Daniel Brown is a man of routine. You might even call him a control freak. So when the new Director of Marketing, Ryan Cole, starts shaking up Daniel’s routine, Daniel doesn’t know how to react. He finds Ryan intriguing, infuriating and oh so attractive, but he doesn’t mix business with pleasure. As their games start to grow kinkier, dare Daniel give in to his desire to let Ryan top him?
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This short story (28 pages) currently available and is part of a series (Daniel and Ryan). The next installment will be out February 17th.
**I received this ARC from Ninestar Press in return for an honest review**
I enjoyed this short story and as the beginning of a series, this definitely did its job in intriguing me. I look forward to the next installment. I do love a good BDSM novel that handles the culture well and that is knowledgeable and respectful of it; this book struck me as so. We get good initial character development for Daniel — I loved the donuts that Ryan uses to tempt him, and how they show Daniel’s need for control and the ways in which he allows himself delayed gratification of small pleasures.
While I found that these characters had some chemistry, this particular installment lacked a little heat that I look for in a BDSM book. There’s sexy times, for sure. I was left feeling a tad underwhelmed. Of course, this could easily be because of the brevity of the story — in 28 pages, there’s not a lot of room for the kind of forward movement and momentum you’d get in a longer book. But I was interested enough that I’ll read the second one and get a feel for how much heat the author is going for with these two.
Jude Sierra is a Latinx poet, author, academic and mother who began her writing career at the age of eight when she immortalized her summer vacation with ten entries in a row that read “pool+tv”. Jude began writing long-form fiction by tackling her first National Novel Writing Month project in 2007.
Jude is currently working toward her PhD in Writing and Rhetoric, looking at the intersections of Queer, Feminist and Pop Culture Studies. She also works as an LGBTQAI+ book reviewer for From Top to Bottom Reviews. Her novels include Hush, What it Takes, and Idlewild, a contemporary LGBT romance set in Detroit’s renaissance, which was named a Best Book of 2016 by Kirkus Reviews. Her upcoming novel, A Tiny Piece of Something Greater will be available in May of 2018.