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Mastering the Ride by J.P. Barnaby

Mastering the RideMastering the Ride by J.P. Barnaby
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Short Story:  15,874 Words
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Roses:  4

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.


This is a short story and as such has some of  the typical  inherent flaws of shorts.  It ends just when it is getting good.  I would love to know more.  Josh is a sub and looking to be one full time to a Dom.  He is having trouble though and is in despair as another Dom dumps him.  Josh has lots of self doubt when it comes to his worth.  His service to his Dom helps him with that.  He wants to be necessary!  Wade has had a long road to get to where he understands himself more.  He left behind his life that he was living for his father to find a life for himself.  After he discovers his desire to be a Dom he begins his search for a Sub.  No Sub seems to want what he wants.  It isn’t about a thrill for him.  He wants a Sub to serve him but is having no luck.  Luckily for both men they have a common friend that sets them up.  Now they have to see if they each are what the other is looking for.

As the story is the writing is awesome.  I love the build up to the meeting between Dom and Sub.  It lets you know so much more about the men involved than a usual short would.  This does mean that the relationship part is very short.  This is where the short has problems.  You just start to see what these two men can have and it ends.  I still loved it.  It was a wonderful short that gives you a great view of this author and her writing.  Her abilities to write vivid and touching characters are shown here.  I usually have issues with the depth of characters in shorts.  Though we don’t get all the background on these characters, with even more hinted at, you still get a full enough one to start to really “see” them.  Readers will leave this short wanting more.