Blog Tour Stop including Excerpt, Teasers & Review – Confessions: Robbie by Ella Frank

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Confessions: Robbie, an all new tantalizing contemporary MMM Romance by Ella Frank is available NOW!

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Relationships are complex.

Love ever-changing.

And when it comes to rules of the heart,

they were made to be broken…

That’s what Robert Antonio Bianchi was telling himself, anyway.

Otherwise, he really had no excuse for what—or who—he’d done.

No excuse, except for his lonely heart, a pitcher of margaritas, four Bitter Bitches, and the apparent need to confess all his weaknesses to the two men he knew would bring him nothing but trouble.

But trouble was nothing new.

Just ask his crazy sisters or any of his friends, and they’d be the first to tell you:

If there was a bad decision to be made, Robbie always had a knack for making it.

And thus begins the story of the priest, the princess, and the prick.

 

 

Excerpt

CHAPTER ONE

CONFESSION

If there’s a bad decision to make, I will make it.

DRUNK-DIALING IS never a smart move. But drunk-dialing a married man? That is a monumentally stupid move.

That was the thought rolling around Robbie’s muddled brain as he stood with his best friend Elliot at the bar of CRUSH and tossed back his fourth Bitter Bitch. The conversation he was having with himself wasn’t a new one—or a welcome one, he thought as he swayed on his feet and kind of stumbled into the stool beside him. But forgetting his lonely life with alcohol and men who were all wrong for him seemed like an increasingly good way to cope tonight.

The hum and throb of the bass beat was rattling through him, but instead of feeling the pull he usually did to head out to the dance floor and have fun, tonight it seemed to be having the opposite effect. It was making him think really stupid thoughts.

“You’re so wasted, Bianchi,” Elliot said as he grabbed Robbie’s arm and guided him to the barstool. “What’s that? Your third shot? And how many margaritas did you have at dinner?”

Robbie held up two, then three fingers, and shrugged. “Who cares? Everyone had their New Year’s on Sunday. Tonight’s mine, and I want to celebrate.”

“If you celebrate any more, you aren’t gonna remember your first night out of the New Year.”

“Don’t care,” Robbie said, as he waved his hand through the air with flourish and leaned a little too much into the action. Luckily, Elliot was there to prop him up. “I wanna have fun tonight. Do something I shouldn’t.”

Elliot leaned his elbows back on the bar so he was facing the dance floor and said, “Why don’t you get out there and let someone do you instead? You look gorgeous tonight, darling.”

He’s right, I do look cute, Robbie thought.

In his skinny jeans and purple V-neck tee that was practically a second skin, Robbie had gone all out with smoky eyes and a new pink shade of gloss he’d bought a couple of days ago that tasted like—mmm, strawberries. He could totally hit the dance floor, find a willing man, and let him do all kinds of things. But that seemed so boring tonight, so normal, and so not what he wanted.

He wanted wild. He wanted adventure. He wanted danger. And when the two men he knew were both those things entered his mind, Robbie quickly shook his head, trying to shake them free.

Stop thinking about them, he ordered himself, but that was easier said than done. One of them was one of the sexiest men he’d ever seen, and the other the most frustrating—and what was worse was that he couldn’t have either of them even if he wanted to. What was with everyone being fucking married all of a sudden? And to each other?

But oh the dreams he’d been having lately. The three of them, all sweaty and naked; they were enough to make him want to

No, no, no. That is the worst idea you could have, Robbie told himself. Drunk or sober.

Worst.

Idea.

Ever.

Plus, you don’t even like one of them. So stop obsessing over it.

“Earth to Robbie…” Elliot said, waving a hand, and Robbie shrugged.

“I don’t know. I’m just not in the mood.”

You’re not in the mood to grind all over a naked man? Okay, where the hell is my best friend and what did you do with him?” Elliot asked as he swept his black bangs out of his eyes.

“I don’t know.” Robbie slumped forward on the bar, dramatic as ever, and looked up at Elliot from under his lashes. “I think I’m in a state of mourning, El, and I don’t know how to get out of it.”

Elliot frowned. “Is this about Logan? I thought you were happy for him and Tate?”

“I am, but— Ugh. They just got engaged, and now all of a sudden, he’s married. Married.”

“I know, babe. But you knew it was coming.”

“Doesn’t make it any easier. Knowing there are two more beautiful men off the market forever due to a ring and a piece of paper is just depressing.”

“Two more men?” Elliot said, regarding him with a suspicious eye. “Who else do you know who’s hitched?”

Julien, Robbie instantly thought, as an image of the famous chef came to mind.

Julien “the Prick” Thornton. And this time, as Julien’s name ran through Robbie’s head, he made a point to roll the Jul over his tongue the way Julien had when he’d introduced himself that night at the bar. That’s right…Julien “I’m gay, gorgeous, and, oh yeah, married to your worst enemy” Thornton. He was hitched.

“No one,” Robbie said, and pouted. Then he swiveled on the stool to look out at the men gyrating all over one another. “You go and play for the both of us. I’m going to sit here and—”

“Ferment?”

“Okay that word is too big for my brain right now,” Robbie said, and winced. “Go and feel up the muscles and men for me. Someone should get some enjoyment out of them.”

Elliot pursed his lips. “I don’t know…”

“I’m just gonna sit here. Not going anywhere,” Robbie promised, crossing a finger over his chest.

