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When Liam Bates volunteered to visit lonely patients at his local hospital, he expected them to be able to talk back when he chatted to them. But, when he’s assigned to visit a comatose man, he soon finds himself spilling out his whole life story in an effort to fill the silence. It’s not long before the peace and comfort he finds in the man’s hospital room becomes Liam’s...more
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Published October 19th 2011 by Resplendence Publishing
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Serena Yates
This is a fairytale which focuses on what happens AFTER the kiss that awakens the ‘prince’, so to speak. It is also a great vampire story, and has lots of hot sex and even some love thrown in to boot. And, as if that wasn’t enough, we get to see an abused man come to terms with the fact that he is still a sub, despite everything he’s been put through by an asshole who pretended to be a Master. How can you go wrong with those ingredients?

Liam is such a great guy. Abused rather than appreciated, l...more
Virginia
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♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee)
5+++ stars

This book was absolutely, postively enchanting.

A young man named Liam who's in an abusive relationship spends his free time volunteering at a hospital. For six months he talks to a comatose vampire named Marcus, and on New Year's Eve at midnight, Liam kisses Marcus and Marcus wakes up.

There were so many things I loved about this story. I loved Liam because even though he's been in an abusive relationship for quite a while he's not totally beat down. Liam maintained alot of his innocen...more
Kat
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Lilia Ford
I am finding it hard to write a coherent review of this, so here is more an assortment of impressions.

This shared certain similarities with Duck!, a book I liked a great deal: a strong dominant male, a very submissive, "lost-boy" hero, great chemistry. Despite the paranormal theme and the magic kiss of the title, this did not feel nearly so much like a fairy tale, mostly because the picture we receive of Liam's abuse is so harrowing—the constant reflex to look for the door of a room, the compul...more
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
3.5 stars.

Very cute story of Liam, a guy in an abusive relationship, and Marcus, the vampire in a coma that he visits regularly at the hospital.

It was a bit hard to connect to the characters at the beginning, especially to Marcus. While in a way I understand Liam's emotional paralysis due to the abuse he has to endure, I wasn't able to see nuances in Marcus' behavior. He's "bossy" attitude grated on me a little bit, it took me a while to find his emotions.

I think the author did a good job at giv...more
Sammy Goode
Marcus...a vampire, bitten by another vampire lies in a coma...seemingly unaware yet so very aware. Liam, a gentle soul...a submissive trapped in a physically abusive relationship, desperate for love...desperate to be loved. A kiss, one drop of blood from a split lip, and both lives are irrevocably changed. Were I to winnow this story down to it's bare bones, I would tell you that Liam while volunteering at the hospital is assigned to read with the comatose vampire, Marcus. For 3 years Liam does...more
Monika

4.25 Stars

Review posted onWorld of Diversity Fictions!

With a Kiss is a great little vampire story, easy to read, no major plot twists a bit of angst with Liam who is oh so adorable and of course that very sexy vampire Marcus. *sigh* I wasn’t really sure what to expect, BDSM stories are not something I’m drawn to fortunately this stories BDSM scenes are very light I found them to be sweet and very loving. Marcus, our sexy vampire isn’t the usual vampire the whole vampire premise in this story is...more
A.B. Gayle
I really enjoyed this.

"Duck" was the first long story of Kim's that I read. I appreciated the chance for increased character and plot development, so I was pleased to see another one of a similar length. If anything, this one is actually better.

Once again, don't read it filled with expectations of what a BDSM book is like, or a vampire book or even a Kim Dare book. Just accept the story for what it is. Like the ugly duckling twist of "Duck" this one takes the premise of a fairy tale and adds a w...more
MandyM
Surprisingly sweet BDSM novel about Marcus, a vampire who has been in a coma for three years and Liam, a young hospital visitor who is trapped in a domestic violence relationship. The BDSM is fairly light and the author effectively differentiates between abuse and a BDSM relationship without the usual 'psychobabble' that some erotica writers use, (i.e. that BDSM can 'cure' mental illness/trauma). The story is well written and quite poignant. Recommended for m/m fans who might not ordinarily read...more
Chris
Excellent kinky paranormal m/m romance loosely based on Sleeping Beauty. A young man who's being mentally, physically, and sexually abused by his boyfriend comes to the hospital every week for three years to read to a vampire in a mysterious coma. And then the vampires is awakened... This book shines in not trivializing the process of recovering from abuse.
Corazon
With a Kiss is quite an unusual book. It’s based very, very loosely on Sleeping Beauty.
Kim Dare’s books contain usually more sex. But the focuses in this one were the characters and the story. The MC's were described with a depth I missed in Kim’s other books.
The main plot was about abuse, what it did to someone and how the involved people learn to overcome it and trust a new lover.
The abusive scenes aren’t described in detail, therefore the hints of it have a bigger impact and I felt deeply...more
Td
For those concerned, light on the D's and not a "yes, sir" in sight that I remember, not from Liam anyway. Nice reviews already, I'll just mention a couple of things.

