Author: Kalita Kasar
Reviewed by: Shereadsalot
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: M/M BDSM
ISBN 13: 9781610404686
Summary: Daytime soap star and part time rancher Marcus Bailey ought to know better than to take in a stray. But there’s something about the streetwise hustler he pulls out of a bar room brawl that makes him throw caution to the wind. Malcolm Quinn, half starved, wary, and bearing the physical and emotional scars of a tough upbringing in foster care, wants nothing to do with charity, nor will he brook anything that hints at pity.
When Marcus offers Malcolm a job and a place to stay, the kid turns him down flat, but all that changes when Marcus’ mare, Sylvie gives birth to a gangly, long eared colt that falls ill soon after birth. Malcolm agrees to stay and help with the foal, never realizing the chain of events that decision will unleash.
Marcus’ jealous and violent partner, Paul Wilson, escalates his abuse of Marcus under the guise of a BDSM arrangement and Malcolm and Marcus are caught up in a rollercoaster ride of violence and scandal. Marcus must find the strength to stand up to Paul and end their relationship, while Malcolm struggles to come to terms with the BDSM lifestyle and become the loving dominant that Marcus needs. Two men from very different worlds, can Malcolm and Marcus surmount the obstacles in their path and forge a future together?
Kalita Kasar’s novel, “The Colt”, has all of the elements I enjoy: younger Dom/ older sub, domestic abuse themes, a hustler/rent boy main character and a believable love story. Plus one of the main character is a Navajo Native American. And the story delivery was pretty good. Based on the blurb, Marcus (32) is a L.A. daytime soap star and part time rancher who owns his ranch in Arizona. One night he breaks a bar fight and save Malcolm, a 20 year-old, who has been living on the streets for years. He hustles pool and sometimes more in order to get money to survive. That night and the next morning changes both men’s lives.
Marcus hires Malcolm as a ranch hand innocently. The two become closer. But what Marcus does not share is that he is in an abusive relationship with a psycho-abuser (Paul) who has the audacity to call him self a Dom and what he did to Marcus as part of BDSM.
“The Colt” as a title is quite literal and figurative, as a colt is born on the ranch that helps bring the men closer. Marcus and Malcolm are quite coltish themselves with learning to trust, Marcus needing to learn it is not okay to be abused, etc.
What the blurb did not mention was the story is set in 1986. I don’t have a problem with the setting, it’s just I was a toddler at the time so I had to Google certain historic events mentioned to ensure it was 1) accurate and 2) figure out what the hell happened back in 1986. There were a lot of mention of AIDS scares back then how recognized gays where treated leper-like once recognized as being gay. The stigma that it carried then was horrible. It made me think the progress that has been made to present day and more that needs to be done.
But I digress.
Would I read this author again? Definitely. Did you not see me mention the underrepresented younger Dom/ older sub? Also the story was entertaining and had a believable HEA.
So why not a higher rating? The actual BDSM was pretty light, so light it was almost nonexistent. There was a tutorial of sorts for Malcolm as he has never even heard of BDSM and the different parts that make it up. Was he the most believable Dom? Not really but appreciate his trying.
Also, Marcus from the beginning was not who I saw at the end. I liked him but he was becoming quite needy. But I did like him sticking up for himself in the end.
And Marcus was a part of BDSM club that knew Paul was out of line and abusive but they waited too long in my opinion to black list him and prevent from a situation like Marcus’ from happening.
I did like Marcus and Malcolm’s practice of safe sex (well their version anyway) It was frustrating but good to see they tried to be safe during the late eighties’ AIDS scare/epidemic.
Who would best enjoy this story? Those who like to read about the very lightest touch of BDSM and don’t mind reading about domestic abuse. In fact, this story does show a character who abuses and tries to excuse it as BDSM (which what he was doing was domestic abuse, plain and simple)