Review – Try – Ella Frank

20 Mar

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Author: Ella Frank
Series: #1 in the Temptations series
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ½

Try – verb: to make an attempt or effort to do something or in this case…someone.
Sex. Logan Mitchell loves it, and ever since he realized his raw sexual appeal at a young age, he has had no problem using it to his advantage. Men and women alike fall into his bed—after all, Logan is not one to discriminate. He lives by one motto—if something interests you, why not just take a chance and try?

And he wants to try Tate Morrison.

Just coming out of a four-year marriage with an ex-wife from hell, a relationship is the last thing on Tate’s mind. He’s starting fresh and trying to get back on his feet with a new job at an upscale bar in downtown Chicago.

The only problem is, Tate has caught the unwavering and unwelcome attention of Mr. Logan Mitchell – a regular at the bar and a man who always gets what he wants.

Night after night Tate fends off the persistent advances of the undeniably charismatic man, but after an explosive moment in the bar, all bets are off as he finds his body stirring with a different desire than his mind.

As arrogance, stubbornness and sexual tension sizzles between the two, it threatens to change the very course of their lives.

Logan doesn’t do relationships. Tate doesn’t do men. But what would happen if they both just gave in and…tried?

So this is probably a book series that I never would have picked up, if one of them hadn’t been nominated for an Audie in the erotica category. However, when I saw the nominees and noticed that this was #3 in the series, I asked around to find out if that nominated book could be read alone, or if i needed to read the previously 2 first. the overwhelming response was that the series needs to be read in order because its one continuing storyline, although, several of my friends prefaced their comments with, “logan is a total man-whore” – which I’ll admit made me kind of skeptical. So i’ll admit to being pleasantly surprised when I actually sat down to read Try, so much so that I read it in like a day.

It’s been a while since I’ve found a m/m series (or trilogy) that I could get invested in, i think because I got partially burnt out, but there was something about Ella Frank’s writing that just sucked me in. I’ll admit that Gay For You is a harder trope for some authors to write, in that, its hard to make it believable…but I found Tate’s reactions to Logan’s advanced to be what I would think is realistic to someone faced with a similar dilemma. Especially since in the beginning of the book, he was just getting divorced. I think my one complaint is that once again, an author writing a m/m romance resorted to a female character being a bitch and playing an integral role in the story – which annoys me beyond all reason.

I’ll totally agree with my friends who referred to Logan as a man whore in the beginning but I loved seeing him change as he fell more and more in love with Tate as the book progressed. There was something so honest about it, I couldn’t help but like Logan. And while the focus of the book was Logan and Tate, there was something about the cast of secondary characters, specifically, Logan’s brother and his wife that made the store even more engaging. I was going to put something here about loving to read a book about the 2 of them and just found out that that book is already available (yes, I might be a dork and way excited about this).

Ella Frank had an engaging writing style that just sucked me in. I found that the story flowed well, with limited redundancy in the writing (something I’ve started noticing a lot more lately). I gave Try a solid 3.5 stars and definitely looking forward to seeing where the other two books in the trilogy take me.

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