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Xander If I had to describe Sean Bailey, it would be: a surly, temperamental pain in my ass. Never in that equation would I ever include the word boyfriend—and not just because he’s straight. The older brother of my life-long best friend, Sean is a detective for the Chicago PD, and is also known as Detective “Dick” for being...well, a surly, temperamental pain in everyone’s Xander If I had to describe Sean Bailey, it would be: a surly, temperamental pain in my ass. Never in that equation would I ever include the word boyfriend—and not just because he’s straight. The older brother of my life-long best friend, Sean is a detective for the Chicago PD, and is also known as Detective “Dick” for being...well, a surly, temperamental pain in everyone’s ass. He also happens to be the best they have, which is why I find myself on his doorstep the night my life is threatened by an anonymous stalker. I only wanted the name of a bodyguard; I didn’t expect for Sean to volunteer for the job. Now, not only do I have a bodyguard, I also have a fake boyfriend. Sean It must be so hard to be Alexander Thorne, the number one prime-time news anchor in the country, with millions of dollars and a car that costs more than my house. I mean, I’m allowed to give him a hard time about it, but when some creep decides to cross the line and go after him, they’re gonna have to answer to me. Going undercover has never been an issue in the past, so I don’t see why there’d be a problem now. Xander and I have known each other for years, so this should be a breeze. Except suddenly my stomach’s flipping when he looks my way, and my body comes alive whenever he brushes by me. I know I’m good at my job and playing a character and all, but this is getting out of hand. I can’t be sure that either of us are playing anymore.


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Xander If I had to describe Sean Bailey, it would be: a surly, temperamental pain in my ass. Never in that equation would I ever include the word boyfriend—and not just because he’s straight. The older brother of my life-long best friend, Sean is a detective for the Chicago PD, and is also known as Detective “Dick” for being...well, a surly, temperamental pain in everyone’s Xander If I had to describe Sean Bailey, it would be: a surly, temperamental pain in my ass. Never in that equation would I ever include the word boyfriend—and not just because he’s straight. The older brother of my life-long best friend, Sean is a detective for the Chicago PD, and is also known as Detective “Dick” for being...well, a surly, temperamental pain in everyone’s ass. He also happens to be the best they have, which is why I find myself on his doorstep the night my life is threatened by an anonymous stalker. I only wanted the name of a bodyguard; I didn’t expect for Sean to volunteer for the job. Now, not only do I have a bodyguard, I also have a fake boyfriend. Sean It must be so hard to be Alexander Thorne, the number one prime-time news anchor in the country, with millions of dollars and a car that costs more than my house. I mean, I’m allowed to give him a hard time about it, but when some creep decides to cross the line and go after him, they’re gonna have to answer to me. Going undercover has never been an issue in the past, so I don’t see why there’d be a problem now. Xander and I have known each other for years, so this should be a breeze. Except suddenly my stomach’s flipping when he looks my way, and my body comes alive whenever he brushes by me. I know I’m good at my job and playing a character and all, but this is getting out of hand. I can’t be sure that either of us are playing anymore.

30 review for Inside Affair

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carol [Goodreads Addict]

    Inside Affair is book one in the brand new trilogy, Prime Time, by Ella Frank. I was so excited when I heard about this new series. I didn’t realize at first that there were cliffy’s involved. But now that I’ve read the first book, does it matter? NO! Because it’s that awesome! I admit it took awhile for me to get invested, the build up was slow. But when I fell, I fell hard. Because I am in love with these men! Alexander (Xander) Thorne is a respected, award winning news anchor. He’s living his Inside Affair is book one in the brand new trilogy, Prime Time, by Ella Frank. I was so excited when I heard about this new series. I didn’t realize at first that there were cliffy’s involved. But now that I’ve read the first book, does it matter? NO! Because it’s that awesome! I admit it took awhile for me to get invested, the build up was slow. But when I fell, I fell hard. Because I am in love with these men! Alexander (Xander) Thorne is a respected, award winning news anchor. He’s living his dream, doing what he loves. But then his world is turned upside down when he starts receiving threats. Someone is fixated on him and his network is demanding he get a body guard. He doesn’t know who to go to except his life long friend’s older brother, a detective. Detective Sean Bailey has been undercover for months. The case finally closed and he needs some time away from the precinct. The timing couldn’t have been better when Xander came to him looking for help. He’s known Xander most of his life. He knew he was the best man to keep his brother’s closest friend safe. “It seemed my fate was sealed. I’d come in search of someone to guard my body, and ended up with the last person I’d ever expected.” Xander’s sexual preference was men. He was polished, drove a fancy car, and lived in a posh penthouse. Sean was rough, grumpy, lived in a barely furnished house, and wore tshirts with holes and old jeans. He was also straight. These two men couldn’t have been more opposite. But as they spent time together, they started to notice things about each other. Sean can’t believe how he never noticed Xander’s eyes before. And how could Xander not realize that body under all those awful clothes? And Sean wasn’t nearly as grumpy as he seemed to be. There was a kind, caring man underneath all that gruffness. “The more I watched, the more I felt this absurd desire to move closer to him. Like I was tethered to some pulley that was drawing me closer.” As Xander and Sean navigate life while searching for Xander’s stalker, they are also trying to navigate the confusing feelings they are developing for each other. Especially Sean, who has never been attracted to a man in his life. “My eyes locked on the man I’d known for as long as I could remember, and I felt as though I were seeing him for the very first time.” Wow! This was just Wow! As I said earlier, the romance aspect of it builds slowly. But as Sean’s feelings deepened, I fell fast and hard. The things this man said and did. I was a goner. He is my favorite kind of hero, and hero he is. The next book, Breaking News, can’t get here fast enough. I need to see what comes next for Xander and Sean. “You step into view and there’s nothing but you.” For more about this book and so many others, come and visit me at Carol's Crazy Bookish World. https://www.facebook.com/groups/Carol...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Wendys Wycked Words

