Worth a Shot by Kim Dare ~ Review by Optimist ♰King’s Wench♰

I’ve previously declared my love for this author, so the likelihood of me rating anything of hers below 3 Stars is lodged somewhere between slim and none.

WorthaShotTitle:  Worth a Shot (FIT Guys #2)

Author:  Kim Dare

Publisher:  Kim Dare

Rating:  3.5 out of 5 Stars

From the Publisher

Everyone knows that Tony Landon’s dated dozens of different men and women since he joined the athletics department at the Falconer Institute of Training. Everyone who’s ever gossiped with one of his exes knows that he’s kinky, too.

Donovan’s reputation at the institute is different. The only reason people are pretty sure he’s gay is because he drinks at the same pub as most of the gay and bi Falconer guys, and he’s never actually said he’s straight when he’s brushed them all off.

Tony’s been flirting with Donovan ever since Donovan joined the institute’s archery programme. Even though a whole year has passed and Donovan’s never given him the slightest encouragement, Tony can’t quite convince himself to give up hope.

Donovan has his reasons for not flirting back whenever Tony hits on him—right up until a snippet of overheard gossip lets him in on an interesting fact that just might change everything.

The odds are stacked against two very different men ever finding happiness together, but as far as Tony and Donovan are concerned, it’s still worth a shot.

Author note: While this story can be read as a standalone title, some elements might make more sense if you’ve already read Worth Waiting For.

My View

With that being said, I didn’t love the second of the FIT series as much as the first. Don’t get me wrong, it’s well written and there are many many good things in Worth a Shot. Tony is an excellent boyfriend and dominant. He’s absolutely perfect for Donovan. He’s patient, unselfish, communicative, observant and highly attuned to Donovan’s needs. Really, he’s everything Donovan needs. In all honesty, it’s been a long time since I liked the dom more than the sub and I found that a bit jarring.

Donovan is sweet, shy, awkward, introverted and did nothing for me. I feel empathetic towards him because he’s been traumatized by his fuckwit ex-“not boyfriend” which has resulted in him becoming timid and extremely wary of all gay men. I have issues with the premise that BDSM heals and/or love conquers all. It was handled well. Actually, Ms. Dare’s so adept at giving the reader access to both characters’ psyches that I’m fairly certain these two will withstand the test of time.

As usual, Ms. Dare delivers the feel good fluffy blanket goodness that I adore. The kexy times mostly consisted of light bondage, but what I liked about their relationship dynamics was the evolution of the D/s without being in your face D/s. They negotiate without all the formal protocols. Donovan has a safeword without actually having a safeword. I liked that they both fell into their natural roles without all the pomp and circumstance. It seemed more organic. Also, I LOVED the scene where Tony handcuffs himself despite his discomfort, yet is still completely in control of the situation. Brilliant scene.

The writing is excellent which is de rigueur for Kim Dare. I’d still recommend Worth a Shot especially if you like feel good fluffy blanket reads or if you’ve read Worth Waiting For as Colby and Noah make appearances. I think I know who’ll be the star of the next one after reading this and I’ll definitely continue on with the series.

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2 thoughts on “Worth a Shot by Kim Dare ~ Review by Optimist ♰King’s Wench♰

  1. Thx for the review. I have not read the first and like the fact that you added it could be read either way

    • Thanks Andrea! Yes, most of Kim’s stuff can be read as stand alones. She’s cool like that. 😉

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