Title: Gay Friendly
Author: Kim Dare
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
Buy Link: Amazon.com
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance/BDSM/May-December
Length: Short Story (47 pages)
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
A guest review by Lily
An inexperienced young man finds more than he ever dreamed of while on a ‘gay friendly’ vacation.
Book nine in the G-A-Y Series
Ellis thought a gay friendly hotel sounded nice. He didn’t realise just how friendly the men there would be…
Ellis is gay and out – technically at least. Unfortunately the only other gay man he’s acquainted with is his cousin Harry. When he suddenly gets the chance to visit a gay friendly hotel with his cousin, in exchange for paying his share of the petrol money, he assumes the impromptu holiday will be a nice gentle way to ease his way into gay society before he starts university in September.
Dominant Mitchell Thompson has fond memories of the hotel where he came out almost two decades ago. He returns there every year, and always finds it to be exactly the same unashamedly kinky hook-up party it has always been. When he stumbles across a sweet little novice who’s obviously way out of his depth at the resort, his trip down memory lane suddenly becomes far more interesting.
Eighteen year old Ellis accompanies his cousin on a ‘gay friendly’ vacation in the hopes of getting a feel for the ‘gay life’ before starting university. What he gets is vastly different than what he expected. Turns out his cousin has taken him to a getaway that specializes in Dom/sub BDSM activities and Ellis is totally out of his depth.
Mitchell Thompson is a Dominant and sees right away that Ellis is a natural submissive in need of a Dom’s protection. He offers Ellis a ‘protection’ collar so he can have the opportunity to enjoy his holiday without the near constant attention he’s been getting. As the men spend time together Thompson slowly introduces Ellis to what being a submissive might mean for his future.
This is the ninth book in the author’s G-A-Y series but can be read as a standalone as the books really only share the theme of BDSM and are not interconnected. I really enjoyed this latest look at the world of Doms and subs. Ellis is quite innocent for an eighteen year old and it was nice to see Thompson first offer protection and then slowly guide Ellis. The story is very BDSM lite, in fact it’s more about discovering and nurturing Ellis’ submissiveness, and there are no heavy scenes in the story.
I did have a couple of small niggles with the story. The first was with the protection collar that Thompson gives Ellis. I’d never heard of such a thing in the BDSM themed books I’ve previously read and it seemed a bit strange to me. I also didn’t like the secondary character of Mr. Barkley, a fellow Dom and friend of Thompson’s. There was just something about him that didn’t appeal to me although by the end of the story I began to see him in a different light.
However, overall I really enjoyed reading this story. Both Ellis and Thompson are likable protags and it was nice to see the older man’s care and patience with the young sub. This engaging May-December story can be read and enjoyed even by those leery of the BDSM theme. It’s well written and entertaining even if it was too short. I would have liked to have seen more of the men after the vacation ended.