    I fell a bit in love with Sean when he was first introduced as "Detective Dick”, in "Henri". What can I say... I just love the assholes and Sean's character was right up my alley. I hoped his book would be awesome, and I am so glad to say that it was. It's just the cliffhangers in all these series that are getting to me a bit. I had no idea when I signed up for this one, that it would be a "same characters" series. I still enjoyed it, but it did leave me wanting... So as I already explained, this I fell a bit in love with Sean when he was first introduced as "Detective Dick”, in "Henri". What can I say... I just love the assholes and Sean's character was right up my alley. I hoped his book would be awesome, and I am so glad to say that it was. It's just the cliffhangers in all these series that are getting to me a bit. I had no idea when I signed up for this one, that it would be a "same characters" series. I still enjoyed it, but it did leave me wanting... So as I already explained, this book is about Sean, Craig Bailey's brother, who we have all come to know as Detective Dick and Alexander "Xander" Thorne, who happens to be Bailey's best friend. He's also quite the famous news anchor, and that is where things are starting to get complicated, or should I say interesting. You see Xander seems to have picked up a nasty stalker, and his boss is demanding he gets protection. And who would be better at protecting his brother's best friend, than Detective Dick!! But how in the world are they going to explain Sean hanging around Xander 24 hours a day... Yep, you guessed it... we get a "fake boyfriend" trope. Sean is an undercover master after all. This is actually one of my favorite mm tropes. You know what I am also a big fan of ... the "I thought I was straight but now I seem to have lusty feelings for another dude" trope. Such a treat!! I am not going into the plot more than this.. You should just give it a go yourself. If you loved Sean as much as I did, you will definitely love him in this one. It took me a bit longer to warm up to Xander though... He gave off a bit of a "spoiled brat" vibe. Very curious to see what's next. The romance and steam were a bit mild in this one, but the promise of what is to come was high enough to keep me interested from beginning to end. Can you say "blue balls" !!! Let's hope time flies so I can get my grabby hands on the second book ;) An ARC was provided to in exchange for an honest review  

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shile

    Audiobook - 3 stars Story 1st half- 0.5 stars, 2nd half - 2.5 stars It is really sad that lately I can't seem to give Ella Frank's books more than 3 stars. Logan and Tate introduced me to mm. Her books have become so-so. Nothing new, same old storyline. We met Sean and Xander in book 5 and 6 of the Temptation series and they had a love/hate thing going on. I was excited to read their book, unfortunately this fell flat in the first half. The second half was somehow okay. I enjoy Ella books for the Audiobook - 3 stars Story 1st half- 0.5 stars, 2nd half - 2.5 stars It is really sad that lately I can't seem to give Ella Frank's books more than 3 stars. Logan and Tate introduced me to mm. Her books have become so-so. Nothing new, same old storyline. We met Sean and Xander in book 5 and 6 of the Temptation series and they had a love/hate thing going on. I was excited to read their book, unfortunately this fell flat in the first half. The second half was somehow okay. I enjoy Ella books for the sexual tension and some hot chemistry. This book had all that missing. Sean a straight guy woke up one day and decided he is attracted to Xander, no build up, no sexual tension, no questions asked, just bam! boom! Sean is gay. Anyhoo, I will listen to the rest of the audiobooks to find that zing. Again! I will just say mystery/suspense is not for everyone. What the hell was that stalker thingy?

  4. 5 out of 5

    * A Reader Obsessed *

    3.5 Off to a Good Start Stars Now admittedly, Tate and Logan are my top Ella Frank MC’s so it’s going to take a lot to knock them off their pedestal if that’s even possible. However, Sean and Xander’s 1st installment easily reeled me in showing huge potential. If you want continuity though, it is recommended to read the series Temptation first and then Confessions next, before delving into this 2nd spinoff to truly appreciate the nuanced interconnections between all previous 12 books. One more c 3.5 Off to a Good Start Stars Now admittedly, Tate and Logan are my top Ella Frank MC’s so it’s going to take a lot to knock them off their pedestal if that’s even possible. However, Sean and Xander’s 1st installment easily reeled me in showing huge potential. If you want continuity though, it is recommended to read the series Temptation first and then Confessions next, before delving into this 2nd spinoff to truly appreciate the nuanced interconnections between all previous 12 books. One more caveat. If you’re really a stickler, this universe actually begins with the MF series Exquisite. Just saying. To put it succinctly, workaholic detective Sean has known infamous news broadcaster Xander for years, and neither has noticed each other except for being a permanent fixture in their shared love of Bailey, either by being a big brother or a bff. There’s tolerance there - barely - but when Xander’s life is threatened, the only man he feels confident enough to catch the bad guy is Sean. What Xander doesn’t expect is for Sean to attack things 100%, going about it just a tad bit unconventionally by insisting on pretending to be Xander's boyfriend. Ensue classic bodyguard falls for his charge trope, entwined with an enemies to lovers transition, simmering with barely restrained UST, a ton of smart silly snarky banter, a gleeful back and forth one-upmanship, and the slow undoing of both these men as the reliable animosity turns into confusing and irresistible lust and longing. Look no further if you want to see a tough uncouth brash hardass detective slowly come undone by never before felt feelings for a man. Uh huh. This first installment was basically a tease, but what a yummy tease it was, ending on a nice little cliffie to make waiting for the next installment that much more tortuous! Luckily, I don’t have to wait long, and I’m excited to see what else is in store for these two because I‘ll tell you what. There’s definitely some smexy hella hot goodness awaiting us Ella Frank style. Oh yes.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Oscar

