REVIEWED BY CINDY
AUTHOR: Tanya Chris
LENGTH: 184 Pages
RELEASE DATE: May 17, 2017
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 is a man who lost everything with the death of his husband. The love of his life, his privacy, his law practice…and his Dom. He’s been drifting for 3 years when his future comes barging in the door.
Aayan is conflicted about everything he feels. His reasons for tracking down Garrett are not the reasons he can’t get the man out of his mind. He wants to save his brother from a charge of murder he didn’t commit and his feelings for the man defending him are just making things more complicated.
I liked this story a lot. I’m not usually so comfortable with so many POV changes, but in this case, the head hopping helps the reader get a better sense of perspective of all the characters.
The side characters in the story are a mixed bag, but I really ended up liking Aayan’s ex and Garrett’s secretary. Both strong female characters who totally support the couple in their journey toward each other.
It was interesting to see how Garrett’s mind worked as he defended Aayan’s brother Syed. The author does a great job of letting us in on some of Garrett’s thought processes as he uses the personal knowledge he has of the BDSM community and the law to make sure that Syed doesn’t end up in jail.
Aayan is a beautiful character and I loved watching his struggle to reconcile his feelings for Garrett and the things he wants to do to him and the faith he’s been trying to make peace with.
It’s not a perfect story. There’s a few things I took an exception to, but as they would reveal plot lines and are most like just a difference of personal preferences, I will keep them to myself.
All in all though, I enjoyed this story a lot. The characters are complex and compelling and the storyline kept me interested without pushing things along too quickly. It would be a good introduction story for someone who’s curious about the BDSM lifestyle. It gives a decent example without pushing anything too far and coming off as scary.
This will not be my last read from this author.