Lyn Gala

One writer's journal through one version of reality

Guilty Pleasures and Annoying Misses


samGuilty pleasures.  $2.99 guilty pleasures, to be specific.

That seems to be the going price for gay erotica, and I’m not going to comment on the fact that my 360 page novel sells through my publisher for $7.99 (two cents per page) and they’re charging me three dollars for roughly 25 pages (twelve cents per page).

Rant over… I promise.

But honestly, the price does often stop me from indulging in these little treats. Well, that and the fact that I generally prefer to lose myself in a more well-rounded meal.  Jane Davitt, Joey Hill, Sabrina Deane, and Heidi Cullinan all scratch that itch for hot and steamy when I get in the mood.

However, sometimes you want a meal, and sometimes you want to shove a handful of salty potato chips in your mouth and get crumbs all down your cleavage.

It started with a craving for Jesse Bond’s “Bound by the Enemy.”  I wanted it, but it was too short, but I wanted it, but there was no way to develop a character in 25 pages, but I wanted it.  The side of me that eats entire bags of potato chips won.  I bought it.

And I was right.  The characters aren’t developed.  There is a hint of Stockholm, a hint of natural submission, but in the end, we see one whipping scene, and a man we are told is a strong soldier crumbles to sand.  After being rescued, he even refuses to remove his collar.

There were such beautiful suggestions of a good story in there, so much that I would give this three stars, but I couldn’t lose myself in a world where I kept going, “But… but… but.”

However, the writing was so damn good that I bought the second book, and while this had more development, I was still ultimately disappointed, not at what I saw on the page, but at what I didn’t see.

The writing is stunning though.  Absolutely stunning.

So, if I was going to really indulge in the darkest of my dark kinks, then I wanted to see what guilty pleasures were out there.  Ophelia Lovelace’s “Riding the Slave” certainly went for one of my guilty pleasures… ponyplay.

Again, I had the whole stupid internal debate about cost because this time the damn thing was only 17 pages.  17! And again, my inner glutton won.

There just isn’t enough ponyplay or puppyplay in the world, and honestly, too much of it rests on the humiliation side of the fence.  Yes, dehumanization and humiliation can be a huge part of this culture, but so can loving and caring for someone. Think about how much you cared for your first pet, for the dog that grew up with you, for a favorite horse or cat.  Now think about all that unconditional adoration transferred onto a submissive.  Honest guys, it can be incredibly hot.

So, back to “Riding the Slave.”

It has some damn good trappings.  There’s a man who chooses to put himself in slavery to study a culture, so I don’t have to worry about non-con, and within three pages, it’s pretty clear that he’s as submissive as he can get, which would explain putting himself in slavery.

That’s all good.

And there’s a nice balance between some dehumanizing moments and the affection of the stablemaster toward our hapless slave.  However, there’s no sinking into submission.  There’s just some verbal wandwaving, and now Mike has no human ambition and only wants to serve master. Between the first day when he was put in tack and then whipped for disobedience and the end where the people from his university come to retrieve him, the story falls into empty generalities.

I want to like it. But I can’t.  Two stars for some very good set up for hotness, but there’s a lack of follow through.

I almost stopped.  I did.  I mean, I can see where this trend is going, but luckily I have no self-control because the third time was the charm.


I found the 2.99 naughty treat I’d been craving without knowing it.  Brad Vance’s “Sam’s Reluctant Submission”

Sam is straight, and so is Derek.  At least Derek claims he’s straight, but he also has a penchant for competition and screwing the men who lose.  He offers the military bad-ass Sam a deal… if Sam can evade him for two days, he gets $10,000.  These are two strong men who know the stakes and go into it with eyes open.  Derek is an expert at psyops (psychological operations) and stealth.  Sam is an expert at SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape). There are no helpless victims here.

But what I love about both parts one and two is that there are two battles going on. Which man is the bigger military badass?  Which man is the more psychologically honest with himself?  Which can survive seeing the truth in all its raw glory?

Okay, so I wanted more, and I still chafe at the lack of those little details that would help me get to know these men, but the alpha dog posturing, the strong men, and the military details all make this a solid winner.  Four stars.

I still have potato chip cravings.  “Enemy Captive” by Clara Bright whispers to me, but you know, I haven’t had great luck.  And at 11 pages, do any of us really think that Ms. Bright can overcome the potato chip nature of these short treats?

I think it’s time to go back to eating balanced meals.


