Genre: Erotic Romance
Queer Rep: cis gay
Warnings: Light BDSM
The Daniel and Ryan series by Tamryn Eradani is a collection of spicy short stories aimed to leave you satisfied with each installment, but still wanting more.
Since they are tiny fictions, I decided to review the first two together. Admittedly, I also read the first two in quick succession, which speaks quite kindly of the content.
Daniel is a control freak, and Ryan is… Ryan. He’s the sweet sort of man who leaves his clothes crumpled on the floor and his desk a mess. The stories thus far have been told over Daniel’s shoulder, and the prose reflects his no-nonsense attitude. Only when he’s in the midst of an erotic entanglement do we begin to see stripes of desperation and sprawling lines of thought.
The stories are tagged as BDSM. This does not mean you should be expecting “chains and whips excite me” from the get-go. This series is methodically crafted to dip the reader’s toes into the BDSM world, submerging them little by little. It is much more about mentality at first, which is not what I was expecting. That didn’t mean it wasn’t enjoyable—it was just different. Aftercare is not only mentioned, but stressed. A safe and mutually enjoyable experience is something the characters value highly, and that is always obvious to the reader.
There were a few moments that I was picky about the prose—a repeated word here or there, a sentence that said that same thing in a different way as one in the previous paragraph. But as I said, I’m being nitpicky as hell. The long and short of it is Daniel and Ryan’s stories are intriguing, and I enjoyed reading them. I finished the first one and put my kindle down to do some work, but then I just kept thinking about them. I tried to shake it off, but it wasn’t a couple hours later that I was downloading the next one.
These stories are cheap—99 cents a pop—and they’re great for what they are. If you want a quick story to rev your engine, this is a good place to start. Even better still is how they build on one another, giving you the satisfaction of a short fling and the pleasure of a long relationship.
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