A Desperate Man: Volume 2
Ella Frank Brooke Blaine
Illusions — we all create them.
For some it’s to project an impressive image to a prospective employer; for others it’s to attract the eye of another.
My illusion is a bit more…complicated.
Years in the making, my secret has the potential to bite me in the ass. And not in the way I typically enjoy.
As women, we’re judged for reveling in the same carnal pleasures that men do, but I’ve never been shy about my voracious appetite.
Now, I’m under no illusions that I’ll find love with any of my one night stands.
After all, I have one rule — no repeats — but it’s a rule that’s becoming harder to follow since Evan James came back into my life.
Did I say back into my life?
My name is Reagan Spencer, and you may think you know me, but…
How well do we really know anyone?
“Walk with me?” Evan asked.
She gave him a small smile and nodded. “Sure.”
Pushing off the rail, she fell in step with him as they walked along the river’s edge.
“I’d be scared of what you’d see if you looked at me through your lens,” he admitted.
Evan scoffed and ran his fingers through his hair. “I can’t imagine there’s much good there…”
“You’d be surprised at what I see.”
That comment had him coming to a standstill. “Would I?”
“Okay,” he said, and started walking again. “Tell me what you see.”
Reagan slid her thumbs down the straps of her camera and cocked her head, looking him over.
“I see a successful man. One who dresses well, even on a Saturday morning. So that would indicate to me that he takes pride in his appearance. Maybe cares about what others think also. The fact that you were leaving a therapist’s office makes me think you’re a man with some issues, but also a man who is willing to work through them.
Again, that comes back to pride. You seem to be able to swallow yours when need be.”
Evan’s brow furrowed, but he said nothing as she continued.
“You also have a certain…air about you. It’s in the way you move. You’re confident, but at the same time, when you flash that smile, the arrogance disappears, and you look like the boy you used to be.”
The smile under discussion appeared, and Evan asked, “How do you know what kind of boy I used to be?”
“Hey? This is my story,” Reagan reminded him before he continued asking questions she wasn’t willing to answer.
“Oh, my apologies, I somehow thought it involved me.”
“It does, but you’re on the outside listening, so shh. You asked, remember?”
With a serious face, he nodded. “You would be right.”
“Okay. Now I lost my train of thought.”
Evan chuckled. “Well, it’s probably for the best that you didn’t mention any of my unappealing attributes.”
“Speaking of…” she said, and turned to walk backward, facing him. “How did the therapy session go today?”
“Really great. There was an orgy, a sampling of sex toys, and a dessert buffet afterward. Very satisfying.”
He blew out a breath and rubbed the back of his neck. “It was fine. It’s always fine. Today, Dr. Glover brought up behavior triggers, and it helped to figure out where this whole mess started.”
Curious, she asked, “And where was that?”
“It wasn’t any one event. It was the high off the power I got from my job, it was being in an unhealthy relationship…my grandparents passing…the worry about following in my parents’ footsteps. The further things spiraled out of my control, the more I craved that control in other parts of my life. Well, a very specific part of my life.”
He glanced over at her before continuing. “Obviously that’s the condensed version, but…I think it helps. Knowing those things and hopefully being able to stop them in the future.”
But the urge isn’t gone?”
The look in his eyes was haunted as he replied, “No. No, it isn’t gone.”
I’m always fascinated with authors abilities to make me see the world and characters that they create. How TWO authors do it together is beyond me. I loved volume 1. Volume 2 blew it out of the water!
Book 1 was written in Evan’s POV. It showed all of his flaws and insecurities. It showed Reagan to be this tough as nails, take not bull-shit kind of gal. This second installment is in Reagan’s POV and she’s not as tough as she seems.
What I loved about this book, besides getting into Reagans head, was the fact that you could see the growth in Evan’s maturity and control. Where he was almost reckless before, he’s now calculated.
Reagan has a few secrets that are slowly being unveiled, and one of them blew my mind!
I’m so excited for the next book. My mind is racing with the possiblities of where Ella and Brooke are going to take these two.
Being that this is a series, volume 2 also ends on a cliffhanger. If that’s not your thing, then wait. However, if you’re like me, the anticipation of what’s to come is almost as exciting as getting the next book.
“Blondie,” he called out, and lifted his hand in a wave.
She dashed over, out of the rain, and lowered the umbrella as she came to a stop in front of him. His eyes automatically zoomed in on her plumped-up
breasts, and the first thought that ran through her mind was, Score one for me. Slightly juvenile, perhaps, but a much more appropriate thought
than the ones she’d been having prior to getting out of the cab.
“I wasn’t sure you’d brave the weather tonight. Thought I might end up going stag.”
Shaking the umbrella, Reagan brought her eyes up to his and let her mouth curl into a wicked smile.
“Please, I’m at my best when wet.”
Evan’s eyes heated as he seemed to bite his tongue. “Already pulling out the big guns, I see.”
“Oh no, honey, I haven’t even started. I’m saving my true arsenal for the men who count.”
Evan cocked his head to the side, but didn’t appear offended as a small smile tugged his lips. “I see how it is.”
“Yes. You’re gonna go all sex kitten, and I’m going to be stuck asking about feelings and shit.”
As they moved toward the door, and Evan reached for the handle and pulled it open, Reagan stopped and looked up at him.
“You do have feelings, don’t you, Evan?”
He leaned down until his mouth was by her ear and whispered, “I’m having a very strong feeling right now.”
Reagan’s stomach flipped, and she ignored the urge to flirt back with the man grinning at her, instead scoffing before patting his arm. “Well, you should
make sure to tell that to the first young lady you sit down with.”
“If she’s a lady, I’m thinking she won’t appreciate that particular feeling.”
“Then what does that make me?”
Brushing past him, she felt his hand against her hip through the tight material of her dress. She didn’t have to have eyes in the back of her head to know
he was staring at her ass.
“That makes you fucking dangerous.”
About the Authors
You could say Brooke Blaine was a book-a-holic from the time she knew how to read; she used to tell her mother that curling up with one at 4 a.m. before elementary school was her ‘quiet time.’ Not much has changed except for the espresso I.V. pump she now carries around and the size of her onesie pajamas.
Her first solo novel, a romantic comedy, is due out in early 2015, but first, she thought she’d write a raunchy story with her best friend that would scar her conservative southern family for life.
If you’d like to get in touch with her, she’s easy to find – just keep an ear out for the Rick Astley ringtone that’s dominated her cell phone for ten years.
Brooke Blaine’s Amazon Author Webpage: http://amzn.to/1EORCJH
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Ella Frank is a #1 Amazon Bestselling Author. She writes both contemporary and erotic fiction and is best known for her Exquisite Series, and Temptation Series.
The minute she began her love affair with reading, she became and avid supporter of the romance genre and has never looked back.
Ella is Australian born and bred but currently resides in Houston, Texas with her husband.
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