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Dear Author,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. I’m not picky about the setting-dystopian, paranormal, contemporary, tentacles whatever.Blow my mind please. :)Photo Description: A naked man lies on the floDear Author,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. I’m not picky about the setting-dystopian, paranormal, contemporary, tentacles whatever.Blow my mind please. :)Photo Description: 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.This story was written as a part of the 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. This story may contain sexually explicit content and is intended for adult readers. It may contain content that is disagreeable or distressing to some readers. The M/M Romance Group strongly recommends that each reader review the General Information section before each story for story tags as well as for content warnings....

Title : Cruel to be Kind
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ISBN : 22442304
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 35 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Cruel to be Kind Reviews

  • Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion
    2018-11-19 22:07

    I've hit the lottery with my prompt.I asked for TPE and Kim Dare pulled out all the stops. I can't even tell you how many times I happily sighed and said 'ohh my gawd' out loud at so, so many lines. This was exactly what I wanted. Xander has only ever wanted to belong to Malone. For years they've been friends. For years he's submitted to him in every way except the one that will bind them together inexorably.Once Xander works up the courage to ask for what he wants Malone does everything he can think of to dissuade him from becoming a vampire's pet because sometimes you've go to be cruel to be kind, right? Xander has 24 hrs to try to convince him otherwise, and if he can then he will have won the lottery. "Put your hands behind your back, I don’t want you touching it yet, just look.” Malone smiled. “If you go through with this, this is the last time you’ll ever look at your cock and know it belongs to you.”*growls*Kim, I can't thank you enough for bringing my prompt to life. ((hugs))You even included the pic! *air kisses across the Atlantic*Xander was naked. He lay in the middle of the feeding room floor, directly under the skylight. As Malone watched, Xander lifted one hand and let the last rays of the sun caress his fingers.Best day ever.

  • SheReadsALot
    2018-11-05 20:50

    Me. This is me waiting to read this story because it's on my list of awaited prompts."Cruel to be Kind" is the cupcake. Delicious from the first lick. Yum. Then hooked me with:“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.”*laser focus eyes* Game the hell on.Human Xander has been aching to submit to his vampire friend and business partner, Malone, for years. In a last attempt to finally get Malone to admit he wants to own Xander in every way possible, Xander offers himself to be a pet to a club of vampires. Of course, dominant Malone is not going to stand for that shit.Loved every minute of it.There's a lot of hot quotes that made me wiggle in pleasure. In fact, if I put all of my'd have practically the entire story.There were faint red marks around his wrists where the cuffs had cut in. He stared at them, wondering if those kinds of marks were going to become a regular feature in his life. He could only pray that they would.*grunts*“From this moment on, you can forget whatever you think you know about yourself,” Malone said. “Everything you think you are is irrelevant. You’re mine. For the next twenty-four hours, the only thing that matters is what you can do to please me. You’re not a person. You’re a toy. A snack.”Quelted! I quelted hard.Will this story work for everyone? Probably not. If you don't like the D/s aspect of BDSM or BDSM, I wouldn't suggest. It's not heavy in the kink. The toy play is minimal. (cuffs and a paddle put to very good use) But the Total Power Exchange - believable among the two men and just yummilicious to read. HOT LITTLE NUMBER!Plus, vampires definitely are in my 'favorites' column. Loved the paranormal twist. I think it added a heightened aspect to the TPE.“You need to realise that this isn’t what you want, and you need to tell me that, because once I’ve got you, Xan, I won’t be able to let you go.”The fuck you say?! Baby's there.Muscles and tattoos. *drips*The total domination *drops*The only thing that made me pout, is one teeny, tiny, itsy, bitsy thing which made me take off .05 (that's right, I'm rating this bad boy 4.95 stars) was that this story was not longer.I could have read this story all day. Malone and Xander definitely pushed all of my fuckhot buttons.Twice.This author owned this prompt and showed me who is master.Thank you to the author and the wonderful team.

  • Lisa Henry
    2018-11-09 21:03

    It's Kim Dare. Vampires. Bondage. Hot guys f*cking. What the hell are you waiting for? Henry out. *Mike drop*

  • Vivian
    2018-11-16 22:58

    Sweet, sweet D/s loving. Hot and sultry friends to lovers story that feels so good. Gorgeous, sexy play and devotion. Winning short. Favorite quote: “If you had any idea what kind of man you’re dealing with, you wouldn’t have put that image in my head before handing yourself over to me.”

  • Gigi
    2018-11-18 17:45

    Holy shit, leave it to Kim Dare to write one hell of an awesome Love's Landscapes short story featuring a friends to lovers, BDSM, D/s vampire relationship! That's a whole lot of story in less than 40 pages! Highly recommended!

