Wednesday, June 3, 2020

New Release Review: Inside Affair by Ella Frank #Review #Giveaway

Title: Inside Affair
Series: Prime Time #1
Author: Ella Frank 
Self Published
Publication Date: May 27, 2020
Length: 239 pages

Reviewed by Truus


If I had to describe Sean Bailey, it would be: a surly, temperamental pain in my ass. Never in that equation would I ever include the word boyfriend—and not just because he’s straight.

The older brother of my life-long best friend, Sean is a detective for the Chicago PD, and is also known as Detective “Dick” for being...well, a surly, temperamental pain in everyone’s ass. He also happens to be the best they have, which is why I find myself on his doorstep the night my life is threatened by an anonymous stalker. 

I only wanted the name of a bodyguard; I didn’t expect for Sean to volunteer for the job. Now, not only do I have a bodyguard, I also have a fake boyfriend. 

It must be so hard to be Alexander Thorne, the number one prime-time news anchor in the country, with millions of dollars and a car that costs more than my house. I mean, I’m allowed to give him a hard time about it, but when some creep decides to cross the line and go after him, they’re gonna have to answer to me.

Going undercover has never been an issue in the past, so I don’t see why there’d be a problem now. Xander and I have known each other for years, so this should be a breeze. Except suddenly my stomach’s flipping when he looks my way, and my body comes alive whenever he brushes by me. I know I’m good at my job and playing a character and all, but this is getting out of hand.

I can’t be sure that either of us are playing anymore.


Xander is famous, being the face of the ENN news channel. After he got several disturbing threats, his boss demands he hire a bodyguard. Sean is the older brother of Xander’s best friend and knows people in the bodyguard scene, he will know someone. Indeed, Sean has the answer, he himself will protect Xander as his bodyguard. To be as convincing as can be he will act like Xander’s boyfriend.
Xander fights him with all he’s got but, in the end, has to surrender, Sean is right, he is the best.

They can’t stand each other, biting each other’s heads off, pissing each other off, and both offending af, even close to killing the other. Me? I loved it all!
But working close together makes them aware and they see things now they never did before.
Still, they have to cooperate 24/7. Finding the threatening stalker is easier said than done.

One of my favorite tropes is enemies to lovers. Both are headstrong men and every fight was delicious. I loved it that everything and everyone was suspicious. First, I was a bit afraid it would be predictable, but no, all quite well done. Just like in the movies, many characters circling the main character, and all are suspicious, and everyone could be the attacker.
We got here a smoldering slow-burn narrative, with some touching emotional passages.
The whole story was strongly written, with snarky characters. Everything felt sparkling dynamic and quite entertaining.
Thank goodness next month will bring the continuation because this story ended with a HUGE cliffhanger.


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  1. I'm not very fond of cliffhangers, so glad the story continues soon. Thanks for the review!

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