    This book was okay to me. I neither hate nor regret picking this one up. It's my first time to read anything by Ella Frank and will pick more of hers surely in the future! The only major thing I have against this book is that it failed to make me swoon. This is a slow burn mm romance which involves the enemies to lovers trope. To be accurate it went more like this: 60 percent of them being enemies; 30 percent of them being confused and repressing their feelings; and last 10 percent of them being This book was okay to me. I neither hate nor regret picking this one up. It's my first time to read anything by Ella Frank and will pick more of hers surely in the future! The only major thing I have against this book is that it failed to make me swoon. This is a slow burn mm romance which involves the enemies to lovers trope. To be accurate it went more like this: 60 percent of them being enemies; 30 percent of them being confused and repressing their feelings; and last 10 percent of them being lovey dovey. You know what I loved? The banter between them in the first chapters. It was so funny that I screencapped some of it in my phone. Unfortunately, it was short-lived. What the hell! I wanted more intimacy too! Sex is definitely much better but cuddling, kissing etc etc are good too. The ending was quite meh (my choice of words concerns me). Why end it with a cliffhanger? Overall, this book felt more of a introduction to the whole series. I hope to see more good pacing and character growth especially to Xander who acted like a damsel in distress most of the time! I hope the next one is much better!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gabby

    This ended up being just okay for me. I wanted to love this book because I've previously really enjoyed books from this author, but it was just okay. I love that it follows a gay news anchor and a detective who becomes his security guard. I'm obsessed with anything lately that takes place in a newsroom so I loved that aspect of it. But as much as I love slow burn I feel like this was way too much of a slow burn, because it took soooo long for anything to happen and I think this story focuses mor This ended up being just okay for me. I wanted to love this book because I've previously really enjoyed books from this author, but it was just okay. I love that it follows a gay news anchor and a detective who becomes his security guard. I'm obsessed with anything lately that takes place in a newsroom so I loved that aspect of it. But as much as I love slow burn I feel like this was way too much of a slow burn, because it took soooo long for anything to happen and I think this story focuses more on the reason why he needs a bodyguard instead of focusing on the romance. I didn't realize this would be a series when I started it so I was also surprised by the cliffhanger ending.... I'm not sure if I'll be continuing the series, we'll see.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Al *the semi serial series skipper*

    2.5 Stars I love Ella Frank but I found this book mediocre. If you've read the blurb you've basically read the entire book. Nothing happens besides Xander being stalked. I was expecting a GFY story like Tate and Logan instead Sean just decided one day that he is attracted to Xander and that was it. The stalker angle didn't even play much into the story,tbh. The ending sucked as well, obviously it's not much of a cliffhanger if there are three books in the series, obviously Sean is going to star in 2.5 Stars I love Ella Frank but I found this book mediocre. If you've read the blurb you've basically read the entire book. Nothing happens besides Xander being stalked. I was expecting a GFY story like Tate and Logan instead Sean just decided one day that he is attracted to Xander and that was it. The stalker angle didn't even play much into the story,tbh. The ending sucked as well, obviously it's not much of a cliffhanger if there are three books in the series, obviously Sean is going to star in it. What was the point of ending it like that. I didn't enjoy it, it didn't reach my expectations at all.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nicola

    Same review on all 3 books in Prime Time series because I don’t feel like writing separate ones. No spoilers, promise. This is one of those series’ that’s middle of the road, but addictive nonetheless. A quick sum up of what you can expect: • A slow burn enemies to lovers/protector romance • Two very lovely men • Lots of romance... • ...and eventually sexy times • A stalker • Bit of family drama • Bit of newsroom drama • A huge penthouse overlooking Lake Michigan with a revolving floor (it exists, I g Same review on all 3 books in Prime Time series because I don’t feel like writing separate ones. No spoilers, promise. This is one of those series’ that’s middle of the road, but addictive nonetheless. A quick sum up of what you can expect: • A slow burn enemies to lovers/protector romance • Two very lovely men • Lots of romance... • ...and eventually sexy times • A stalker • Bit of family drama • Bit of newsroom drama • A huge penthouse overlooking Lake Michigan with a revolving floor (it exists, I googled and WOW) • More sexy times • Hand holding. So much hand holding... • ...and touching cheeks. Facial and derrière. Not sure this needed to be stretched out as a trilogy and the stalker aspect was underplayed for me, but overall seriously easy-read romance, I enjoyed Xander and Sean together and motored through all three in as many days. Not standalones. Inside Affair ~ 3.5 stars Breaking News ~ 3.5 stars Headlines ~ 4 stars

