A guest review by Leslie
Drew isn’t into BDSM and doesn’t get off on calling anyone “Master.” So he doesn’t know why he lets his friend Sean talk him into attending a weekend affair hosted by a local bondage group. When he finds out it’s a pony play weekend, Drew doesn’t think things can get much worse.
But they do—his insolent manner once outfitted turns a harsh trainer on him. Salvation comes at the hands of a gentle man named Phillip, who leads the abused Drew to a quiet stable and shows him just how erotic succumbing to a master can be.
Another case where the cover caught my eye and I just couldn’t resist buying the book.
If you have a spare 20 minutes and want to learn something about pony play in the context of a fictional story, this might just be the book for you.
Sean and Drew are friends—not lovers, just old friends from college. Sean is into the BDSM lifestyle but Drew has absolutely no interest. Even though Sean knows this, he invites Drew to a pony weekend event at a local horse farm. Drew adamantly refuses until Sean tells him there is a 99% probability that he’ll have sex. Since Drew hasn’t been laid in a long time, that’s enough to convince him to say yes and go along for the day.
They arrive at the event and it is a veritable beehive of activity of horse and pony fetishists. Vendors are selling all sorts of horse-related paraphernalia (all leather) and people are parading around in various states of undress in their pony and master outfits. I chuckled a little at the descriptions—there are men there with fat bellies and tiny cocks and women with saggy boobs—in other words, average looking folks, out for a fun weekend at the horse farm.
Drew is about to bolt and go wait for Sean in the car when suddenly he is in the barn, with a groom dressing him up in pony gear. Drew is really not enjoying this and by the time he gets out to the paddock with all the other newbie ponies, he’s pissed off enough to be labeled as a “frisky pony” and gets a whipping—a serious whipping. One of the more experienced players realizes this is way out of line and takes Drew back into the barn to apply some horse liniment to his welts and…well, you can imagine where the story goes from there.
This is a straight forward, very short story about a kink that is (I am told) very common in the leather/BDSM community. It’s told in an open and non-judgmental way, that is, not trying to convert anyone to the lifestyle but at the same time, not saying that it’s wrong. The author makes the point that, for many people, pony play is a source of sexual satisfaction and pleasure.
If you are at all curious about this aspect of the BDSM lifestyle, this story might appeal. Beyond that, it probably has a pretty limited range of interest, which is the reason for my 3.5 star rating. If the idea of pony play totally squicks you out, stay away.
NB: I told Wave that I thought this cover might warrant an entry in the next Ugly Covers Contest. I think it is time to move beyond Carlton Mellick III. 🙂