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Once a Brat (Kinky Cupid #1)

3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  721 Ratings  ·  137 Reviews
Experienced dominant Marcus Tremayne has a stalker. On the plus side, the boy following him around his local leather club is gorgeous and a self-professed submissive. Unfortunately, he’s also inexperienced, bratty, and liable to drive Marcus insane within his incessant chatter and questions.

Bret Daniels fell head over heels with Marcus the moment he first saw him. He’s wil
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 77 pages
Published February 9th 2013 by Riptide Publishing
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Monique ~ Sinfully
Fabulous Kinky Fuckery from one of my favourite Authors Kim Dare… I just love this series!

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This story unfolds from both characters points of view and I had to chuckle at their inner monologue and how they deal with their internal battles whilst trying to behave appropriately in their chosen roles as Dom and Sub. Bret has got to be the most unlikely sub ever, he is a brat, cheeky and impulsive and has a big problem with his mouth engaging before his brain. He has no respect for the Etiquette of t
Emma Sea
Feb 09, 2013 Emma Sea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bdsm, sugar-kink
Squee! I am a complete fool for this series. I heart Bret. Dare has such a knack for super-loveydovey sugar-kink.
Mar 24, 2015 Otila rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This novella was okay but it really didn't do it for me. I usually enjoy this author's fluffy BDSM stories and Bret was cute as a bratty sub. What didn't work for me was the insta-love. I didn't feel a connection between the MCs. There wasn't a lot of heat in their scenes, either.
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion
October Author of the Month!!!

3.5 Hearts/Stars

I've been thinking quite a bit about why it is Kim Dare resonates with me so. Let's call a spade a spade. I normally like kink that's harder than what she delivers and erotica that's probably closer to porn than erotica. So why am I so horny for her?

What I've narrowed it down to is twofold. She could turn a legal brief into something akin to a cozy-blanket-with-hot-cocoa-by-a-fire-and-a-great-book kind of good which is a talent in and of itself. But
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Very cute story. Bret is a bit of a brat, but in such a way that you just want to pinch his cheeks. He is new to the scene, doesn't just bow down to other doms because that's what he should do. He only cares about Marcus becoming his dom, and Marcus is the only one he is worried about behaving somewhat properly in front of. At the same time, he tries really hard to come to his own realizations and understandings about his submission and what is important for him to achieve. He accomplishes this ...more
4.5 STARS (rounded up)--What to expect when there's a young "leather virgin" who comes into a leather bar, sees the Dom of his dreams and stalks said Dom for weeks on end? Oh and I did mention the BDSM newbie is quite deliciously bratty to no end and just begs for spankings?

Expect kinky fun in Kim Dare's "Once a Brat".

Bret has set his sights on older, experienced Dom, Marcus. He's not-so-subtly stalked the man in the Spread Eagle leather bar. He's never been a submissive but he just knew that Ma
Shirley Frances
Bret is an inexperienced sub who is hugely attracted to Marcus. He recently joined the club Marcus frequents and at just one look at him Bret decides that Marcus is the one he is submitting to. He doesn't want anyone else unless it is Marcus, so he goes to great lengths to capture his attention to see if he could get him to play.

Marcus is an experienced dom who is frustrated by Bret's attention, he is exasperated but he can't help but be curious about the boy too. After a couple of weeks of maki
Feb 13, 2013 Heller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won't say this book was amusing but I found a lot of the situations Bret found himself in had me smiling at his reactions. I liked that Bret knew what he wanted and wasn't afraid to go for it. How could Marcus resist that?

The alternating POV's really made this for me. I loved reading especially Marcus' reaction to Bret and how much he enjoyed his attitude. This was a fun, hot story and a good one to read if you like brats because Bret is a stellar one.
Serena Yates
Feb 11, 2013 Serena Yates rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay
A submissive "stalking" a dominant? Really? I have to admit that idea alone made me curious to read this story. And, with her usual flair for mixing just a little humor with some seriously hot BDSM, Kim Dare managed to pull me in from the very start. Both main characters are just perfect: the sub couldn’t be brattier if he tried, and the Dom is about as dom-y as possible. And yet, somehow they are the perfect fit for each other.