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine Lesar

    3.5* This is the inside information you need to know - 1. Ella Frank is the Queen of GFY - anyone thinking of disputing this fact....well, let’s just say we can’t be friends anymore. 2. Unlike her other stories, this isn’t her norm of Wham-Bam-Thank-You-Man-Let’s-Live-Happily-Ever-After, it’s a slow-burner - with Ella teasing us before we get down to the serious stuff 😉. 3. It ends on a bitch of a cliffhanger!!! .....but as I believe there’s a further 2 books, I think we can safely say that we are g 3.5* This is the inside information you need to know - 1. Ella Frank is the Queen of GFY - anyone thinking of disputing this fact....well, let’s just say we can’t be friends anymore. 2. Unlike her other stories, this isn’t her norm of Wham-Bam-Thank-You-Man-Let’s-Live-Happily-Ever-After, it’s a slow-burner - with Ella teasing us before we get down to the serious stuff 😉. 3. It ends on a bitch of a cliffhanger!!! .....but as I believe there’s a further 2 books, I think we can safely say that we are going to get the chance to see the slow-burn going full throttle into a sizzling-burn. 4. The next book (Breaking News) releases on 27th July 2020. 5. It was good, but not one of her best. That’s because not a lot happened. Personally I think she missed a golden opportunity with her playing-down the Stalker, rather than playing him up (or her even? no spoilers from me 😉). 6. Even with me being mean with my 3.5* rating (ok, me being demanding and wanting more), I am really looking forward to book 2 and seeing where Ella is going to take us?

  10. 4 out of 5

    *J* Too Many Books Too Little Time

    3.5 Stars! I really don't want to give this book more than 3 stars. Ella Frank is so frustrating with her need to drag a story out over 3+ books. As a result this one moved at a snails pace. And that ending. So annoying. BUT....there's always a BUT. There's just something about Ella Frank that always has me coming back. I like both Xander and Sean. There was some good attraction, connection, UST towards the end. The stalker bit was a bit lame, honestly but I get it's what brought them together. C 3.5 Stars! I really don't want to give this book more than 3 stars. Ella Frank is so frustrating with her need to drag a story out over 3+ books. As a result this one moved at a snails pace. And that ending. So annoying. BUT....there's always a BUT. There's just something about Ella Frank that always has me coming back. I like both Xander and Sean. There was some good attraction, connection, UST towards the end. The stalker bit was a bit lame, honestly but I get it's what brought them together. Curious to see what the next two books bring. Yes, I'll be reading those.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Meags

    4 Stars I really enjoyed this. It felt like a tasty teaser for what Xander and Sean can (and will) become as a future couple across this trilogy. With a lot of history between them, what with Xander being the ex-boyfriend but always best friend of Sean’s younger brother, these two share a tentative lifelong friendship, and are by all intents and purposes family. They couldn’t be more opposite, with Xander living as an extremely wealthy out and proud gay man, working as the king of the nightly news 4 Stars I really enjoyed this. It felt like a tasty teaser for what Xander and Sean can (and will) become as a future couple across this trilogy. With a lot of history between them, what with Xander being the ex-boyfriend but always best friend of Sean’s younger brother, these two share a tentative lifelong friendship, and are by all intents and purposes family. They couldn’t be more opposite, with Xander living as an extremely wealthy out and proud gay man, working as the king of the nightly news desk, and Sean being a dedicated, simple-living, gruff cop, seemingly straight as an arrow... until now. Here, Sean and Xander only just get started on becoming more than friends, sharing a new, surprising attraction and being blindsided by their suddenly evolving feelings, after they are forced into close quarters when a dangerous stalker makes Xander his prey, and Sean, protector that he is, offers to play bodyguard (and fake boyfriend) to flush the bad guy out. This was a refreshing change of pace for Frank, and certainly the slowest relationship build I’ve witnessed in my many, many reading experiences with her stories. I kind of loved that, if I’m being honest. I guess, sometimes, I just need that slow-burn to start me off—it makes the payoff more worthwhile in the end, and I have a feeling Sean and Xander’s payoff will be so very worth the wait. The cliffhanger was a bitch, there is no denying that, but god damn if I’m not now chomping at the bit to get my hands on book two! Note: As a spin-off trilogy, of Frank’s Confessions series, I wouldn’t really recommend reading this one without having at least read Henri and Bailey’s stories first (Bailey being Sean’s brother/Xander’s bestie). I’m sure readers could catch on pretty quickly here, if this is all that really appeals to them, but seeing Xander and Sean in earlier stories really helped me form a fairly solid understanding of these guys before they became the focus characters—and it certainly helped build my excitement surrounding this opposites attract, GFY themed romance!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘

    ⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Glad I Changed My Mind*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱ As I had originally shelved this book as a checked won't read, I'm surprised that I found myself liking this book. It was intriguing and I didn't want to stop reading. I was not only hesitant about reading it after reading a bunch of reviews, but I haven't had that much luck with this author. So it put me off from wanting to read it in the first place. But somehow, after I saw this one on my dash earlier today, I thought what the heck, why not try it. And ⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Glad I Changed My Mind*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱ As I had originally shelved this book as a checked won't read, I'm surprised that I found myself liking this book. It was intriguing and I didn't want to stop reading. I was not only hesitant about reading it after reading a bunch of reviews, but I haven't had that much luck with this author. So it put me off from wanting to read it in the first place. But somehow, after I saw this one on my dash earlier today, I thought what the heck, why not try it. And I am glad I did. I like the theme of fake boyfriends and I liked the characters Sean Bailey (how old?), the detective and Alexander Thorne (how old?), the news anchor and their chemistry was good. I had wanted more of the fakeness of the relationship shown in public, but other than that the book was interesting and enjoyable. I'm looking forward to reading book two, which wasn't the case with the author's Temptation series. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did. Sure it wasn't the best book I've read, but it's one I quite liked. I hope we get to know the characters in more depth in book two. Quick basic facts: Genre: - (Adult) Contemporary Romance (M/M). Series: - Series, Book One. Love triangle? - (view spoiler)[No. (hide spoiler)] Cheating? - (view spoiler)[No. (hide spoiler)] HEA? - (view spoiler)[No, cliffhanger. (hide spoiler)] Favorite character? - Sean Bailey. Would I read more by this author/or of series? - Sure. Would I recommend this book/series? - Yes, I do actually. Will I read this again in the future? - Who knows. Rating - 3.5 stars.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Celeste

