March 29, 2016

Review: The Temptation Series #1-3 by Ella Frank

Title: Try, Take and Trust
Author: Ella Frank
Series: The Temptation Series #1-3
Genre: m/m, contemporary romance, gay for you
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?

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Try by Ella Frank
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Spoiler-free review for Try, Take and Trust!

5++ **my kindle just caught fire** STARS

“There's no one here and no one is going to come in. Just do it,” he whispered, eyes locked on to conflicted brown orbs, “Try.”

I...this book...this series...Logan...Tate...speechless.

We throw things like binge reading around quite liberally. When I say I couldn't put these books down I actually mean it. Three days with no more than three hours of sleep per night. I got absolutely nothing done in the meantime. I was lost in this scorching hot and incredibly addictive love story between Logan and Tate. Goes right on my all-time-favourite and best-of-2016 shelves. Simply unbelievable.

The level of hotness was almost ridiculous, riddled with constant innuendos, sexual tension jumping off the page and I've been grinning like a loon ever since.

“You’re pretty pissed off, Tate. What’s wrong? Afraid you might like it? How do you know unless you try?”

The Temptation Series is a gay for you M/M story.

Tate Morrison just came out of a bad relationship and is in the process of putting his life back together and divorcing his soon to be ex-wife. He is straight. Never even thought about being with a man. That is until his second day of working behind the bar at After Hours when he serves this guy...

“Hmm…mouthy lawyer equals one sexy cocksucker.”

Logan Mitchell is a thirty-four year old lawyer who lives by the motto to try everything at least once. Women. Men. Doesn't really matter. He is the most over the top flirt and to be perfectly clear - a man-whore. Logan has no boundaries, no filter whatsoever and he goes after what he wants. That being Tate, the sexy bartender.

What follows is a sizzling cat and mouse play between Logan and Tate. The poor guy never stood a chance when it comes to the counselor.

What can I say? The series is addictive. Logan and Tate stole my heart. The banter, initial courting, up until they really commit to one another was golden. I love the characters. The polar opposites that attract and somehow fit together like they were made for one another. Logan’s unapologetic brazenness and Tate’s silent strength was just pure magic for me. Not to mention they are so damn sexy together.

Over the course of three books Logan and Tate deal with a lot of issues. Starting with the fact that Tate is actually straight. Fortunately Logan is relentless in his pursuit. While they get over the fight with themselves there are other problems adding up. Family, prejudice, sexual exploration and the ultimate commitment to each other.

“You make me crazy and furious and out of my mind with need, but in the end, you make me so fucking happy. I can’t ever remember feeling this way. And no one is going to tell me it’s wrong. No one.”

The thing that really sold me right from page one was the deep connection. The first moment Logan and Tate meet the spark between them is palpable and overtime such a strong bond and intimacy develops. It was simply beautiful to see their relationship blossom beyond the physical attraction and against all odds. All of that is done in a very detailed way in dual POV and with a lot of very descriptive and panty melting sex scenes. Which in no way means lack of growth emotionally or the absence of plot. It's just REALLY sexy, well and it is erotica after all. So no complaints from me.

The Temptation Series is something to lock out the world and get lost in for a few days.

I'm not big on reading M/M books. For no particular reason I just never was drawn to them. But almost all my GR friends have recommended this series to me and I have to say it was a huge win and not unlike Tate I feel like I have been corrupted. Male on male might not be for everyone, but I truly believe the kind of love Logan and Tate have for each other transcends gender and is just epic.

On top of that the writing is stellar and captivating. Ms. Frank rather effortlessly sucks you in and she sure won't let you go until you're done.

“I want the man who sat down across from me and changed the way I look at the world. And if that’s wrong, then I’m confused because when I’m near you, it feels so damn right.”

Only question left is. Why on earth haven't I read this earlier? Seriously? I honestly think there is nothing hotter on my bookshelf. If you haven't read the series or even tried one of Ms. Frank's books, I don't know what you are doing. She is an author to check out for sure.

In conclusion...

“Congratulations,” Logan heard whispered as Tate’s hand snaked down between them, and his fingers wrapped around him.

“On?” he pushed past the lump in his throat. Tate raised his head and looked him right in the eye.

“Corrupting me.”

I'm still shocked, all kinds of turned on and a little lost. Book-hangover material if I ever saw one.

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