Review: Axel’s Pup (Werewolves & Dragons #1) by Kim Dare

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Author: Kim Dare
Publication Date: March 11, 2015
Format: E-Book
Page Length: 560 pages
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

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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.

This book is unexpected. Judging from the series title, I wasn’t entirely sure if this is a book of both wolves and dragon shifters. But, alas, this is not the case. Just wolf shifters in this one. I highly enjoyed reading this book and the characters. It has a very positive look into what a healthy D/s BDSM relationship should be? I normally would not feel comfortable reading about a a Dom having a 24/7 submissive (it’s just personally not my thing), but in the context of a wolf pack with an alpha and an omega? It just works in this story.

Bayden is a werewolf and enters The Dragon’s Lair run by The Black Dragons MC. It’s a bar, and doubles on some weekends as a BDSM club. Bayden goes to the club on the outskirts of town looking for trouble. Whether it’s to pick a fight or do a scene, he’ll do anything the humans are willing to bet him in order to earn money.

Axel is the head of the MC, and while most of the club are Doms, Axel is clearly the leader. The alpha. They’re all human, but there’s just something about Axel that indicates to Bayden that Axel isn’t as terrible as the other humans. Axel seems to be honest and caring, and nothing at all what Bayden has come to know about humans.

The world-building is interesting in this book, presumably to set up a larger picture to be resolved in future books. Wolves no longer live in packs. After the humans did them a great wrong, the humans control the laws that the wolves must now abide by. Two more than two adults wolves may live under one roof. And when Bayden turns 21 and is officially an adult (this book is set in the UK), he moves out, so that his mother and grandfather can live together. Werewolvs are treated like second-class citizens. They have no rights, and humans are disgusted with them.

But not Axel. Bayden knows that it goes against everything he’s ever been taught, but his instincts say to trust Axel. To be his submissive, when Axel is clearly the type of alpha Dom who Bayden should yield to. The romance is a slow burn. There’s a lack of trust to begin with. Bayden doesn’t entirely trust Axel, so everything is taken one step at a time.

I loved that Axel called Bayden “pup” and that Bayden so naturally called Axel “sir”. This book is endearing at times, and heartbreaking at others. This is a very emotional journey for Bayden, and for Axel to learn the delicate balance with being in a relationship with a werewolf.

So, why four stars and not five? Well, this book is long at 560 pages. It also starts feeling a bit repetitive at times with Bayden struggling to learn to learn what separates his bets from a scene with his Dom. The writing, however, is highly addictive, so the repetitious nature of this book don’t bother me too much.

Axel and Bayden are highly affectionate and kinky together, and I love the two of them! This book certainly won’t be for everyone, but if you’re looking to read a slow-burn M/M D/s novel, I would highly recommend this one.

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