    3.5 stars. This one was an okay read for me, but I kept thinking I had read this before...this fake boyfriend/bodyguard/gfy genre has been done a quite few times now. I suppose it must be popular with readers as they keep getting released.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cadiva

    Ella Frank knows how to spin a tale, drawing the reader in and making them want to know everything about her characters. That's one of the reasons why it's frustrating for me to read her books when they end on a cliff hanger like this one does 😁 I knew there would be one, it's become the usual path not only for her solo efforts but also for the books she writes with Brooke Blaine. And it works, she has me wanting to read them even when I know I'll be left desperately needing the next installment. Ella Frank knows how to spin a tale, drawing the reader in and making them want to know everything about her characters. That's one of the reasons why it's frustrating for me to read her books when they end on a cliff hanger like this one does 😁 I knew there would be one, it's become the usual path not only for her solo efforts but also for the books she writes with Brooke Blaine. And it works, she has me wanting to read them even when I know I'll be left desperately needing the next installment. Here she's outdone herself, because this book is about Sean Bailey and Alexander Thorne. Two men regular readers already know quite well. Personally, I thought the way she showed Sean becoming aware of Xander as a man he was attracted to, despite identifying as 'straight' up to this point, felt very organic. I believed in his journey completely, and while this book touches only the very start of the relationship, the UST explodes out of the forced proximity situation in spades. I'm intrigued to see where/how the stalker element travels in book two and what will be the key plotline for that entry. Bring it on! #ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Fabi

    DNF @61% Elementary gfy plot. Needs a lot more character development for each MC in order to make it believable. Typos and cliffhanger ending didn't help this book's case. DNF @61% Elementary gfy plot. Needs a lot more character development for each MC in order to make it believable. Typos and cliffhanger ending didn't help this book's case.

  16. 5 out of 5

    ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

    Xander and Sean. We already met them in previous books - but you do not need to have read those books to understand this series. You should've read them - just because they're adorable - but you don't hafta ☺ OK. Xander has been a famous news anchor for some years now. Being in the public like that and being openly gay ... that gets the attention of lots of crazy folks. But now his boss thinks the newest crazy person might be the real deal. A very dangerous stalker type. Boss man orders a twenty f Xander and Sean. We already met them in previous books - but you do not need to have read those books to understand this series. You should've read them - just because they're adorable - but you don't hafta ☺ OK. Xander has been a famous news anchor for some years now. Being in the public like that and being openly gay ... that gets the attention of lots of crazy folks. But now his boss thinks the newest crazy person might be the real deal. A very dangerous stalker type. Boss man orders a twenty four hour bodyguard for Xander. Xander wants to ask Sean - the cop brother of his best friend Bailey - for a recommendation. But Sean decides to do it himself. He needs a break from being an undercover cop for a bit. Why not play the pretend boyfriend for this rich TV guy who he's known since they were kids? What neither of them expected were the sparks though .... it should be mentioned that Sean is not gay! LET THE FUN TIMES BEGIN ... ☺ I really enjoyed reading this! Funny, sparky, scary, adorable! Sean is this grumpy, manly man-y, jeans & t-shirt cop who has always been making jokes about Xander and his money and job and lifestyle. And Xander. He's this expensive clothes, award gala, maserati, penthouse kind of guy. Those two living together in Xander's multi-million dollar penthouse? Adorable! I loved those two together. So different - but we all know that opposites attract. It obviously takes a little while for them to get that there IS attraction between them. But we adore every moment of that while! Plus we're also looking for that dangerous stalker idiot. Very exciting. Great first book in this new series. I would've preferred to only get one longish book - I don't like trilogies all that much - and I hate waiting. And the sexiness and romance part was a bit missing in this first one obviously. And I kind of expected Xander to be a tiny little bit more ... suave? Cooler? No. Manly? No. Grrr. No idea what I mean. He was a tiny bit too softish for my tastes. It's clear that Sean is supposed to be the tough guy here - and Xander is supposed to be scared and all... but still. I wanted Xander to be a tiny bit more tough millionaire or something. But I still loved them both! I really loved reading this first book - I might even say that this is/could be my favorite thing of Ella's since Tate and Logan ... ☺ I need the 2nd book asap! Because .... C L I F F Y 😱😱😱 💜 💜

  17. 5 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    *one thing though: this book has a very similar scene and dialogue as exactly as that of the Taiwanese/Chinese series Trapped (History 3) 😭 That is so NOT the way to end a book!!!! Give me the second book. *Reviews can wait.

