Review: Tease by Ella Frank (Temptation #4)

 

Note: This ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

“I will never leave you. I can’t even imagine what that would be like. I don’t ever want to.”
Logan’s eyes darkened as Tate stared at him, and just when Tate thought he would stay silent, Logan said, “Never, huh?”
A slow smile curved Tate’s mouth as he lowered his head and bit Logan’s lower lip. “Not. Fucking. Ever.”

If ever there were a more apt title to reflect the content that lay within, Tease takes the cake. Ella Frank's fourth and latest addition to her much-loved and highly recommended Temptation M/M contemporary romance series teases and tempts readers, especially at the end, which, if I'm being honest, I wasn't surprised about, not after that teeny, tiny gem in the author's co-written, alongside Brooke Blaine, series, PresLocke, involving the Temptation lead characters, Logan Mitchell and Tate Morrison. HOWEVER, that doesn't mean that the anticipation leading to that ending--and it was a doozy of a cliffhanger that had me screaming into my pillow in both delight and despair, because of its squee-worthiness and its to-be-determined resolution, respectively--lessened by any measure of the imagination (and hello, my imagination can be really vivid and creative, people). If anything, that anticipation was ramped up because I assumed (yes, yes, I know what could possibly happen when you wrongly assume something) it was going to happen, so I was all excited and antsy. But my newly established fangirling is leading me to digress!

This fourth book--as do the upcoming fifth and sixth ones--takes place four years after the events that played out in the books that make up the original trilogy--Try, Take, and Trust. If you're familiar with Logan and Tate's story, then you'll know that they faced quite a few challenges to their new and hesitant relationship, and now, they're still very much together, but that doesn't mean that there aren't any obstacles--whether they be from other people or the questions that linger in their own heads--left for them to hurdle. Four years into their relationship and both Logan and Tate seem to be keeping things steady, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they're content because that could equate to a lackadaisical outlook. With everything going quite well with Mitchell & Madison and The Popped Cherry--the law practice Logan shares with his brother Cole and the bar Tate opened and co-owns with Logan, respectively--maybe they can finally take a step back from being hands-on professionally and being more hands-on personally. But old family issues and commitment doubts could either move them forward or hold these two back.

If you've read my consolidated review for books one to three, you'll know that I only got my L&T cherry popped this weekend (sad but true) so I read all four books one after the other. I know other fans and readers of the series were either surprised or shocked by the author's announcement of three more books, but in my case, it was what spurred me into reading the first three books as soon as possible. Of course, there was also the occasional mention of L&T in the author's Sunset Cove series and her co-written PresLocke series, so my curiosity's been piqued for some time now. I loved knowing about all their struggles before and seeing how far they had come four years later but also taking note of certain things that hadn't really changed all that much, particularly Logan's aversion to anything and everything that made what he and Tate had sound like it was destined to become one of those run-of-the-mill relationships that had those involved becoming bored with each other or growing too complacent. When you think about it, though, they were already quite committed to one another and had been for four years.

Book four sees the return of two supporting characters who were part of the original trilogy, and while I won't mention who they are because I want to save that as a surprise for those of you who haven't gotten around to reading Tease as of yet, suffice it to say that one of them, along with the introduction of a new character, had me wondering if a spin-off was in the works, and the other brought tears to my eyes thanks to one specific interaction with one of the main characters. Curious, aren't you? There was also one particular issue from four years ago that remained unresolved, and here, it's touched upon but the resolution isn't rushed into either, which I actually think works out better. I have absolutely no clue when the fifth book is set to be released--and I wouldn't be surprised if it'll be next year since the first three books were released in 2013, 2014, and 2015, respectively, though not really hitting the year-long mark in between, but I'm going to safely assume (yeah, I do that a lot) that it'll be worth the wait. I'm highly recommending you read the first three books before heading into Tease, which gets five-plus stars. ♥

Release Date: 09 May 2017 08 May 2017 (early release)

Date Read: 07 May 2017

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