Bret is young, eager to find out more about BDSM, certain he is a su
A.B. Gayle
Feb 15, 2013 A.B. Gayle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably my favourite series of Kim's and once again, she didn't let me down.
I think most people fall in love that way, but they put up all these barriers. They try to be sensible and hold themselves back. They won’t admit to themselves that they’re in love, let alone say it out loud to anyone else. Some people go on like that for years.”
Bret is seen by others as such a brat, but far more than many of the others do, both Doms and subs, he sees what other people need.
There were a few thi
3.5 stars. These guys made a nice couple
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
Another great Dare! I enjoyed Bret very much - his knowing what he wanted, not giving up, and his inner struggle to do the right thing. I also loved the fact he didn't feel any need to be like other subs - he was perfectly fine in his own place being his own man. I loved how he talked to the other dominants - a nice thing for those of us who get irritated by the fact fiction books often portray a sub as having to be a "sub" for any Dom in the immediate vicinity. In reality respect is always warr ...more
Aug 09, 2014 Noah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“When I told you that I believe it’s a dom’s place to invite a sub to play, and not a sub’s place to put himself forward by approaching a dom, that wasn’t an invitation for you to stalk me,” Marcus pointed out.
“Really, sir?” Bret opened his big blue eyes wide in apparent shock. “I thought maybe it was one of your kinks, sir."

Belly laugh. :)

Awilk -never sleeps-
3.5 Stars

I really liked this quick, short read. Kim Dare made these characters real to me. Bret wasn't really that much of a brat in my opinion, just a young man taking his first steps into the BDSM lifestyle. Marcus was a patient, caring man, and that is who makes a good Dom.

As I am a greedy reader, I once again finish a short story like this thinking, I WANT MORE. I will just have to be satisfied that I can always read this one again. (But I still wish it had been a lot longer. Would have like
Very much a BDSM story on the gentle side. I really enjoyed the love-story element. Bret was my favourite, the submissive but so open and honest about what he wants and not afraid to go for it!
Mar 03, 2013 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bdsm

"Once a Brat" is a hot, short story about a little bratty submissive and a dom who falls head over heals for the cheeky and impulsive boy. It's entertaining and funny. Thank you, Ms Dare. :)
Porn-tastic AND funny - a winning combination!

Love me a bratty sub, and Bret was a good'un.
ONCE A BRAT is a hot m/m romance by Kim Dare that features an unlikely sub and an exasperated Dom. At first glance it didn’t seem like these two would work, but Kim Dare worked her literary magic and made them just about perfect for one another.

Bret is new to the BDSM scene and he’s got his sights set high: on Marcus, überDom extraordinaire. Bret knows that he wants Marcus from the moment he laid eyes on him, so he’s decided that he will follow Marcus around the club until Marcus gives him the c
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I’ve been a fan of Kim Dare ever since Duck! This MM BDSM Romance is a prequel to the “I Blame Bret” series and it certainly does live up to the standard of the other two. If you like your MM with a BDSM flavour and a bit dose of the “awwww” factor, I highly recommend this author.

Bret has been a major player in both the romance stories of the previous two Doms. Because of this, I already had a picture of him in my head. He is a cheeky, bratty s
S.E. Jakes
Feb 21, 2013 S.E. Jakes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FINALLY!!!! Can't wait to read...commencing in three, two...

