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(On My Knees Duet #1)

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An epic, MM forbidden romance from USA Today Bestselling Author Ella James...

You think you know me.
That’s the way I want it.
Making you feel like we know each other—like we could go grab a beer sometime—is part of my job. Maybe the most vital part.

It doesn’t hurt that I’m easy on the eyes, single at 35, and born richer than sin. My aesthetic matters much more
Kindle Edition, 179 pages
Published October 21st 2019 by Barkley's Books
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Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommended to Judith by: Jan

It was ok.

-kind of taboo (for some reason I wasn't shocked?!)

-loved Vance.Didn't care much for Luke but I'm hoping to love him more in the next book.

-way too many sex scenes in the first half (can't believe I'm actually complaining about that).It's a shame because these guys are really hot but you know the saying too much of a good thing...?

-I'm definitely interested enough to read the next one.

Available o
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
**** 4.25 Stars ****


Is it November yet??????????

Worship starts with a bang, so hot and mysterious.

Then an incredible unexpected twist happens * and no, I am not going tell ya what* 😈 making of this one of the most refreshing plots I read lately.

I am a sucker for a forbidden love story.

Dear Author, hurry up and P
Moony Eliver
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Moony by: Jan
Shelves: m-m, lgbtqia, 2019
First of all… is it November 11 yet?? It’s rare for me to feel like I have to read something the very day it’s released, but I will this time. This one has me ON THE HOOK.

I love the story arc here. It might seem somewhat familiar —(view spoiler)— but it has a bit of a different take. The character’s struggle isn’t what it might seem at first blush.

Sophia Triad
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put it down! Forbidden romance at its best.
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it
*** 2.5 stars ***

Eh. Why did I read this? Actually, I know why -- it was because some reviewers were saying it has too much sex. "Too much sex"? What is that? Those words act as a lure rather than a repellent.

The real question isn't why I started reading it, but why I kept on reading it. And it wasn't because of the sex -- which was pretty much all front-loaded, followed by an extended (view spoiler) separation in
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Maybe my expectations were too high?

I expected to be blown away.
I expected to be faschizzed the flock out.


I wasn't. Unfortunately.

I liked it but love was not in the cards for me and this bookie.

What I liked:

⫸ There is a certain appeal with the whole forbidden trope and that part was done well and held my interest.

⫸ The sex is kind of tongue slap your brains out hot.

⫸ James does a good job of giving both of these men distinct voices.

⫸ The way they meet is unusual and kind of humorous or it was to me at least.

What I didn't like:

⫸ They have chemistry andleast.
3.5 ⭐ This was a tough one to rate, but since I’m dying to get to book two, I’d say this was a winner.

I won’t lie, I almost quit. Never thought I would think there was too much sex too soon, but I did. I’m glad I hung in there! Absolutely loved this refreshing take on 🤐 (don’t want to spoil anything).

I would have given it 4 stars but there was just way too many blow jobs. It’s my least favorite thing to read during sexy times, so for there to be so much of it 🙄. I’m more of a “stick it in alre
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow...5 stars for me. A few errors that I easily overlooked as I devoured this book. I expected a smutfest and I was okay with that. 😁. Yes, this book was off the charts hot but then around the halfway mark the feels started, the sex stopped, and the entire tone of the book changed for me...and it became a 5-star read. The last half of the book sees little to no interaction between Vance and Luke and yet I was still completely invested. I loved how the author was able to make me feel the anticip ...more
I’m officially joining the “Is it November 11 yet?” club.
Apparently, teasing Moony is bad for karma, but if this is the result, I’m not planning to stop anytime soon.

For me, the key to enjoying this book has been going into it with mixed expectations.
I knew there had to be something good (because Jan and Moony loved it), but I also knew there were things to not take too seriously. I wasn’t disappointed, on both counts.

There’s a lot of sex here and the (view spoiler)I’m officially joining the “Is it November 11 yet?” club.
Apparently, teasing Moony is bad for karma, but if this is the result, I’m not planning to stop anytime soon.

For me, the key to enjoying this book has been going into it with mixed expectations.
I knew there had to be something good (because Jan and Moony loved it), but I also knew there were things to not take too seriously. I wasn’t disappointed, on both counts.

