Without Darcy's knowledge Martin goes looking for a date for his big brother in the personals. But he slips up and punches in the wrong number.
Darcy reluctantly agrees to meet with the person who answers his brother's ad, figuring he'll ask the girl to the wedding and that will be it. However, it's Ryan he ends up meeting, and he's NO GIRL. In fact he's a Dom looking for a submissive, and Darcy seems to be right up his alley.
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"Well," he said, his voice silky smooth and deeply delicious, "you must be the guy who answered the ad. You're certainly tall, dark and handsome."
"Ah, well I..." Darcy was surprised. "That's me." He felt himself blushing.
The other man stood aside and held the door open. "Come in. You're in the right place."
Darcy narrowed his eyes, and hesitantly walked inside. "I am?"
The young man closed the door behind him. "Yes."
"I've been expecting you. I'm Ryan." He held out his hand, and Darcy clutched it for a second in his, then released it.
"Hi, Ryan. I'm Darcy. I wasn't sure if she would want to go to dinner or ... you see my brother responded to the ad and I didn't get a lot of information. I usually don't do this. I mean, I have never done this. I do know she likes to play chess though," he pointed out with a smile. "I'm no chess player. Maybe she can teach me." He knew he was rambling.
Ryan looked at him for a moment. "Ah, I don't follow. Who plays chess?"
"Well," he hesitated, "that's what my brother told me. He said she liked to play chess. Maybe he got it wrong. It doesn't matter, like I said, I don't play so..."
"Who exactly is she?" Ryan narrowed his eyes.
"I'm sorry I don't know the name and ... she's blonde and..."
Ryan didn't seem to be listening. He slowly ran his gaze over him and smiled. "You're in great shape. I bet you have a fantastic body."
Darcy opened his mouth, then closed it. He felt himself flush. "Ah ... thanks, I work out, probably not as much as I should." He focussed now on his surroundings. "Actually, I can't stay long. I have to work out in the morning before work and..." Anything was better thanstaring at him like an idiot. They were standing in an entrance where a small table sat, topped by a tiny lamp, which allotted only a small amount of light. Ahead of him, he could see another room, possibly a living room with a staircase on the left, which obviously led to the second floor. Everything was in pastels, from the colours on the wall and the paintings, which were of Greek landmarks and mythological hero's, to the carpets on the floor ... all beige and mocha.
"Follow me," Ryan said, crooking his finger. "We'll go and sit down."
"I can wait here if--"
"Wait here? Why would you want to do that? Come on in," he said, flashing a smile. "I won't bite."
Darcy followed him down the hallway, then into the living room. His gaze moved over his shoulders, and his back, to the swell of his ass in tight ripped jeans, then quickly back up to his hair again. He swallowed.
"Have a seat," he said, indicating the sofa. "I've really been looking forward to this. It's kind of a gift to myself. It's a relief really to finally meet you. I've been a little nervous about this."
Darcy folded his hands in his lap as he sat on the black leather sofa. Gift? That was odd, he thought. "Why a gift for you? You mean it's a gift for her, don't you?"
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This book frustrated me, and not in a good angst-ridden sexual tension way. There are two novellas about the same couple. I've read other works by Manley, and really enjoyed them. However, this one fell short of the mark, especially for the BDSM themed romance it was described as. It had potential, but my main issues are that the romance was not credibly built, and the BDSM element was totally implausible as depicted.Darcy has been shouldering heavy responsibilities for himself and his brother since their father died and their mother killed herself. His entire life has become work. When his younger brother decides to marry, and insists Darcy must bring a date to the ceremony, he reluctantly agrees to the blind date his brother found in the personal ads. Now, the author does hint that Darcy could be gay and just hasn't come to terms with his sexuality. So, when he comes face-to-face with Ryan, and not a woman, the attraction is believable. Yet Darcy is also painfully shy, and has no social life to speak of. AT ALL. So while I bought into the attraction, it fell apart for me after that. Ryan doesn't woo Darcy with some dating and conversation. Ryan is a Dom looking for a submissive - which Darcy jumps into, albeit unwillingly. So, this man who is so shy and awkward and doesn't even want to admit the possibility he might be gay not only jumps into a gay relationship, he tests the waters of BDSM immediately too? And he spends nearly the entire first novella pushing Ryan away - cruelly and painfully in a couple instances. I'm not talking the angsty miscommunication that is often the "plot" of M/M romances. At one point, they have hot sex and then he tells Ryan not to call, he doesn't want to see him again. And then Darcy proceeds to ignore his messages/calls for WEEKS before getting drunk and being picked up at a bar by Ryan. This is the entire first novella. Why Ryan stuck around to hear a declaration of love at the very end was beyond me since Darcy never gives him reason to think this will get better. I couldn't really enjoy the sex scenes (which were sexually explicit but more vanilla than most BDSM) because Darcy was so uncomfortable, and Ryan so...desperate. I spent so much time annoyed with Darcy I just couldn't like him. And Ryan wasn't fleshed out enough to be more than pathetic. Even when they admitted their love to one another at the end, it wasn't an HEA for me because I couldn't see how they got there. Despite the fact that I really wanted to like this, overall, I can't recommend it. Not when the author has better offerings available.
An excellent follow-up to the first book. Sexy and entertaining characters - well worth the time and money!