Romance Books

Entice by Ella Frank (Exquisite #2)

Genre: Romance
Goodreads Shelves: Hot Alpha Male, Romance
My rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
My recommendation: Read it

Summary from goodreads.com:

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 review:

Entice is the second book in the Exquisite series, and focuses on Dr. Shelly Monroe, best friend of Lena from book 1, and Josh Daniels, best friend of Mason from book 1.  Shelly has preconceived notions about the type of man she wants to be with – one who is stuffy, has a good job and won’t use her for her money.

Josh is looking for the same thing.  He and Shelly strike up a deal – sex, with no strings.  The sex scenes in this book are good; really good.  But their is WAY too much drama and angst in this book.  Shelly had a messed up childhood, which comes to a head in this book, but doesn’t really explain why she is how she is.  In fact, IMO, it makes it more confusing. 

Shelly is kind of a bitch for a lot of this book, and Josh, god love him, puts up with a lot of shit from her.  Josh knows early on that Shelly is it for him, but Shelly has to find out for herself if Josh is it for her.  We get about 400 pages to figure it out.  This book was about 150 pages too long.  I really liked that Lena and Mason had a big role in this book – I really liked them and their story.  And honestly, had it not been for Josh and how adorably likable he was, I may have given up on this one.  But overall it was a good read – just long and angsty.

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