Sunday, May 8, 2016

Book Review: Impulsion by James Buchanan

The on-again, off-again relationship between Bishop and Russ is in its off-again stage but the mustang within Bishop desperately needs to be reined in and the only trainer who can do that is his Cowboy, Russ.

Bishop Priest, Spvr. Probation Officer at Camp Everrett Branch, has an on-again, off-again relationship with Deputy Russell Stolzt, retired. It's in the off-again stage when Bishop's forced to deal with his former lover and the hints about the custom bridle and bit he's left behind. Compounding the demands of the job and Russ, is the stress of a missing detainee. Bishop has to stand up and away from his life or step completely into it.

Problem is, the mustang within Bishop desperately needs to be reined in and the only trainer who can do that is his Cowboy, Russ.

Jewel's rating:

Impulsion is about one man who can't stop running and another who wants him to stay. For the past seven years, Russ has been the only man who could really ground Bishop, but every time Bishop starts to feel too much, he bolts, in fear that if he stays he'll lose himself in Russ.

Bishop Priest is skittish and in many ways, insecure. He's good at his job and he finds it rewarding, but when it comes to his personal life, he really has a hard time seeing his worth. So he has a tendency to run when things get good.

Russ Stolzt is the one man who really knows Bishop. Knows his past, knows what he's been through. And Russ is solid. He's dependable and he's really good at calming skittish creatures, horses and humans alike. But every time Bishop runs, he takes a piece of Russ with him. Russ knows that Bishop is the only one he wants. But he doesn't wish to tame him if that's what it would take to keep him.

I'll be the first to admit that pony play is not my kink. It can be sexy, though, and it really was in Impulsion. Russ trains horses (actual horses) and ponies (of the human variety) and he really has the touch. I found the pony play scenes well done. Sexy without hitting my 'out of bounds' meter. Both Russ and Bishop got what they needed and it was clear that there was a lot of caring between them. And a lot of history.

Impulsion was a pretty short read, but even still I think I got a good sense of the characters and what drove them. I am glad that it did not encompass their entire 7 year relationship, because it would have irritated me to no end to watch Bishop bolt, time and again, before he finally gets the courage to stay. So, in that respect, I think Impulsion was just the right sized serving. And I found their HEA satisfying.

Review copy of Impulsion generously provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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1 comment:

  1. Great review! I didn't realize this book was coming out - now I'll look for it since I love the author's writing.


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