I read Exquistite by Ella Frank last year, and couldn’t believe it was the author’s first book. Great story, hot romance, great banter, and sexual tension up the wazoo. (See my review). I couldn’t wait to read Entice (Exquisite 2) after reading the preview at the end of the first book.
Ella did not disappoint. this book had all the things I loved about the last one. Smart, professional heroine, sexy, charming hero, sexual tension like crazy, funny banter, and HOT romance with some angst. What more do you want in a book?
The gorgeous Dr. Shelly Monroe is through with losers who use her for her money. She’s attracted to the ‘bad boy’, but thinks the buttoned up professional is what she needs. But when she is set up with Mason’s (from the first book) good friend, a construction worker, Josh Daniels, despite her immediate physical attraction to him, she has decided to go out with buttoned up professionals only.
Texts between Lena and Shelly: Lena: ‘You’ve seen him. So?’ Hitting reply, Shelly lied: ‘Nope, not my type. You know me–suits and ties all the way.’ Lena: ‘Corporate’s not fixing the issue. Time to hire a handyman to flush out the plumbing.’
Josh Daniels is actually the owner of the company, but Shelly doesn’t know it. He is resistant too, he wants someone sweet, and is definitely not interested, no matter how hot she is, in Shelly “Man Eater” Monroe chewing him up and spitting him out. But oh…the sexual tension between them just crackles.
“I can tell you want me. Your eyes are all over me, and your breathing is just a little too hard for someone sitting at a bar. Come on Shel, you can admit it. Just like I can almost guarantee you’re getting all hot and bothered down between–“
So Shelly proposes a deal to “Delicious Daniels”:
“This is sex. Hot sex, but just sex. I want a nice, sweet everyday man to settle down with. And honestly, you scream complicated and not so sweet.”
“We’ll seal the deal tonight when we come all over each other”
“No strings, Josh. Not one. Unless of course, it’s to tie me up.”
But as we all know, those no strings relationships never quite work out that way. Josh knows there is something way more going on, but Shelly is too stubborn to give in. When they go down to her childhood home in Georgia, and Josh sees the country girl instead of the man-eater, he is hooked.
“I’m falling for you so hard that I can feel the scrapes on my knees as I’m brought to them.”
Shelly admits she is falling for him too, but Josh knows she isn’t ready, she is somehow still resisting what they have.
His eyes were locked on hers, and she knew she must have been dreaming when he whispered against her mouth. “How can you not see how perfect this is?”…”How can you not see how good we’d be together and how much I would love you?”
So Josh takes off. They still speak every night, but he moves away and won’t tell her where he is until she comes to her senses….and this was where the book lost me for a bit. It was still good, but found this portion dragged a bit, and didn’t keep me riveted to my iPad the way the first half did. But then it got better again, much better.
There was also a lot of Mason and Lena in this book, and I loved every scene with them, one was so amazing it brought me to tears. There was also a lot of peeks into the next book, Rachel and Cole’s story, Edible, due out this summer.
- I love the hot, sexy banter Ella Frank writes, her guys are so alpha swoony.
- Smart experienced women–great change!
- Josh Daniels: “You have a body that’s made to pound a woman into her bed. So, I’m really hoping you can live up to that.”
- Lots of Mason and Lena
- I love the nicknames.
- Great and numerous sex scenes that were never too much (I would have liked even more/longer scenes)
- I lost some interest for a little bit when Josh took off.
- You really needed to read the first book to read this, and I didn’t remember a good chunk of details. I should have re-read Exquisite first. (My brain ain’t what it used to be!)
Rating: 4.5 Stars, 4 Heat
I love sexy banter in a book, and this had it in spades. Great sexual tension, romance, fun stuff, visits with previous and future characters, likable hero and heroine, and hot sex–everything I love in a book. I highly recommend this series and can’t wait to read Edible in the summer….this one seems like it might be my favorite.
“I’m so lost in you, Georgia. I don’t even know where you end, and I begin. You feel so fucking amazing. I want to stay here forever,” he professed softly.
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