“Your heart is on the other side, genius.”

Robbie switched sides and did it again. “I’m just gonna drown my sorrows so my body hurts tomorrow and will take my mind off my broken heart.”

“Aww, cheer up, Buttercup. Your Prince Charming will come to you one day soon.”

“Well, until then”—Robbie gestured for the bartender—“I’m going to drink myself into a deep slumber in the hopes that maybe he’ll come on me, or, you know, at least kiss me back to life.”

Elliot placed a hand on Robbie’s arm. “Do not go anywhere. I’ll be back for you.”

“I can’t feel my legs to move, so… I’ll stay. Like a good little boy.”

“Don’t know how good you are, but…” Elliot chuckled, then before he headed out to the dance floor, said, “Where’s your phone?”

Robbie dug into his pants pocket and pulled it free.

Elliot opened the contacts and scrolled down to his name, and then set it on the bar in front of Robbie. “You need me, call. Do not leave this seat.”

Robbie touched his fingertips to his temple in a sloppy salute and then hiccupped. “Yes, sir.”

“Okay. Be back for you soon.” Elliot then turned to the bartender and said, “No more after this for him.”

When the bartender nodded, Robbie’s mouth fell open. “Hello, you’re not my mother.”

“Lucky for you. She’d be spanking your ass right now, not to mention your sisters, and I’m sure you’d much rather have that done by a man who would then pound it afterward. I’ll be back.”

Robbie dismissed Elliot with a wave of his hand, and then took great interest in scrolling up and down his list of contacts, searching for someone to occupy his time. It wasn’t until he saw Julien’s number that he realized how drunk he was, because that was the only excuse he could think of as to why he hit call.

Well that, and: If there’s a bad decision to make, I will make it.

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4 of 5 Stars

I apologize for the length of this review (and the detours I will probably take) but it seems I have a lot to say about this book.

I have to get this out of the way first…that cover…I NEVER pictured Robbie looking like that but OMG he is amazing looking! I get very distracted every.time.I.see.that.picture.

So, here’s my first detour (there may or may not be more) that I promise will lead back to this story and this review. In May 2013, I read my first MMF book. At that point, I had not read any MM books but I found myself more interested in the scenes in which the two men were together instead of when they were all three together. Same thing in July 2013…I read another MMF during which I found myself wanting to see more of the two men together without the woman involved. In the fall of 2013 there was A LOT of hype online about a new MM book being released in November called Try by Ella Frank. I was intrigued by the talk surrounding it so I thought I’d give it a ‘try’ (yep, I went there). Needless to say, I was hooked. When I found out Cole had a book of his own I HAD to read it (I actually read the entire series and loved it). And here is the whole point to that story: in his own book, Cole was NOTHING like he was in Try. I was so shocked by him in Edible that I re-read Try after reading that with my whole new perspective. I felt the exact same way about Priest as I did Cole. He was absolutely not as I thought him to be…I was intrigued by him but I’m not sure I liked him and just as with Cole in his own book I did an about face with Priest in this book. So now I’m wondering if it’s me or does Ms. Frank do that on purpose? Is that the hook – to make us so fascinated with the ‘real’ person that we can’t help but change our minds? (She’s tricked me a time or two so this wouldn’t be surprising.) Or am I just so wrapped up in the main characters of the book that the side characters that appear are just white noise that I gloss over?

Ok…back to this book. I was TORN over the synopsis of this story (and honestly REALLY distracted by the cover). MMM stories are hard for me. I have read some that I loved but usually I find them to be mediocre or I hate them. What made me dread this one even more than normal is the fact that Priest and Julien are MARRIED, happily so it would seem. WHY would they need a third? What does that mean for them as a married couple? What will they do Robbie? Is Robbie doomed for heartbreak before this even starts? But I HAVE to read this because who doesn’t love Robbie (yes, I know sometimes he was a PITA when it came to his obsession with Logan) – he’s quite fabulous and he really hooked me with his subdued behavior when he first met Priest. And Julien PISSED ME OFF in True and I NEEDED ANSWERS! And Priest was a closed (and I mean slammed shut) book but he dropped a MAJOR bomb at the end of True and I NEEDED ANSWERS! So…I dove in (with much trepidation) and I was very pleasantly surprised…I really liked this book. (I have had a couple of in-depth discussions/debates about this book offline and I found myself defending it, the characters and their motivations)

Priest surprised the crap out of me…he’s actually pretty wonderful. Well, let me pause for a moment…we don’t have his full story, we only scratch the surface with him but the way he is with Julien and Robbie both individually and together won me over. His emotions run deep, he loves with his whole heart and soul even though he doesn’t fully let his guard down. Julien turned out to be more of a pussycat than a Prick (we now understand why he was so temperamental during that time). Their relationship is definitely unique but their love for each other is strong and bone deep. I now understand their desire for a third (although I’m still unclear the logistics and specifics of it all). Robbie is the perfect balance for Priest and Julien, each needing him for a different reason. Their sexual chemistry is palpable. I like them together. I like where this is headed, though I do have SO MANY questions which will undoubtedly be uncovered in the next two books.

As seems to be the way with Ms. Frank we are left with several dangling storylines and a big bomb at the end of this book which I will definitely be reading as soon as it’s in my grubby hands.

 

 

About Ella

Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite contemporary romance, Sex Addict. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”

Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Phillips.

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