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  • Just wow!

    Didn’t expect it to be this good, I’ve never really been into fantasy books. But this one didn’t really feel like one, yes there are werewolves (shapeshifters) in the story and also finding love with a BDSM scene and MC made it feel more of a natural contemporary romance. The writing was exceptional, can’t wait for the next one in this serie!

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  • Loved

    I loved the story. Kim Dare knew how to create a wonderful universe and talk about it in a delicate and engaging way. The characters are extremely well built, and the reader can follow their trajectory without tiring to the end. I look forward to the sequel to this beautiful story.

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  • Beautifully Frustrating

    I absolutely love the way the author writes. While not too descriptive, they manage to place a rooms atmosphere perfectly. Althouh, I'd have hoped they would have brought more details to what they scenes actually looked like, things such as the wall color, floor materials, etc. It was played out pretty well and the characters personalities were decently realistic and neatly thought out. However, I was struggling to actually like the romance or any of the sexual scenes. It's one thing to be stubborn or taught a different outlook of life but Bayden? He just absolutely refused to make any sort of decent choice, except for one of two every other fifteen pages. It was like I was being sucked into the book and then violently thrown out before I could truly enjoy it. It frustrated me to no and when we finally reached the ending where Bayden's reached his happy ending, I wasn't at all satisfied. If anything, I was barely even grudgingly accepting. All in all, it wasn't horrible and probably deserved three out of five stars rather than the two I'm giving it. The well-crafted writing, wonderful story layout, and decent character building were very fascinating and left you seeking out more. (After all, that was practically the only reason I stayed.) However, I would seriously take your own amount of patience into consideration before reading a book like this.

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  • Great job.

    I have read a number of your books and have enjoyed them but this has been the best of your woks so far. Thanh .yo

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  • Perfection!

    Axel's Pup Werewolves & Dragons, Book 1 Kim Dare ★★★★★ Pages: 615 POV: 3rd person, dual POV Themes: bikers, MC, shifters, wolves Triggers: history of off-page abuse, grief, loss of loved one, violence, sharing(?), not-really-cheating(?) Genre: contemporary, urban fantasy, MM, BDSM, D/s, shifter World-Building: ★★★★★ Heat: ★★★★☆ Chemistry: ★★★★★ Plot: ★★★★★ Romance: ★★★★★ ~ Axel's Pup is an epic novel with a different. Covering 5 super-important aspects of a relationship, it delves deep into the psychology of man and wolf, into the dominance and submission of one person to another, and into the love and trust shared between a couple. Consent. Control. Communication. Community. Chemistry. Each are important in their own way, and each are corner-stones of this novel. Without one, the others would collapse. Without all, there is no story. Axel's Pup is the first in a series where shifters have been known to humans for generations. After a cleaning of wolves, where many were systematically abused and held in (government run?) captivity, the rules are clear: no more packs, no more than 3 wolves in any one place, and no legal recourse for any harm a human commits against a wolf. And cops are not safe. The world-building of this first book – a whopping 500+ pages – was incredible. Exposed slowly, through the dual POV of both the human Axel, and the wolf Bayden, it allowed us to become gradually exposed to the reality these two characters live in. Piece by piece, in a natural way, the steady flow of the pacing of the story allows for a drip-feed of information where relevant, when it's important. There are no info-dumps and no blatant statement of facts. For example, one of my favourite things was when Axel asked for Bayden's ID and, right there in the ID, it states he's a wolf shifter. No telling, just showing us through the actions and behaviours natural to both characters what we need to know. For me, the best part of this book was the relationship between Axel and Bayden. One wolf, one human, one D/s relationship in the making. They spoke the same language, but with different meanings and vocabularies, and they both put in the time and effort to understand each other. There were miscommunications, but they never let to reckless “I'm leaving you” or dramatic behaviours that felt irrational for the characters. No, you won't get that stereotype here. What you get are two adults, both with their troubles and back stories, who are adult enough to stop, breathe, and talk. Even when a misunderstanding does occur, if they do end up falling out for any reason, they're men enough to stand up, admit it, talk it out, and be smart. The relationship is almost 100% lifestyle D/s, both due to Axel's long-term lifestyle as a Dom, and also because of Bayden's natural wolf instincts. When faced with Axel's natural Dom scent, look, feel, and personality, Bayden naturally slips into submissive mode. But not entirely, and he doesn't really understand what it means. Along the way, as they learn to place and push and adjust boundaries, a D/s and BDSM relationship emerges from the struggle. There are a few triggers I listed with question marks. That's because Axel and Bayden feel their bond long before they become a couple and agree to a relationship. While being emotionally attached to each other, Bayden does (very reluctantly) engaged in sexual and submissive activities with other people. But, there is a reason for it that is clearly expressed, and Axel is usually always aware of it. It also involves a lot of intricate dynamics related to the world-building, which is hard to explain if you haven't read it. Suffice it to say that, while I don't like cheating in my books, this was so logically written, so well expressed through the terms of the world-building, so reluctant on Bayden's part, and so beautifully used to bring Axel and Bayden closer to emotional trust that it didn't bother me. While I utterly ADORED Bayden, and loved Axel's strength, I also loved the side characters. Bayden could be hard one minute, but a soft unsure puppy the next, while Axel was a growly dominant wolf and a gentle confused human the next. I loved the way that the Dragons provided a backdrop to that, adding sense, logical, caution and playful banter to this intense relationship. I can't wait for Book 2, hopefully releasing this year.

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