Author: lyngala

Lyn Gala started writing in the back of her science notebook in third grade and hasn't stopped since. Westerns starring men with shady pasts gave way to science fiction with questionable protagonists which eventually gave in to any story with a morally ambiguous character. Even the purest heroes have pain and loss and darkness in their hearts, and that's where she likes to find her stories. Her characters seek to better themselves and find the happy ending (or happier anyway), but it's writing the struggle that inspires her muse. When she isn't writing, Lyn Gala teaches history part time in New Mexico and constantly prays for that one big breakout novel that will let her leave the classroom behind forever. She loves teaching, but she loves writing more.

5 thoughts on “Guilty Pleasures and Annoying Misses

  1. “There just isn’t enough ponyplay or puppyplay in the world, and honestly, too much of it rests on the humiliation side of the fence. Yes, dehumanization and humiliation can be a huge part of this culture, but so can loving and caring for someone. ”

    That’s what a friend of mine was saying to me just yesterday. She wants me to beta her puppyplay story, and I told her I have a huge squick for humiliation. She assured me that she hates it herself, and would never write it, but the only stories I’ve read with puppyplay in them are full of it.

    A little humiliation goes a long way for me, but if I’m really into the rest of the story, I can usually ignore it. I’ve yet to finish a puppy or ponyplay story – sometimes I can’t even get past the first page. These days I go running in the other direction when I see one. It’s good to hear that you feel the same way. Maybe I’ve just come across the wrong sort, but even my friend couldn’t point me to one that wouldn’t turn me off, so I’m still hesitant.

    Have you written any? Or do you have any recs that might point me in a different direction?

    • I haven’t done any profic with puppy play, but my fanfic “The Witness” ( has a more loving end of puppy play. Blair is a professional submissive (no sex included) who very clearly tells the cop who is interviewing him, “Oh man, it’s really something to just forget all the worries about school and money and which woman I’ve pissed off this week and just play. I get to lay by the fire and eat treats and annoy Mr. Espinoza until he puts me on the leash just to keep me from stealing his slippers. Man, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.”

      For Blair, puppy play is a way of cutting loose, of letting go of all the stress and running around playing. He actually drags Jim into it.

      And for pony play, I have a piece with Jim. He’s far too dominant to let himself go, so when the stress gets too much, his switch partner (who has always subbed for him) find a solution. (

      I know there’s some animal play out there, but honestly, I haven’t had good luck. I’ve been burned often enough that I’m shy about trying more profic pieces.

  2. In my imagination I love pony play. But what I long for never shows up in any story. It’s not just the humiliation I dislike it is the absolute ridiculous of the descriptions. Tosses me right out of the story. I am sure that there are many different styles of pony fetish gear, but either the writer does not describe it or selects the most extreme. I’ve seen pictures of this stuff- its hot! I admit, but I am never going to believe you’re going to put it on someone for the first time and they are immediately going to be able to, not just walk but trot and gallop while pulling a cart or carrying a rider. Not to mention the impossibility of putting on some of that gear without help. What I want to see is a pony fic which is a celebration of the ceremony of the transformation and training required for successful ponyplay.The extensive control that the Dom exerts over every aspect of the Sub during this process and the trust the Sub must be willing to give. when their body is manipulated in ways that are not comfortable, possibly painful and frightening. I want to feel the Dom’s love in the way he touches his Sub even if he is hurting him in the process. I want to read the Sub struggling to strive to please out of similar love and need. And about the Dom’s satisfaction and pleasure in that effort whether the Sub succeeds immediately or not. I want the kink but I want the romance too.
    Lyn’s “Leading to Water” has the right spirit. It is the only one that even comes close, but is missing the elaborate gear. Theh heel-less horseshoe boots, corset gloves etc etc

  3. Can I shout out to some BRILLIANT (and free!) pony play fic? Tomorrow When the Apriocts are Ripe by Tryfanstone kind of knocked me on my ass. The world building / character and relatioship development are fantastic. It reminded me a bit of your own Broken Universe (which is a bit of a hint of things to come).

    Warning:: It’s pretty dark (Some serious dub con in places) and it’s also RPS although to be honest if the names were changed you wouldn’t be able to tell.

    • I just finished reading this and I really enjoyed it. I’m not into RPS, and I tried hard to just chant “original, original, original,” in my head as I prayed no actors ever found the story, but it hit so many sweet spots that I really enjoyed it.

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