Review: Aced by Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine

Posted July 18, 2016 by Wil in Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Aced by Ella Frank and Brooke BlaineAced by Ella Frank, Brooke Blaine
on July 15, 2016
Pages: 372

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.



This was one hot, steamy read and I definitely loved it! I’m a huge fan of Ella’s Temptation and Sunset Cove series. I love her stories and all those yummy boys that love boys. I have to admit I’m not familiar with Brooke’s L.A. Liaisons series, but I need to give it a try after this cause Aced was fantastic!

Aced combines a character from Ella Franks’ Sunset Cove series with a character from Brooke’s L.A. Liaisons series, and although I haven’t read Brooke’s books I didn’t feel lost or anything. So this one can be totally read as a standalone series. Yes, series, this book ends in a cliffhanger and there will be book 2, which is exciting.


Ever since I read Devil’s Kiss (Sunset Cove #2) I loved Dylan and wanted his book so bad. He totally didn’t disappoint. I loved Dylan, loved his attitude and cockiness. I also loved his family and their hippie antics, they’re hilarious. I also loved Ace, he’s an action star that recently came out of the closet. He was super funny and hot and I totally understood his struggles and his yearning to keep his privacy.


“This guy was making me feel things I’d only dreamed about.”


So Dylan is a model and he’s also working on his first movie as an actor. He’s been infatuated with Ace for a while and can’t believe he will be working with someone he admires. As a model, he worked on a famous underwear campaign and his face is plastered in a huge billboard in Hollywood and Highland. Unbeknownst to him, Ace is a huge fan of his billboard and has been fantasizing about him for a while.


“He made me feel reckless. He made me forget that I was in a room full of my peers, some of whom I didn’t know overly well. He made me forget my role, and all because he had a face that had literally stopped me in my tracks for weeks.”


There’s tons of hotness in this book. Their chemistry is incredible and when they get together is scorching hot. I loved their conversations and their banter. We also get to see a different side of both and there are also tons of sweet and romantic moments. Of all the Sunset Cove books, this has definitely been my favorite. Like I said, it ends in a cliffy and I can’t wait to see how their story ends!


“Oh God. I had a tendency to get naked and dance on bar tops when tequila was involved, so if this was how the night was starting off…shit. Not good. Not good at all.”




**An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review**







“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.

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.

About Ella Frank

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, A Desperate Man. 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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