Review: Aced by Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine

Posted July 31, 2017 by Francesca in Reviews / 3 Comments

Review: Aced by Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine

3 Stars


Released: July 11th 2016
Series: PresLocke #1
Published by Self Published
Narrator: Charlie David
Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
Format: Audiobook

“…while ACED was an enjoyable read it didn’t blow me away like I wanted it to.”
~ Under the Covers

I’ve been wanting to try this series since it first released but my experiences reading Ella Frank’s m/m work have been hit or miss, so I waited.  And in the end, while ACED was an enjoyable read it didn’t blow me away like I wanted it to.

We have a huge Hollywood actor who recently came out but hasn’t been “seen” with a man yet.  He’s had a crush on a model he’s only seen on billboards around town (yeah, underwear model) and that same model is now on the set of his new project.  While he’s scared of what the media’s reaction will be to the reality of seeing him with a man, he’s also dying to explore his fantasies.

I admit I haven’t read the Sunset Cove and L.A. Liaisons series which this is a spin off of.  I actually think the fact that there’s a character from each of this author’s series and they get together is a really cool idea and it should definitely be explored more in the romance community.  I mean how cool is that?  But I had no problem jumping into this story without having any background.

One of my complaints here was that I felt the book lacked depth.  I enjoyed the story and it was entertaining but there wasn’t anything in particular about either character that made me connect and care much about the outcome of the book.  Another thing that I’m not a huge fan of is the fact this story is being dragged on (in my opinion) into a trilogy.  Honestly, I thought we could’ve managed to get everything resolved in one book and I think it would’ve been a stronger story.

Ace and Dylan do have some great chemistry and that made me enjoy this book, but I’m not sure I’ll be rushing to pick up the next one because I wasn’t left with that dying need to know what happens next.  And by the way, this does end in a cliffhanger.





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About Ella Frank

Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite erotic serial, Sex Addict. 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.

Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.

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.


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Thanks for the review.


Ugh, cliffhangers…thanks for the heads-up.


Thanks for the review Francesca