Saturday, February 3, 2018

Aced by Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine (audiobook)

Title: Aced
Author: Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine
My Rating: A-
Narrator: Charlie David

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: PresLocke #1
Main Characters: Ace and Dylan
Release Date: February 2017 (audiobook)
Publisher: Treycore Films, LLC
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
From Ella Frank’s Sunset Cove series and Brooke Blaine’s L.A. Liaisons series comes a scorchingly hot novel that blends humor, passion, and romance.

What happens when these two worlds collide?

Ace Locke is Hollywood’s hottest action hero. Women across the globe fling their panties in his direction, but Ace isn’t interested in those—he’s more of a boxer briefs kind of guy. Specifically, those of the nearly naked male model on a billboard he drives past every day.

Though he recently made headlines for his public coming out, Ace is wary about pursuing a relationship, fearing what the court of public opinion will do to his career. But there’s something in the model’s expression that intrigues him and has him wondering what if?

Dylan Prescott just scored his biggest modeling campaign yet. One that has him plastered all over L.A. in not much more than what he was born with. And when he’s cast in Ace’s latest blockbuster, it puts him in close proximity to his ultimate fantasy.

Outwardly confident, Dylan has no problem with his sexuality or his pretty-boy looks, and uses both to his advantage to get what he wants. And what he wants is the impossible—Ace Locke.
My Review:
Overall: 4.25
Performance: 3.75
Story: 4.5

Oooh, I liked this story so much more than I expected to. I'm totally and completely in love with Ace and Dylan. Dylan with his hippy dippy family. Ace with his...totally the opposite. They're wonderful together. And I love how infatuated they were with one another before they met. They were both definitely fanboys and they each have those tiny little moments of "pinch me, is this real?" that made them totally awesome. 

I'll admit, I was totally shocked by the cliffhanger ending. I had no idea that there was even a second book, so when the audio ended, I just sat there with my mouth hanging open ready to scream...NO! But then I got over it and immediately got online and bought book #2 in audio.

So, yeah...this is a good one. 

Although I had a really annoying little niggle about the audiobook. The pov's change without any notice. That's fine if you're reading a book and can see the break on the page, but listening to the audio, it took me a good half the book before I began to listen specifically for these changes and the clues in the dialogue signaling them. It might have worked if the narrator used significantly different voices for the two main characters, but he didn't. So I spent too much time in the audiobook trying to keep track of who the "I" was in the narration. It was more than a little distracting. 

But even with that, the book was great. I definitely recommend it.

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