The uncommon kink of pony play is featured here in book two of Burkhart’s Jane Austen Space Opera series. Love and redemption are also key themes. Character development is excellent, especially that of Arthur, who must rediscover his humanity. There’s m/m sex and m/m/f ménage.

There’s good news and bad news for Lady Violet Blackmyre, called the Black Duchess of the Queen’s Light Dragoons. First, she’s designated Field Marshal of the Britannian Army; then, a few days later, she’s diagnosed with consumption. Her first priority is to give her loyal stablehand and “pony,” Cole, his freedom. She doesn’t want him to see her suffer and feels he should seek another mistress. Their dynamic is altered when Cole brings Arthur into their midst. He’s a “stallion” who’s been abused at an illegal auction. Arthur refuses to speak to Violet, who rises to the challenge. (SAMHAINPUBLISHING.COM, dl $4.50)
Reviewed by: 
Donna M. Brown