Thursday, July 4, 2013

Once A Brat by Kim Dare

I recently received Once a Brat by Kim Dare for review through NetGalley.  This is a M/M romance so it is for adult readers.  You've been warned.  Here's the cover and the Goodreads blurb:

Experienced dominant Marcus has a stalker. On the plus side, the boy following him around his local leather club is gorgeous and a self-professed submissive. Unfortunately, he’s also inexperienced, bratty, and liable to drive Marcus insane with his incessant chatter and questions.

Bret Daniels fell head over heels with Marcus the moment he first saw him. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to get Marcus’s attention and prove his worth as a submissive. He might not be a traditional sub, but he knows he has a lot to offer a dom who can handle his quirks.

When Marcus gives in and agrees to do a scene with Bret, sparks fly. One scene quickly becomes another, and another. But will it be a case of once a brat, always a brat? Bret intends to prove to Marcus that—expectations and experiences aside—he deserves his master’s collar.

This title is part of the Kinky Cupid universe.
I really liked this one because it was an interesting situation.  You always see people who know their role in the D/S community in books but to see how someone new enters that world was interesting.  We got to see things from both sides.  Marcus knows how his world works and little surprises him.  Bret is new and learning but he makes it a point to find everything out so that he can get what he wants: Marcus' collar.  Watching Bret and Marcus was fun for me because I honestly don't have a submissive bone in my body.  Ask my mom.  No matter how sweet or quiet people think I am, I don't follow meekly.  Bret doesn't either.  He is a total brat.... and Marcus comes to find out that he kinda loves it.  The only thing that I found lacking was aftercare.  Marcus showed serious attention to details like safe words but I don't remember seeing much aftercare.  I think that aftercare is seriously important in all relationships- BDSM ones or not.  In BDSM it involves the Dominant caring for the submissive as they come out of subspace.  Subspace being the emotional place that they go to during the scene.  Marcus doesn't seem to give much in the way of care here.  I think that may be the only thing that I found really lacking but it is important to a D/S relationship being believable to me.

You can click here to add this book to your Goodreads.  Kim Dare can be found on her website.  I give this one 3 stars for a super cute story about the BDSM world.

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