This story was written as a part of the Goodreads M/M Romance Group's "Love’s Landscapes" event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.
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Cruel to be Kind by Kim Dare
Title: Cruel to be Kind
Author: Kim Dare
Tags: vampire, BDSM, paddling, friends to lovers, bondage, dominance, submission, masturbation
Word Count: 10,788
I would like a TPE tale. I’d like the characters to have some depth and this lovely boy looks to be a bit melancholy about something. I LOVE angst! There isn’t much on the BDSM spectrum that I don’t enjoy, but I beg of you no scat. I’m not picky about the setting-dystopian, paranormal, contemporary, tentacles whatever.
Blow my mind please.
A naked man lies on the floor in a dark space. He has a muscular build and several tattoos. A light shines down on him from above. He appears to be deep in thought and is holding one hand up so the light shines through his fingers.
Malone and Xander...to be honest Kim Dare had me at their names! OMG, these two are hot, hot, hot!!! What more could you ask for than a gorgeous pissed off Vampire Dom and a determinedly beautiful, tattoed, wanna be sub. Vamp Mal has no chance against Xanders determination to get his boss and friend of five years to see him as his source of food, lover and submissive but trying to resist him is getting harder and harder so using the "cruel to be kind" approach Mal agrees to Xanders (blackmail based) suggestion that he'll give himself to Malone for a 24 hour period, the usual deal and length of time in which a vampire can do anything he wants to a human who offers himself. He's convinced that if he pushes Xander to his absolute limits he'll finally back off but this sub knows exactly what he wants. He wants Malone and he'll submit to anything to get him!
I absolutely LOVED this short story. The tempestuous relationship and chemistry between these two gorgeous characters had me entranced. This isn't a long read but it packs a real punch. The sex is delicious and kinky and the tension between Xander and Malone is so tangible you can cut it with a knife... Or should I say cut it with the flick of a whip!!! Definitely a favourite up to now. And once again lets not forget these are all FREE!
RATING ~ 5 STARS
“You’re not just playing with fire, Xander. You’re playing with a vampire. And you’re risking far more than a few burns. Whatever you think it will be like to submit to me, you’re wrong.”
Okay, normally I’m not into vampires and paranormal stories… but Kim Dare, the queen of BDSM, persuades me to go astray… and I don’t have any regrets! Loved it! The writing is exquisite, gentle yet strong and emotional, in a darkly beautiful way.
Hot guys, vampires, bondage, power exchange, and the most beautiful prompt pic ever… what more can a girl want? *faints*
RATING ~ 5 STARS
This is an excellent short from Kim Dare had me from the start, It always amazes me that some authors can do that… just grab you by the proverbial balls! Not only that but to come away from a short story and feel satisfied is another achievement. And if this was an excerpt from a book (keeping fingers crossed that we may see more from Xan and Mal) then I would have one clicked immediately!
Kim establishes the connection between Xander and Malone before you can click next page, their mutual need, bond of friendship and respect was palpable. I could feel Mal’s contradicting emotions between what his body craves as a vampire. With his heart and mind wanting to protect Xan from that very thing. His internal battle to try anything to convince the stubborn sub, when really it was everything he wanted. Xander’s only purpose in life is to focus and please the man he loves, to enjoy and embrace his submission… and he will do what ever it takes for Mal to take notice.
This is a deliciously, sizzlingly seductive, erotic bite sized feast of BDSM that ticked all my boxes. A Dom that had my blood racing and a sub that took his control to another level to get his Dom… Loved this!!!
RATING ~ 5 STARS
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