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I am fan of erotic romance and erotica. "Try" is a good example of m/m erotica done right. Flawed but relatable male characters, plenty of internal conflict, hot sex scenes. The best part of this book is that the first third or more is one long, delicious tease. By the first time of actual sex, the reader can feel the desperate relief. The first book in the series, much of the conflict is internal or between Tate and Logan. I would have liked some external conflict as well, but that comes out in the next book in the series.
The audiobook performance, however, is awful. The reader has two distinct voices for Tate and Logan. His voice for Tate sounds like Worf from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Very distracting. He over-acted the sex scenes and made them more porn, less hot passion. If you can call an M/M sex scene melodramatic, he did exactly that. His female voices were almost offensive. They all sounded like whiny empty-headed co-eds, and they all sounded exactly the same. I was disappointed with the performance overall.
My recommendation: read the book instead of listening to it.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
A plot. The sex was well written and scorching. And sometimes you just want some plain old porn. It's just I like a plot with all that butt sex!
Has Try turned you off from other books in this genre?
No. I think I'm even going to TRY the second book, as there seemed to finally be a connection between the characters. However, the 8 chapters of sexual harassment almost did me in.
Would you be willing to try another one of Shannon Gunn’s performances?
Not by choice. Voices were odd, but the outright screaming every time someone came was over the top. Screaming doesn't make it better. Just loud.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Try?
I would have slashed the first eight chapters or at least made Logan less of a almost rapey asshole.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Lose yourself in Tate and Logan's world. Wonderful audio! Will listen time and time again
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
What did you like best about Try? What did you like least?
I have read the book many times, so I thought the audiobook would be a good addition to my library. However, the narration and I just didn't mesh, and it was all a little too much. Yes, I know it's an erotica - but I like my erotica a little less salacious.
How could the performance have been better?
It just felt a little too over the top for me - too many 'crescendo' sounds in the audio that let me create less of my own world and felt like too much of it was created for me.
Do you think Try needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Well....there's Take and Trust, so yeah!
Any additional comments?
Although the audio didn't work for me, I absolutely love the book and would happily recommend.
I've done a re-read/listen of this book because the sixth and final book of the series has just come out. All six books are about Logan and Tate and their journey to a HEA. Tate starts out as a straight, about to be, divorcee. Bi Logan walks into the bar where Tate works, hones in on Tate and makes it his mission to "own him". So from that premise, we go on an emotional, drama filled, only slightly angsty, beautiful journey to get an ending Tate had no idea was even a possibility and for Logan, it was never on his horizon. An excellent series and great audio by Shannon Gunn too.
If you think reading try was good
This audio is even better
Total mind blowing
Go ahead and try