  18. 4 out of 5

    haletostilinski

    I loved this first installment in this new series by Ella Frank. This story focuses on Xander Thorne, Bailey's best friend, and Sean Bailey, Bailey's brother from the two book love story of Bailey and Henri. Xander is a very successful, gay and out reporter who is somewhat famous (so kind of like a Barbara Walters of today, but male and gay, I guess) and has been Bailey's best friend for years and years. Sean Bailey is a detective who is seemingly straight, is a little rumpled and rough around th I loved this first installment in this new series by Ella Frank. This story focuses on Xander Thorne, Bailey's best friend, and Sean Bailey, Bailey's brother from the two book love story of Bailey and Henri. Xander is a very successful, gay and out reporter who is somewhat famous (so kind of like a Barbara Walters of today, but male and gay, I guess) and has been Bailey's best friend for years and years. Sean Bailey is a detective who is seemingly straight, is a little rumpled and rough around the edges, but has more to him than being "Detective Dick" as Henri likes to call him. When Xander gets legitimate threats against him, his boss wants to get him a bodyguard, but Xander wants someone he can trust, so he goes to Sean to ask if he knows anyone, and Sean says himself. It's perfect time as Sean just got off a big case and he's taking some leave from work to take a break. Sean and Xavier have never been particularly close. So much so that they have never been to where the other lives and needed to ask each other's addresses. They've been in each other's lives for decades, and yet have never really looked too closely at each other. This, of course, changes all that. At first they're combative with each other, and when Sean says the easiest way to explain his presence around Xander without it being obvious he has a bodyguard is to say Sean is his boyfriend, Xander is very against it...but can't deny it's a good idea. As days go by and it seems like his stalker has given it a rest, a drive by in which Sean has to save Xander proves he hasn't, and when things start to escalate, Xander feels more and more unsafe and scared. At the same time, as Sean and Xander spend more time together, attraction starts to form, and possible feelings too, feelings they'd never had before, or never realized before. It's like they're truly seeing each other for the first time. With Sean being apparently straight, and these two being so combative at first, no full on sex happens in this one - I'm guessing that'll come in book two ;) - but some smut does happen and it is hot, so don't worry ;). I'm actually glad these ladies didn't have it all happen too fast with these two and have been building their romance. This was really good, really exciting. These two had great chemistry and I was hooked from the start, and the plot with the stalker was interesting and page-turner worthy as well. I'm excited to see where the story goes from here, and with the cliffhanger we get, I'm excited for more and glad we only have to wait 2 months to find out what happens.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lyndy Ann ♫

    🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Ella Frank has done it again, I am in love with Sean "Detective Dick" Bailey and Alexander "Xander" Thorne, I haven't fallen hard for one of her couples like this since Logan and Tate, even though L&T will always be my favourite, Sean and Xander have jumped straight to second place with their first outing. I read this within 48 hours I could not put it down, I loved every single second I spent with the guys, getting to know them better as we briefly met them in Bayley and Henri 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Ella Frank has done it again, I am in love with Sean "Detective Dick" Bailey and Alexander "Xander" Thorne, I haven't fallen hard for one of her couples like this since Logan and Tate, even though L&T will always be my favourite, Sean and Xander have jumped straight to second place with their first outing. I read this within 48 hours I could not put it down, I loved every single second I spent with the guys, getting to know them better as we briefly met them in Bayley and Henri's books. I was hooked in with the suspense of the stalker and then the development of their relationship, even though they have known each other for years thanks to Bayley, spending nearly every minute in each others company they both start to see each other through new eyes and feel differently, this is a slow burn, which I loved. AND THE ENDING - OH MY GOD I will be stopping everything to read Breaking News in July.

  20. 4 out of 5

    ȷαεlα

    This book was just so... meh! Sean was too eager to become Xander’s “fake boyfriend”, since the beginning. Everything felt flat, no persuasion or tension. It looked like Xander was the one to have the hardest time faking the relationship, not Sean. He was a ‘natural’(facepalm). Xander didn’t impress me. Like a damsel in distress, his character had a “female personality”. Too superficial. I expected this MM romance to be without the silliness that characterizes FM books, but I was disappointed. The This book was just so... meh! Sean was too eager to become Xander’s “fake boyfriend”, since the beginning. Everything felt flat, no persuasion or tension. It looked like Xander was the one to have the hardest time faking the relationship, not Sean. He was a ‘natural’(facepalm). Xander didn’t impress me. Like a damsel in distress, his character had a “female personality”. Too superficial. I expected this MM romance to be without the silliness that characterizes FM books, but I was disappointed. The biggest let down was the writing. I can’t believe this is the same author that wrote the “temptation” series, which I absolutely adored. This book and its characters have nothing in common with Temptation. I just can’t believe it. Overall, this was not convincing. There were some good paragraphs in some pages, but in general, the story and characters were unremarkable.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bhavya Marya

    “Your face. Jesus, Xander…it’s, like, blinding. I never realized how fucking stunning you are.” I was actually gonna wait till the next one came out because I knew this ended on a cliffhanger. But I couldn't resist. It sounded so good and that cover is just 😍. It doesn't matter now that I've read it. I still hate the cliffhanger but I can deal for two months. But I'm still gonna read breaking news as soon as it releases. I just want to start by saying that I would give anything to live in Xand “Your face. Jesus, Xander…it’s, like, blinding. I never realized how fucking stunning you are.” I was actually gonna wait till the next one came out because I knew this ended on a cliffhanger. But I couldn't resist. It sounded so good and that cover is just 😍. It doesn't matter now that I've read it. I still hate the cliffhanger but I can deal for two months. But I'm still gonna read breaking news as soon as it releases. I just want to start by saying that I would give anything to live in Xander's apartment. That was some impressive stuff. I was reading that description with wide eyes. I loved the time it took for both of them to realise that they were into each other and that their feelings were reciprocated. It was a little bit of slow burn and it was leading up to the kiss. The sexual tension in this book killed. I love this couple. Their chemistry together was sizzling. “Well, it was a pretty hot fucking kiss.” I totally agree with Sean. It was well worth the wait. The one thing that I didn't totally love about this book was how the stalker thing unfolded. I feel like it wasn't well thought out. In spite of that, this book is a great slow burn. I enjoyed the hell out of this. A solid 4 stars. It was a good start to the trilogy.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Eva ☆

