Series: Temptation #1
Author: Ella Frank
Genre: Contemporary / MM Erotica
Try – verb: to make an attempt or effort to do something or in this case… someone.
Sex. Logan Mitchell loves it… 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. 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.
Logan doesn’t do relationships. Tate doesn’t do men. But what would happen if they both just gave in and… tried?
* DNF at 52%
Based on the hype I expected an extraordinary, wonderful and heart-wrenching story… so I expected a romance. But it is NOT a romance.
It is a (badly recited) chronicle of a seduction. Logan sets eyes on Tate and wants him in his bed. He is used to get everything whatever he desires, but Tate resists him. Tate’s resistance sets Logan afire, and makes him even more insistent. (Oh, see how nicely I can paraphrase ‘stalkerish’… lol)
Tate is attracted to Logan – for whatever reason –but he is straight, and freaked out by lusting for a man.
So this is the conflict they’re constantly and repeatedly talking about and thinking about. No plot, no palpable emotions, no characterization. The only question is if they‘ll fuck or not. And as it is labeled as an erotica story, you already know that they will.
Hesitantly, he pushed forward. “What else do you… like about me?”
“Like? That’s not the right word.”
“Then, what word would you use?”
“What else turns me on about you?” Logan suggested.
The characters are not likeable. Logan is irritating and stalkerish, Tate is irritating and pathetic. We hardly know anything about them, but their looks are depicted exhaustively.
The writing style is awful, full of repetitions. The author’s favorite phrase seems to be “That was when…”. It occurs 25 times. You think I’m exaggerating? See this:
that was when he’d seen Jessica
That was when the bartender gave
that was when he came to his final conclusion
That was when Tate had backed off.
that was when Tate’s reality became one huge
That was when Cole jumped in.
That was when he curled his fingers
that was when Tate decided he needed to get the
That was when Logan’s expression went from
that was when Tate decided to join in on the
That was when a low laugh hit his ears.
That was when he also discovered
That was when he realized that
That was when he got to watch
That was when Logan stopped
that was when he spoke up.
that was when he found himself promising,
That was when Logan lost his patience.
That was when he heard a question
That was when Red slid down
that was when it hit him.
That was when Tate felt someone
That was when Logan stepped back,
That was when Logan’s palms smoothed
that was when the sound of his cell phone
The other is “that was what”. I didn’t even dare to count the word “try”. Fitting title, huh?
“What’s wrong? Afraid you might like it? How do you know unless you try?”
I hated the games they played, hated the shitty, repulsive and unnecessary M/F sex scenes.
The M/M erotic scenes were equally bad too: boring, repetitive, and drowsy. No intensity, no chemistry.
Sometimes (okay, okay… often) I love a steamy and dirty PWP story, but it was not like that. All the steam of the world would have been evaporated due the elongated sex scenes, the all-present and endless conversations about the same thing over and over again.
I really don’t get the high ratings.