  • Steelwhisper
    2018-10-19 18:54

    Kim Dare writes consistently one of the best insights into the submissive mind that I know. I always end up feeling a bit like...

  • Sunny
    2018-11-01 23:57

    This story made me so happy. The writing was exquisite, each word carefully chosen to perfectly convey the spirit of Xander's submission to Malone and Malone's need to dominate him. The tension, the emotions, all perfectly shown. My only complaint...I need more! This was a delicious start, but I want to see them further on in their relationship, too. Please, oh please, oh please!Thank you, Kim, for participating in this event and sharing your story!

  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    2018-11-18 18:45

    3.25 starsA bit of sexy with a bite; Xander has always wanted to submit to Malone, his friend and business partner who's also a vampire. Malone tries to dissuade Xander, but it will take more than a paddle for Xander to change his mind, so Malone decides to be cruel in order to be kind. This short story provides a 24-hour glimpse, a scene. Enough hints about Xander and Malone's friendship are provided that we believe in Xander's need to submit to Malone. The naughty stuff didn't get going until three-fourths into the book, and by then the story was about over. I liked the dark edges here, and the writing was tight.

  • Emma Sea
    2018-11-19 16:54

    That was great. I love Dare's vampire stories. A fab addition to the Love's Landscapes event.

  • Macky
    2018-11-18 22:38

    Malone and 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!

  • V
    2018-11-14 00:43

    This is definitely for BDSM lovers, which I'm not, but the reviews were great so I decided to give it a go.Do really people in real life let another person take over their lives so intense? no, you don't need to answer that, I'm sure they are many out there.As an outsider and not fond of BDSM, I see this story in a more different waySome people thought this story wasn't long enough, I'm so glad that it was short.

  • Sandra
    2018-11-18 19:41

    Offered for FREE from the M/M Romance Group's Love's Landscapes event. Thank you too all the amazing authors who participated!That picture is riveting. This story is riveting. Kim Dare is riveting, as always. Let me make myself clear, I could never be in a TPE relationship. Never. But this was so right for these two men, that it was simply beautiful. This quote sums it up very well, "Xander wanted to submit so much, he'd actually stopped submitting for long enough to make that crystal clear."Was it hot? Yes. Was it the typical BDSM cum-fest that's all about the sub. No. But there was no miscommunication, Xander knew exactly what he wanted. And what did Xander want? To do anything that Malone wanted. I don't think it's a spoiler, but this last quote was just so sweet in Malon'e gruff reluctance, "They were halfway down the corridor when Malone gave in. "I love you, too." They were thrown down like a challenge, issued without any eye contact, and they were perfect."This story won't be for everyone, but those it is for, I think you'll enjoy it. :)

  • Reflection
    2018-11-04 00:42

    I need to read more by Kim Dare. Loved this quick read as Xander goes to some effort to convince Malone that after many years of friendship he is ready to submit him in TPE.A vampire with a crisis of conscience and some interesting ways of trying to prove he should not be a lover of choice. Pure brilliance.

  • Makhda
    2018-10-22 00:03

    Actually I'm not too fond of 24/7 D/s relationship.But this one... This was good.^^Maybe because of Xander who actually demanded it from Malone? I think it's the answer.Thank you for participating in this event and sharing this with us, dear author^^

  • Lilia Ford
    2018-10-21 22:56

    Sooooooo hot.

  • Otila
    2018-10-24 23:53

    1 hot, dom-y vampire + 1 stubborn sub + Kim Dare =

  • Chelsea
    2018-11-02 21:04

    Delicious! Loved it! I need more TPE books in my life.

  • Ami
    2018-10-25 19:59

    Just like my experience with most of the Kim Dare's books I've read over the years -- it's kinky, it's pretty hot bondage scene, and it surely fits the prompt letter. But will I remember this after the event (heck, after the month) is over? Doubtful (I can't remember any of those Kim Dare's stories I read either) *shrugs*

  • Sandra
    2018-11-09 21:07

    TPE/BDSM, vampire Dom and human sub who knows exactly what he wants and is not afraid to ask for it. Fabulous! Free from the M/M Romance group's Love's Landscapes Event.

