Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Ridden Hard

Ridden Hard by Elizabeth Coldwell
Xcite Books
Length: 65 pages
3 out of 5

Jamie Desmond has lied about his ability to ride to land a film role, and now his lack of horsemanship has been exposed he's scared he'll be kicked off the set. Luckily, riding instructor Andrej is on hand to give him tuition - but dominant Andrej recognises Jamie's latent need to submit, and his lessons are about to show Jamie what it means to be ridden hard ...


This was a short novella, and simple fun reading. I did have some problems with the story, but overall it is an alright read. The author has a wonderful writing style, and creates a likeable lead character. Jamie Desmond our narrator is a struggling actor in London, and with a little lie on his side, he manages to land a leading role in an upcoming film about King Arthur.

The filming is to take place in the Czech Republic, and Jaime is rather fearful that he will be caught in his lie about being an established horse rider; it’s a good thing they assigned Czech horse trainer Andrej to keep things moving. Jaime manages to keep the heat off himself but he cannot fool Andrej. Andrej decides to give him some one on one training, and Jaime gets a lot more than learning how to ride a horse.

The second half of the story is the semi-relationship that Jamie and Andrej develop. The easy way Jaime moves into a D/s relationship without even questioning the why’s and how’s. Though its one of those “that was fast” it works well with Jaime’s easy going nature and learning to ride bareback on a horse has never been more literal.

Although a likeable story, I had two major issues with it. The unprotected sex part of it was just a little too extreme for me. Usually it does not bother me, but both men barely had a conversation with each other and it just felt very contrived. The added audience for the men’s first time together also took away from the story for me. It was sexy but… it would have been even more so if they were alone.

I did enjoy Jaime as a character and the realism that was his job as an actor. It was not just an occupation mentioned in the book; we got to experience a little bit of his life on set. I also loved Jaime’s first riding lesson, unexpected and quite naughty. I had a good chuckle over it. I could take or leave Andrej, didn’t really make an impression on me.

Overall, an easy read with likeable qualities. A light BDSM theme and a neatly wrapped HEA.
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