elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Mastering the Ride by J.P. Barnaby

What enticed me to read this novel is to discover why an apparently accomplished young man wanted to be a perfect submissive.

Josh is young, sweet and with a gentle nature. He is also a published author, successful enough to be able to live in a nice Chicago condo and not having to abide to a 9 to 5 o’clock job. Despite this, Josh is craving, literally craving, for a Master; he has even underwent a formal training, but at today he is still without a contract. Usually at the end of the trial period his prospective Masters don’t formalize the contract and Josh is always more discouraged, until the day his trainer, Nicholas, proposes him to move to Montana for a trial contract with his business partner Wade.

On the other side we learn Wade’s story; from a wealthy family and with a planned life path in front of him, Wade left everything to move to Montana. I think he has not really the core of a true Dominant, he simply wants back the independence he left behind when he decided to agree to his parents’s project life for him. Being a Dominant is for Wade regaining that independence.

Josh and Wade click together since, for me, they are not ordinary sub and Dom. A real dominant would have kicked out Josh that first day, when he started to behave badly; a real sub would have never, ever considered to be so disrespected of his Dom’s house and rules. To me? I don’t care if they are not true sub and Dom, what I like of them is the gentle manners of both, the fact they really need sweetness more than passion; if passion comes along fine, but first of all they need to feel loved and cherished.


Amazon Kindle: Mastering the Ride
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 13, 2011)

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Tags: author: j.p. barnaby, genre: contemporary, length: novella, review, theme: bondage submission

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