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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  8,684 ratings  ·  868 reviews
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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 La...more
Kindle Edition, 3rd Edition, 475 pages
Published October 8th 2012 by Ella Frank (first published July 27th 2012)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*
“This isn’t done, though. Whatever it is you’re thinking, don’t even think about it. I’m here to stay; you don’t get to kick me out yet.”

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 photo 998987.gif! I don't know what to say except - this is one damn awesome book and you have to read it because it's THAT damn awesome and you'll fall in love with Mason and he's extremely hot and the peach pie scene will make you combust and the sex scenes will have you in a cold shower and you'll probably cry at the end but it's all worth it because there's a beautiful...more

Some things are just meant to be....

Some things are worth taking a chance on...

"Because once upon a time I met a man who saved me."

She met a man who was sent over to deliver her some roses.

He was the most irritating man and he drove her crazy.

But even after he left,she kept thinking about how gorgeous his blue eyes were,though he was annoying the hell out of her.

Then she ran into him by accident in Exquisite,the restaurant he owned and he smiled at her and pulled out his dimples and blackmailed
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
January 26, 2013: After reading Ella Frank's Entice I decided to upgrade my rating of Exquisite to five straight stars.

5 exquisite and delicious stars.*****Review completed November 23, 2012


Mason Langley. The (almost) perfect alpha. A gorgeous, charming, hot as hell, sexilicious yet kind-hearted, nurturing and encouraging man (with a slip between 74 % and 90 % of the plot…ugh). You've had the patience of a saint. Kudos, Mason. Then again, it was very nice to see a man who had to work hard to g...more

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

“My dad once told me that one day I’d meet someone who drives me so crazy I want to strangle her and yet never would because I can’t bear for her to be gone. Well, that’s when I’ll know I’ve met a woman worth keeping.”

Oh Mason Langley, you did not know what you were in for when you set your sights on Magdalena O’Donnell! At som...more

"Once upon a time I met a man who saved me"


Lena O'Donnell has been grieving and living with guilt over her sister’s death for nine long years. Since her sister’s death she has basically turned herself “off” and has shut herself off from the world. She hides behind her walls and a bitchy attitude. So full of guilt over her sister’s death, Lena thinks that she does not deserve happiness. Further, Lena doesn’t do relationships and she certainly does not want to pursue anything with the sexy owner...more
Lisa Jayne


PEFECTION wrapped up in 317 pages, welcome to Exquisite ...

This book is amazing, I will most definitely not have the words to describe this and give it justice. The authors writing style is gorgeous. I love how Ella Frank writes so intimately and thoroughly, i felt so swept up and involved in the story - simply wonderful. I am completely sold by this story of life, heartache, trials and love.

What I loved ...
I'm not sure if I've ever enjoyed a first chance meeting, first kiss,...more
Duchess Nicole
Oct 24, 2012 Duchess Nicole rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of steamy contemporary romance
4.5 stars!!!!!

What a wonderful surprise this turned out to be!!! I originally chose get this book because of the cover...I just loved it. Artistic and sexy and eye catching, oh my! Now that I've finished the book, the cover actually makes me tear up a little. Once you read the book (and you WILL read it, you MUST read it!) you'll understand the importance of the sunflower petals making me get all weepy.

Though you can't judge a book by its cover, I'm so VERY glad that I did!

When Lena meets the t...more
Smitten's Book Blog

With a super cute, gorgeous lead male, some shamelessly steamy sex scenes, an up tight doctor, the heartbreaking death of multiple loved ones, a lot of sticky fun with some peaches and cream and possibly the sexiest shower scene I've ever read, this book is Hot with a captial H, tear jerking and an extremely gripping read. It's adopts the proven, common format of a contemporary romance; easy going guy meets up tight, tortured girl, attempts to break down her walls, succeeds, they fall for one an...more
Aestas Book Blog
Almost 4 stars

“My dad once told me that one day I’d meet someone who drives me so crazy I want to strangle her and yet never would because I can’t bear for her to be gone. Well, that’s when I’ll know I’ve met a woman worth keeping.”

