Adult Fiction, Erotica, Romance

Review: Take | Temptation Series by Ella Frank

TAKETAKE – verb: to reach for and hold in one’s hands or get into one’s possession, power or control. 

Logan Mitchell is a man who’s always been more than happy to take what he wants. It’s a philosophy that’s proven lucrative in both his business and personal life, and never was it more apparent than the night he laid eyes on Tate Morrison. After pulling out all the stops and convincing the sexy bartender to give him a try—he’s hooked. 
Now, Logan finds himself in a predicament that demands more from him than a smart-ass answer and his innate ability to walk away when things get too deep. 
He has a choice to make, and it’ll force him to do something he’s never done before—take a chance.

Tate Morrison knows all about taking a chance. He took the biggest one of his life the night he showed up at Logan’s apartment to explore his unexpected reaction to the man. 
Ever since then, he’s thought about little else.
At first he was convinced his attraction was based solely on his body’s curiosity. But the more time he spends with the silver-tongued lawyer, the more Tate realizes that their physical chemistry is only the beginning. 
He’s starting to catch a glimpse of what life with Logan would be like, and it’s one full of excitement and satisfaction—a far cry from what he had in the past with his soon to be ex-wife.

Each man will face their fears as they begin to understand the true meaning of give and take. Their feelings for one another will be tested, as will their very beliefs. But now that they’ve found love where they least expected it, will they be brave enough to reach out and take it?

5 stars

Romance | Adult Fiction | Erotica | Contemporary | MM Romance

Well hot damn.

That escalated quickly…

Oh my lanta I don’t know what to say that is coherent enough to be a legitimate review. Seriously comrades, this series has blown me away. My obsession for Tate and Logan is through the roof. Ella Frank has bewitched me.

I know many people are not into MM Romance, and I completely understand why but honestly you are missing out. Something that MM Romance’s have that others don’t have is just this ability to connect with the characters, you feel as they do, as a reader you are entranced. Frank has done that with Tate and Logan. Her exceptional writing style is stunningly beautiful, she is flawless. So why do I love MM Romance so much? Easy, not only when there is an author who can make you look past it being a MM and simply a romance is one thing, but when dealing with this genre there is this raw, rough emotional spectrum that just cannot be matched in more traditional romances. Not saying there isn’t enough passion in others, but the passion and dynamics between a couple of this stature is untouchable. Tate and Logan are no different, their romance is this all-consuming, intoxicating romance that takes my breath away.

In TAKE we see more sides to both Logan and Tate than just this sexual chemistry. There is a romantic relationship with all the feels starting to blossom. What started out as this semi-toxic, lust filled encounter is definitely evolving into this powerful, pure, fervent relationship that neither expected to hit them. I feel as though TRY was the point of Logan seeking a challenge and winning – another person to add to his scoreboard. What he wasn’t expecting was to find a person to make his world stop. Tate on the other hand battled his conflicting emotions, gave into the passion and was then struggling with being in love with a man plus his drama with his ex-wife, Diana. Obviously these struggles play a huge pivotal role in book two, but now they are figuring out their life together, as a unit – a us

Basically the evolution of their relationship from TRY and TAKE is magical. 

In the beginning, Tate is finally having to be open with his relationship with Logan. When it was just him and Logan in this bubble, even out in public they were a ‘couple’ yet they weren’t. At a certain point it was about acceptance for Tate, accepting himself that it isn’t about being in love with a man, it was being in love – truly being in love with someone who made his heart pound in unimaginable ways. On the other spectrum we have Logan who has normally dipped it and dropped it mentality, but now he is realizing he wants more, he wants the relationship that he is so envious others have that he doesn’t and realizing Tate is that man he finally decides to take a stand. Logan is wanting that one man kind of show, he wants commitment. 

I cannot gush enough about how much I enough their chemistry, their entire relationship both with the passion and the drama. It is such a realistic romance that I cannot help but swoon. And speaking about their intense sexual connection…. comrades it is deliciously beautiful. Logan and Tate cannot keep their eyes or their hands off of one another, it is such an zealous, infatuation type of romance that as a reader, you are between swooning, loin melting moments. Smiling endlessly at the sweet, compassionate moments and choking on your sobs when the climatic drama was just too much to handle, literally crying for the pain the characters were experiencing. 

Although I did not mention much in the ways of the secondary characters in TRY, I feel like mentioning them for TAKE is necessary. Tate’s ex wife, Diana, played a huge pivotal role in the drama, one that fueled probably the biggest wedge between Tate and Logan. Diana told Tate’s mother about him dating another man which massively escalated both the internal conflicts that Tate is having with his emotional shifts as well as played to Logan’s insecurities. The moment Tate walks into his parents home, Diane being there, Tate’s mother and father’s reaction to the situation – ugh it was just pure painful. The gut wrenching realty of the scenario brought a waterfall from my eyes. Honestly if this needed to pinpoint a villain for our duo, Diana would be tagged. The pure malice of this woman…

Not only did Tate’s family drama escalate the emotional tugs to their relationship, Logan’s past and present relationships fuel a bit of difficult emotions – both positive for the couple and negative. For example, Cole (brother) and Rachel (sister-in-law, Cole’s wife) really had a balance to the moment Logan admits Tate being his boyfriend. On top of this factor we have the climatic moment of Logan and Tate being an official couple outside of the security blanket that is their privacy homes. So this was a happy adjustment that was refreshing to see however with this came Logan’s past – one that isn’t entirely over and makes an appearance to shift even me off of my feet. Really challenges Tate and Logan’s happy place. 

Bottom line I am entranced, I am beguiled and I am overpowered. The Temptation series is kicking my rear three times into Sunday and it is not letting down. Logan and Tate’s love story is beyond intoxicating. TAKE was the perfect sequel to their ever growing relationship. One that brought in new vulnerabilities to light and more intense feelings that send the reader for a rollercoaster.

Honestly when I wasn’t melting off my seat with the overly sexed up imagination running wild, I was biting my lip fiercely with the anticipated situation that was unfolding before my very eyes. I cannot take these emotional tugs to my heart. I need more and I need it now.

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