Author: James Buchanan
Genre: Contemporary/BDSM/Pony Play Kink
Length: Novella (107 Pages)
Publisher: MLR Press (November 13th, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: The on-again, off-again relationship between Bishop and Russ is in its off-again stage but the mustang within Bishop desperately needs to be reined in and the only trainer who can do that is his Cowboy, Russ.
Bishop Priest, Spvr. Probation Officer at Camp Everrett Branch, has an on-again, off-again relationship with Deputy Russell Stolzt, retired. It’s in the off-again stage when Bishop’s forced to deal with his former lover and the hints about the custom bridle and bit he’s left behind. Compounding the demands of the job and Russ, is the stress of a missing detainee. Bishop has to stand up and away from his life or step completely into it.
Problem is, the mustang within Bishop desperately needs to be reined in, and the only trainer who can do that is his Cowboy, Russ.
Product Link: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=JBIMPULS
Review: Had to wrap my head around this one! I really do enjoy a bit of kink, BDSM, if written well, really turns my crank, but this took some imagination on my part! If you’re read Buchanan before, and specifically enjoy the Deputy Joe series, I think you’ll groove to this.
Russ and Bishop have a past, and details and emotions are slowly spilled out as the story, and the drama at the youth detainment camp develops. It’s a shorter story than Jame’s others, so I felt it was a rather quick transition from Bishop’s day job persona to his role as Russ’ pony, specifically his unbroken, skittish mustang. The details about gear, or tack, help me imagine the transition better, but it’s still a bit difficult to imagine a group being into strictly pony play kink, and not involving other fetish play too.
I’ve been around horses all my life, have owned several throughout the decades, and the author does a good job of getting Bishop to think like a horse, strike out like a horse, even spook like a horse! But I still balked at the sexual stimulus here, specifically the sheath, making the individual ponyboy hung like a horse, I kind of get, but then in another scene, Russ fucks him with it and I lost the connection. I even looked up the horse/phallic sheaths to get a better idea of what was going on in the scenes. It’s little stuff, and maybe because it takes so much to put my head in that space, it didn’t work for me, but might light someone else’s fire.
Now the plot involving the youth camp, troubled kids, how frustrating the system can be, and the missing boy…that was interesting and grabbed my attention. I work with some PO’s and do group activities for troubled kids, so I understand the drive, and the sad, frustrating reality of recidivism. I like how the author sheds light on this, and how important the job is even if only a handful of kids change their lives and take a new direction.
Overall, an interesting, very kinky, quick read. Happy to have new material from James Buchanan!