Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Ella Frank of Exquisite and Entice

Today, I'm excited to have Ella Frank, author of Exquisite & Entice on Waves of Fiction!  I am a huge fan of Ms. Frank's, and I am beyond excited to have her on the blog!

First, let me share a little bit about this amazing series if you haven't already checked it out!  Make sure to read all the way to the bottom as we have a very special surprise for our Waves readers!
Entice (Exquisite, #2)
Entice (Exquisite #2) by Ella Frank
Published January 29, 2013
Purchase: Amazon
About the book
What if everything you think you want isn't what you actually need...

Dr. Shelly Monroe is a woman who doesn't shy away from going after what she wants, but lately good sex has been hard to find. Shelly's become increasingly frustrated with the men she's been dating and the men she believes are the right choice.

Joshua Daniels is certainly not even close to the right choice. In fact he is exactly the wrong choice. For one thing, he's Mason Langley's best friend and best man. Second he's too much of a risky complication for Shelly to even consider.

Then why can't she stop thinking about how delicious he looked that first night she met him at Exquisite? Why is it so imperative to keep her lusty desire for a man that doesn’t meet her preconceived mold hidden from Lena and Mason, her trusted friends?

It seems unreasonable that being with a man completely wrong in theory could somehow feel so right. Then why is it the more she sees him the more enticing he becomes?

My Thoughts:
Exquisite was one of my favorite books last year, so you can imagine my excitement to read the next book in the series, especially when it was released early! And I'm happy to say I was not disappointed!

What's wonderful about these books is they can be read as stand-alones, as they don't leave you hanging in the end. Not to mention Ms. Frank knows how to write the perfect man and love story!

Dr. Shelly 'Man-Eater' Monroe is a confident, sexy woman who thinks she knows what she wants. And what she thinks she wants is a boring, respectable guy to settle down with and make her dad proud. But boring isn't what she's attracted to.

"That woman is hotter than hell, but I'm not touching her. She'll burn me to a crisp."

Enter, Josh Daniels, aka Delicious Daniels. And delicious he most certainly is. Owning his own construction company, he's come back to Chicago to work on the building expansion to Exquisite, his friend Mason's restaurant. All he wants is to find a sweet girl who's not out to milk him for money, and settle down. But instead he encounters Shelly and everything he planned goes right out the window.

They have such an intense connection that it sizzles off the page. And even though they spend a lot of time fighting it - they start to realize it's a lost cause. But Shelly has demons from her past that are keeping her from letting down her walls completely, and it will take the amazing Josh some time and patience to finally break through.

"Take a chance, Shel. I'm not going to hurt you, use you or take any part of you for granted. I'm falling for you so hard that I can feel the scrapes on my knees as I'm brought to them."

We get a glimpse of the real Shelly halfway through the book, and when I wanted to smack her in the beginning for being so shallow and ridiculous, I quickly forgave her once I understood her background and what she was dealing with.

And I can see where this book would be frustrating for some because, in their journey to find out what they want from life and each other, there is a lot of angst and heartache - and you want to just scream at them to GET TOGETHER ALREADY! But I think that's what made the book so wonderful - how they slowly fell in love. It never felt rushed. It felt realistic. And the sweet and incredible way that Josh treated Shelly just made my heart melt. He was every woman's dream-come-true.

What's also great is that we get a glimpse into what's going on with Mason & Lena from the first book. And see a glimpse into the next book about Mason's sister, Rachel. The supporting cast in this series is awesome.

I have to admit that during many parts of this book - I was singing 'Man Eater' by Nelly Furtado. And there were parts of the book that made me think about the movie, You've Got Mail - which is one of my favorite movies ever.

This was such a romantic (and hot) read that I highly recommend.
4.5 Suns

Author Interview
Do you have a favorite scene or line from the book?
I always like my women sassy and strong so when Shelly strikes her deal with Josh and tells him exactly how she wants to seal it – I like that part, always makes me smile.

What influenced you to start writing and publishing your novels?
Nothing really influenced me to write – I have always loved to write, however an article from the very talented Colleen Hoover opened my eyes to Amazon and self-publishing.

What is it about the contemporary romance genre that attracts you the most? Would you ever consider writing in a different genre?
I love contemporary romance because it is set in modern times and it has the potential to get nice and steamy. The only other genre I see myself writing right now is erotica.  I couldn’t do YA, because I cuss too much and would have teens doing inappropriate things, not something I would be proud of.

When you're not writing, what do you like to spend your time doing?
Reading or watching movies. I love music as well and I am currently hooked on Mad Men

What are you excited to read next?
Hands down – Lover at Last by JR Ward, there is no other competition for my attention this year.

Do you have a favorite book that you recommend to people or friends?
The Blackdagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward, my ultimate favorite. 

Ella thank you so much for stopping by and answering my questions!!

About this Author
I am happily married and mother to a crazy cat. I’ve been writing ever since my Grandma handed me a book of Sandra Brown’s and I fell in love with, falling in love.

I’m lucky enough that I get to write full time and think up all these wonderful characters to bring to life for you.

At any given time you will find me with a book in my hand, or my bag, and a recommendation for you.

Currently I reside in the Southern portion of the United States of America with my wonderful hubby.
I love to hear from people so feel free to contact me!
Follow this Author
Now for the surprise!  Ella has graciously offered  to send one lucky winner an eBook copy of BOTH Exquisite & Entice!  Good luck everyone!!
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  1. Loved the interview! Ella, that series by JR Ward is one of my favorites too!

  2. Awesome review and interview ;)

    The BDB seires is one of my favorites also, Zsadist is my favorite !!! <3

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  3. Oooh hadn't heard about this series before but now I am definitely going to check it out -- I love your reviews and you really turn me on to some great books!

  4. Looks like a great series! Thanks for the introduction and chance to win!

  5. Great interview and the series sounds good! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  6. Great Interview and This series is on my TBR list so Winning would be awesome....

    Thank you for this giveaway and all that you do blogging for us readers!!!


  7. I've been curious about this series for a while now, especially this book since this one's the one I've seen around.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Awesome giveaway can't wait it read these books they've gotten great reviews!!

  9. Great Review and Interview the book sounds and looks awsome!

  10. Wonder review post, I have heard lots of amazing things about this author and can't wait to read some of her work! Exquisite is on my TBR list and I just added Entice too.

  11. Everyone in my book club is talking about this author and these books. I would love to read one or both of them. lisagk(at)yahoo(dot)com

  12. Thanks for sharing your review and for the interview! I've got both books on my TBR list and I would really love to read them! Similarly, I love contemporary romance and erotica :) I'm also looking forward to Warden's Lover At Last and I'm a big fan of Mad Men - got a confession to make... I've got a lady crush on Joan Holloway! She's so sexy and curvy!

    p.s. Another book that I'm really excited to read by Ella Frank is Blind Obsession!!! Thanks for a chance to win Exquisite and Entice!


  13. Thank you all for the comments! This is a fantastic series I hope you all get a chance to read!

  14. One word title for books can be very effective. I really like the titles for both of the books.