Saturday, December 28, 2013

Book Review: Try by Ella Frank

Try (Temptation, #1)From the blurb:

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 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? 

Heather's rating:

I had no idea what to expect with this book. My M/F reader friends pretty much all loved it and my M/M reader friends pretty much all hated it. I am a hard-core M/M lover with hundreds of M/M books under my belt. I honestly was prepared to hate this fully and completely. Surprisingly, I didn't. But you might.

Does this book work as a convincing romance? No. The main characters literally spend no time getting to know one another. None. Logan is a pushy jerk and Tate is practically forced into each step of his "relationship" with Logan. I hated Logan. I thought Tate and Logan were horrible together. I didn't get them at all as a couple and I thought it was not convincing at all.


As a M/F author, I had expected Ella Frank to be... well, shy about M/M sex. I haven't read any of her books before this one and I though it would be tentative for some reason. I was knocked off my feet by the amount of graphic sex in this one.

And so...

Well, I have this kind of fetish, as some of you might know. I love, LOVE "gay for you" books. Give me a gay virgin and I'm as happy as can be. So even though the sex was more than a bit cheesy at times, I have to say, I loved the gay-for-you part of the book. I could have read about hesitant, drawn-out first-timer sex all day long. I wish the couple actually WORKED together, but... you know... details ;)

I was going to round down to 2 stars but I'm so pleased that so many readers are trying M/M from this book that I rounded up to three stars. And if any first time M/M readers are reading this review and want some recs, please hit me up! I have a whole new world to show you. ::Cue "Aladdin" music::

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Thanks for reading, my lovelies!

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