Title: Guards of Folsom, Book Three: Pony
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: SJD Peterson
Grant Maxwell, aka Max, wakes to find his coffeepot has died in the night. Not one who can start his day without his favourite brew, he heads to the local coffee shop. Max finds something even more appealing than caffeine in the form of twenty-six year old hottie Aiden James. For the first time in his life, well-established, confident and respected Dom Max finds himself spluttering and unsure in the face of Aiden’s charms.
Aiden lives with three roommates, works a dead-end job, and isn’t sure where his life is heading. That is until he meets Max. Max introduces him to a foreign yet intriguing lifestyle, and they soon discover they have something more than mutual attraction in common.
A shared kink is one thing, but Aiden’s past vanilla sexual experiences as well as his fear of losing himself in Max may keep Aiden from experiencing his fantasy. Max has an obstacle of his own to overcome. He must somehow figure out how to help Aiden explore his submissive side when, for the first time in his life, he’s head over heels in love.
As with the other books in SJD Peterson’s Guards of Folsom series, this book is all about the BDSM lifestyle of a Dom and his Sub. Grant Maxwell is an experienced Dominant who hasn’t had a long term Submissive since he found he didn’t love his boy the way his boy loved him. Aiden James is a young man with no real knowledge of the Dom/Sub lifestyle but does find Grant Maxwell incredibly sexy and seductive.
At this point the story reminded me Fifty Shades of Grey but rather than being horrified by the demands of the lifestyle as Anatasia Steele is, Aiden James is intrigued and more than willing to try whatever Max wants.
Everything I know about the D/S lifestyle comes from what I have read in books and I’ve always struggled to understand the desire to discipline and punish a sub in a loving relationship. As Aiden is a new submissive Max tries to explain the concept and I have to admit I still didn’t get it. What I did get and like was Aiden’s thoughts on the subject. That morning discipline allowed him to still feel close to Max when they were apart, due to the sting and heat his morning spanking left in his buttocks.
Whilst Aiden takes to the life of a full time submissive easily he still has concerns about losing himself in his desire to please Max. His concerns and the concern of one of his work colleagues and close friend do lead to the only real bump in the road of their relationship. Peterson does deal with his bump, but I didn’t get the feeling that these concerns were really explored beyond a sentence in a contract that Aiden should continue to work and spend Sunday mornings with his roommates.
I was heartened at the end of the book that Max and Aiden both agree that they don’t want the 24/7 life of Dom and Sub but want the life of lovers who enjoy a shared kink and ultimately want to get married.
This book is the third in the Guards of Folsom series and I’d like to reassure prospective readers that you don’t have to read the previous books to fully appreciate this one. SJD Peterson does a wonderful job of making each book stand alone and cover a different theme whilst still linking events and characters in each story.
Given SJD Peterson’s talent for having each book in the Guards of Folsom series explore a different theme I can’t wait to read book 4. The other books in the series are Pup and Tag Team.
Reviewed by Smidgeson