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Axel's Pup

By: Kim Dare
Narrated by: Chris Clog
Length: 20 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
4.2 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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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 anymore, 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.

©2015 Kim Dare (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • ScrappyMom
  • 20-04-2017

A rare 5 star review

Where does Axel's Pup rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I don't give many 5 star reviews for audiobooks. It seems like it the story is great then the narrator won't be. If we have an awesome narrator the story won't be a 5 star effort. For once everything came together. And let me tell you, with Axel's Pup already being one of my favorite books I was really worried about this. Happily though I get to give both the narrator (who is new to me) and the book 5 stars!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Axel's Pup?

I've re-read this book so many times that when I found out it was available for audio I purchased it right away without even having a credit left. Yes, I don't mind spending my hard earned money for this!
My favorite moments in the book are when Bayden does penance and his big punishment after the second fight with Ford. These are what sealed the deal with me to how much Axel and Bayden belonged together.
The hottest moment is when Axel and Bayden pretend Axel is a wolf as well and Axel actually cuts his pants off. Woo! Hot! Fanning myself!

What about Chris Clog’s performance did you like?

He got the voices right and the feel of the characters. Bayden is not weak. He might be a sub but he is also a strong character. I loved how the narrator did not make him sound weak or give him a lisp or something like that. Axel's voice was perfect.

There were very small issues. I few times in the beginning he said Alex instead of Axel. I caught that probably because I love Axel so much. When Axel and Bayden's mom speak there is two lines delivered in her voice when it's actually Axel speaking. Easy to miss and did not distrupt the story at all.

I will admit at the very first I was thrown off. I knew the author was from the UK. I knew the book is set over there. Duh, so when I heard the accent it threw me. I actually paused the book to brace myself. I've never owned an audio book not being US accent. I am so glad I went on. It wouldn't have been right to have an US accent with the UK words. I just had to adjust.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I always have a strong reaction to good books. During this listen I even tapped back to listen to some parts a second time because they were so wonderful. This is the kind of book that allows you to really feel what the characters are going through.

Any additional comments?

I know the author said she is planning a second book. That made my month. While this book is great having more of Bayden and Axel, even the secondary characters is what's needed right now. I would love to see Hale with a wolf! Could you imagine that? OMG!
The world might not be perfect, but being able to escape into a book like this makes it tolerable.

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  • Laura A Azevedo
  • 21-04-2017

One of my Favorite Books Read by an AMAZING voice

If you could sum up Axel's Pup in three words, what would they be?

Sexy, Beautiful, Satisfying

What did you like best about this story?

One of Kim Dare's faults in past books is setting up a couple and then leaving the story to your imagination to finish. In this book she finally sets up a couple and lets the story take the time it takes to tell the story of how their relationship came to be and what that means for each of her main characters. And she doesn't skimp on the background characters either!

Have you listened to any of Chris Clog’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. I ADORED his voice in the other two books he has performed so far. In this story he had a lot to live up to because I had already read the story and had my own idea of how the characters should sound. Clog got it perfectly!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. Unfortunately it was too long. I listened to it over four days and could barely put it down. I'm on my second go around now.

Any additional comments?

If you like BDSM and hot men who truly love and care for each other, get this book. Love this book. I promise you will not be disappointed.

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  • Kerbear
  • 28-04-2017

Awesome book

This is a well thought out story, Honest emotions ,very human and shifter feelings and situations. The book pulls you in and Never Lets go. Having it read to you on audio brings out an even more real feel to the story . Well worth the money spent. Hope there's more from all the characters in a book 2

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  • Mikee Smith
  • 14-05-2017

A must try!

Very well done, it was engaging storyline with just the right amount of kink.
The narrator was a good choice, just the right accent for where the story takes place.
I chose this book for the wear factor, and found a new favorite listen in my library.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-04-2017

Beautiful story. Great narration.

I loved this book. The only thing that it lacks is humor. But it has enough of everything else to make that inconsequential.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-04-2017

