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Mistletoe and Submission by Kim Dare
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Dec 06, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: glbt, bdsm

Ever wondered about immature Doms? Wonder no more. Carl and Sloan are playing poker in their club when another junior Dom provokes Sloan with a dare he can't (or won't) refuse. Carl, who hadn't even been aware he had subbie tendencies, can't resist Sloan and the rest? Oh my.

This book focuses on two themes: a new sub frightened and insecure in that role and a Dom who must (in effect) earn his boy's submission by showing himself trustworthy. In the mosh pit of the junior Doms at book's start, the cruel immaturity is startling and stomach-roiling, but Dom's don't spring from the womb as fully realized Dominants, just as subs aren't born as wholly evolved into that role. Both Carl and Sloan grow from a lesser point A to a more mature (though not wholly matured) point B. That journey isn't always a comfortable ride, but watching each of them begin to come into their own and their relationship steady & build? Whoa.

This story is unique in that, although widely read in m/m BDSM, I don't believe I've ever seen a Dom grow in his role as a Dominant as Sloan does here. Excellent. And Carl's fears & insecurities at having fallen for a Dom who may not be ready for a next-level relationship with a sub felt wholly authentic.

Kim Dare in longer form is not to be missed. If you can stand the notion of imperfect heroes striving to become more than what they are, this one's a keeper.
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