November 29, 2021 | Posted in:Release Day Blitz, Review

Secrets & Lies, an all new steamy and forbidden MM romance from USA Today bestselling authors Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine is now available!

I wasn’t supposed to want him. The bronzed god lying by my pool in tight shorts that left little to the imagination. But I was only human, and with the temptation constantly within reach, it was only a matter of time before I could no longer resist.

It was wrong. I knew that.

He was my son’s age. Hell, he was my son’s friend.

But even worse…I was his teacher.

Secrets & Lies is a standalone teacher-student MM romance from USA Today bestselling authors Brooke Blaine & Ella Frank.

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Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Secrets & Lies is the newest forbidden MM romance by one of my favorite writing duos, Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine. If you follow my reviews you know I don’t read the synopsis so when I discovered it was a teacher/student romance I was dead. One of my favorite books by Ella is Veiled Innocence so I was extremely excited.
The moment Ryder saw him he knew he had to get his attention and it did. Smoothly and shamelessly. Ryder felt the connection to the man behind the easel even more when they spoke. He turned his flirtation up a notch and Ash didn’t miss it. It wasn’t subtle. It was the best kind of distraction in the middle of the Sunday night art class. And after…it took him completely out of his comfort zone and he was not complaining until…
Monday morning when Ryder walks into his classroom as a student in high school. And the now very off-limits young man needed to get out of his head and his dreams. It was wrong. He knew he was younger but not eighteen and in high school young. His son was in the same grade for fuck’s sake. He had to stay away but the persistent Ryder wasn’t going to make it easy. He was making it very hard in fact. He was everywhere. He was torn between what was making him happy and what was right.
I can’t get into more of the story but I can say, you are in for one hell of a steamy and emotional ride. I loved these characters. Their connection. Their banter. Their sexual tension. They got me all kinds of hot and bothered. They made me laugh. They made me cry. God, I love a forbidden romance and then add in MM… Hot. Fucking. Damn.
“I might have to try yours.”
“Oh yeah? Well, I’d love to give you a taste.”
Ash’s eyes glittered in the dark. “Why do I get the feeling you’re not talking about your coffee?”
“Because you’re picking up what I’m throwing down.”
“You don’t have an off button, do you?”
“Around you? No. I’m always turned on.”
“I’ve never known you to be so impatient. You’ve always loved a good tease.”
Secrets & Lies is the newest sexy, forbidden romance from one of my favorite writing duos, Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine. I have read so many books by these talented writers, solo and co-written and I have to say this is one of my favorites! I loved it from the first page, didn’t want to put it down, cried twice and already want to read it again! Ash and Ryder meet one night and there is an instant attraction. It’s strong, it’s hot and it’s life changing. Until the next day when they find out Ash is Ryder’s art teacher. Talk about a shock. Ash never once imagined Ryder was only eighteen and now all the plans he had to see Ryder again have to end. Ryder isn’t going to give up so easily and Ash doesn’t stand a chance against his words, his touch or his persistence.  They only have a few months until Ryder graduates, can see each other and just wait? But there’s just too much at stake. Ryder is young and needs to live his life. He’s talented, smart and handsome, and he needs to follow his path. Ash needs to let him go so he can live. Ryder is going to give Ash time, but he’s not giving up. He can’t. Will they find their way back to each other? Does Ryder’s future include Ash? Oh my Lord! I can’t even with these two! Ryder and his sexy, dirty mouth and Ash with his commanding nature. They are so talented and sensual and sexy. But it was more than that. The connection they had was so strong and powerful. Even though Ryder is young, he knows what he wants. And he wants Ash. I loved the teacher student story and the age gap. Basically, I loved everything about this story! I laughed, got hot and bothered and cried twice. They pulled at my heart strings and got me in all the feels!

About Ella Frank 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 erotic serial, Sex Addict. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”

A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction.

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

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About Brooke Blaine Brooke Blaine is a USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary romance that ranges from comedy to suspense to erotic. The latter has scarred her conservative Southern family for life, bless their hearts. If you’d like to get in touch with her, she’s easy to find – just keep an ear out for the Rick Astley ringtone that’s dominated her cell phone for years. Or you can reach her at

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