Book Reviews

Mastering the Ride by J.P. Barnaby at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Cowboys / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 05-October-2011

Book Blurb

Josh, a young gay submissive with a strong desire to serve, is searching for the Master of his dreams. After being released by yet another Dom, he takes the advice of his trainer and leaves Chicago to accept the invitation of a Montana rancher—a real, live, modern-day cowboy. With his new Master, Wade Mallory, Josh may just find what he's looking for... and more.

Book Review

Hot men? Check. Compelling characters that drew me in from page one? Check. Emotions and needs that match up exactly – yet the happy ending isn’t certain until you get there? Double check. This is one of the hottest, most touching BDSM short stories I have ever read. It’s one of the ‘softer’ ones in terms of BDSM action, since the heat comes from the men themselves, from what they want and need. The tension rises slowly and I totally loved that build which lasts until the final page.

Josh is pretty desperate. He wants to serve, loves being a submissive, but can’t seem to find the right master for him. This, he thinks, makes him worthless, and my heart went out to him. When a new opportunity presents itself, Josh is desperate enough to uproot himself to move all the way to Montana – based on nothing but hope. It also indicates that he finally recognizes that Chicago has nothing to offer him. This sort of honesty, while scary, is exactly what he needs.

Wade has had his own problems. Hiding from his sexuality, he finally frees himself fairly late in life and is now looking for someone to share his life. In a way, he is just as disillusioned as Josh. I loved how considerate he was with Josh when he first arrived, without losing sight of what Josh wanted – a stern, loving master.

If you like stories with emotional depth, enough back story to know where the characters come from and some hot, loving BDSM action, you will probably love this story as much as I did.

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 58 pages/15874 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 14-September-2011
Price $3.99 ebook
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