I can't deny Exquisite
is an emotionally-charged book. It's also very steamy (wow, that non-touching shower scene did me in!) and Mason's completely swoon-worthy. Lena takes some getting used to; she's bitchy and very standoffish, but you aren't left in the dark as to why she's that way. I got her, even when I wanted to strangle her!
Ella Frank can write passion and emotion; two huge pluses when I'm reading a new-to-me author! My only problem with the book is it suffered from the dreaded Sagging Middle. About 60% in, there wasn't enough plot density; it fell flat and stayed there for several chapters. Then came the story's black moment and... it wasn't a surprise, nor was Mason's reaction (unfortunately). I don't mind guessing this in character-driven plots, but I guess for me the black moment stemmed from Lena doing something I really thought was unprofessionalshe peeked at his mother's medical chart while going in to visit her after a heart attack. She wasn't Catherine's doctor and didn't ask if she could see the chart
and that rubbed me the wrong way.
Still fully plan on reading both [b:Entice|17306130|Entice (Exquisite, #2)|Ella Frank|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1359558882s/17306130.jpg|21874351] and [b:Edible|16249388|Edible (Exquisite, #3)|Ella Frank|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1368453690s/16249388.jpg|22289401]! Shelly and Rachel deserve their HEAs!