I felt for Liam. I could feel his fear and panic, his insecurities, the results of being involved in an abusive relationship. Underneath all that I could also feel his strength and his willingness to explore things he didn't know existed about himself. Marcus was great. His surliness jumped off the screen. It was fun to read just ho...more
Sadonna
Marcus is a dominant vampire in a coma and his hospital visitor Liam is a sub in a horribly abusive relationship. After 6 months of visiting Marcus, Liam kisses Marcus at midnight on New Year's Eve and Marcus wakes up.

The remainder of the story details Liam's final beating by Ralph - his abusing boyfriend - and Marcus's desire to heal and keep Liam as his own. Marcus has never felt this way about any other human and he has a fierce need to protect Liam. I liked that the story was told from the...more
Mary
If there is a badge to be earned for patience, Marcus should get it. He slowly, gently, draws Liam back from the abyss and loves him back into wellness of spirit and body. Liam was almost gone, and even more than actually killed, his mind and heart were in danger of getting locked away. But Marcus recognized not only a man he could love but who was meant to be his submissive as well. All the steps that Marcus has to do to move Liam from scared rabbit to a man who is healthy enough to know what h...more
Veronica / Miss V
Surprise, surprise 5 stars for a BDSM story, I must say it was one the most beautiful, nicest stories I ever read about this theme, apart from Liam been in an abusive relationship with that horrible human being Ralph, this book was perfect.
Even though, I must confess I skipped the part when he was abused,,,that is something I can't even read about it..

I'm not very knowledgeable about this kind of practice (BDSM)so, I really don't know if this is the way it should be, but if I was into BDSM, I wo...more
Heidi Cullinan
Dec 20, 2011 Heidi Cullinan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People wanting a sweet yaoi-like read
I got a pile of amazon cards at our early Christmas, and this was one I bought from that loot. Actually, I tried this as a sample first and it was the one I went back and finished because it I was up in the middle of the night and it was so cute.

A friend called Dare "BDSM lite" and that's really the truth, but it's okay. The book is actually sweet as all hell. Dare is always just what you expect, no real twists or sudden turns, but that's a lot of the draw for me. Very much a snuggle-into-your-c...more
Kira

I wished I had liked this more than I did. It doesn't take away stars though, that I didn't like it as much as I'd wanted to.

It's still Kim Dare's excellent writing, it's still a good story, but it never "Wow..."ed me.

It was nice, but I expected more, I suppose. After having loved Duck! to pieces, I suppose I thought this would be as good and was a bit disappointed. Some things could have been fleshed out a bit more and it felt a little too easy on how the big problems were solved. Also when I...more
Vio
So very sweet, a cute fairytale romance. Marcus and Liam I liked them their relationship was fantasy like but who cares it was dreamy and lovely. Liam who is mentally scarred by his abusive boyfriend, finds himself visiting Marcus the vampire who has been in a coma for three years and suddenly awakens with a kiss from Liam. The slow build up of their relationship and the tenderness in which Marcus treats Liam is touching and beautiful. A nice love story that put a smile on my face!
Kazza
4.5 STARS

Two vampire books in as many days and, although not really paranormal in construct, this one was the superior book by far.

