Cruel to be Kind (Love’s Landscapes) by Kim Dare (5 Stars)

The story had a dark and dangerous vibe to it. Malone is a vampire, and these vampires don’t treat humans very well. However, Malone’s human friend and business partner, Xander, wants Malone as more than just a friend. You could tell from the dialogue that Malone had been taking care of Xander for years. These two were perfect for each other. The ending was pure brilliance!

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This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’s “Love’s Landscapes” event at Goodreads. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.



Dear Author,

I would like a TPE tale. I’d like the characters to have some depth and this lovely boy looks to be a bit melancholy about something. I LOVE angst! There isn’t much on the BDSM spectrum that I don’t enjoy, but I beg of you no scat. I’m not picky about the setting-dystopian, paranormal, contemporary, tentacles whatever.

Blow my mind please. 🙂



Genre: paranormal
Tags: vampire, BDSM, paddling, friends to lovers, bondage, dominance, submission, masturbation
Word Count: 10,788


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