My favorite book

I bought this e-book when it was first published and have read it so many times I have actually lost count. When I heard it was going to be produced by Audible I was so excited that I checked the site everyday to see if it was out yet. I was not disappointed in Audible's finished product. I thought the narrator did a excellent job with a wonderful story. I have finished listening to it and am trying to stop myself from just starting over and listening to it again (I have a lot of books I haven't listened to yet). This is a fabulous book! I stayed up way too late 2 nights in a row to finish it and resented the fact that real life was getting in the way of my listening. I cannot think of enough superlatives to describe this book; it is my new favorite. I loved both of the MC"s and grew to appreciate most of the secondary characters as well (so glad this is book 1 in a new series). The book showcases both Axel and Bayden's point of view seamlessly and just made me love them both even more.This is a stand alone novel with no cliff hangers(I always like knowing whether the story will end or not). Even though this is an almost 21 hour listen, I was disappointed when it ended(not by the ending itself,I just didn't want the journey to end). I am sorry to say that, if shifter's did exist, the world Ms. Dare created would probably be right on the mark. Human's have, down through history(and still today), exhibited an "us verses them" mentality; with the "Us" group always able to justify whatever they have done to the "them" group. Werewolves are firmly in the "them"group with no rights and no recourse in human law to protect them; Bayden has lived his whole life knowing he (and his kind) are considered lesser beings. It is heartbreaking to see how human's have devastated werewolf society and deluded themselves about the reality of their actions. As with most conquered people, the history books reflect the winners point of view and most humans have either excepted the conventional view of wolves or thought the "pack laws" a thing of the past( like Axel). But, as in real life, there have always been shining examples of people who look passed the conventional viewpoint and refused to defend the indefensible actions and beliefs of their own kind; Axel is a shining light and I loved him. Bayden is doing the best he can in an almost impossible situation, refusing to let human's break him but still so damaged by his life time of abuse that it is difficult for him to trust a human. He is submissive to Axel and desperately wants to please him and he makes several missteps trying to be more like a human thinking that is what Axel wants. I loved Bayden and my heart hurt for him. This book is not filled with stereotypes and cardboard cutout characters but beings who seem real(and ones I would like to meet). This is not a BDSM sex story, it is a romance in the finest sense of the word. Yes, there is sex in the story but it is not the main focus of the story;the relationship is the focus and it is wonderful. If you like Shifter/human stories, M/M love stories with some BDSM and leather thrown in for good measure, and strong, believable main characters you won't go wrong by buying this book. I had to edit my review by saying I have listened to this story multiple times; usually re-listen very 6 months or so. I have never reread(before the audio version came out) or re-listened to a book so many times in my life; this truly is my FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIMES.

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  • Jacqui
  • 25-04-2020

Pleasantly Surprised

I really enjoyed this book but the best part was the narrator ... Chris Clog was simple amazing and I am in hunt for every book he has narrated. I almost gave up on audiobooks but this book have me excited and thinking maybe there’s hope... I thought the story well written and I couldn’t put it down... From beginning to end, I was engaged.

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  • Lector Spectre
  • 13-07-2019

Still In Shock - Don’t Dismiss This Book

Ok, so I got this and missed the “werewolf” thing. As soon as it’s mentioned my eyes rolled. I thought, “Oh God... Really?” I am SO GLAD I kept going! I worried it was going to be like Gay-Twilight (in other words, ‘Twilight.’). No. This was well written, compelling characters, a world of politics, a whole world of discrimination, and love. I’ve never been bothered by, but didn’t understand a full time dom/sub relationship. I understood it for the very short time master/slave sex game - but not as a lifestyle. When I say “I didn’t understand” I don’t mean I disagreed with it - I mean I literally had no idea what was really involved or how it worked. I feel like no other book could have helped me understand the dynamic and possibilities in that kind of relationship better than this could have. I’m so glad I missed the werewolf thing. I probably would have kept looking because I was being “judgy.” I’ll try not to make that mistake again.

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  • Nutty
  • 07-07-2019

This is what D/s is about

First, this is set in Wales and the motorcycle club is the European style of riding together and brotherhood, far less criminally inclined than their stereotypical American counterparts. For fans of American MC romance that might be a let down. For me it was awesome. I was expecting a good story from the reviews but holy moly this was an excellent book! The pace was relaxed but steady. There was so much depth to the story that I wasn't expecting; the social impacts of being a wolf, the struggle to communicate not just between two very different people but between two species with different terminology and a rocky history. The need to belong and to have, to protect, pride meeting submission. But above all, Dare wrote a beautifully responsible Dom. Axel is a shining example of a Dom who understands that his role in the relationship is the harder one. Being a Dom isn't just about getting what you want, it's about caring for and protecting your charge, being responsible for every part of them in addition to yourself. I don't know if it's possible to make a character more of a shining example than Dare did with Axel. If you're interested in BDSM, this is a great book to learn what it's truly about and what it means. If you're into the scene, this book is a reminder of everything it can be, and the danger it can hold if used irresponsibly. Even though the lifestyle D/s isn't for me this story reminded me of all the things I love about kink and the life.

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  • CMN0320
  • 02-11-2018

Can hardly wait to reread...

