Author: Kim Dare
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
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.
At 378 pages this is very much longer than anything I have previously read by Kim but it was over in the flash of an eye and absolutely perfect for the first book of a new series.
It is immediately obvious when you start reading that the reality of how shifters are living is not what we are used to reading. Their existence is bleak, their reality is harsh and their trust in humans is non-existent. They are thought of as drunks and thieves and abide by an inordinate number of rules designed to keep them at heel. There are no packs, no pack names, no protection of any kind and no more than two wolves can be in the same place at the same time.
When Bayden’s grandfather became ill his mother had to stay at home to look after him meaning Bayden had to leave home under the current rules. It also meant he was the only one of the three able to earn money and he quickly learned the fastest ways to make ends meet, usually involving him fighting or submitting to humans.
After one such fight at a pub that homes a local Motorcycle Club known as The Black Dragons he meets the owner Axel who although not a wolf is very much an alpha male. They strike up quite a curious friendship initially with Bayden not trusting humans at all and Axel having no idea about how wolves behave and react.
A lot of world building goes on all the way through the book as the actions of the past make the consequences of the present. It is well thought out and quite unresolved at the end of the story which made it all the more believable. For every two steps forward Axel and Bayden take it seems they take at least one back as they try to work their relationship around an unconventional set of rules.
I loved Bayden from the start and just wanted to wrap him up and make his life a bit easier. He has no aspirations, no dreams and no one to tell him everything will be alright but worse than that he accepts the way people treat him even though it hurts.
Axel was perfect for him, yes he made mistakes and was quite often totally out of his depth but the fact that he wanted to learn about Bayden from both a wolf and human perspective made him a hero in my eyes. The BDSM is light and is more of a D/s relationship which is exactly what both men needed.
This is an exciting first book in a new series and I can’t wait to see how it progresses.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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