Ella Frank's Entice went on sale very recently, so I'm foregoing my usual Waiting on Wednesday post to post my review of the novel. My thanks to Ms. Frank for providing me with an ARC of her novel in exchange for an honest review.
Summary from Goodreads
Kindle EditionA SIN B00B7RU1G8
Published January 29th 2013http://ellafrank30.wordpress.com/entice/
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?
I will start off by saying that I have super excited for this read. But super scared too because I wanted it to be as good as the first novel. Sometimes when I love the first book in a series so much, I'm afraid the second one will disappoint me. But I loved this novel. I was so NOT disappointed!! Entice was beautifully and intelligently written, laugh out loud funny, and a great love story.
What made it great? It was daring. We have two really stubborn characters in this novel, Shelly and Josh, and they generate enough heat to make you faint. Shelly's stubborn insistence that their relationship be purely sexual, no strings attached, made me think she was something of a snob. She claims she's not interested in guys "like Josh" because in the past, guys "like him" have used her in the past. I wasn't particularly sympathetic to her plight, because really, she contrived it as an excuse to keep men she really was attracted to at arm's length. So I was none too happy with Man Eater Munroe. I was far happier (and so was Josh) with Georgia.
Georgia brings me to Josh. Josh had concerns about getting involved with Shelly as well. Very similar concerns as Shelly actually, but he was far more willing to lay those to rest and allow himself to not only fall in love with her, but to profess that love and fight for it. The Shelly he knows is sensual, sassy, even mouthy at times, and he nick names her Man Eater Munroe, the type of woman he is sure will make a meal of him and then discard once she's had her fill. He loves how sexy this Shelly is, but it's the sweet side of her he gets to know later, when he starts to call her Georgia, that he really falls in love with. Josh recognizes the duality in Shelly, the devil and the angel, if you will, and loves her for it. And I have to say, this is why I adore Josh. That he could see right into the heart of Shelly, and understand and love her so completely that he was willing to wait for her to ready, and I mean be really ready both infuriated me and devastated me. It made me mad because I wanted the HEA and I didn't know if Shelly would run, and it devastated me because he had so much faith in their love. The ending in Savannah...le sigh. It was perfect. Josh is one stubborn, sweet, loyal and romantic hero and I want him all to myself.
You know what else was great about this novel? Lena and Mason! I loved those two in Exquisite, and I loved how their banter continues in Entice. And how Shelly has to endure their matchmaking. Their wedding vows were so beautiful I cried. I loved seeing them get married. We don't get that often enough in romances I don't think. And I thought Rachel's character was interestingly developed...I'm already dying to know more about her and Cole, Mr. Uptight Lawyer guy. The set up of that was great.
Entice was a sizzling, sweet and really romantic read. It reminds us that love isn't about finding the one that fits a criteria, but about finding the one.
"I'm falling for you so hard that I can feel the scrapes on my knees as I'm brought to them."
"You were never just a fling," she whispered.
"Then what was I, Shelly Munroe?"
She licked her lips and locked eyes with him. "You were a game changer."
Dreams are funny things. They shift and morph the more you grow.
5 glittering stars