It’s my stop on the blog tour – yippee! I’ve got lots of goodies for you today. First up is my review of the completely scandalicious Entice by Ella Frank. Next up we have a wonderful guest post where Ella will give us the scoop on how she writes a sex scene. Finally, I’ve got a giveaway for you. Our gracious author Ella Frank has agreed to give away a matched set of e-books Exquisite and Entice. So, if you’ve not started this series…here’s your chance! Sit back, get your scrolling finger ready and enjoy!
Author: Ella Frank
Series: Exquisite #2
Genre: Adult/Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 stars
Source: author supplied copy for review
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?
So my girl Ella did it again. There is no “second in the series slump” with this one. No fucking way…in fact, I don’t want to fight but Mason has completely taken a back seat to Josh. Goddamn woman, are you kidding me with the perfection that is Josh Daniels? Go, go right now and see where he landed…click right here, I’ll wait. That’s right bitches, Josh Daniels is no fucking joke. Not only is he beyond handsome on the outside, he’s even better on the inside. He’s a good guy, a really good guy with a bad boy edge that screams badass alpha, totally protective, gonna take care of what’s mine forever from every sexy pore on his body. Poor Shelly, all the snark in the world couldn’t hold Josh at bay. Frankly, she didn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell when her eyes landed on this one!
“Shelly turned to watch Josh stand, and then he pulled out his biggest weapon of all. Across his face slid a smile so slow and so sexy, it could’ve dropped a woman’s panties in five seconds.”
You should remember Shelly, Dr. Shelly Monroe from Exquisite, she’s Lena’s best friend, the sexually uninhibited one full of smart ass remarks. Josh actually refers to her as a man-eater at the beginning and wants nothing to do with her because Shelly is the type of women who will burn him to a crisp. Good thing he listens to his downstairs head and not the one on his shoulders…‘cause when these two get together, it’s so scandaliciously hot your panties explode from your body, land shaking in the corner and melt into a big ass puddle. And that’s just in a parking lot…not even actual sex. Fuck me, I need a cigarette. Wait for the coat closet wall sex…that right, WALL SEX in a closet, no less. But I’m getting ahead of myself a little, let me tell you about Shelly. She’s used to using sex to get what she wants. She’s quite adept at turning on the sex to avoid doing things she doesn’t want to do, like talk about her feelings, or deal with big things in her life that totally need to be dealt with. While Josh is burning up to have her, he won’t let her manipulate him…or use him to run away from her problems. And bless her heart, boy does she have some problems. Seriously, parents can really fuck a kid up, even if they have the best of intentions sometimes. But Shelly is strong, once she rubs up against someone who’s not a total push over, she starts to realize what she really needs in her life. And let me tell you, rubbing up against Josh Daniels is a mighty fine pastime! When we see the softer, less man-eater side of Shelly, Josh calls her Georgia. It’s sexy as hell the way he calls her that.
“Okay, I’m originally from Georgia, and while I love a lot of things about that place, I took speech lessons during school to disguise my accent”
Scandal honesty alert time. Get the hell out of my head Ella Frank! As I’ve mentioned before, I grew up on a farm in the rural South. Seriously, go to the middle of nowhere and hang a right – I’m from about 10 miles down that road. A tobacco farm no less. My dad is the oldest of six kids, they all built houses on the land so I grew up with nothing but family and farm for as far as the eye could see. Remember back in the day when Dominos would deliver in 30 minutes or less or it was free? Yeah, that didn’t apply to us. We had to drive a good 20 minutes to a gas station to meet the Dominos guy because we were so far out in the country. Seriously, we didn’t even have cable tv growing up…not because my parents thought it was bad for your brain, it just didn’t come out that far! My parents finally broke down and got a satellite dish, one of those old school big fuckers, when I LEFT FOR COLLEGE!! I know country, folks. I did exactly what Shelly did while I was in college – well, I didn’t take speech lessons per say but I sat in front of a mirror for hours at a time and practiced saying words my roommate pointed out as “hillbilly”. I get Shelly. No one will take you seriously if they can’t understand what the fuck you’re saying…been there, done that, cried my tears and fixed that shit. The funny thing is, the first boy I dated in college was from Long Island, NY – his accent was just as thick as mine, neither one of us could understand what the other one was saying half the time. While I solved my communication problem, he never really saw his as an issue…I wonder why that is and what that says on a deeper level? But I digress…
So Josh falls hard for Shelly, and even though she doesn’t want to, she fall for him, too. The thing is, Shelly is easily spooked and quick to run, mostly because she’s so broken on the inside, she doesn’t know what else to do…it’s a protective mechanism kicking in. She’s conditioned herself not to let a man in her heart. Josh wants in and knows they’ll be great together but he’s determined to make her work for it. He’s not going to make anything easy for her, he wants her to realize the love they have is real, and not just lust.
