Laurie Oh Reviews Ella Frank’s Try (Temptation #1)

Laurie Oh Reviews Ella Frank’s Try (Temptation #1)

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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?



Lauries Review 2

Until Try, I had never read a M/M novel. The excerpt at the end of Edible intrigued me, because Logan was a confident, sexy beast. And holy Jesus – the excerpt itself was totally unexpected. This is the beauty of “Try”.

Try is the story of an attraction between two people – both are surprised by it, and while one works to fight it, the other works that much harder to win it. Tate says several times that he’s not gay and that he’s never had an interest in being with a man. Logan has experimented and it is clear that his preferences are not discriminating – it’s simply matter of attraction.

I loved this book on many levels. First of all, it was a thing of beauty to read Tate’s internal battle over whether to give in to Logan’s pursuit and once he did — holy crap. I have never had such a visceral reaction to a book. The chemistry between Logan and Tate in those scenes literally snapped, crackled and popped. I am still looking for the words to properly describe them without having to fan myself or leaving the room. So there’s that.

But what I truly loved about this book was that if you read it without knowing the names or the genders of the characters, it would still be a fabulous love story. We want a world where the story is not about the gender or color of the couple, but their story – how they met, when they fell in love, shared that hot first kiss, decided to make a commitment to one another. That’s just love – it is not just the stuff of storybooks and flowery prose – it’s something we all crave as humans. It’s that connection to someone. That acceptance of who we are no matter what. We all want it in our lives in one way, shape or form.

That’s the appeal of this book to me (okay, yes the sex was sizzling too) but that these two people found a connection, that might not have been what they were looking for in the beginning, but what they found together.

Here’s the other thing you need to know – this book ruined me for other M/M fiction. I have started to read others, but I think Ella Frank has set the bar very high. I just want Logan and Tate. I can’t wait for the follow-up.

So my rating – Five+ Cold Compresses

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About the authorElla FrankI am the author of the Exquisite Series, Blind Obsession & Try. I’m a happily married woman, and mother to a crazy cat, and I love creating stories revolving around complex relationships.Currently I reside in the Southern portion of the United States of America.


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