Title: Rainbow Bash’d
Author: K.A Merikan
Publisher: Acerbi & Villani ltd
Characters: Kyle and Dan
POV: Third Person
— The Strange Case of Dr. Proper and Mr. Slut —
Kyle promised himself that when he goes to college, things would change. He wouldn’t be the gay boy willing to hop into bed with any guy who wants to experiment. This was his life on the line after all. He would never find a proper boyfriend this way.
So Kyle did everything in his power to be angelic. He became the poster boy for acceptable gayness and the president of the LGBT club. But the side of him that wants to fulfill all those dirty, kinky fantasies is about to rear its ugly head when the LGBT club gets a new member.
Dan is the big, bad boyfriend-to-be Kyle always dreamed of, but will Dan still treat him seriously when he finds out about Kyle’s most secret fantasy? One that goes against everything Kyle stands for in real life.
This book is an entertaining sip of smut. Nothing more, and nothing less, and because it doesn’t claim to be anything else, I enjoyed it very much.
Rainbow Bash’d is the prequel to another book, Clown’d, which I haven’t read, but that didn’t seem to matter here.
The basic premise is that Kyle, the outwardly straight laced president of his college LGBT club, meets and falls for new student Dan. Their relationship is very much an insta-love set up, something that can grate on me at times, but as the book is just 16k, it works well.
The book is divided into two parts. The first sets the scene and brings the two MCs together. Sparks fly, and sets up the second half of the book, which is, essentially, a massive bonk. More of that later…
I really enjoyed the first half of the book. Kyle obviously had a secret, and because I knew the book had a BDSM undertone, the mystery was a lot of fun. Dan intrigued me too. Though he was more at ease with himself than Kyle, I still had trouble picturing him doing what I suspected was to come.
The second half of the book was less coherent, and the writing a teensy bit sloppy. The protracted BDSM themed sex scene went on and on, and I found myself tempted to skim parts of it. I didn’t, but that was because I knew there was nothing else to the book. Had it been a novel, I’d have skipped for sure.
That being said, though the sex scene is a little overdone, the general tone of it was very good. The balance between the two characters felt right, and this is tremendously important when writing dub-con scenes. Dan was aggressive and forceful, but because the scene was told from Kyle’s POV, the consensual enjoyment was undeniable.
A good read. Just the thing for a clandestine coffee break.
Reviewed By: Lucias Marsden