  • Shelby
    2018-11-11 23:07

    DAYUM!!!!!! That was just HOT, HOT, HOT!!! Ummmmmmm love me some sexy vampire action and mix it all up with TPE and tattooed little subs...*DROOL* Fantastic read, pushed all the right kink buttons with this one.Xander knows what he wants and he's determined to get it, even if it requires stepping outside of the submissive role he craves to demand something for once in his life. And what he wants is his friend and business partner Malone. Only Malone is bound and determined to never take Xander up on any offer he might make. He's convinced Xander could never really want to belong to a vampire and all that entails. Oooooh alpha boys who think they know everything are just so incredibly hot when they get their comeuppance. I loved knowing Xander had arranged this whole little plot to give himself twenty four hours to prove to Malone how amazing he'd be for him. Malone of course wants better for Xander than being a vampire's submissive. He's convinced Xander doesn't really know how much of a dick he is and that if he really had Xander under his control how cruel he can be would eventually end up driving Xander away. HA! You couldn't scare Xander away if you tried.Xander's submission was so simple and pure. I loved how confident he was in his plan and how much thought he'd put into things before acting. He knew what Malone's reactions were going to be and had already prepared himself mentally to deal with Malone's attempts to reject him. Seeing the big bad vampire Dom slowly lose his mind to the machinations of one little human sub was awesome! Malone may dictate what happens, but Xander is definitely the one with all the control. LOVE THIS STORY!!! Kim Dare is just fantastic!

  • Sofia
    2018-11-12 18:42

    3.4 starsHidden strength is strength all the same. Self awareness, knowing one self is strength. Knowing why you do things, seeing why others do things, acknowledging your own needs and acting on that; that is strength. Xander had this kind of strength in droves. I may not be a fan of BDSM but that did not really matter here. Ms Dare’s writing made it not matter. I enjoyed the story, the character dynamics, Xander’s point of view and Malone’s frustration. Loved the play about who was being played.

  • Carole-Ann
    2018-10-30 19:57

    Slightly biased b/c I don't think Kim can write a bad story - ever!!Loved Malone (and such a Vamp!!) b/c he actually wanted to keep Xander safe!Loved Xander b/c he was so determined to 'belong' to Malone completely!And such sweet, loving BDSM. What more could I want?!

  • Virginia
    2018-10-27 00:49

    Hot little scene for the LL event. Light BDSM and I liked the addition of a vamp.

  • Trio
    2018-11-17 20:39

    Nice short story - I loved the relationship between the MCs, the author did a great job of writing about an established couple.

  • Crispy
    2018-11-03 20:39

    Sizzlingly good D/s love story. I (view spoiler)[ fell off the wagon (hide spoiler)] while reading this, it was worth it.

  • Amy
    2018-11-15 23:54

    Who knew vampires + BDSM could be so hot?? Loved it!!!

  • Serena Yates
    2018-10-27 21:59

    TPE (Total Power Exchange) is a tough concept to handle without making the characters seem like total bastards (if they are Doms) or total idiots (if they are subs) - at least to anyone not in the BDSM lifestyle to that sort of level of 24/7 control. Not surprisingly, at least to me and my tastes, Kim Dare has managed it really well in this story.The key, for me, is not just the total love and adoration Xander feels for his vampire/business partner he wants to submit to, but also the fact he actually tops from the bottom to get what he wants. This behavior is at odds with who he is and how he behaves throughout the rest of the story, so that fact makes it a very powerful gesture. Xander doesn't even consider regretting any of what he does to finally get what he wants. Malone, the supposedly ruthless vampire, may be a bastard, and he is, but he loves Xander in his own way and is powerless to refuse giving his new sub what he wants. And that just happens to mesh really well with what Malone needs, so it's all good.If you like stories with dominant vampires and the "snacks" who fall for them, if you enjoy reading about men who give up control 24/7, and if you're looking for a hot and very kinky read, then you will probably like this free short story..

  • Loederkoningin
    2018-10-24 20:38

    This was nice and I like that it didn't pretend to be anything more than it was. An eager submissive tricks this big, bad, very reluctant vampire like a chick who gets pregnant to keep her guy. A great set-up for the heady kind of dynamics that I usually enjoy. On the other hand, with 25 pages or so this story is little more than a snippet really, and not a particularly original one. I could've done without the POV switch as well. It outed Malone as more sugary than I'd hoped for and c'mon; is letting readers interpret the other character via the MC's experiences too much of a challenge? What's wrong with not exposing every little aspect of a story?

  • Angela
    2018-11-14 20:00

    If there's one person who knows how to write a good BDSM tale it's Kim Dare. Two of her books are on my favourites list (Once a Brat and With a Kiss) and this is now joining them. Absolutely loved it. The dynamic between the two characters really draws you in. The internal struggle is shown well. Excellent short story with enough depth to leave you feeling satisfied and with a huge smile on your face. Read won't regret it!!!

  • Angel
    2018-11-07 18:07

    Another in the LL event, though I have read Kim Dare before. I enjoy her take on BDSM, especially since she is a practitioner.This story was about a vampire, Malone, and a man who wanted to be his submissive, Xander. I love that the vampire wasn't 'sparkling', didn't have a heart of gold or any truly redeeming qualities except for the fact that he loved the man who wanted to be his submissive. He was being the unapologetic bastard vampire. I, also, loved that he was just as cruel to himself as he was to Xander.