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?
** NOTE – This can be read as a standalone or as a companion novel to Finley
In book one we were introduced to both Jordan and Derek. It was obvious there was something there and instantly I wanted to know their story.
We learn in Devil’s Kiss what a difficult life Derek has endured. It brought tears to my eyes on several occasions. Derek’s determination to be better than the other men in his family was what made Derek who he is. Strong, confident, and loving. An added bonus is that he is also gorgeous, muscled and tattooed.
When I first met Jordan I wasn’t sure what to think of him. When we get to know the man he truly is you can’t help but love him as well. Not only is he kinda spunky, he has a huge heart. There is so much more to him that just his good looks and brains.
As their story unfolds you see not only a friendship develop but deeper feelings for each other. It was frustrating that it took so long for them to actually come together in a sexual aspect. But when they did wow, Ella Frank knows how to write sex scenes that make you sweat. The chemistry they have is stifling. However, it is the friendship, and the deep connection that makes them perfect for the other.
As for the secondary characters, I loved seeing Finn and Brantley again. I adore those too. We also get to briefly meet Jordan’s mother and she is a hoot. I can definitely see where Jordan gets his wittiness from. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about Derek’s family. They are horrific and made me sick. I was hoping my feelings would change over time but that wasn’t the case. I was glad that Derek was able to overcome the nastiness they display. Out of all these secondary characters it was Dylan who intrigues me the most. He has a story and I hope we get to read it soon.
For those who you have read Ella Frank’s work you already know she is a phenomenal writer and her books are an automatic one click. However, for those who haven’t read her books, what are you waiting for each and everyone are fantastic. If you decided to start with this series, Devil’s Kiss could be read as a standalone but I recommend starting with Finley, book one to fully understand that characters and background.
Read my review of Finley, Book 1 in the Sunset Cove series here:
About Ella Frank
Ella Frank is the author of the #1 Bestselling Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite erotic serial, A Desperate Man. 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 http://www.ellafrank.com and on Facebook at http://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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