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Exquisite (Exquisite Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ella Frank , Natalie Ballard
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Here are what other's are saying...

This is an intensely emotional love story. More than once, tears rolled down my face as I read this. It was an emotional roller-coaster – sometimes I read with a goofy grin, at other times it was quite simply heartbreaking.~Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews~

"Ella Frank’s debut novel was exquisite, just like its title. The maturity level in the writing and complexity of the story and characters was outstanding and far from what I would expect from a newer author."~Swept Away By Romance~

Ella Frank's debut novel Exquisite was masterfully written. This contemporary romance was anything but the usual run-of-the-mill, it was angsty, deeply moving, and incredibly sexy that had me pulling at so many different emotions, from literally bawling at one moment to laughing in the next."~Alyssa-Goodreads

"4 1/2 Shiny Debut Stars!! Ella Frank is in the out...she is a force to be reckoned with!! There are seasoned authors that don't write this well...Impressive!
~Swept Away By Romance~"


Her heart was guarded…

Tormented by self-imposed guilt, Dr Lena O’Donnell has spent the last nine years in survival mode. Struggling through days that seem to blend together and battling her way through each horrifying night, she’s determined that this is what she deserves…

Until he tore down the walls…

Mason Langley’s life is going exactly the way he planned it, until her. A confirmed bachelor and the successful owner of the hottest restaurant to hit Chicago, he never expected to be blindsided by an angry woman in a pair of scrubs. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t seem to shake the doctor, and he finds himself liking the way she makes him feel.

Almost over night Lena finds her world turned upside down by Mason and the sexual desire they discover together. Slowly, she lowers her guard and invites him inside but when tragedy strikes she begins to believe that sometimes it’s better to be alone and safe than to love and lose…

Editorial Reviews


"Mackenzie Cartwright, the narrator, was well spoken and the expression in her voice served the story well. She transitioned between characters effortlessly." ---Books, Coffee & Wine

About the Author

Ella Frank is the author of the Exquisite series, Blind Obsession, and Try. Ella lives in the South.

Mackenzie Cartwright was born in New York City to two artist parents and traveled the world at a young age. A lifelong practitioner of the art of cooking, her other pursuits include devouring romance novels, watching the Food Network, traveling, and photography.

Product Details

  • File Size: 540 KB
  • Print Length: 475 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615757375
  • Publisher: Ella Frank; 3 edition (October 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008QF051A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,245 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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How many times have many of us after reading a book left feeling frustrated, cheated of the time and money spent?... or left us feeling lighthearted and good though unsettled because the story is soooo good we want more and wished there's another series coming? ( though the waiting is at times a struggle)...this ONE has all what the title promise, EXQUISITE!.. from Lena's inner self struggle, guilt and anguish over the loss of her beloved younger sister...her dedication to atone for it in her own way for what she believed her fault... to letting go and accepting and embracing the good memories she shared with her sister... it gave her courage and the tenacity to pursue and win back the trust of Mason, the man she loves...
To Mason's perseverance in unlocking Lena's grief and fear, helping her face her own demon with his love and strength... Mason's dedication to his family and his strong love for his Mother is so admirable you can't help love him more.There are so many emotions involved in this laugh, you get mad and get frustrated but you'll also get emotional and touched by Mason's Mother heart wrenching letter to Lena, you'll find yourself misty eyed.
For me, a book doesn't necessarily have to have a down and dirty sex scene to call it hot... this by far, has THE MOST HOT, SEXY AND SENSUOUS SCENE...and in the kitchen, playful and so innocently done too!! Oh My, I shall never look at Peaches the same way ever again!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Safe sex DOCTOR! September 11, 2013
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There has definitely been a surge in comedy romance lately. It is a favorite genre of mine and I am thrilled at the resurgence. The Exquisite series has been making a buzz so I snatched them up and tucked them away as a treat read. Cause a girl has to have a candy stash doesn't she? (wink)

A doctor, who is too busy to date with an ability to keep people away and a chef who is known for his playboy antics as well as his cuisine are our couple here. What is not to like about this set up? I found Exquisite fun and the build up between these two a sexy ride for the most part. However, would I rank it up there with my favorites in this genre? Nope. There were a few things that put me off.

The first time they get down to business the topic of birth control comes up. They don't have condoms but, she is on the pill. Dr. Lena reassures Mason that condom free sex is okay with her. Uhhh..... Did you hear the part where I said Lena was a DOCTOR? Not to mention the fact that Lena is being dubbed in the local papers as number 34. The presumed women Mason has been with this year alone. Safe sex people!