    I hate so much when the books end up on cliffhanger ... In this book we know Xander and Sean, Xander is being threatened by an anonymous stalker who knows where he lives, what his routine is and even how he likes his coffee. Xander is terrified and rightly so, and Sean comes in, Sean is a detective who just closed a case successfully and "friend" of Xander's childhood (friend in quotes because although he and Xander have known each other since they were kids, Xander was always closer to his broth I hate so much when the books end up on cliffhanger ... In this book we know Xander and Sean, Xander is being threatened by an anonymous stalker who knows where he lives, what his routine is and even how he likes his coffee. Xander is terrified and rightly so, and Sean comes in, Sean is a detective who just closed a case successfully and "friend" of Xander's childhood (friend in quotes because although he and Xander have known each other since they were kids, Xander was always closer to his brother) as Sean wants to take a vacation after closing the case he offers to make Xander's private security. As they do not want to attract attention, nor do the stalker back away Sean will pretend to be Xander's boyfriend instead of a security guard. What really upset me in this book is that Sean is a detective, meaning he has connections to the police and at no point did they try to find out the IP of the person who left these comments and everything else that the police can do. It seemed super incompetent to be honest and quite convenient as well. I like Ella Frank's books but this one was just meh. Rating: 3 Stars. Steam: 5.5 out of 10. Triggers: (view spoiler)[ None (hide spoiler)] Love Triangle: (view spoiler)[ No (hide spoiler)] Cheating: (view spoiler)[ No (hide spoiler)] HEA: (view spoiler)[ Cliff (hide spoiler)]

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mirjam

    Alexander Thorne, 37, the number one prime-time news anchor, has picked up a dangerous stalker and is in need of a bodyguard. He turns to his best friend Bailey's older brother Sean Bailey, who also happens to be the best detective at the Chicago Police. Sean, 38, the cynical, jaded pain in the ass and Xander have not really gotten along but the situation is dire enough for Sean to become Xander's bodyguard himself. To keep things under wraps they decide the best approach would be to become "boy Alexander Thorne, 37, the number one prime-time news anchor, has picked up a dangerous stalker and is in need of a bodyguard. He turns to his best friend Bailey's older brother Sean Bailey, who also happens to be the best detective at the Chicago Police. Sean, 38, the cynical, jaded pain in the ass and Xander have not really gotten along but the situation is dire enough for Sean to become Xander's bodyguard himself. To keep things under wraps they decide the best approach would be to become "boyfriends" and try to lure out the culprit. Being with each other 24/7 and in each other's pocket things between them shift and the attraction becomes intense. But the stalker is still very much intend on making Xander his own. The book ends on a cliffhanger, not one that has me running to the next book, because of course Sean does not die. I was hoping to know more about the stalker, maybe when they search his apartment, because with his blue collar job, I'm wondering how he has been able to pay Xander's gift. Part of the Prime Time Series and is best enjoyed when read in order

  24. 5 out of 5

    True Loveislovereview

    Xander is famous, being the face of the ENN news channel. After he got several disturbing threats, his boss demands he hire a bodyguard. Sean is the older brother of Xander’s best friend and knows people in the bodyguard scene, he will know someone. Indeed, Sean has the answer, he himself will protect Xander as his bodyguard. To be as convincing as can be he will act like Xander’s boyfriend. Xander fights him with all he’s got but, in the end, has to surrender, Sean is right, he is the best. They Xander is famous, being the face of the ENN news channel. After he got several disturbing threats, his boss demands he hire a bodyguard. Sean is the older brother of Xander’s best friend and knows people in the bodyguard scene, he will know someone. Indeed, Sean has the answer, he himself will protect Xander as his bodyguard. To be as convincing as can be he will act like Xander’s boyfriend. Xander fights him with all he’s got but, in the end, has to surrender, Sean is right, he is the best. They can’t stand each other, biting each other’s heads off, pissing each other off, and both offending af, even close to killing the other. Me? I loved it all! But working close together makes them aware and they see things now they never did before. Still, they have to cooperate 24/7. Finding the threatening stalker is easier said than done. One of my favorite tropes is enemies to lovers. Both are headstrong men and every fight was delicious. I loved it that everything and everyone was suspicious. First, I was a bit afraid it would be predictable, but no, all quite well done. Just like in the movies, many characters circling the main character, and all are suspicious, and everyone could be the attacker. We got here a smoldering slow-burn narrative, with some touching emotional passages. The whole story was strongly written, with snarky characters. Everything felt sparkling dynamic and quite entertaining. Thank goodness next month will bring the continuation because this story ended with a HUGE cliffhanger.

  25. 5 out of 5

    ❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧

    I adore Sean ... - But...dat’ cliffhanger! I adore Sean ... - But...dat’ cliffhanger!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gustaf

    Sadly this didn't work for me. I mean it took me what? Two? Three? Months to bring myself to finish it. The plot was lazy, the characters was not very well put together and the writing was sloppy. The ending was well... really bad. The author took the easiest way out possible. A sloppy (but huge) cliffhanger. Since it ended in this huge ass cliffhanger I guess I'll have to read the other books at some point. But not today. Probably not in a long time. Will leave it at this, I really don't have m Sadly this didn't work for me. I mean it took me what? Two? Three? Months to bring myself to finish it. The plot was lazy, the characters was not very well put together and the writing was sloppy. The ending was well... really bad. The author took the easiest way out possible. A sloppy (but huge) cliffhanger. Since it ended in this huge ass cliffhanger I guess I'll have to read the other books at some point. But not today. Probably not in a long time. Will leave it at this, I really don't have much to say.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Skirmish

