Reviewed by Astros
Author: Tanya Chris
Series: Ever After #1
Heroes: Garret & Aayan
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 221 pages
Publisher: Tanya Chris Publishing
Release Date: May 17, 2017
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
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.
This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I’m feeling…strangely underwhelmed. Aftercare dealt with some interesting and at the same time tough topics. It dealt with grief, religion, bdsm and there was some court room drama too. As I was fascinated to see how all of these would be explored in the story, after finishing the book I felt like there were just not enough pages to fully develop everything it addressed. Therefore, for me, the story lacked depth.
However, I really enjoyed getting to know the characters. Aside from the main characters, Garret and Aayan, there’s Aayan’s brother Syed. He is on trial for a murder he didn’t commit and Garret is his lawyer. What’s more, both of them deal with the loss of their partners.
And then there’s Aayan. I’m trying to be vague and not to give away any spoilers, so all you need to know is his and Garret’s relationship was my favorite part of the book. I loved how Garret brought out the inner dom in Aayan. I loved the tension and the chemistry between them. But, as mentioned above, the depth of their relationship was left to the imagination.
Still, the story has potential and there are the other two books in the series, which I am sure as the story expands it becomes more complex and consequently gains the depth I long for. I do recommend it if you want an interesting read that you’ll fly through.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*