WWW-wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Samanneelizabeth, it’s all about, what we are: Currently, Just Finished and About to Read
It’s been a hectic few weeks for us. With classes and restructuring our site, Carmen and I have taken on a lot at once. We’re lucky to have books, even more so during quarantine. Books are a great escape from reality, it has always been mine, especially when I’m feeling overwhelmed.
Needless to say, I did a fair bit of reading before bed last week.
What are you currently reading?
I’m technically still reading The Bride Test. I’m sure once I get into it I’ll enjoy it. The problem is that I just don’t have the time to make the investment. And an investment it is, Kai has asperger’s and his mom went to Vietnam to find him a bride. I’m insanely curious to see how this bought and paid for bride wins the heart of a man who doesn’t think he has one.
Having read Helen Hoang’s previous book, The Kiss Quotient, I know I’m going to enjoy this. I just don’t want to do it a disservice by half-paying attention.
• What did you recently finish reading?
I’ve been on a LOT of M/M Romance books lately. “Spring Strings” was a part of a Spring Fling short story give away from May 1-7, so I snagged a copy to read for later. When I saw the author’s name I knew I was going to read it. Lily Morton’s books are funny and entertaining and the men have an English accent (just imagining it is hot). They’re a quick read when you have a lot going on. Last summer, I went on a Lily Morton kick, they were light, easy and steamy.
Again she didn’t disappoint when I was looking for a little distraction. Review to come soon!
• What do you think you’ll read next?
The purpose of this blog is to motivate us to read the books on our TBR list. So, I’m going to read Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park which has been on my list since December 27, 2013 *wince*
Not going to lie, I feel like I have outgrown YA novels. That’s one of the reasons for this book being on my TBR list for so long. However, Carmen and quite a few other adults love reading YA so I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone and give Eleanor & Park a chance and maybe not steer so clear of them in the future.
I’ll be reading Fyodor Dostoyevsky this week for my Literature of the Fantastic’s course.
So far I am reading and watching books and films that are classified as horror which is NOT my go-to but I don’t really have a choice now do I?
Eleanor & Park will be a welcome respite from the doozy I’m sure this will be.
That’s what’s going on with me book wise, what about you?
This weeks theme is the Reason Why I Love Ella Frank’s Temptation and Confession series!
I recently stumbled across these two series and quickly fell in love! Here are the Top Ten Reasons Why I Fell in Love with Ella Frank. I only talk about the first 5 characters of the books in general. I am still reading books 5 & 6 of the Confessions series, so the characters from that series have not been discussed in the following list. But so far the books are proving to be just as good as the first 4 were.
The romance in these series is enough to put you through the emotional wringer, with ups, downs, twists and turns. The character of Tate is straight while Logan is a bisexual, manwhore. And yet, the journey these two take is enough to bring forth all the feels.
Now the relationship of Robbie, Priest and Julien’s characters are interesting in the sense that it depicts a throuple (three person couple) . If you’re wondering how the love and romance between three people is distributed, then the Confessions series is a perfect introduction.
2. Steamy Scenes
Be warned, the sex scenes are hella descriptive, BUT they are done tastefully. The ins and outs of M/M sex is new to me, so it was both shocking and titillating that I’ve had to look around to make sure I was alone. I’ve been equal parts embarrassed, shocked and flushed while reading. I applaud Ella Frank for her ability to be both tasteful and hot when it comes to anal sex. The best part? The sex in both series is more than just getting down and dirty. There is a connection and intimacy that elevates the love-making to that steamy, sexy je ne sais quoi that we all love.
As one of the first mature (R rated) M/M novels I’ve read, the insight into a man’s mind regarding love, relationships and sexual relationships really puts in perspective the dynamic of both common (monogamous/open) and uncommon (straight/three-person) gay male relationships.
4. It’s Real
When I say it’s real, I mean the issues Tate and Logan or Julien, Priest and Robbie face are realistic depictions of the challenges and pressures gay couples and throuples face, more so than their M/F counterparts. However, they do face some M/F challenges that bring you back to the simple fact that these are couples regardless of who they love and that all couples whether M/M or M/F face the same problems at some point or other. It’s really eye-opening and just makes you want a love like theirs.
5. It’s Not Circular
When one problem is solved another pops up, but it is done in such a way that the couples and throuples are not facing different variations of the same problems. As a reader, the frustration of thinking that the characters have faced this problem before is absent. Instead, you feel empathetic to the character’s and just want them to reach their HEA endings.
As a predominately M/F reader I always rail at reading only the female protagonists POV. And when I get the dual POVs there’s always that communication disconnect that leads me to experiencing an impossible amount of frustration. That is missing when reading Tate or Logan’s POV. I can be satisfied with just one and not feel the intense need to metaphorically murder that character in my head for their inability to see what we, the reader sees (irrational, I know).
6. Character Development
The Confessions series is a spin-off on the Temptation series, though they do not need to be read in order, it did enhance my reading experience. In the Temptation series first book “Try” we meet Tate and Logan. This first book is a confusing roller coaster of emotions as Tate is going through a divorce and very much straight. As the series develop though you can’t help but marvel at their natural and very real maturation as individuals and as a couple.
As for the throuple, the most notable character for me is Robbie aka the Princess, we are first introduced to him in the Temptation series and then he gets his own series: Confessions. The maturation he goes through as an individual learning to accept himself as he is and finding loves that accept him as he is; is truly beautiful. Their relationship only gets better as the series progresses.
7. Cover Art and Titles
As we all know the cover art combined with the titles make or break a readers reading experience. The first 3 books in the Temptation series are the original and in my opinion a bit tasteless but from books #4 -#6 there was major improvement. That glow up was reapplied to the original 3 and continued on into the Confessions series.
The new covers are colorful, eye-catching and suggestively steamy. The best part! (I say that a lot but there are a lot of best parts!) The new cover models are dead ringers for the book characters.
Personally I generally don’t like cover models on covers because most of the time they give me a picture of the character in my head that doesn’t match the book descriptions. Not the case with these books though! As for the titles they are simple, one word names, beautiful. And then you have a culmination of all three (and my personal favorite): The Princess, the Prick and the Priest. *sigh*
8. The Relationships
These series are multidimensional and introduce a variety of characters without detracting from the main couple. The Temptation series is filled with a vindictive ex-wife, bar servers, brotherly lawyers, and a religious family. A plethora of interesting characters to bring the right amount a drama to any series.
As for the Confessions series, we have a criminal father, a hot french Chef, a loud invasive but well meaning, interesting Italian family, a flamboyant Princess, sexy lawyers (one’s a ginger) and a bit of danger. Books 5 & 6 introduce a criminal and a cop. Cliched but not overplayed in the way Ella Frank does it.
I hope you guys enjoyed my Top Eight reasons for why I love Ella Frank’s Temptation and Confession series. Though each series has about 6 books (I know it’s nothing for you seasoned book lovers) but newbies to the LGBTQ genre, don’t worry, Ella Frank honestly does a wonderful job of capturing and keeping your attention.
If anyone is interested in the series let us know in the comments below, there may be a giveaway in the future!