07 Apr '11

Handcuffs and Ball Gags – Kim Dare (4 Stars)

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Handcuffs and Ballgags by Kim Dare
Series: Rawlings Men #2
Published by Resplendence Publishing, LLC on 2012-07
Genres: BDSM, Male-Male
Pages: 246
Format: eBook
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four-stars

Police constable Andrew Rawlings is used to getting heckled while trying to maintain law and order at environmental protests. He’s not so keen on the guy shouting the insults being his flat mate, Ben. A protest is no place for a well mannered school teacher, even if the guy is built like an ox. That’s why Andrew expressly forbade Ben from attending it, and Andrew isn’t used to his commands being disobeyed.

Ben has had enough of being bossed around by his best friend. He’s a grown man. If he wants to protest against the new motorway, he will. And, if Andy Rawlings doesn’t like it, well, he’ll just have to step up to the plate and start playing the dominant role full time, not just whenever it suits him.

Nudity, spanking and ball gags—the punishment for civil disobedience has never been so much fun.

Roommates Ben and Andy couldn’t be more different. Andy is a cop who likes to be in charge, whilst Ben is a teacher who just wants to let go. Whilst they are best friends, the relationship can never be anything more, because self-professed Dom Andy doesn’t think that his roomy wants the type of relationship he’s offering. When Andy forbids Ben from attending a protest rally Ben decides he doesn’t need a part time Dom telling him what to do; he takes the role on full time or he keeps his opinions to himself. Andy grabs the opportunity to see the man he has been lusting after since day one, submit to him in any way he wishes.

Kim Dare is one of the few short story authors I will willingly pay for. Her stuff is as romantic as it is kinky. This is the type of story that makes you feel a little naughty, whilst filling you with the warm and fuzzies. I didn’t think that I would enjoy a story about spanking and ball gags but how wrong I was! Andy doesn’t ease Ben into the lifestyle even though he is a new sub. The first thing he does is punish him with a spanking for attending the rally…and there was nothing hot about this punishment; it was all about drilling the message home. The ball gag came out because Ben just couldn’t keep his mouth shut….He soon learnt that lesson. What became apparent was how well Andy knew his sub. He didn’t know his limits, or what his triggers were, because they had never played together before. He did know how he would react to certain situations and pre-empted things so Ben didn’t get himself punished (i.e. the ball gag). I never think that BDSM is completely satisfying unless there is a sense of trust between the participants, and you could see just how much these two really knew, and loved, each other.

It was very kinky, with the story focusing more on the kink that the sex. I enjoyed the build up to the actual climax of the story but I would have liked it to be just a little longer, just to see how these two fared! A lovely steamy read, but it does come with all the usual content warnings for a M/M BDSM story.

four-stars

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