I have to tell you when this book came up for review I jumped on it like it was on fire and I was the only source of water on the planet. Why did I choose this book, you ask? Ummm PONIES!!!!!!!!!! I admit it I’ve had a bit of a(n)
obsession fascination with pony play since reading Her Grace’s Stable.
Title: Fear (The Copper Horse #1)
Author: K.A. Merikan
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Stars
From the Publisher
1907, twenty years into the zombie Plague
Reuben is a baker living in the slums of London, sharing a room with his father and an extended family of cockroaches. Poor, uneducated, and repressing all his sexual desires, he leads a life of misery, only sometimes sprinkled with gin and a rough tumble in a filthy back alley.
But when he is abducted into Bylondon to be the slave of a wealthy crime family member named Erik Dal, his values are put to the test. His new master is obsessed with all things equestrian, and Reuben soon learns that if he obeys and performs well as Erik’s horse, he might just get everything he yearns for: pampering, foods he never even dreamed of, and shameless sex with a demonically handsome young man in leather riding boots.
As Copper, Erik’s treasured dun stallion, Reuben must submit to his new master’s obscene fancy of possessing another man completely. That is, if he yearns for treats and not the lick of a riding crop. Fake tails, harnesses, and a new haircut to his ginger mane help Reuben transform into Copper, but the fear of losing his dignity in the eyes of society might just prove to be a bigger restraint than any bit, bridle, or handcuffs.
All that for the small price of his freedom. Though at times, Reuben feels it’s his soul that Erik is after instead.
I’ll be the first to tell you zombies are not my thing. If one more person tells me I have to watch The Walking Dead, bad things will happen. However my zombie aversion wasn’t the problem I had with this book. The zombies are more window dressing than main attraction. No, the problem I had with this book is lack of focus. There are more plot lines left dangling in this thing than my dog’s rope toy after he’s
shredded played with it.
For a book that clocks in at just over 200 pages, I’m racking my brain in an effort to give a bit of my own blurb. So, in lieu of a summary let me just give you a little snippet of what reading Fear was like, a peek inside the inner workings of my mind, if you will.Zombies… Ick! Dub con? Weee! What’s the deal with Master Erik? He seems CRAY CRAY. Is he some sort of reformed zombie? Why are his fingers blue? What do the scars on his face mean? PONIES!!!!!!!! Poor Reuben. More pork stew for you. Maybe a cookie. Holy SHIT! Master Erik is a sociopath. Reuben’s not very bright, huh? Is anything going to happen with Jack? How about John? Reuben your whining is starting to get annoying, pumpkin. PONY RACING!!!!!!!!! WEEEEEEE!!! What does Master Erik do for a living? Why’s he all important and whatnot in Bylondon? When is anything going to happen? *pouts* When is the pony race gonna happen????? *whines* <— uh oh Reuben’s starting to rub off on me. Copper’s at the feeder AGAIN? Nothing’s going to happen, is it? *sigh*
Really. Nothing happens. None of the above possibilities were explored hence the character development suffered. I couldn’t tell you a thing about either of these characters that isn’t cursory or that wasn’t covered in the blurb. The same goes for the world building. I think they did a nice job with making the dialogue authentic and giving each of the characters their own voice.
Reuben/Copper gets bamboozled into becoming Erik’s stallion and from then on it’s Reuben refusing or acting out then whining to Erik. Erik then punishes Copper, sometimes excessively so. Copper whines and apologizes; they have sex. Lather, rinse, repeat. At about 75-80% I enjoyed where the pony play went, but other than that it was a boring and disappointing read.
“I love pork stew, but I don’t wanna fuck it.”
Reuben has some great one-liners. He really isn’t very bright though, but I will say he does a fair job of adapting and I think he would make a great pony for a sane dominant. But, like I said, Erik is a sociopath so if anything this is an HFN/waiting for the other shoe to drop.
The fashion is described impeccably-all that leather… *growls* I do think these authors have talent. I saw no egregious errors, but they need to work on plot development in my opinion.
Where to Buy
I would like to thank Storm Moon Press for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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