New Release and Review: Decker by A. D. Ellis

New Release and Review:  Decker by A. D. EllisDecker by A. D. Ellis
Series: A Torey Hope Novel
Publication Date: April 10, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
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The boys are back, and Torey Hope is better than ever.
When Decker Morgan returns to Torey Hope, he has no time for love and distractions. Always in control, his loyalties lie with himself and his family. His only interest is putting down roots and expanding his family’s business.
Kate Turner had planned to leave Torey Hope after college, but she found that being there for her family took precedence. When she lands her dream job working for Decker at his family’s business, The Center+, she realizes that Torey Hope is where she’s supposed to be.
When Decker hires Kate she turns his world upside down. She’s brilliant, funny, beautiful, and completely off limits, due to Decker’s self-imposed rules concerning work and family. Kate knows a secret that will make their attraction for one another a little less taboo, but she needs to convince Decker to take a chance.
Decker has to decide if he’ll give in to a forbidden romance or keep his tight control firmly in hand. Kate is possibly his perfect girl, but unexpected chaos and havoc at work threaten to tear her away.
Will he find the courage to let go or will he lose the only girl he’s ever wanted to keep close?
**This is a contemporary romance with suspenseful elements intended for readers age 18+ due to mature language, sexual situations, and violence. While there are no male/male sex scenes in this story, there are some detailed descriptions of male/male relationships.**

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

Guest Review by Melody Dawn

This is my first book by A.D. Ellis, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I started reading it. I found the book interesting, although Decker and his brother, cousins, etc are the most mature guys I’ve ever come across. Well, in money matters and knowing what they want out of life, they are. To be honest, I was intially a little off put with Decker because he seemed so cold. Little did I know that this was a front he used to control his emotions, his life, his work, pretty much everything! Seriously, this guy is a control freak! (And not in the fun way lol). I can laugh about this because I am one of those control freaks myself.


Once Decker and the boys get home to their hometown, Torey Hope, a little more of his personality starts to come out and you begin to see what a likable guy he is. He is still a control freak, but he starts letting go of the reins with the help of the woman he comes to love, Katie. They are so sweet together and a little steamy too. Here is my criticism…and I hate saying anything negative…it’s not so much negative, it’s just that even though the sex/love scenes were sufficiently steamy, there just seemed to be a little something lacking…maybe it was him still trying to be in control; it just seemed forced. This is how I responded to them. They just seem to be so in love, but to me it doesn’t connect as strongly in the bedroom. Of course, that is just a minor part of the story.

I really liked the twists and turns that the author put in the story. It kept me on my toes. For the longest, I did not know who the bad guy/girl was. When I figured it out, then it was like, idiot! How could you not know? In addition to the complexity of the story, I also liked that the author dealt with some real life issues that are prevalent in our society. This family is so supportive of one another and that brings me to the side characters: Sawyer, Zach, and Kendrick..they are a hoot! Kendrick is a lot to take in, but he has a big heart that I think has been hurt in a big way. He stepped in when Decker was in overboard control mode. Since, I’m a female reviewer and I’m assuming most of the readers are going to be female, let me just say that Decker acts like a man in every sense of the word: Lord, can we say stubborn! But, it’s done with the best intentions, misguided though they may be. I have to be fair and say that Kate makes some mistakes herself, but who doesn’t in a new relationship…especially one under the stress they were forced to endure.


I feel like this is a good starter book for the series. I am looking forward to reading the stories of Sawyer, Zack, and Kendrick as well. The story was enjoyable, kept you on your toes, had some romance, etc. If I had any criticism to make, it would be how Decker and Kate connected physically. Again, I am not criticizing the author. I think a lot of it had to do with personality quirks, stress, and it being a new relationship. I have no doubt that the further the series goes, the more this will be addressed. Thanks for allowing me to read and review this story. I enjoyed it a lot!

4 Stars

About A. D. Ellis

A.D. Ellis is the author of A Torey Hope Novel Series. Her 2014 debut novel, For Nicky, was voted #3 of the Top 50 Indie Books of 2014 by readers/voters.

She was born and raised in a small farming town in southern Indiana. An avid reader from the time she learned to read, A.D. could often be found curled up somewhere with her nose in a book. Most of her friends were not such book enthusiasts which earned her a few snickers when she was constantly reading.
A.D. had always dreamed of being a teacher. She earned her degree in Elementary Education from Indiana State University in 1999 and her Master’s Degree from Indiana Wesleyan in 2003. A.D. has been teaching in the inner city of Indianapolis for 15 years. While she’s taught several different grades, fourth grade is her favorite. They are learning independence by 4th grade, but most haven’t learned the attitude yet. A.D. loves teaching fractions, variables, probability, and graphing in Math. She loves almost all aspects of English Language Arts. Figurative language, theme, making predictions, drawing conclusions, inference, context clues, making writing come to life, A.D. loves it all! Her students may not be in agreement with that excitement.
A.D. met her husband in college in 1996 and they married in June of 2000. A.D. lives in a south side suburb of Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband and two school-aged children. When she’s not reading or writing with music blaring, she can be found shopping at thrift stores, reading to her children, and running.
A.D. had always pondered the idea of writing a book, but until recently it was a far off dream. In today’s age of independently published authors, A.D. decided to take a chance and try her hand at writing. She has learned so much during this journey and is having a world of fun with it.
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  1. A.D. Ellis said:

    Thanks for reading and reviewing and sharing!


    1. Ella said:

      Happy to…thank you 🙂


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