“It’s stripping you bare, and I’m falling for you so hard that I can feel the scrapes on my knees as I’m brought to them…”
“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.
See, when Josh says shit like that and Shelly still can let him in…not gonna lie, I want to shake her and shake her hard. You’re gonna want to throttle her on more than one occasion. Goddamn woman, he’s Josh fucking Daniels…get on that shit. For the love of all that’s holy, sort your shit out and get to the good stuff girl! Josh is a smart man, he has a plan – sassy Shel has a lot of growing to do and he’s going to gently show her the way.
We also get to see Lena and Mason get married in Entice. It’s beautiful and will make you misty…seriously, the wedding vows might just make you ugly cry a little so be ready for that. And Rachel, Mason’s sister, the pastry chef with the crazy hair…we learn quite a bit about Rachel, she’s up next with Edible. Holy shit, if the little teasers and snippets of Rachel’s story are any indication, her tale is going to gut me. Bring it on Ella Frank…bring it on.
Exquisite Series Reading Order
#1 – Exquisite
#2 – Entice
#3 – Edible – coming soon
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The Anatomy of Writing a Good Sex Scene
When Scandal first approached me about writing this post for her blog I knew it would be so much fun for several reasons.
First, I love talking about sex. Second, I love writing and reading about sex, and third…well, I am very happily married.
Where to start, where to start… I suppose we should start as we would in reality, at the beginning right?
That initial attraction in life and in a book is so important in my opinion, you want your lead female to feel the heat when your leading man so much as glances at her. This is a must for me, if there is no connection then anything after that is going to feel very blah blah and I don’t want blah blah sex…do you? I want hot, seat squirming, sweat inducing, grab my husband sex.
So, eyes connect – check! Pulses flutter – check! Nerves are tingly – along with other things – check! Ok we are ready to go.
Once the connection is established I always try to decide, is this going to be a slow build to the bang or a firework display from the get go. If you read Exquisite then you will know that for Mason – sigh – (sorry had to take a moment) for Mason and Lena it was a very slow build. I really wanted to explore the foreplay before getting to the hot steamy penetration, oh yeah I said the word penetration.
Often I find myself looking around my house and wondering, hmmm now that would be interesting, he could be bending her this way while she is doing this. Or in some cases I could be eating a really good fruit salad that includes peaches. Either way, if you are going to have a long build up to sex than please, please have good dirty talk and even sexier foreplay.
Now for the making love, sex (or my favorite), down and dirty F*&cking scene, I always try to be as original as I can be.
To me if you are going to go there, in this day and age of writing, then you better go there. In other words, do not tease me by building me up and not delivering, there is nothing worse! Okay, maybe the reality of being interrupted during foreplay or hot sweaty sex is worse, but being jipped in a contemporary or erotic novel these days, well I cry foul!
I want details, I want to feel like I am there and can see, hear and feel all the action. No matter how inappropriate it would be.
There is so much you can incorporate in a great sex scene to make it believable and seat squirm worthy. You know those scenes that you lower the kindle, or look over your shoulder to make sure no one sees what you are reading? From the clothing, to the dirty talk, to the description of his body and what it is doing to hers (or yours because you are IN the book), the tastes, the smells and the location of the scene. Everything should mesh to make you want to find the closest man and just jump him. Well that’s how I like to rate my scenes.
I work with four women who critique my work for, story and plot loop holes and some of the discussions we have regarding my sexual scenes are the funniest and most creative. If by the end of them reading a scene they tell me they need a cigarette or a drink, I know I have succeeded. Yes ladies, they actually tell me I need to take them for a drink before I give them something like that to read!
So that’s my advice to any writer out there. If you are going to initiate hot sex in your book, then go for it! Go for it and don’t be shy! There are lines between contemporary and erotica that you should definitely research but in the end do not be afraid to leave it (or have it) all on the table.
Make me hold my breath for several pages so by the end of the scene my face is hot and red, that is how I will know I have read or written a smoking hot love scene.
****How awesome it that?!!? I’ve had this guest post document on my computer for a while now and I’ve been dying to share it with you! Love it and thanks Ella for sharing the details and how tos with us. Just a little more scrolling to do. Keep going for the giveaway – one lucky winner will receive an e-copy set of Exquisite and Entice! Good luck guys!!