Monday, February 16, 2015

BLOG TOUR -- REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: A Desperate Man, Volume 2 by Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine

(A Desperate Man, volume 2)
Illusions -- we all create them.
For some it's to project an impressive image to a prospective employer; for others it's to attract the eye of another. 
My illusions is a bit more...complicated.
Years in the making, my secret has the potential to bite me in the ass. And not in the way I typically enjoy.
As women, we're judged for reveling in the same carnal pleasure that men do, but I've never been shy about my voracious appetite. Now, I'm under no illusions that I'll find love with any of my one nights stands.
After all, I have one rule -- no repeats -- but it's a rule that's becoming harder to follow since Evan James came back into my life. 
Did I say back into my life?
My name is Reagan Spencer, and you may think you know me, but...
How well do we really know anyone?

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“Blondie,” he called out, and lifted his hand in a wave.
She dashed over, out of the rain, and lowered the umbrella as she came to a stop in front of him. His eyes automatically zoomed in on her plumped-up breasts, and the first thought that ran through her mind was, Score one for me. Slightly juvenile, perhaps, but a much more appropriate thought than the ones she’d been having prior to getting out of the cab.
“I wasn’t sure you’d brave the weather tonight. Thought I might end up going stag.”
Shaking the umbrella, Reagan brought her eyes up to his and let her mouth curl into a wicked smile.
“Please, I’m at my best when wet.”
Evan’s eyes heated as he seemed to bite his tongue. “Already pulling out the big guns, I see.”
“Oh no, honey, I haven’t even started. I’m saving my true arsenal for the men who count.”
Evan cocked his head to the side, but didn’t appear offended as a small smile tugged his lips. “I see how it is.”
“Do you?”
“Yes. You’re gonna go all sex kitten, and I’m going to be stuck asking about feelings and shit.”
As they moved toward the door, and Evan reached for the handle and pulled it open, Reagan stopped and looked up at him.
“You do have feelings, don’t you, Evan?”
He leaned down until his mouth was by her ear and whispered, “I’m having a very strong feeling right now.”
Reagan’s stomach flipped, and she ignored the urge to flirt back with the man grinning at her, instead scoffing before patting his arm. “Well, you should make sure to tell that to the first young lady you sit down with.”
“If she’s a lady, I’m thinking she won’t appreciate that particular feeling.”
“Then what does that make me?”
Brushing past him, she felt his hand against her hip through the tight material of her dress. She didn’t have to have eyes in the back of her head to know he was staring at her ass.
“That makes you fucking dangerous.”

*ARC gifted by authors in exchange for an honest review*

My first thought after finishing volume two of this serial?

I need to buy a Polaroid camera.

In A Desperate Man, volumes 1 and 2 we are introduced to Evan James and Reagan Spencer. Evan is a sex addict with one rule – no repeats. He has never even been remotely tempted to break that rule until a certain blonde bombshell invades not only his bed, but also his mind. He can’t stop thinking about her, and when the little vixen turns out to be his new boss, things only get harder for Evan. (Ha, harder. Pun intended). He finds himself constantly fantasizing about her, and searching for any way to get her naked again. But Reagan just so happens to have the same rule as Evan – no repeats. Between trying to keep Evan at bay and maintain a professional relationship at work, Reagan has her hands full…and it seems like she might be carrying more than she can handle. With her resolve crumbling, she finds it almost impossible to deny her feelings for Evan, regardless of his past. But that’s not the only problem; Reagan has a secret. A big one. So, just how will Evan react when he realizes who she really is?

Oh my lanta. As much as I loved Volume 1, I think it’s been beaten out by the latest installment of this serial series. We get the privilege of being inside Reagan’s head this go round, and she might just be one of my favorite female leads, like, ever. I love that she isn’t ashamed of her voracious appetite for sex…she owns that shit! In Volume 1, she seems so in control of her emotions when it comes to Evan, but now we get to see a more vulnerable side to her. Vulnerability or not, she’s still a badass bitch. I mean, this is Reagan Spencer we’re talking about here.

The sexual banter between these two is enough to make a girl blush, and the sexy times are certified panty droppers. I mean, there’s a reason why literally the number one thing on my to-do list now is to find out where I can buy a damn Polaroid camera! I think I read that portion at least three times, and I’m not even the least bit ashamed of that. It was HOT. AS. HELL. This serial has the perfect mix of steam, sexual tension, and raw emotion. It will make you have all the feels up top and down south.

That ending killed me, and I’ve already tried to use bribery on Brooke to tell me what happens next!! Unfortunately, she’s a damn steel trap (I’m giving you the side eye right now, Brooke!) I am so anxious to see how the rest of this story plays out, and I am blown away by how seamlessly Ella and Brooke weave their words together. This is a sexy serial series, and these two women just plain know how to write!

Now, *ahem* if you’ll excuse me, I have some business to take care of...

*opens browser and pulls up Amazon, searches for Polaroid camera*


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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.

Her first solo novel, a romantic comedy, is due out in early 2015, but first, she thought she’d write a raunchy story with her best friend that would scar her conservative southern family for life.

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.

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Ella Frank is a #1 Amazon Bestselling Author. She writes both contemporary and erotic fiction and is best known for her Exquisite Series, and Temptation Series.
The minute she began her love affair with reading, she became and avid supporter of the romance genre and has never looked back.
Ella is Australian born and bred but currently resides in Houston, Texas with her husband. 

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