Kim Dare NEVER disappoints! I loved this prequel to "Call Me Sir, Boy" - especially because I'm a sucker for the 'how we met' stories. The balance here is perfect - I love how the Dom is intrigued by the brat and instead of going into "teaching lesson' mode, he gives his sub what he needed without changing him. Visceral and perfect.
Feb 19, 2014 Jenna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, series-serial, d-s
It was refreshing to read about a sub that felt no need to act submissive toward other Doms besides his own. However, I was a little annoyed by the instalove:

"I loved you the first moment I set eyes on you, sir."

Why? What drew Bret's attention to Marcus that first night?

Just one week after their first scene together, Bret thought:

Marcus was essential to his survival. His heart wouldn't be able to beat without him.

Again, what makes Marcus so special to Bret? No explanation is ever given for this
Bret was a real brat but so cute with it. Marcus is lucky to have him.
I didn't hate it but the whole situation didn't ring true to me.
Cole Riann
Review posted at The Armchair Reader.

3.5 stars

It's been a while since I've read anything by Ms. Dare, and though I usually know what to expect with her novellas, I was interested to see what she'd publish with Riptide. It was an enjoyable read, not much different than what I'm used to reading by her -- a short D/s novella, extra sexy with a solid and rather sweet HEA -- but I found the addition of unexpected humor made this a surprisingly fresh read.

Marcus is an experienced Dom who has a stalker
Sammy Goode
Feb 21, 2013 Sammy Goode rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ok...unabashedly...unashamedly...I love this author. She is like candy to me--or lollies as the Aussies would say--a sweet treat every time!

Bret (aka the brat) follows Marcus, an unattached Dom, day in, day out until Marcus finally decides to play. And oh my how they play. First off Bret was just a ball of fun and snark and sweet sexy submission and Marcus was all Dom--hard and stalwart and slowly but surely falling in love.

I loved the interplay between these characters. One of the many things
Christi Snow
Feb 11, 2013 Christi Snow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Review:
This was a highly fun and entertaining book. Bret, or Brat as Marcus likes to call him, is a twenty year old who desperately wants to become Marcus's submissive. Although he's highly turned on by both the lifestyle and the thought of a scene with Marcus, Bret truly has no idea what to do as a submissive. This is a guy who is very assured and self-aware. He knows what he wants and is never afraid of saying what he thinks. His mouth definitely gets him in trouble. There's only one guy th
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Bratty submissives are not my favourite characters. Nor are they people I enjoy being around in real life. It is more the fact that I can't stand bratty people. There is a sudden increase in stories with bratty subs. Some of the authors push it because they claim those in the lifestyleare too uppity with their "one true way" of how a submissive should behave. Not sure what to expect and yet a fan of Ms. Dare, this story is not as I anticipated.

To be clear, Ms. Dare is not one of those authors be

Bret took one look at Marcus and knew he wanted Marcus to be his Dom. He had no experience as a sub but set out to make his dream come true regardless of his experience.

Marcus was being stalked. The other Doms at The Spread Eagle were making snide remarks to Marcus about the bratty sub so obviously stalking him. He finally had enough and confronted the boy.

This is a short read! Decent story and decent sex. Bret is not as bratty as he could be, IMHO, but still had a cute personality.

Kim Dare can do no wrong really...she writes beautiful BDSM for the reader who is still wearing fetish training wheels...the characters are perfect (not a pimple; ingrown hair; or inadvertent fart to be seen)...the love affair is sweet...*sigh*...if you like your sugar-kink high octane, then this is the author for you...this book is a lovely fluffy little romp with an adorable sub & lovely toppy Dom.
Feb 11, 2013 Tina_K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Kim Dare. This was a sweet little novella with a young, newbie sub and an older, experienced Dom. One public scene in a club, the rest behind closed doors. Wish it could have been a little longer but Dare always manages to pack a whole novel's worth of connection and relationship into these little nuggets of joy.
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Kim is a thirty year old bisexual submissive from Wales (UK). First published in 2008, she has since released almost 100 BDSM erotic romance titles ranging from short stories to full length novels. Having worked with a host of fantastic e-publishers, she has just moved into self publishing.

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