Once a Brat (Kinky Cupid #1)

Title: Once a Brat (Kinky Cupid series)
Author: Kim DareBuy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Buy Link: Buy Link Once a Brat (Kinky Cupid)
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance / Bdsm / humour
Length: 25,400 words
Rating: 3.75 out of 5 rating stars

A Guest Review by Raine

Summary Review: A competent bread and butter BDSM story with sugar sprinkles.

Blurb: 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 willing to do whatever it takes to get Marcus’s attention and prove his worth as a submissive. He might not be a traditional sub, but he knows he has a lot to offer a dom who can handle his quirks.

When Marcus gives in and agrees to do a scene with Bret, sparks fly. One scene quickly becomes another, and another. But will it be a case of once a brat, always a brat? Bret intends to prove to Marcus that—expectations and experiences aside—he deserves his master’s collar.


Kim Dare has written a lot of this type of short erotic bdsm book; dom meets sub romances. This particular one starts off hot to trot, becoming more sweetly funny towards the end; any BDSM tale that ends up muttering about Cupid is clearly not hard core. Bret is an outspoken singleminded bratty sub, luckily the object of his obsession Marcus has a sense of humour. I found Bret very young, which I guess allowed for the innocence, relatively speaking, versus experience trope going here.

As many of these books are, it is based in a club environment. Two of Marcus’ friends, fellow dominants, make appearances that suggest they could be starring in later stories of their own. There is a cute scene in which Bret reinforces both his brattishness like no other brat and his dedication to Marcus. Marcus is the nonpareil of dom’s, honourable and finally ready to be dedicated to one sub alone. Actually, now I think of it, this is a reworked Regency rake romance with added kink……and lots of heat.

It is a competent piece of work, but even allowing for that, I feel Kim Dare could have written this in her sleep. It would be nice to see more of her work that is more challenging and less formulaic. Nevertheless it is a fun if slight read.



  • Two of Marcus’ friends, fellow dominants, make appearances that suggest they could be starring in later stories of their own.

    Actually, they’ve already starred in previously published stories of their own — this is a prequel to two earlier stories, “Call Me Sir, Boy!” and “All the Gear, No Idea.” The first was a lot of fun, the second was cute. I loved this (the third one, which is the first chronologically) because I’ve come to love Bret in the previous books and enjoyed seeing how he and Marcus got together.

    I have no idea why this isn’t being marketed as being linked with the two previous stories; even Goodreads, which has the two earlier books grouped under the “I Blame Bret” series, doesn’t have this book — about Bret — linked as part of that series. [shrug]

    If you liked this one, definitely try the others. 🙂


    • Thank you very much for the information, Angie. It could make a difference to the order you want to read them in, I guess.

  • I have read this one as a loan – hit the spot for what I needed at that moment, but I so agree with you about this writer being able to write in her sleep. Thanks for the review.

    • She does this kind of stuff a lot, but my favourite of hers is actually With a Kiss, which is a comfort reread of mine, though I like the bird books well enough too. 🙂


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