#BookTour — Devil's Kiss (Sunset Cove-Book Two) by Ella Frank + #Review & #Giveaway
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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— Blurb —
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?
Finley (Sunset Cove series, #1)
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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.
Copyright © 2016 Ella Frank
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.”
— Review —
Wow, I can't remember ever reading a book where the characters struggled so much admitting what they meant to each other. Derek and Jordan are made for each other even though they are the complete opposite.
But, wait!! Did you notice Derek's fingernails on the cover? They are black!!!! Just like in the book and that is beyond freakin' cool. I love that he loves his black fingernail polish and until the cover was blown up on my screen I almost missed it. Okay, now...
We met Derek in Finley and I admit, I didn't like him much there. He came across rude, aggressive, and kind of a smart ass. After getting to know him, he still has those same lovely qualities but I now understand why he acts as he does. And, really... he's not rude, at all, but more reserved and cautious.
Jordan is an absolute firecracker and I loved him from the moment he opens his mouth. I love his carefree personality and his love for himself and that he's not afraid to show the real him. If that means wearing yellow skintight pants, then that's what he'll wear and dare you to say he doesn't look hot in them. :)
The author lays out the story by going back to the beginning when Jordan and Derek first met eleven years ago. If you haven't read Finley, this probably wouldn't mean anything but if you have, then you know there is friction, or so it seems, between these two.
I would probably recommend reading Finley first, if you haven't. We are introduced to, both, Jordan and Derek, and their acquaintance of each other seems volatile and neither Finn nor Brantley know what's going on.
All of those strange occurrences that seemed out of place now makes sense. In Devil's Kiss, the author fills in all of those questions that we had in Finley by taking us to the start of it all.
And, I'll tell ya, it's a frustrating eleven years. These two butt heads, miss signals, forget to communicate, keep secrets, run from each other and you want to knock them both on the head and tell them to get their shit together.
When they are together, it's a mixed bag of holy hotness with Jordan being the dominant male and Derek, the muscled, tattooed, bad-ass loving every single minute of it.
While these two are playing cat and mouse, something else has happened between them. They have developed a trust that they share with no one else. Jordan doesn't even understand the reasons behind it, he just knows that he cannot deny being there for Derek when and/or if he calls.
This is huge for Derek who is dealing with an abusive father and has always feared he would be held in the same category as this low-life piece of scum. To keep everyone safe from his father's wrath he stays away, but it doesn't work with Jordan.
Revelations will be made, apologies will be given, affirmations will be spoken, over the course of an eleven year journey. Your heart will be broken and tears will drip on more than one occasion, but more than anything, you will laugh and smile and be filled with so much joy because Jordan is hilarious and you can't NOT laugh.
Jordan's Mom is a highlight in the book and such a beautiful character. Daniel and Brantley make an appearance and it's just enough to give us insight and know they are thriving together, as if we ever had any doubt.
And, a new character is introduced, Dylan, who is Derek's roommate through the majority of the book and someone who has a very interesting back story, although we didn't learn too much of it. I hope we get more of him soon.
Overall, the story delivers as Ella Frank knows how to do, but the push and pull, start and stop, was on the verge of lasting a little too long for me.
However, when the light bulb finally comes on, it is a bright and shining moment. Derek could not have found anyone to love him stronger and respect him more than Jordan and it's beautiful and leads to an incredible ending. 5 Stars
— Giveaway —
— About the Author —
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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Books by Ella Frank
Sunset Cove Series
Finley #1- http://amzn.to/1MshEaY
Try - http://amzn.to/1SndAIf
Take - http://amzn.to/1q8fxz9
Trust - http://amzn.to/1q8fymN
The Exquisite Series
Exquisite - http://amzn.to/22Dnwpm
Entice - http://amzn.to/1q8fNOI
Edible - http://amzn.to/1UQ73ta
Masters Among Monsters
Alasdair - http://amzn.to/1q8fRhs
Isadora - http://amzn.to/1RGmELp
Blind Obsession - http://amzn.to/1UQ7544
Veiled Innocence - http://amzn.to/21MqYYZ
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