I felt a little torn about this book. I did really like the story, I was into it and I did care about the characters but I didn’t really feel emotionally connected to it. If I could, I’d give the first half of the book 4-4.5 stars, and the second half of the book...more

Review posted to: Swept Away By Romance

4.5 Stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Barometer: 4 out of 5 stars
Written from Lena and Mason’s POV

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. The cat and mouse game between Mason and Lena was comically written, but yet the story was not light and Lena’s struggles with relationships were built...more
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It’s time to feel again. Let me save you from yourself. You were drowning when I found you, but I’m not letting you go without a fight.

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.

It’s the story of paediatrician Lena and Chef and Restaurant owner Mason. Lena is a woman whose entire existence is shaped by tragedy. Nine y...more
4.5 stars for a fantastic debut novel!

Tired of insta-love? Wimpy, self-sacrificing girls? Couples who jump into bed in the first 5 pages?

ME TOO! Guess what? EXQUISITE is just the book for you!!

For Mason and Lena, it's loathing at first sight. And not just, "I loathe him but love him" at first sight. For Lena it's, "this guy is an ass, I hate his face, now get out of mine" type loathing.
And we all know, that can only lead up to some scorching sexual tension. It's a slow burn...

Now, I'm from Geor...more
4.5 Dazzling, Delicious, Provocative, Seductive, Exquisite Stars!!

***The pictures I've included are behind the spoiler tags. This is a looong review and I didn't want to overwhelm your feeds:)***

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Once upon a time there was a beautiful young woman who lived in a bright, big city but whose world was overshadowed and grey.

Dr. Lena O'Donnell couldn't let go of a tragic past and her life was filled with self-imposed guilt. She's smart, beautiful and very lonely.

Lena....(view spoiler)...more
“It’s time to feel again. Let me save you from yourself. You were drowning when I found you, but I’m not letting you go without a fight.”

This is the story of Chef Mason Langley
"WARNING, smoking hot chef. May be detrimental to women's panties."

and Dr. Magdanlena ‘Lena’ O’Donnell

Lena and Mason get off to a rocky start. Lena is at work when she gets a flower delivery. Mason is doing a favor for his mother, Catherine, who owns the local flower shop. Mason is already flustered from waiting to ge...more
Loved it! What a fun, sexy romance! Lena and Mason complimented each other perfectly. It's hard to believe that this is Ella Frank's first novel. Can't wait for her next one!
Natasha ツ
This book has all the ingredients of a perfect romance and it is mixed together exquisitely: amazing characters with crazy chemistry, great dialogue, good plot, fair share of angst, lots of humour & the HOTTEST sex scenes ever!!

I just have to mention the shower scene: for two people not even touching each other.. holy smokes.. that was SO hot!!

Can't wait to read Shelly's story next! I hope quirky Rachel features in book 3!!
Jxxx  ♥ Pink Lady ♥
Once upon a time...

‘Some things were just meant to be.'

Exquisite is the story of Lena and Mason......

Dr. Lena O'Donnell is smart (well, she is a doctor!!), stubborn, quick witted and has a great sense of humour but on the inside she is struggling through life, trying to cope with herself imposed guilt and, well, failing really. She's miserable, self contained, not really living....she couldn’t forget or move on from one fateful night nine years earlier.

Lena has detached herself from feeling lov...more
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*
I need to say thanks to Candace for telling me about this awesome book. Lena & Mason will always have a place in my heart, I loved their story, I loved the teasing between them, I loved they didn't go to bed on the first chapter... That first kiss, OMG! It was soooo sensual, and what about that shower? I truly recommend this to everyone, you are going to love it.

Something I really liked about this book was the last part. I mean, sometimes it is boring when the hero and heroine meet, then som...more
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. Ella Frank has accomplished what every author has aspired to do, which is writing a novel with such complexity and grace that you didn't want the story to end. Mason and Lena's story was realistic emotional...more
Ella Frank
Jun 03, 2013 Ella Frank added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Contemporary Romance Lovers


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Farah *Professor Dean's Beauty*
“Once upon a time I met a man who saved me.”

Meet Lena..

A girl who is sad, lonely and buries herself in work. Guilt of losing her sister is eating her up...guild for being the one that survived... 9 years later, she still cannot move on... Or visit her sisters grave..

