Thursday, February 26, 2015

Review: Take by Ella Frank

Series: Temptation #2
Release Date: July 8, 2014
Publisher: Ella Frank
Genre: Romance, M/M, Erotic
Source: Purchased
Rating: ★★★★ ½

TAKE – 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?

This book. 

It broke me a little. 

I was so in love with both Logan and Tate coming out of Try. I would not have expected to be able to feel even more for them.  But what Take does is rock the foundation that was built in Try and it was so sad and so sweet and so ... much!

Logan's harder edges get peeled away, we learn his history and how vulnerable he truly is.  I enjoyed getting to see that side of him.  He's not always the self assured man who oozes confidence and sex appeal with every breath.  He's also just a man looking for someone he can trust to truly love him. Just him. Just the way he is.

Living a same sex relationship out in the open can't always be an easy thing.  Especially if you brought up Catholic.  Tate began to come to terms with that in Try but to convincing his family that he is the same person regardless of who he loves, isn't easy and it may mean losing them forever.

Tate becomes a much stronger man in Take.  His decisions begin to settle but then his family rips him apart for them.  That was the hardest thing to read and it quite nearly brought me to tears.  Tate's determination to be who he is and love who he loves made my heart soar and that's not an easy task as my heart is this hard, heavy, tar-like thing. ;)

I could gush about these two for hours but what it really comes down to is this:  Take is a beautiful and sensual story of TRUE LOVE and what it means to risk everything to keep it - your life, your family, your heart, your security...all for love. 

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