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Try (Temptation #1) by Ella Frank

17798649Title: Try
Author: Ella Frank
Length: 353 Pages
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Independent
Heat Level: Hot & Steamy
Overall Rating: 4 reluctant hearts

Synopsis: 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?      – via goodreads

Review: This one is difficult for me to rate, because for great deal of the book, I really didn’t like one of the MC’s, Logan. But, at around 30% he started growing on me a little. He’s arrogant, shameless, persistent as hell – almost to the point of annoying – but there were a few things I saw through the brash exterior that kept me reading.

Logan is, in a word, a slut. He makes no apologies for it either. I kind of respected that. He’s a very blunt, in your face type of personality that I think you will either love or hate. Our first impression of him at the book’s opening are his inner thoughts as he cashes in his ticket to the mile high club. He loves sex and has/will sleep with anything with a pulse – male or female. That’s not what bothered me about him though, it was his relentless arrogance that I found grating – at first. Imagine my surprise when that very quality became almost endearing to me the further I read. Yeah, I was stunned too.

The first part shows us Logan, who’s a lawyer working next door to a popular bar. It’s one he frequents weekly, but when he sees a newly hired Tate working there for the first time, he determines then and there to make him his – and will stop at nothing until he is. Problem is, Tate is straight, in the middle of a nasty divorce, and so not interested. The mix of them together is quite volatile.

The second part delves a little deeper into them and their relationship. Logan, well… I think it was around 50% that I figured him out and stopped actively hating him, because I understood him. We come to learn later about the things in his life that have made him who he is. And Tate, I really liked him. He was always honest, and had no problems in calling Logan on his shit. I think they were well suited for each other once they admitted it.

This is very much a relationship/character driven story. There is a lot of sex, but to me, it seemed to be how the author chose to show the change in their emotions/relationship over time. You can judge whether or not it’s too much for yourself. Personally, I think it’s just skirting the border of it, but it was pretty damn hot regardless. And these two are pretty explosive together, so if you’re looking for sweet, romantic sex, you will be sorely disappointed. But don’t be fooled, there is still a lot of emotion under the surface in both of them. They are both very much the alpha male, slam each other up against the wall type. As far as the plot, if you put some thought into it, it’s not really that hard to figure out. So while it’s not terribly original, given my love for reading damaged characters, it kinda won me over in the end. For a first attempt at a m/m book, all in all, a pretty good read.

Cliffhangers will never not annoy me though, especially since we have to wait until Summer 2014 for the next installment.

Purchase Link: Amazon

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