Liam Bates is a 28 year old victim of relationship abuse who is sweet, timid and anxious. His sadistic, controlling partner has forced him to leave his paid job and now Liam finds himself as a hospital volunteer. He is assigned a coma patient, Marcus, who he visits over a 6 month period. One of the nurses, disdainfully, lets him know that Marcus is a vampire, which i...more
Norah
wow I couldnt put this one down, it had me from the very first page till the last and I still wanted more.
Firstly a quick recap on the story. Liam, a quiet beaufiful guy volunteers at the hospital visiting patients , his latest patient is one who has been in a coma for three long lonely years. Liam has a secret he it abused by his partner and his only release is to tell his comatose friend about his life. Little does liam know that his so called sleeping patient hears every single word....
Marcu...more
Beck
This was a great read. The characters were beautifully portrayed and stayed 'real' to their life experiences through out the entire story. The development of their relationship was wonderful too. It wasn't rushed but flowed through a natural progression that made Liam's healing seem believable and not contrived. Other reviewers (on Amazon) stated that they found the character Marcus cold and aloof but if you read between the lines to understand how aberant his behaviour is for a vampire you can...more
Lakeisha
Oct 21, 2011 Lakeisha rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Vampires and M/M loving
Recommended to Lakeisha by: Laddie, well i stole it from her list lol
OMG this book was magnificently written Kim Dare i must tip my hat at you. I wanted to crawl into bed with your character Marcus, talk about being yummy and deliciously perfect, well almost. I especially love your longer books, the characters have more space to develop and expand and the reader has the time to watch the progress of each development, without the story being rushed. Another one of my favs like this was Duck!,I breezed through this book but somehow I didnt want it to end. Yup the b...more
Riayl
Bounced back and forth between 4 and 5 stars but I'm feeling good so it gets five, besides I can see this one becoming a comfort read when I get into my downswings.

While it deals well with some serious subjects it also doesn't get terribly weighty or depressing with them, there was a nice balance. I think one of the things I liked best was watching both characters grow and change in positive ways. (view spoiler)...more
Heidi Cullinan
I got a pile of amazon cards at our early Christmas, and this was one I bought from that loot. Actually, I tried this as a sample first and it was the one I went back and finished because it I was up in the middle of the night and it was so cute.

A friend called Dare "BDSM lite" and that's really the truth, but it's okay. The book is actually sweet as all hell. Dare is always just what you expect, no real twists or sudden turns, but that's a lot of the draw for me. Very much a snuggle-into-your-c...more
Lois - Who Reads
I have decided that Amazon’s sample option may be another thing that I need to avoid. I read the first chapter of this book that way and instantly wanted this book and then proceeded to read it in one sitting. This is the story of what happens after the kiss awakens the sleeping prince. Marcus, a vampire, has been in a coma for three years when a kiss from Liam wakes him up. Poor Liam who has consistently made bad choices when it comes to men and is now afraid of everything. Marcus and Liam stum...more
Snowtulip
Feb 04, 2012 Snowtulip rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Snowtulip by: Sammy Goode
Shelves: m-m, par-rom
3.5

I was intrigued by vampire hurt/comfort since vampires are always strong and heal fast, etc., so I thought this would be interesting spin to read.

Emotional trauma is always a touchy subject in which the reader can ponder what is the best course of action, what I liked about this book was the emphasis on Liam feeling safe in order to continue to heal. Marcus has a lot to overcome to provide that safety, including adjusting his vampire mindset.

I love that this relationship is built initially on...more
Nic
A nice fairytale where Liam's kiss awakens Marcus from his coma. I loved the premise that Liam had been visiting Marcus for 6 months and sharing his deepest thoughts and secrets with him. I loved the idea that a vampire could fall in love because of this, something that would not usually happen. I loved how Marcus and his actions where portrayed versus how the abusive Ralph behaved. "Seeing Ralph and Marcus standing side by side, the differences between the two men were obvious - and they had no...more
Candice
This is the first time I have read anything from this author and would give this a 3.5 rating. The writing was good and it was a different take on vampires. I was a little concerned about the BDSM theme as I normally do not read those type books, but this one is very light and didn't overwhelm the story. Marcus was what I would consider a typical vampire, controlling and arrogant, but he was written so that he was still an enjoyable character. This story is angst free and would be considered a...more
Jenre
A lovely little story set in an AU where vamps and humans live together. It has a serious theme of partner abuse but that was handled with a light touch which nevertheless didn't shy away from harsh realities. There's a bit of 'mine' going on but I didn't mind that too much because I liked the characters. The BDSM theme was done well as to be expected with this author. I read the book quickly and it left me happy and smiling which can only be a good thing.
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“ 'My problem was comparatively simple,' Marcus said. 'One kiss was enough to solve it. But that doesn't mean one kiss is enough to wake everyone up and end every nightmare. [...] That's okay,' Marcus whispered to him. 'One kiss doesn't need to be enough to let you know that the nightmare is really over.'

Liam swallowed rapidly, the world around him becoming embarrassingly misty.

'I'm not going anywhere,' Marcus promised. 'There'll be as many kisses as you need.'

Tilting Liam's head back, Marcus dipped his head and brought their lips together one more time. Liam sighed softly into the kiss and, very slowly, woke up just a little bit more.”
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