- Book Title: Axel’s Pup
- Author: Kim Dare
- Publisher: Kim Dare; 1 edition (March 11, 2015)
- Book Length: 568 pages
- Genre: Gay, Romance, D/s, BDSM, Werewolf
- Reviewed by: Scott
- Rating: 5 Star
- Posting Date: August 10, 2015
First off let me clarify the title. This is not a dual shifter book, the reference to Werewolves is relevant to a character in the story and the Dragons is the name of the Motorcycle club, not a fabled flying creature. I also want to say this is one of the longest books that I’ve read, I wasn’t paying attention to the page count when I was looking at the book, I loaded it on my Kindle and when I opened it the length came up with 10,000+ sections. I immediately thought, “What did I get myself into?” You may have noticed that I gave this a 5 star, that just goes to show how much I enjoyed it. The sad thing is, if I had looked at the page count I may not have purchased the book and I never would have been able to enjoy this marvelous work of fiction.
This book is simplistic in it’s complexity. It is much more than a budding D/s relationship, this is about building Trust, this is about learning the ways of a different species, this is about navigating respect. This book is as much a phychological work of literary fiction as it is an erotic BDSM story. Axel is the leader of the Black Dragons a motorcycle club and owns the Dragon’s Lair, Brayden is a werewolf that came into the bar looking for something. Werewolves in this story are public knowledge but rank like animals in the human world and their laws, this story takes place after the Captivities, a dark time in werewolf history where they were rounded up and let’s just leave it to say, not treated well. Werewolves are not able to congregate with more than 2 of their species together at the same time. They are looked at from some of society as dogs, yet Brayden is proud of who he is but accepting of where he stands in the hierarchy of society. This is very important in the psychological pacing of both Axel and Brayden as the story moves forward and they navigate the complexities of their relationship.
This is the hardest part of the review to write, I want to disect every scene and tell you why I loved it so much and why I think the author did such a brilliant job of writing. How she took every nuance of Axel and Brayden’s life and turned it into such a learning experience for the characters without coming right out and stating, “OK, this is what we learned” (it happened a couple of times but it was within the scene where it made the statement relevant) the story as written gave me a much more subtle reflection of what is going on as if I were a bystander watching it all take place in front of me. There was no rushing, the story flushed out slowly it allowed to author the time to tell the story in it’s entirety, it allowed me to fully grasp the full meaning behind what the author wanted to say in this book.
I want to talk a little about the title and how relevant it is to the story. Remember I said earlier that werewolves were treated like dogs? So you would think as proud as Brayden was of his werewolf ancestry that being called Pup would be a derogatory term used meant to compare the werewolf to the dog, even though baby wolves are called pups. This was my thinking in the beginning but as the story unfurled and Brayden found his place beside Axel the name Pup took on a new meaning and a name that only Axel would be able to call Brayden.
I learned a lot through the course of reading this book. I am clueless to the whole D/s, Leather and BDSM scene so I enjoy reading about something that I know little about. Kim Dare really opened my eyes to the intensity such a relationship involves between the partners. This book didn’t scare me it actually opened my eyes and the neatest thing about it, she did it through the developing relationship between Axel and Brayden, simply brilliant.
For me this book was so freaking fantastic that even now I get all giddy thinking about how much fun it was to read it. For me it was so easy to pop a 5 star rating on this book, I think I learned as much as Axel and Brayden did. I was shown how a D/s relationship looks like, the tenderness, the eroticism, the pain but most of all the trust and respect of the partners. For me this book was emotional, I was truly tied to the characters and I felt the highs and lows of their emotions. It was a book that I’ll remember for a very long time, it made quite the impact on me.
As the landlord of The Dragon’s Lair and leader of The Black Dragons Motorcycle Club, Axel Carmichael has seen it all and done it all. He’s a respected and experienced dom. Nothing shocks him any more, and nobody catches him off guard.
When Bayden rides up to The Dragon’s Lair on a bike worth more than most men earn in a year, and immediately demonstrates that he has far more attitude than sense, it’s easy for Axel to write him off as a silly little rich boy who’s about to get himself killed.
But, there’s more to Bayden than meets the eye. He’s no silly little boy, rich or otherwise, and werewolves aren’t easy to kill.
Kim is a thirty-one year old bisexual submissive from Wales (UK). First published in 2008, she has since released 100 BDSM erotic romance titles ranging from short stories to full length novels. Having worked with a host of fantastic e-publishers, she has just moved into self publishing. While she has occasionally ventured towards other pairings, Kim’s first love is still, and probably always will be, Male/Male stories. But, no matter what the pairing, from paranormal to contemporary, and from the sweet to the intense, everything she writes will always feature three things – Kink, Love and a Happy Ending.
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