Werewolves & Dragons 1: Axel’s Pup by Kim Dare

Title :  Axel’s Pup                    Word Count : 176,000

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : 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.

My Review :  Bayden is a wolf shifter, living in a world where humans despise his kind, only being tolerant enough to coexist with them. There are many rules that govern the new world in the favor of humans. No more than two wolves can ever cohabit in the same residence, leaving most  wolves without the support and strength  of a pack. Wolves are stronger than humans and as usual the fear of the unknown and humans’ ignorance encourages  the horrible treatment faced by wolf shifters. Many wolves are denied entrance into business places and services, because they are regarded as animals. Wolves are often stereotyped as troublemakers, whores and dirty. They are often jeered and tested in order for humans to prove their dominance over them.

From the moment Bayden walks into the Dragons motorcycle club, Axel the  leader takes notice.  Bayden is hesitant at first thinking that Axel would deny him service being that he is a wolf shifter. Axel treats everyone as equals and allows Bayden to prove his worth.  Bayden is soon challenged by a few members of the club whether it is for a fight, whipping or for sex. Axel allows all the bets to be carried out on his property and he safeguards Bayden’s winnings and ensure that things don’t get out of control. Bayden is very quiet and he doesn’t reveal too much about himself for fear that people will use it against him. Soon he learns to trust Axel, not only as a friend and protector, but there is something else. 

It is obvious that there is chemistry between Bayden and Axel. Axel has an air of dominance that he wears like a second skin. It should be hard for Bayden to acknowledge Axel’s dominance,  but that is far from the truth. Even though he is not a wolf, Bayden accepts Axel as the alpha in their pairing. Wolves trust in their instincts and rely heavily on body language. They teach each other how to be what the other needs. Bayden needs to pleasure Axel, but Axel desires for Bayden to embrace full submission for them to be master/sub . They have different ideas of what if means to submit. Axel shows Bayden what he expects as his Dom and that his greatest pleasure would be true submission from Bayden. Bayden tries to control his reactions thinking that it is his duty as a sub. Axel teaches him how to be free to allow his feelings and body to react naturally to stimulus. Axel teases him in delicious ways on his journey to submission. He tutored Bayden on the finer  points of kissing, teasing  and orgasm denial which he uses as tools of pleasure. 

There is a lot of nuances surrounding the topic of wolves versus humans and it becomes clear that Bayden’s reality has been shaped by this. When the Dragons go riding and Bayden gets pulled over by a vindictive cop who abuses his power, another piece of the puzzle is revealed.  Axel gains insight in the life of a wolf from the interaction between Bayden and Officer Granger. Axel and other members of the club stand up for Bayden  against the injustice of the cops. It would seem that their are certain connotations to being a wolf, one of which is being abused  and having your rights downtrodden by people in power.

Their relationship is a long hard road because of the tensions underlying their different species. They both have to look beyond the prejudices that have both been ingrained in them about humans and wolves. Accepting their role of master versus sub and trusting in their dominance and submission is the true key and the main foundation of their relationship.  Bayden’s submission is the highest form of trust. Bayden finally sees that unlike other humans in his past, Axel’s sole purpose in life is to protect and treasure him. Their master/sub union blossomed into true love. I give this my ratings of 3 – it was ok, give it a try.