Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: June 11, 2018
Received From: NetGalley
Following the success of Project: Notice Me, Kyle and Aidan are now in a three-month extension of their play. If three months wasn’t so short, then it would be everything Kyle wants.
They’ve been together long enough to meet each other’s friends and to try new things. Kyle only hopes that at the end of the three months, he isn’t the only one who wants more.
SEXUALITY: bisexual, homosexual
ROMANTIC ORIENTATION: biromantic, homoromantic
TAGS: adult, contemporary, BDSM, erotica, romance, queer romance, queer characters, existing relationship
WARNINGS: ableism, anti-fat phrasing, sexual content, light humiliation
He likes the way Aidan touches him, careful, not because Kyle’s fragile but because he’s precious. He likes the way Aidan watches him, reverent and openly appreciative. He really likes knowing he’s the one to put that look on Aidan’s face and that gentleness in his hands.
This book is a great continuation of this series, and I fell in love with Kyle and Aidan even more than in the first. TO HAVE AND TO HOLD is all about the building and progression of their relationship, learning each other to see if they can, and want to, last together. Eradani did a lovely job of opening their lives and relationship for the reader, showing the two of them together more often than not. And honestly, they are so precious together. Both characters read each other well, though they clearly have moments where they stumble and have a difficult time anticipating the other, but they play really well off each other and have melded their lives in a healthy, comfortable way. As a reader, you can see these two obviously falling for each other with every page, line, word you read, and I couldn’t help but root for them as they’re so astonishingly good for each other.
And that closing scene? Absolutely perfect. It was so fulfillingly gentle and full of love–even though neither have used that word yet–while also incredibly frustrating because you find yourself wanting more. They’ve just made a clear commitment to each other, outside of the three month contract, and it’s impossible not to want to see where it goes. I keep scrolling the pages until I hit the end of the book, hoping there would be more. Instead we have to wait and I don’t know how I’m going to make it!
As with the first novel of the series, the play scenes were all really satisfying because they’re so clearly written with care and determination to get things right. I love how much Kyle and Aidan talk–discussing a scene ahead of time, checking in during, and going over it the next day to pull out pieces to try again and pieces to add to the “never again” list. Their communication is really spot on, and so is the way they’re able to read each other’s bodies and roll with what the other is nonverbally communicating.
The only thing I didn’t love, as with the first book, is that this was only from Kyle’s point of view again. It’s more of a personal preference, so this didn’t affect the rating at all, but I would’ve liked to also get Aidan’s point of view on some events.
Other than that, though, the book was very enjoyable and I look forward to the third!
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.