There’s a lot of sex here and the (view spoiler) was ridiculous as much as it wasn’t necessary. It didn’t add anything, on the contrary it pulled me out of the story a little. They could’ve still had amazing sex and chemistry with any of two alternative scenarios, (view spoiler)
That was my biggest problem. That and the fact that these two seemed like the Duracell Bunny on Viagra when they got going. I get sex marathons, but there’s a thing called biology and, as my friend Moony pointed out, the refractory period exists. Or it should exist, it’s clear that it does not in this book’s world. I’m pretty sure not even two 16-year-olds could have achieved what Vance and Luke did here.

That aside, pretty much everything else worked for me and I’m a little surprised because this book has things I don’t usually like. (view spoiler))

I loved how different Vance and Luke were, they don't seem to have much in common, but they complement each other so well and I adored their dynamic. One of my favorite things was without a doubt (view spoiler)

I’m a bit afraid of what’s coming next and I hope there won’t be any drama with (view spoiler), but I can’t wait to find out what’s in store for the conclusion of this story.

Let the wait begin.
Truuss / Loveislovereview
5+++ Vance and Luke

Oh, my freaking goodness! That was freaking awesome !! Great to get surprised by an author! I didn’t expect this, not in a thousand years.

Oh boy, one fine intriguing story. I was thrilled by its content! Hot hot af!

So determined, so focused, so passionate. I found it quite sensational!

“Holy shit. I’ve been annihilated”

On one side it was kind of gritty on the other it was so bright, almost blinding bright.

Forbidden an
DNF at 51 %

I read the reviews before starting it. They were awesome, and I was ready for an incredible heart-breaking story. Hmmm. What I got was a lot of sex between two men or them flying solo with a handful of pages of miscellaneous. Where is the story? I was thinking about stopping at 29%, but when the main caveat of the story was revealed I got curious. But the overabundance of steam and thinking about intimacy was just too much. Don't get me wrong, it was well written, and I en
Waleska 'Wally'
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Peter 4:8 "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.

HFS this book is freaking AMAZING ! And , I. Loved. Everything. About. It.

The scorching, sizzling, hot-dirty descriptive sexy times, the perfect -imperfect , gorgeous ,likeable heroes and their feelings of wanting, longing, craving , and denying. How conflicting and difficult is their relationship yet when they're together it's utterly magical , all consuming and so right.

Worship ~On My Knees D
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm
Hm, okay.

Right off the bat, I'm deducting a star because of the many typos there were throughout. Maybe I'm just being an asshole, but it really annoys be when I see many a misspelled word or sentence error while reading.

I'm giving this book 3 stars are because the smut was really hot (although it was so sudden and there was way too much of it and really no significant dialogue between them), and I really liked the electric chemistry between the two MC's. Although I don't LOVE them. I really c
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-read
The tease of Vance and Luke’s forbidden night featured in the Spring Fling Anthology captured my attention and I just cannot forget their encounter especially with the twist at the end. I was eagerly anticipating the full story, and Worship was so worth the wait! When this forbidden MM romance hit my kindle, I put everything on hold and jumped into it right away. The heart-breaking angst and irresistible sexual tension pulled me into this story from the beginning. I had a wonderful time enjoying this beautifu ...more
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Makhda by: Van
4.5 stars

Good Lord... when a book gives you headache, heartbreak, and happiness at the same time, that should be count as something. I feel like riding a roller coaster. I can't even say anything because I'm afraid becoming spoiler whore that would ruin your reading. You should see it for yourself. 😈😈😈
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reads first chapter.

Starts clapping and shouting, “I know this story. I know Vance, I know Luke.”

How do I know this? Did I dream this story, because it is the stuff of dreams? Did I do the Harry Potter/Voldemort occlumency thing where I read Ella’s thoughts? Wouldn’t that be amazing? I could send thoughts back about a Jack and the beanstalk book!

Dreams and occlumency set aside, Goodreads check confirmed I did already fall in love with Luke and Vance as Unmoored a short s
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars.

I don't know what I was expecting but this was not it. It was a really good and scorching hot read! I can't wait to get my hands on the next book.
Cindy M. Green
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing

What an amazing book to pop my Ella James cherry with. Holy hell this book is everything. There are not enough words to describe how much I loved this forbidden romance.