Also the ending was a bit over the top for me with the letters from Mason's mom. That just seemed thrown in there to tie up loose ends. I didn't find it all that believable.

The banter was fun and maybe due to the hype I was expecting more. I have been told that the series does get better with each book so I am hanging in there. Not the best candy but yummy none the less.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Humour, heat and heartache October 25, 2012
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There was alot to like about Exquisite, it was one of those romances that had humour, loss, chemistry between the H and h, and an interesting storying backing it all up. I have to say I enjoyed the first half of the story more than the second. The first was full of humour, which had me chuckling with the witty banter between Lena and Mason. The dialogue between Lena and Mason was so well written, and it helped create this great chemistry between them. To compare the humour at the beginning it was similar to reading Playing For Keeps (A Neighbor From Hell Series) by RL MAthewson.

The second half of the book was alot more serious, and that was where the interesting story backing up the romance came in. This really showed how two characters can change because of the simple of act of someone caring for them, and showing them how to live. I have to say I did miss the humour in the second half. But the real love that Lena and Mason had made up for this.

ANother great thing about this book was Lena and Mason's chemistry, which did not seemed forced, but grew with the book. It has smoking at times.

This was a real enjoyed read, and I really recommend it for fans of romance, as it has everything you want, a good story, witty banter, and smoldering scenes. Also to let you know, this is a book unto itself. Although it is part of a series this one has an ending. The next book in the series will be about a secondary character from this book.

Will I read it again? Yes
WOuld I recommend it? Yes
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it was Exquisite! November 8, 2012
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Dr. Lena O'Donnell had been living a lonely life filled with self- imposed guilt for the past nine years.
Tragically she was driving the car that crashed causing the death of her younger sister Carly.
She decided that if she didn't love or care for anyone she wouldn't feel the hurt of losing them.

"A life without fear of losing the one you loved was better than falling head over heels
and the having your heart ripped out of your chest, right?"

Her life consisted of work, sleepless nights and if she did sleep nightmares of the accident woke
her up. In the nine years since her sister's death she never visited Carly's grave, guilt prevented that.

Mason Langley bachelor and owner of one of Chicago's hottest restaurants Exquisite met Dr. Lena and his first impression was;

"Who did this snotty thing think she was? The Queen?"

She was rigid and ice cold and yet he thought,

"Wow! What an uptight package she was, but damn if he didn't find her appealing".

Mason makes it his mission to find out why she is so stiff and cold and to bring out the woman he knows is hiding inside of her.

I loved this book, the way their relationship grew, Mason and Lena are HOT HOT HOT and perfect together. I look forward to the next in the series!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Hot Peaches!
I love Ella Frank's books and this one was no exception! She just has a way with her characters that makes you feel like you are living their lives right along side of them, which... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Ashley S.
1.0 out of 5 stars Save yo- money honey
I'm sorry, the book didn't work for me. I read halfway into it and stopped. I didn't want to waste anymore of my time. I am surprised by the high reviews on her though. Read more
Published 19 days ago by C.Choe
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Liked the authors writing style and characters. May read the next book in series.
Published 21 days ago by Jacque
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend!
**audible edition** I really enjoyed the narrators that were selected for this book. They delivered a great performance. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Erin
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Start
While I was not always the biggest fan of Lena's, I thought this was a good read/listen. I liked Mason, thought he was a saint for putting up with her icy attitude in the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Monique
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very impressed with the story and characters, a must read.
Published 2 months ago by PJackson
3.0 out of 5 stars kept me guessing what's next.
Good characters, good plot, good story development. Could have used a little language cleanup but that's just my preference. I still enjoyed the read.
Published 3 months ago by Katydid
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this book!!
Published 4 months ago by Melissa R. Williams
2.0 out of 5 stars Less than stellar start to an otherwise great series
I am an Ella Frank fan, so it pains me to give one of her books a less than stellar review. But not all reviews can be glowing, as not all books are superb. Read more
Published 4 months ago by LisbethAmes
4.0 out of 5 stars I love that there is a series and yet each book ...
I'm a huge Ella Frank fan and this is one of the books that started it all. I love that there is a series and yet each book can stand alone. Read more
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More About the Author

Ella Frank is a #1 Amazon Best-selling Author. She writes both contemporary and erotic fiction and is best known for her Exquisite Series, and her most recent M/M Series including the titles, Try & Take.
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.

Some of my favorite authors include; JR Ward, Tiffany Reisz, Nalini Singh, Lori Foster, Lauren Dane, SJ Frost and many more.

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