I really liked this book. Having just finished it a half hour ago, looking back I like it even better! The beginning chapters took a bit for me to connect with. I’m not sure why, it could have been outside distractions since I listen throughout the day/night. But Axel and Bayden were sooo appealing in every way I fell in love with their story. I’m telling you, I so bought into this story, and the terrible way the wolves were treated, I found myself hoping they could get the pack laws rescinded! I had to remind myself this was fiction! I hope there are more books about the Dragons MC.

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  • Loulou
  • 10-02-2019

Great performance!

I loved this story when I read it last year. Chris Clog is a new narrator to me, but I felt he did a stellar job with this. It was always very clear who was speaking, or even if they weren't speaking, just thinking. He imbued the story with plenty of emotion, and I think he was the perfect choice. Will definitely listen to this again.

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  • shirley keeling
  • 30-11-2018

i love it

i love the moment when you're walking along and forget the headphones are in and nobody else is listening and a line is delivered so week that you burst out laughing and everyone looks at you like you've escaped from the loony bin or you actually say oh no and cover your mouth.. that's how this book had me feeling totally recommend it x

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  • Mary
  • 06-11-2018

Nice but WAY too long

I enjoyed the first 15hrs of this audiobook, however it became really repetitive and the last 5hours was a struggle. To be honest , if i'd have read the ebook i'd have skipped a lot. However the great narrator kept me listening.

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  • Mrs M.
  • 05-07-2017

Not the usual cliched book. Really liked it.

Where does Axel's Pup rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top half

What did you like best about this story?

It's not the usual fare, Baydon is tough, prickly and not very sub like. Axel is having to work hard to find his way through to becoming Baydon's Dom.

Any additional comments?

Just really an excellent read.

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  • Leigh UK
  • 04-06-2017

Oh. my. Oh. my!

This is one of the most epic tales I've read/listened to in a very very long time. The start is slow and the pace takes minute details into consideration because it absolutely has to.

As the story progresses, the author makes you sink slowly into the minds of the leading men and sweet Lord, she is good at it. I flinch when Baden takes a hit. My heart rate sky rockets when Axel panics. I am enraged when narrow minded cowards take pot shots. She writes this so well that I'm there. Maybe being part of a minority group helps me to empathise with Baden more but the story is written so well, I can understand Axel's confusion as he comes from the opposite side of the divide too.

And then there's the sex... get yourself some ice cubes, a good AC, and warn your partner that you may require some 'assistance' later. Don't say I didn't warn you!

Lastly, the narrator is likely one of the best narrator's I've come across on Audible. His ability to stay in character, make it clear which character is speaking, create the right mood for a scene with just his voice. So talented!

This book ended and I literally sighed. I sighed because it was a long ride and finally it was over. I sighed because I will miss these characters I've come to love. And I sighed because I don't know when next I'll find a book as dedicated to drawing you in deep as this one did.

I wonder if we'll ever see this world evolve, especially if we'll see more of the changing of the pack laws. Absolutely beautifully written Ms Dare.

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  • HyperLittleNori
  • 28-04-2017

My favourite in the genre by far!!!

If you could sum up Axel's Pup in three words, what would they be?

I loved the book itself by Kim Dare, the characters are so perfectly flawed and engrossing and enthralling and the world the author builds grips you from the start, instantly making you want to learn more. The story isn't broken with it either, you find out pieces of the world as you go so naturally and i love both the main characters. Hope there is a sequel one day!!! The reader really brings them to life, the accents are spot on and so stunning you almost think they're two different people reading. I couldn't fault his voice for this book, i was tentative to listen because i loved the book so much but he really did it justice! This story knocks any others even remotely similar out of the park, the perfect mix of steamy scenes, storyline and intimacy between two men without making either of them effeminate or weak or any of the other cliches that some less talented authors do. Just perfect. All of it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Probably Axel, he's just the perfect top/Dom (whatever you want to call it). He's rough without being a total arse you can't relate to and the voicing was just spot on for him. Loved immensely! The reader gave me chills in some of his parts.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Probably just after the 'punishment'. Where they really connect and realise all that's important.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Same as above, i think that's why i liked it.

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  • Amy
  • 16-04-2017

So good!

What made the experience of listening to Axel's Pup the most enjoyable?

I squealed in excitement when I saw this book appear on audible and had to have it instantly! It is my all time favourite book, made better by the performance! I loved that it was narrated by an English narrator so the accents matched with the characters.

Which character – as performed by Chris Clog – was your favourite?

Chris Clog's version of the characters didn't match up with the voices in my head - Axel sounded rougher and older than I would have placed, and Bayden sounded younger and more high pitched. In saying that, I grew to enjoy Chris' narration so much that by the end of the book, I was completely absorbed and didn't notice the difference at all.