Mastering the Ride by JP Barnaby ~ Book Review by Christine

Mastering the Ride Cover Title: Mastering the Ride

Author: JP Barnaby

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

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Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars


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.

Christine’s View:

When submissive Josh is once again released by a Dom, he decides to follow the recommendation of his trainer and try once again to find a Dom whose needs he can meet and who can meet his. By packing up and moving to Montana to live with a new Master, Wade Mallory, Josh takes a huge chance on this being the relationship of his dreams.

This is an enjoyable m/m BDSM novella that focuses on the needs of sweet submissive Josh and his desire for a D/s relationship that will leave him feeling loved, cherished, and fulfilled. His sincere wish to please, to serve, and to be praised is beautifully touching as he deals with the dissatisfaction and rejection of his latest Dom. Though there is minimal background development for his character, it truly isn’t necessary here, as the author clearly and lovingly renders his passionate yearning to provide for his Dom’s needs. Although he isn’t desperate, the lack of a satisfying connection is a basic necessity for happiness in his life. His needs are understandable and wholeheartedly believable here, and his character is gorgeous in his submission. What bothered me a bit was Josh’s move to Montana to serve a Dom he hasn’t met. If there had been more contact with Wade, perhaps emails, phone calls, or some sort of initial rapport established, his move would have felt more believable to me. I loved the idea of him picking up his entire existence and taking this enormous leap of faith in pursuit of fulfillment with the right Dom. It felt a bit unrealistic that he would make such a grandiose move based solely upon the advice of his trainer and the contents of his new Dom’s file.

Wade’s character is also well crafted, despite the length of the story. The flashback to his introduction to BDSM gives the reader a brief but satisfying view of his history and insight into his character as a Dom. We meet him again at his Montana ranch, when he is greeted by Josh for the first time, a particularly lovely scene in its description of the impact they have upon one another. Something that concerned me, however, was the fact that Wade knew so little about Josh. They apparently have a conversation during their first night together; however, there still seems to be basic information about his new sub that Wade is lacking as his Dom and partner. The resulting struggle that Josh experiences is distressing, and I would have liked to see Wade take responsibility for that.

Despite the issues mentioned, I liked this story a great deal. Josh and Wade’s scenes together are mesmerizing and touching, reconfirming the truth, honesty, and beauty of D/s relationships and the needs they meet for the those involved within their dynamic. I can always count on JP Barnaby to craft as story filled with emotion and passion, and she does not disappoint with Mastering the Ride.

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This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.

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