Well, I have to say a big thank you to Jim Lyons who kindly reviewed my novella on bdsmbookreviews.com.
If his only complaint was that my novella was too short (and let’s face it – that’s got to be better than saying it was far too long?) I shall endeavour to make all future books longer! May he rue those words… lol.
But seriously, a big shoutout to Lady Lucretia and her crew at BDSM Book Reviews – I think I speak for most budding authors/authoresses when I say: we really do appreciate all the time and effort you put into reading our work and writing your reviews.
Here’s a copy of the review:
Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5
The Riding School is book one of an in-progress work called Pony Tales. This short e-book introduces Jenny, the spoiled and ambitionless daughter of a very wealthy Englishman. Presumably to give her one very serious wake-up call, Jenny’s father has paid a great deal of money to forcibly enroll her in an intensive training course for human ponies at Albrecht Stables.
One can only speculate what sort of naughty discipline and humiliation she will endure in the following books, but this portion of Pony Tales is limited to a span of several hours during which she is prepped and outfitted for the first phase of her training. At the hands of the riding school’s staff Jenny experiences forced bondage while having each of her body cavities measured and pleasured, and suffers the humiliation of being brought to orgasm against her will in front of virtual strangers.
While this is a fun, sexy and well written read, it is annoying that it just stops before anything substantive happens. Realistically, The Riding School is chapter one of a book of indeterminate length; calling it book one is disingenuous. I am not a fan of serialized books in general, but this is ridiculous.
Why not wait until all or most of the book is written before publishing any of it? If readers like it well enough to want book two, then they can go buy it without waiting around for the author to crank out the next installment. It’s kind of hard to follow a story if too much time has passed since finishing the first installment. You may need to re-read or skim what you’ve already read just to keep it all straight. With that in mind, I would recommend waiting until a couple more “books” in the series have been released before purchasing this one.
Reviewed by Jim Lyon who can also be found at: wordwooze.tumblr.com