Then one day... Someone walks into her life...


They say first impressions count the most, but Mason and Lena were rude to each other.. Perhaps this is why they both couldn't stop thinking of each other..

Again fate brings Le...more
First of all, I need to run to the store and get some peaches and cream…I will be back shortly. What? You don’t want to wait? Okay, okay, I can go to the store later. Anyway, I will admit that I was in a bad book mood when I started this one. I had read a few books before this that were just lacking in some area but, as I was reading this, my mood quickly improved. I LOVED it! Chemistry? check. Great plot? check. Strong characters? check. Angst? check. Great dialogue? check. Some of the best se...more
Sarah ❤️ Literary Hottie
"Once upon a time I met a man who saved me..........”

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Flowers and fate brought them together......

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But will a heartbreaking moment tear them apart........

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Exquisite is the story of Lena and Mason.......

Lena is lost, her life paralysed by guilt......."Memories aren't your friends, just cruel reminders of your past and what you need to make up for before you die"

And Mason wants to be the one to save her.........."That's it, baby, let it go", he murmured as he stroked his hand down her hair, "I've...more
Jenny Levine
4.5 STARS!!!


“It’s time to feel again. Let me save you from yourself. You were drowning when I found you, but I’m not letting you go not without a fight.”

OH MY FREAKIN' GOD! For a debut novel, this is so effin' good! Absolutely captivating! I'm quite drawn to these types of books so yeah, I LOVED IT. You guys should read this because it is entertaining (the first time they met, first impressions, their bickering, their first...more
Lise *friends don't flag*
4.5 Exquisite stars

Gonna borrow a direct quote from the review my pal, Lisa wrote:

"I LOVED it! Chemistry? check. Great plot? check. Strong characters? check. Angst? check. Great dialogue? check. Some of the best sex scenes EVER? check. It was a great balance of romance, angst, humor and drama all done with perfect pacing and exquisite writing."

Yep... that sums it up for me too!
Edited: I've been thinking about this book quite a bit since I finished it. It's one of those books that have stayed with me so I decided it's a 5 star worthy book and I've updated my blog to give an "A." I'm super excited for the release of Entice!

When Ella Frank asked me to review her debut book, I was more than excited. Sexy and charming hero? A tortured heroine? I was completely sold. Exquisite is a heady mix of witty humor, sizzling romance, and a great plot that kept me enthralled from beg...more
Really liked this one. Love where the Hero/Heroine start off not liking each other, then the sparks fly. Was so disappointed to find out that the second book about Shelly is not out yet....
Jennifer Kyle
4 Peachy Stars!

Exquisite is a well-written, hot and emotional read.

Dr. Lena O’Donnell is an emotionally closed off pediatrician who harbors guilt for the death of her sister. Unlike some who have read this book, I liked Lena from the get go. I found her to be a great heroine. I just LOVED how she got swept off her feet by...Casanova, Chicago’s hottest bachelor/owner of the restaurant Exquisite…Mason Langley!!

Mason Langley meets Dr. O’Donnell while doing a favor for his mother. Let’s just say th...more
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
******A fair update to my review. It's come to my attention that the edition of the book I downloaded was the original one that obviously was not edited well. I guess amazon has a newer addition that's edited, that would explain why so few people mentioned all the typos. I found that crazy that I was one of few that mentioned it because it was so distracting. So, just buy the newest version on kindle and you will NOT be disappointed in this book. I loved it. I'll change my rating to a well deser...more

It’s hard to put into words how this book affected me. I certainly laughed a lot, I cried a little, I was definitely hot and bothered, but the overall package and the characters were so special, I’m still thinking about the book and I miss it as well. When you become so engrossed in a story that fictional characters seem so very real, it’s a sign that the book you are reading is a fantastic one.

Her heart was guarded…

Tormented by self-imposed guilt, Dr. Lena O’Donnell has spent the last nine yea
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“My dad once told me that one day I’d meet someone who drives me so crazy I want to strangle her and yet never would because I can’t bear for her to be gone. Well, that’s when I’ll know I’ve met a woman worth keeping.” 101 likes
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