Wednesday, July 15, 2020

André by Jayce Ellis

Jayce Ellis's sexy, contemporary High Rise series features the bustle of DC and the hustle of love.

After a week filled with nonstop work, André Ellison heads to the club to blow off some steam. One night off is the perfect distraction from the project that’s about to make his career—or tank it completely. A few drinks in and he leaves with a smoking-hot stranger for some scorching, burn-the-sheets-up sex.

Marcus Thompson is going places, so he can’t think of a bigger waste of time than being put on loan to a two-bit firm to prepare some small-time report. The last thing he wants—or needs—is his impeccably dressed, hot-as-hell one-night stand as his boss.

As they work side by side, their attraction grows to a fever pitch, but there will be no kissing, no touching and absolutely no sex until the project is over—if they can wait that long.

And don’t miss Jeremiah, available now from Carina Press!

Book 2
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Carina Press—Harlequin

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

What a fantastic office romance. André and Marcus meet at a bar and have an off-the-charts one-night stand, only to find on Monday they are working together. Marcus is an intern at a large finance company and has been loaned out to André and his one-man show to assist with catching a new client.

I loved their reactions when they realise they are going to be spending the next three weeks working together. It makes it clear that it is only going to be a matter of time before professional and personal lines mix. It is tantalising to watch them try to maintain professionalism when they clearly want more. I was loving my time with André and Marcus so much I found myself picking the book up at every opportunity, even if I only had time to read a few paragraphs.

These two men give us a sophisticated and sexy romance. They work hard, they take care of each other, and they even throw in some personal growth on their journey too. I completely adored André. 5 stars.

This is the story of a financial advisor who inadvertently falls for his new intern. André is shocked to discover that his new intern is also his most recent hookup. But in order for André to win the big contract he needs for his new business, he and Marcus have to find a way to work together without their personal history causing any issues.

I have to admit that I find corporate finance incredibly dull. For most of the book, André and Marcus spend all of their time at work. André works and he sleeps. And while Marcus works as his intern, Marcus works and he sleeps. Fans of shows such as Suits might really enjoy the deadlines and workplace politics, but I found parts of this story pretty slow and I found myself glazing over far too many times.

This book is at its strongest when it leaves the office and gets personal. Both Marcus and André have complicated, difficult relationships with their parents. Both men also have difficulty as gay black men finding a way to belong to both the white corporate world and the black communities they grew up in. Their experiences are complicated, and their feelings get raw pretty quickly. The support Marcus and André lend each other is special and their connection is pretty wonderful because they make each other better, stronger versions of themselves. I would have enjoyed more of Marcus and André beyond the office – but the reality is that neither man has much time beyond the office.

Also Available in the High Rise Series

Book 1
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo
Carina Press—Harlequin

For reviews & more info, check out our Jeremiah post.

Jayce Ellis has three loves: her husband and her two turtles. Hubby loves her back. The turtles she’s not so sure about, but they do love their sports (Oakland/Bay Area teams FTW!). She still hasn’t figured out why she lives in Northern Virginia, where there’s weather, instead of her home state of California, or even Mr. Jayce’s Florida, where it’s just... pretty. Jayce spends her days breaking up happily married couples (or so she’s been told, but really, what do exes know anyway?), and her nights talking maniacally to herself. Thankfully, the recorder catches her rumblings and turns them into words on a screen. Magic! Because really, painting nails is way easier when you don’t actually have to type, and with well over 500 polishes to get through, there’s a lot of painting going on.

Notwithstanding her no-good, very bad, horrible day job, Jayce seriously believes that true love conquers all. Even Maleficent said it. Sure, she was having an epic Mean Girls moment at the time, but she was right. The only thing Jayce loves more than writing about it is hearing from readers who feel the same way. Drop her a line; she’d love to hear from you.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of André (High Rise #2) by Jayce Ellis to read and review.

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