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Duck! (Avian Shifters) (Volume 1) Paperback – August 11, 2015
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About the Author
Kim is a bisexual submissive from Wales (UK). First published in 2008, she has since released over 100 BDSM erotic romance titles ranging from short stories to full length novels. Having worked with a host of fantastic e-publishers, she moved into self-publishing in 2013.
While she occasionally enjoys writing other pairings, most of Kim's stories focus on Male/Male relationships. But, no matter what the pairing, from paranormal to contemporary, and from the sweet to the intense, everything she writes will always feature three things - Kink, Love and a Happy Ending
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It was amusing to finally meet a shifter who wasn't an alpha...most urban fantasy/paranormal romance pastiches make a big production over how dominant the shifter character is. It feels as if there may have an original rough draft of this that the author decided was too rapey...the story seems to start out with some dubious consent but has scenes grafted on that seem to exist largely to establish consent.
It is a little problematic to combine extreme "Master Slave" dynamic out of S&M with a class based society and a character considered a minor by the rules of his society (although NOT by ours). The extreme BDSM elements undermine the semblance of a plot. If the Dom didn't go quite so far it could be a "rescuing from slavery/abuse" story that would have worked better.
The only reason I gave more than one star - the premise of this book was good, the avian shifters, the "ugly duckling" twist, even the way they met and got together could have been amazing. Could have.
As far as "Duck" goes I have to say it is absolutely one of my favorites and is one I go back and re-read often. It is one that is great as a starter novel of sorts. If you never really read M/M BDSM novels it is a great place to start. It focuses on the core of that genre TRUE SUBMISSION AND DOMINATION without overtly kinky scenes. Above all it is an excellent love story.
While I love "Duck" and think it is absolutely top notch, Kim Dare absolutely dazzles in her recent release "Axel's Pup" and I am anxiously awaiting the release of the second in the series, While it dips further into kink it is also incredibly tasteful and well written. If end up enjoying her as a writer I also hole-heartedly recommend her "Thrown to the Lions" and "Pack Discipline" series both are excellent. Just be for warned they are quite a bit shorter than "Duck"/"Magpie"/"Axel's Pup".
Tends a bit toward purple prose at times. But it hit the spot and I was in the mood for something slightly ridiculous and over the top with some heavy feels with the sex. It has some dark themes so those sensitive to triggers like forced sex and rape should probably steer clear. It wasn't between the main couple, but still.
I recommend to anyone into sexy fantasy kink man on man action with a dash of romance for flavouring. Happy for now rather then a happy ever after ending, in my opinion, but still satisfying.
This is an excellent re imagining of The Ugly Duckling. The relationship between the heroes is compelling and a great romance.
However, everything else in this world gets smudged. We get no other characters really. The world seems cruel beyond measure but it can't all be because of things we see.
The tight lens is good but I wanted more world building overall.
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Duck! by Kim Dare was at times a difficult book to read, but at the same time, it was well-written and...Read more