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Audio Review: Pony by SJD Peterson – Narrated by Rusty Topsfield

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Title: Pony (Guards of Folsom: Book Three)

Author: SJD Peterson

Narrator:: Rusty Topsfield

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 7 Hours, 13 Minutes

At a Glance: I’m new to the wonderful world of audiobooks, and I think Rusty Topsfield did a great job narrating Pony.

Reviewed By: Pia

Blurb: Grant Maxwell, aka Max, wakes to find his coffeepot has died in the night. Not one who can start his day without his favorite 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 sputtering 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.

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Review: Pony is the third book in SJD Peterson’s Guards of Folsom series, and while the series on a whole is full of strong, sexy Doms and their boys, Pony is my favourite of the books, and I very much enjoyed all seven hours and thirteen minutes worth of listening to it.

In it we meet Grant “Max” Maxwell, successful and confident Dom, and Aiden, the young barista who Max definitely wants to make his. We get to tag along with our MCs as they explore Aiden’s introduction to the D/s lifestyle, and Max’s struggle to balance the wants and needs of his relationship. Plus, it was nice to hear snippets of characters from books past, and see how life is treating them.

I’m new to the wonderful world of audiobooks, and I think Rusty Topsfield did a great job narrating Pony. However, it took a while for me to really get into the book because of the way Max’s voice sounded. Don’t get me wrong, there wasn’t anything wrong with it, it just wasn’t how Max sounded to me when I read the book.

That aside, though, I love sexy manlove, and getting to hear it in this book was a big win!

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4 Stars, Alex Pendragon, Erotica, Loose Id, New Adult, Reviewed by Lana, Young Adult

Review: Jock Auction by Alex Pendragon

Title: Jock Auction

Author: Alex Pendragon

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 264Pages

At a Glance: There were some things in Jock Auction that rubbed me the wrong way, but the writing and character development is good.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: Sexy high-school footballer Kyle has two big blind-spots: first, he assumes he’s straight, and second, he doesn’t know quite how much his shy, geeky classmate Craig lusts after him. When the two are thrown together after a charity slave auction, however, how incredible the sex is turns out to be hard to miss. Problem is, Kyle’s awakened sexuality is on a collision course with his hot teammates, and not everyone in his conservative Midwestern town is quite so open-minded.

When Kyle unexpectedly gets up close and personal with another closeted jock, and realizes in the process that there’s more than just teenage hormones between himself and Craig, he’s faced with a choice: walk away, or fight for what until now he didn’t know he wanted. Meanwhile, Craig is learning that there’s more to his appetite for athletic guys than playing the meek submissive, and Kyle’s mea-culpa arrives right on time for him to explore some of the kinks he never knew he had.

Hard bodies meet even harder truths as two very different guys discover that, while you can buy someone’s time, you still have to win their heart.

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Review: Jock Auction is a hot and dirty tale of awakening teenage sexuality, and discovering who you are and what you want. This is just the type of story that I love to read. I enjoyed it, but one little thing kept me from total immersion.

The action takes place in high school. A jock and a twink get thrown together at a charity event. The twink, Craig, buys Kyle, the jock, and you can probably guess the rest. Craig confesses his attraction to straight boy Kyle, and Kyle, just for fun, decides to play a little with Craig. Kyle doesn’t do it maliciously, just for a laugh, but the tables get turned and he realizes that he likes what he and Craig are doing.

The scene started out with the boys talking, and then Craig kissing Kyle. Kyle is not averse to it, even taking it further because he gets turned on by Craig being turned on. Their interactions from the beginning are hot and steamy, as you can just imagine what two horny eighteen-year-olds can get up to. This was all good for me, but then it went a bit south. Now, here’s the big BUT—there was not once any mention of condoms or any talk about using them or not using them. I get that this is fiction and there shouldn’t be any preaching or downers, i.e., stopping and putting on a condom, but for me this just didn’t work. These boys were not a couple, it was their first time, and to me, there was absolutely no reality in no condoms. To top it off, later on Kyle has sex with another boy and again, no condoms and no mention of them. This just rubbed me the wrong way, and I was cringing throughout the story. This totally broke the fantasy for me.

Apart from that, the writing was very good, good character development and good supporting cast. The sex is hot and borders on some Dom/sub stuff. But again, the whole condom thing was a big distraction for me.

Jock Auction is not a typical coming-out story. It’s worth a try if you’re in the mood for something different.

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