Vance and Luke were pure lust from the moment they laid eyes on each other. Their chemistry was a five alarm fire and I was certain that I'd combust right along with them. "Insta" love doesn't always work for me, but Ella hit it out of the park with these two! I felt like I was on thi
Between the sheets book reviews
Ok!!! I really don’t know where to start.. my fragile feelings are ALL over the place ATM.
This was the first book I have read by Ella James and I got recommended This particular story from a friend raving how Awesome it was , so I one-clinked it straight away and dove right in .
FYI... I will be checking out her other work because ... HELLO!!!! she’s a storytelling star ⭐

I was hooked from the very first page , the suspense on who Luke really was , the heavy sadness, despair that seemed to
*Received A Copy To Review From The Author*

I'll warn you now, this is a true DUO. This is by no means a complete story, it ends rather abruptly (though fittingly for the story). So just know that going in. I'm not sure what to say about the plot. It's interesting. I'm invested. But I don't want to say too much and it feels a little more abstract since so much of the story is actual introspection and mental awareness. The couple doesn't actually spend that much time together, like face to face.
Whoo Gives A Hoot
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
* Read more of my reviews at Whoo Gives A Hoot *



If you haven't read Worship by Ella James yet, then stop reading this review and go buy the book this instance. Trust me this is the kind of story that you want to go in completely blind...otherwise precede with caution because things are about to get real.

The moment Ella James*
Nov 05, 2019 added it
This is another one where I am in the minority. I just couldn't connect with the characters, because there wasn't any story at least when I DNF'd at 54%. I didn't care for any of the bits of personality that the author deigned to show us either. I did, however, have a huge problem with the hypocrisy of Luke's character and his "job".

Since I obviously couldn't get through this book, I won't be moving on in the series.
C.L. Matthews
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Super quick and saucy read. Cannot wait for November 11th.
5 Holy Hot Stars. I didn't know I needed this in my life until I saw a post about it's surprise release. Borrowed it from KU immediately and SO GLAD that I did. Ella is a new to me author but you best believe I am reading all of her words after that showing! This book is hot from the word go. But it's more than hot.. you feel for these characters. You come to love them. Seriously, the hot factor drew me in but Vance and Luke kept me there. I was shocked at the amount of angst and heart in these ...more
KC Caron
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG I finally fell asleep with dried tears 😭 when I finished this. It’s so damn good. Amazingly moving and Unf, yeah... that too.

I loved every crest and wave of emotion these two incredible men pulled out of me.

Worship is a brilliant internal brooding romangst. It’s hot and dirty, and hands down a perfect soul scratching addition to Ella James’ fantastic library. I couldn’t get enough, and immediately went back to their meeting, the phone exchanges, Vance’s existential needs and his patience,
**4 stars**

Vance & Luke. Both artists in their own way. Both attractive. Only one is closeted and being outted could ruin him. In fact, he is so far in the closet he is collecting dust bunnies.

I liked this book. I don't usually care for first person narrative, however this was done exceptionally well. Both Luke and Vance had a voice in alternating narratives. It took a few chapters to get interesting. But once it started rolling, look out! This is a bit of a taboo tro
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
O.M.G...I can't even explain how I am feeling right now..
This is my first Ella James book and what a Fantastic way to pop my cherry..
Deliciously Forbidden this story took me to places I never thought possible..I Loved it completely and devoured it in record time for me.
Thankyou Ella James for bringing this book into my life I have nothing but the highest of recommendations , It is a must read Book lovers, and all M/M fans out there
Fiona Lyle
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG that was an amazing read. My nerves are shattered, my heart rate is all over the place and I don’t know how I’m going to be able to wait two weeks for Adore. This is going to be the biggest book hangover ever 😳.
Jessica Alcazar

I'm not going to say much or rate this book until I read book 2 but I will say that right this minute I honestly don't know about anything except I'm intrigued enough to continue.
Oct 21, 2019 added it
OMFG!! Just started AND finished this book! Too hot to put down! I need a cold shower after reading this. Is it November yet?
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Ella James is the USA Today + Amazon Top 10 bestselling author of more than twenty romance novels. Her favorite kind of love story is an emotional, smutty roller coaster with a devastating twist--so that's what she tries to write. Ella lives in Colorado with her husband and three kids. When she's not writing, you can find her in the foothills.

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