Headlines by Ella Frank
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Oh my GOD how I love Sean and Xander. There is something about the way Ella Frank is able to convey the tenderness of their relationship, but also the strength and masculinity of both characters are that grabs my heart and won’t let go. This is the conclusion of their trilogy, and it absolutely did not disappoint. I love these books so much that I had to pace myself so I didn’t devour the entire book in one sitting and then sit there all lonely and bereft!
This final chapter in Sean and Xander’s story is about them trying to get Sean’s brother, Bailey, to come to terms with their relationship. Not only is Bailey Sean’s brother, but he and Xander have been best friends since they were kids, and they are also ex-boyfriends. Bailey finds out about Sean and Xander’s relationship by accident, before they tell him about it, and he feels unbelievably betrayed. I struggled to understand why Bailey had such a hard time accepting Sean and Xander together. I haven’t read Ella’s Confessions series, which contains Bailey’s story, so I plan to go back and read that one, I think it might help understand where Bailey is coming from. But even when Bailey is in the throes of his struggle for acceptance, and he is lashing out at both Sean and Xander, the tenderness between Sean and Xander shows us how very strong their relationship is. I think what I loved most about this story was that once Sean figured out he was falling for Xander, he was utterly, 100% committed, and he didn’t give one tiny rat’s ass about who knew about it, or what they thought. For someone who had believed himself to be a straight man for his entire life, I thought he came to terms with that with so much grace.
The love between these two characters just seems so beautiful and real. I know it’s a fairy tale, but I REALLY want it to be real!! I loved the whole series, and I can’t wait to see what Ella will bring us next, but I’m excited to go back and read all her earlier books in the Confessions series, because if they are half as good as the Prime Time Series, I’m going to love them!