#Review — Aftercare by Tanya Chris ~ Available on Kindle Unlimited!
Author: Tanya Chris
Publication Date: May 17, 2017
Page Count: 184
Genre: BDSM, Romance
Blurb: Aayan Denir knows Garrett Hillier was once a high-powered defense attorney, and—thanks to a leaked photograph—he knows Garrett is sexually submissive, which makes him ideally qualified to defend Aayan's brother from the charge of murdering his sub.
Aayan would do anything to protect Syed, even if he doesn't understand how Syed could hurt someone he loves.
He could never hurt Garrett. He only wants to take care of him—love him, serve him, cherish him. And maybe torture him. Just a little.
Garrett probably shouldn’t be dating his client’s brother. Right? And what’s the use in a confirmed sub dating a guy who doesn’t want to be a Dom anyway?
The important thing is to get Syed cleared of the discriminatory murder charge he’s facing. Aayan is a distraction. But for the first time in the three lonely years since Garrett’s husband died, he’s feeling hope, ambition, and desire.
Can he give up the pain he craves to find the love he needs?
As Syed’s trial date looms, Aayan and Garrett explore what a BDSM relationship means for them, and what they mean to each other.
Aftercare is a M/M BDSM contemporary romance about Aayan, a Muslim immigrant who’s not sure he can play the Dom role, and Garrett, a submissive attorney who walked away from his life when his husband died. 64,000 words.
Garrett Hillier, once a high-powered defense attorney, struggles to even put on a suit these days. Being a natural submissive who lost his husband three years ago he's grieving not only losing the love of his life but the loss of his dominant partner.
He left his high-stress job for a more laid back office with fewer clients, sold his house and now lives in a small apartment with little furniture. He drinks too much, eats too little, and is barely getting through each day.
Aayan Denir reaches out to Garrett to help his brother, Syed, when he is accused of murdering his sub because the evidence points to their BDSM lifestyle.
Knowing Garrett lived and knows the same lifestyle, Aayan feels confident he can free his brother from the charges. However, he has ulterior motives of his own for hiring Garrett.
Aayan, a Muslim immigrant, has struggled his entire life with his sexuality and the teachings of his religion. He also knows he can be the dominant partner Garrett needs but mixed feelings and past mistakes keep him on edge with the right and wrong of it in his mind.
He doesn't understand how another can hurt someone they love, how Syed, his brother, can put marks on his sub, Jamie, or how Garrett craves those same marks.
What he does know, but battles internally, he wants to be able to give Garrett the same pleasure he has seen from pictures.
Garrett and Aayan are a beautiful couple but they have their own reservations they have to work through and the author does a great job showing the challenges each one faced as they tried to make their relationship work.
Garrett was hesitant and a little awkward after being alone for so long and Aayan was patient and understanding and never demanded more than he was willing to give. Garrett needs pain as well as submission. Can he live with one and not the other if Aayan can't see past his doubts and insecurities?
As they compromise on their time together, Garrett continues to work on Syed's case. I found this part of the story to be really interesting and was on pins and needles myself the day of the trial.
There are a few supporting characters that add to the story, but one in particular that I really got a kick out of was Aayan's ex and best friend, Dharini. She has a crude sense of humor that made me laugh-out-loud and reminded me of someone who would tease and make fun of you—but if anyone else did—she would be the first one there to kick some butt. I really liked her.
Overall, I really enjoyed Aftercare and if you're new to BDSM this would be a good book to read as it's not hardcore and there's a lot of insight, as well. The writing was well done and has a lot of thought-provoking moments.
I, also, want to commend the author on the book cover. It's very relevant to the story and the detail is awesome.
* My thanks to the author who provided a copy in exchange for an honest review *
meet the author
Tanya writes in a variety of romantic and erotic genres, being an avid follower of many of these genres herself. Some of her favorites are M/M romance, MFM threesomes, and BDSM with male submissives.
Tanya lives in New England with her boyfriend and her cat and has participated in many of the activities about which she writes, but not all of them. It's left to the reader to decide which are which.
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