Title: Devil's Kiss (Sunset Cove Series #2)
Author: Ella Frank
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: MAY 24, 2016
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★ PLEASE NOTE —> Devil’s Kiss will be $3.99 for the first week and then go to the regular price of $4.99
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 f*cking 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? F*ck, 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 f*cked-up nerves. He brought the phone to his ear and waited. The phone rang and rang, and f*cking 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 f*cking 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.”
This is the 2nd book in the series and is a complete standalone, if you know what I mean. However, because I’m an Ella fan and have read the 1st book as well, I don’t think I can help it if I make some references to the first one, not that I’d give away anything.
Derek and Jordan… this is their history in the making. It ran concurrently with that of Finn and Brantley’s. It’s a slow burn of a read that spanned more than a decade. Was that was I expecting? I’m not sure. Yes and no? All I knew is that I had to trust Ella with where she wants to take me.
Derek and Jordan met pretty much around the same time as Finn and Brantley. When I first met Derek, he was this literally this hunk of a man, thanks to his size, a bit gruff on the outside, complete with the bad boy image. When I first met Jordan, he came across as this self-indulgent brat who’s all sass but endearing nonetheless. When I’ve had glimpses of their less than congenial run-ins, I wondered where all the animosity was coming from.
Here I find out why, and much more, of course.
Derek surprised me quite frankly with his back story. It was more dark and painful than I anticipated. Everything he did, he did to make a better future for himself, away from his family. He carried more weight on his shoulders, more than I anticipated and it broke my heart. He wasn’t one to share his worries, but somehow, Jordan felt the right person to share it with.
Jordan led an easy life and that’s just his reality. It didn’t mean that he felt that the world should revolve around him. He did his best to be a productive member of society. And when Derek crossed his path, something about Derek just called to him.
They’re worlds apart in upbringing, in their personality, in their social standing, but none of that mattered. At the end of it all, what mattered is how they felt about each other and how right they are for each other. Along the way, it wasn’t an easy path. No smooth sailing for these 2 up until the end. It was frustrating on the one hand, these 2 never seeming to be on the same page, mentally or emotionally, whether by circumstance or choice. But on the other hand, I suppose it was understandable, experiencing what they went thru. After all, sh!t just happens sometimes. People lose touch sometimes… People reconnect, but sometimes, things still happen… People have to grow, people have to do what’s needed to be done, people have other priorities sometimes, and other times, people are not ready to acknowledge certain things. Like I said, sh!t happens.
The tension brought on by their undeniable attraction, the push-pull, the doubts… the angst, oh the angst… sigh… But then there’s the heat, oh boy the heat!
Last but not least, I just want to say I LOVE the cover and the models. For a change, I didn’t need to look any further for inspiration for the MC’s as Ella has done that homework for me already:D And I’m hoping that this series will continue, perhaps with Dylan next?… is he next, Ella? Pls say yes:D
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.
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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Sunset Cove Series
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Masters Among Monsters
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