    Book Reaction: https://neverhollowed.com/2020/07/21/... Rating: 4.5 Stars – perfection is only half a step away Book Reaction: https://neverhollowed.com/2020/07/21/... Rating: 4.5 Stars – perfection is only half a step away

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Alcazar

    Inside Affair, the first in an all-new contemporary MM series from USA Today bestselling author Ella Frank is available now! Download your copy today exclusively on Amazon! Amazon: https://amzn.to/2WhgUhW Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/insideaffairef Unlike most couples I’ve read in the past that Ella has created, Xander & Sean took me a minute to get connected to. I don’t know why to be honest, but I think it’s because, for obvious reasons, the slow burn of it all just grated on my last ner Inside Affair, the first in an all-new contemporary MM series from USA Today bestselling author Ella Frank is available now! Download your copy today exclusively on Amazon! Amazon: https://amzn.to/2WhgUhW Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/insideaffairef Unlike most couples I’ve read in the past that Ella has created, Xander & Sean took me a minute to get connected to. I don’t know why to be honest, but I think it’s because, for obvious reasons, the slow burn of it all just grated on my last nerve. I know I know, they can’t just go at each other like two savage alpha males because … (read the book lol). So I get the why, but I don’t have to like it LOL So the story hasn’t really taken off much. It’s just beginning so it’s really hard to tell you much of anything except that it’s exciting and fun. It’s one big set up really. I think the real journey between Xander and Sean will begin in the next book, Breaking News, or at least I hope so. Which brings me to my one negative point in this whole thing: I’m over the duet/trilogy of it all. I know that’s one of Ella’s signatures but I’m over it. I’m over waiting for stories for months at a time. I think this book in particular was my last straw, for lack of a better term, because not enough happens to justify it even being an installment. It reads like half a book. Yes, everything I read is exciting and fun, but I’m pretty sure whatever comes from the next book could have been incorporated in this book and maybe made Xander & Sean a duet at least. Anywho, I’ll be playing close attention to this trilogy to see about this because it might mean I move forward with this author’s work after she has finished a full set in the future *shrug*

  29. 5 out of 5

    M.I.A

    Oh Ella Frank, I am quite certain I havent read a single thing she's ever written that I didn't enjoy. I'm certainly not a fan of the fake-boyfriend trope, but here I am completely enjoying it. Ella Frank manages not to make it feel contrived or unbelievable. I think it stems from the fact that Sean and Xander have been in each other's lives since they were teenagers. They're not strangers. The fact that they don't particularly like each other but consider one another 'family' creates this bond Oh Ella Frank, I am quite certain I havent read a single thing she's ever written that I didn't enjoy. I'm certainly not a fan of the fake-boyfriend trope, but here I am completely enjoying it. Ella Frank manages not to make it feel contrived or unbelievable. I think it stems from the fact that Sean and Xander have been in each other's lives since they were teenagers. They're not strangers. The fact that they don't particularly like each other but consider one another 'family' creates this bond that is felt throughout the read. Not to mention the slow burn which adds authenticity when it comes to the sexual tension. I especially love the use of gfy trope in Inside Affair . Sean might be surprised to find himself attracted to a man, but that surprise doesn't linger. There is no existential crisis over his sexuality. He's attracted to Xander, he finally sees him and his only question is how could i have missed this? The romance: This is just the beginning, they're just discovering this new perspective they have of one another. The suspense: I thought this was done well. The stalker. Xander's fear and anger. Sean's concern and diligence. Oh for those who've read Ella Franks Confessions series, you actually meet both Xander and Sean in Bailey ( Confessions, #6). There is a cliffhanger. Ugh. Definitely don't appreciate that. I'm already lacking patience on Book 3 of The Elite series that's been delayed by a month in publication. And now July 27th for Prime Time Book 2. Torture. Pure Torture. Now that I'm done whining, yes, highly recommend it for any Ella Frank Fan, she doesn't let you down!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    The GFY/bi-awakening storyline is one of my favorites in the m/m genre, as is the best friend’s brother trope. So how excited was I to find out Ella Frank’s newest trilogy included both?!? Very! Inside Affair is the first book in the Prime Time trilogy, featuring Xander and Sean- two men who couldn’t be more opposite if they tried! I really enjoyed the snarkiness and back and forth between these guys- it was quite entertaining. This is a definite slow burn, considering Sean believes himself to be The GFY/bi-awakening storyline is one of my favorites in the m/m genre, as is the best friend’s brother trope. So how excited was I to find out Ella Frank’s newest trilogy included both?!? Very! Inside Affair is the first book in the Prime Time trilogy, featuring Xander and Sean- two men who couldn’t be more opposite if they tried! I really enjoyed the snarkiness and back and forth between these guys- it was quite entertaining. This is a definite slow burn, considering Sean believes himself to be straight, when he volunteers to be both Xander’s bodyguard and boyfriend, of the fake variety. The attraction is unwelcome at first, on both sides, but as they really get to know each other, after having known each other for years, feelings steadily begin to grow between them. Xander and Sean both wrestled with how they felt, until they couldn't fight it any longer. Even as Sean and Xander are starting to fall for each other, there’s still the matter of the stalker that brought them together in the first place. Things begin to ramp up on that front as well, leading to an edge of your seat cliffhanger. Why Ella, why you gotta do us like that?!? Is it July yet? While Inside Affair is a spin-off from Ms. Frank’s Confessions series, specifically Henri and Bailey, it can truly be read as a standalone.

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