oh but Sunshine’s ring tone made me laugh every time!) But I want to hear more about Ace’s family since they are mentioned in passing but not more than that. I am kind of glad this is only book one because I do not think these authors could do Ace and Dylan’s relationship justice if they tried to fit it all in one book. There is still so much more they can show us as their feelings deepen and the relationship grows.