Try by Ella Frank
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Try is Ella Frank's first foray into the m-m sub-genre. I've always loved Ella's trademark style of being able to write some serious steam, emotionally charged plots and character development. If you've read her Exquisite Series and Obsession, then you know what I'm talking about.
Now, onto the positives.
Try is one seriously steamy book. If it's steam that you want, then this book certainly delivers. This book is hot, hot, hot. This book will have you squirming in your seats. I kid you not.
Second, I like the dialogue and the banter between Logan and Tate. It's snarky, fun and yes, sexy. I especially love Cole and Logan banter. We didn't get to see that in Edible, where Logan's half-brother Cole is the main character, but we see quite a handful of that here. It made Logan more human and less of a jerk, although I have to say, I still can't figure him out yet.
So why not give this one a full 4 stars or 5?
Well, as much as it pains me to admit this but emotionally I wasn't connecting very much with either Logan or Tate. I like the the steamy moments in this book, but for me, it kind of lacks the emotional aspect that I always find in Ella's writing.
And while I did find the dialogue fun to read, I also had a hard time distinguishing Tate and Logan's voices. Sometimes, I read a series of banter between them and I had to read it again and see who's talking then, whether it's Tate or Logan. There were really moments where they started to sound alike and that really bugged me.
This book is the first of three that will follow Logan and Tate as they explore the limits of their relationship. This would have had an even lower rating for me if not for the fact that towards the last part of the book, I did find that emotional spark between the two characters. I can only imagine where Ella will take Logan and Tate's story. And while this one did not shine for me across the board, I still have high hopes for the next book Take to take me to that place where I can actually emotionally connect with each of the characters.
Still, a very decent m-m debut for Ella Frank. Not that I'm not an expert of course but as a reader, that is my opinion. ;)
ARC is provided by the author in exchange for an honest review!