Review by Jude: Caught in Between & Testing the Limits by Tamryn Eradani
Book Eight in the Daniel and Ryan Series: As a natural extension of their last scene, Daniel and Ryan invite a third to join them for one night.
Book Nine in the Daniel and Ryan Series: Daniel and Ryan take their relationship to the next level, trying new things in scene and clarifying what they mean to each other.
Purchase: Ninestar Press
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One thing I love (and hate because of waiting!) about these installments is the sneak peek we get into the upcoming one. At the end of Weekend Getaway, I was in a happily satisfied place when I read the teaser for Caught in Between. No joke, my jaw hit the floor. Daniel wanted to invite a third in? What? WHO ARE YOU EVEN ANYMORE DANIEL? I was so grabby hands I might have sprained something.
I really enjoyed the way that Eradani captured Daniel’s process of figuring out how to ask Ryan for this and their negotiation of it. The scene was hot, as it always is — but something about the whole thing made me feel a bit distant from them, or like I wasn’t 100% in the text. After reading Testing the Limits, I’m wondering if that’s partly because Eradani was setting everything up for this installment and the next. I did very much enjoy Daniel being overwhelmed and taken care of in Caught in Between. Eradani’s work with his character is really admirable. Daniel is pulled off through all of these books in a way that paints him as both simple and complex. He is who he is; he knows it, he honors it, he’s honest with himself and with others. At the same time, with Ryan and in Eradani’s hands, we see more and more of his complexities, so well masked in other ways. This is the true gem of this series for me.
Testing the Limits really felt like the culmination of so much work on the part of the characters and the author, and the payoff was so so so wonderful. We’ve seen Ryan test Daniel’s limits, but Daniel has always had a measure of control — he always will. But it was handled differently in this book. Because this wasn’t necessarily Ryan challenging Daniel to do something he wanted but didn’t think was possible or was worried about. This was Ryan pushing Daniel’s limit in a scene that wasn’t orchestrated jointly beforehand. The second we knew he was going to get Daniel messy, I knew this was a scene that would test Daniel in a really delicious new way. Ryan was amazing — sexy and also, demanding in a new way.
I loved how Eradani tied in the events from Caught in Between as a way to solidify Ryan and Daniel’s trust and commitment while also allowing them to express insecurities in a particular way. For me, this is just another layer of these men realizing through sex and increased intimacy, what the shape of emotional intimacy is for them, what it’s becoming.
Caught in Between = 4 stars
Testing the Limits = 5 stars
Genre: Erotica Orientation: Gay Pairing: M/M Publisher: Nine Star Press Review Series Short Story Tag: BDSM Tag: Office Romance Tag: Part of a series Caught in between Ninestar Press Series: Daniel and Ryan Tamryn Eradani Testing the Limits
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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 Queer Books Unbound. Her novels include Hush, What it Takes, and Idlewild, a contemporary queer romance set in Detroit’s renaissance, which was named a Best Book of 2016 by Kirkus Reviews. Her most recent novel A Tiny Piece of Something Greater was released in May of 2018. Shadows you Left, a co-written novel with Taylor Brooke will arrive spring of 2019 from Entangled Press.
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