Story rating: 3 out of 5 paddles
Sting factor (kink): 1 out of 5
Kiss the Clones by Emma Abbiss is not a BDSM story, though there is a hint of dominance and submission in the society portrayed in the story. It’s also a short story, with all the baggage that comes with this story type. Aden and Oren are clones. Their progenitor is a vile example of a man and the two copies live away from him. Other than their physical appearance, the two “brothers” don’t have much in common. They end up, however, falling for the same woman.
Abbiss quickly establishes that this is not only a future society (they do have clones), but that we’re not even dealing with true humans. There’s a biological imperative for the females to be pursued and captured by the males. A mating bond is a real physical connection. The bulk of the story involves the interplay with a woman, Sera, that both clones and their progenitor take a liking to. Telling you any more than that will give away too much; it is a short story (only 48 wide margined, double spaced pages).
Emma does a good job in moving the story along briskly without making you feel like you’re being rushed to a conclusion, deftly avoiding the main pitfall of the short story archetype. The purely technical qualities are solid, though not anything to shout about. No glaring errors detract, no vividness of style either; just solid writing. The erotic content is pleasant, but nothing earth shattering either. The BDSM fan will find nothing of the genre here beyond hints of something in the greater world.
Overall, Kiss the Clones is a pleasant diversion, but not a great story.