The Start of Something New, by Tamryn Eradani
Series: Daniel and Ryan, Book #2
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: February 13, 2017
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
After a successful first scene together, Daniel and Ryan explore the possibility of continuing their relationship. Negotiating likes and dislikes in BDSM play is one thing, but can Daniel, who likes to keep his life ordered and free of mess, loosen up enough to let the relaxed and uninhibited Ryan deeper into his life?
Friends to Lovers
This is book two of Tamryn Eradani’s Daniel & Ryan series. If you haven’t read the first you definitely should, because this one picks up exactly where book one ended. It’s the morning after Daniel and Ryan’s first night together.
It’s really hard to review a 26 page book without giving too much away. That goes into my first gripe: the first book was 43 pages, and this one was substantially shorter. While we still get two really steamy sex scenes, we didn’t get much else. The two resume ignoring each other at work, but even worse than that the “wooing” Ryan attempted to do in book one doesn’t take place in this one. While I realize Daniel wasn’t necessarily receptive, he wasn’t unreceptive either. Both books have only presented us with Daniel’s POV, and I really hope we get Ryan’s soon.
I’m giving this 3.5 stars (basically a half star less than I rated the first due to length). The steam factor is off the charts. Daniel reads Ryan well, and Ryan’s kinks are something I enjoyed reading about. There are also some subtle things that Ryan does or says that make him likeable, and gives insight into how observant he is of Daniel. While Daniel isn’t the romantic type, and seems to missing some things, I do think it’s moving away from a purely sexual relationship into a romantic one.
Now to patiently wait for the next installment….
Oh and you can read my review of book one here!
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Daniel wakes up to the first chime of his alarm, and he gets it turned off and his feet swung over the side of his bed before he realizes something isn’t quite right. The mattress is too soft to be his, and the walls are the wrong color. There’s a half glass of orange juice on the bedside table, and that’s what gets last night trickling back to him in bits and pieces.
He’s in Ryan’s apartment. Ryan-from-work’s apartment.
At least he’s not in Ryan-from-work’s bed.
Daniel eases out of the guest bed, glad that he’s not in yesterday’s work clothes, but he frowns when he sees them strewn haphazardly on the floor. He picks up his slacks and shakes them out, even though getting rid of wrinkles isn’t that easy. He’s going to have to take them to the dry cleaner.
He has his overnight bag from the car so he changes into his running clothes. Ryan’s bedroom door is closed, and Daniel doesn’t hear any signs that he’s awake, so Daniel doesn’t feel bad for going for a run. He does leave a note saying where he’s gone in case Ryan wakes up and is alarmed to find either his houseguest or his keys missing.
When Daniel comes back from his run there are still no signs that Ryan’s awake so Daniel takes him time in the shower. It’s more difficult to luxuriate in the shower than in a bath, but Daniel makes do, lathering up with the soap from his toiletry bag until he smells like sandalwood rather than sweat.
His cock, half-hard since he woke up this morning, takes interest in in the smooth slide of skin against skin as he washes his calves and then his thighs. His scene with Ryan ended last night. Daniel’s body is fully his again. If he wanted to knock out a quick one, or even take his time, he could.
He doesn’t want to, though.
Either he and Ryan will do something before Daniel leaves this morning or he’s going to go home and think about last night. In either case, it’s too early for anything.
He finishes his shower and changes into the pajamas from his overnight bag for lack of anything else better to wear. Then he goes to make breakfast.
It figures that it’s the brewing coffee that finally lures Ryan from his room.
He stumbles into the kitchen, covering a yawn with one hand and scratching his belly with the other. His hair is sleep tousled and his cheeks are pink from being under all his blankets. Daniel has a hard time reconciling this image with the man that put Daniel on his knees last night.
“Breakfast?” Ryan asks, coming over to peer over Daniel’s shoulder. “What’s wrong with the eggs?”
“I took out the yolks,” Daniel says. “Healthier for you that way.”
He moves the eggs to one unused burner to cool and Ryan takes that as his cue to wrap an arm around Daniel’s waist and pulls him in for a brief hug. Well, a hug and—
“Did you just sniff my hair?” Daniel asks.
“Did you bring your own shampoo?” Ryan counters.
“It was in my bag.” Daniel leans back into Ryan’s embrace, then adds, “If you want me to smell like you then you need to get better shampoo.”
Ryan’s arm tightens briefly across Daniel’s waist, and Daniel allows himself a brief, triumphant smile.
Tamryn studied English and Creative Writing in school but has been writing since she could first hold a pencil. Recently, she’s turned her focus towards writing erotica. She enjoys writing stories where sex comes first, then feelings, because doing things out of order can be fun.
Tamryn has spent the past few months writing the Daniel and Ryan series with a lovely view of mountains out her window, and she’s now searching for a new mountain range to serve as her backdrop as she begins her next project.
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