Reviewed by JustJen
Author: SJD Peterson
Series: Guards of Folsom #1
Heroes: Micah “Pup” Slayde/Tackett Austin
Genre: MM Contemporary BDSM
Length: 214 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 19, 2013
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Micah “Pup” Slayde knows he wants Tackett Austin the moment he lays eyes on him in the Guards of Folsom. Micah wants to have purpose, to be taken care of, and to take care of his Dom—wants to trust him completely, live for him, belong to him. To become his everything. Micah is sure Tackett is the one. The problem is, in order to be the perfect sub, he needs to stay focused, and that’s not easy for Micah, who suffers from what he refers to as a “broken brain.” Focus and adult attention deficit disorder rarely coexist.
Ever since Ty Callahan and Blake Henderson’s collaring ceremony, Tackett’s been thinking too much about his own loneliness. Even though Ty introduces Micah and urges Tackett to give him a try, Tackett isn’t so easily convinced. He’s spent his life pursuing a successful business career, and the subs he dominates almost never enjoy the kiss of his leather twice. Twenty years Micah’s senior, Tackett has no interest in taking on and taming such a young and naughty sub—but it’s difficult to resist such an adorable pup when he begs.
Review: I have been wanting to read this for quite some time. Unfortunately, it kept getting pushed down my list. So, when Ms. Peterson was selected as our Spotlight Author, I grabbed the opportunity to get this series started. Boy, am I happy I did.
I have become pretty picky about my BDSM reads these days. Too often I see the same old, same old, master/sir, “mine”, choppy dialog, etc. So, I am always happy/relieved to find one that not only holds my interest but doesn’t hit a number of my negative buttons.
Here, we meet Tackett, a recently retired, wealthy businessman who is a little down on himself after celebrating his 45th birthday. He has never had a sub for more than a few sessions, and while he feels he is missing something, he doesn’t seem quite sure what that is. He is feeling a little envious of his friends’ relationships but isn’t convinced he’s ready for that himself.
Then we have Micah, a 25 year old man who knows what he wants (or thinks he knows) and just hasn’t found the right Dom to meet his needs, until he meets Tackett. Micah has issues staying focused. He is a bit of a scatterbrain and has a few tricks to help him with this but really wants to find a Dom who can help him long term. Up to this point, he believes the Doms he has met have all just been playing a game or only interested in playing in scenes or sex. Micah is looking for more than that, needs structure inside and out of scenes and simply wants to submit and serve a Dom in return for their love and need of him. He believes Tackett is that Dom and does not give up in his pursuit, even though Tackett takes some convincing.
I really liked these guys together. They take things easy, starting out just having sex and getting to know each other before agreeing to a two-week trial. Tackett initially questions his ability to be what Micah needs, but once he decides to give it a go, things really heat up. Micah has a few set backs, and they each have to make adjustments as they go. I loved their banter and interactions. Micah is a bit cheeky and even cocky at times but just a real sweetheart. It becomes clear that he tends to use his playful nature and cocky snarkiness to cover up his insecurities. Tackett is super sexy and takes Micah’s little charms in the spirit they are meant, and they become some of the things he ends up loving about Micah.
There are some interesting side characters here, especially Bobby and Rig, two demanding Doms still looking for the sub who can handle them. I enjoyed PUP so much that I am going to jump right into Tag Team. This was just a really enjoyable, well written, story. The BDSM is somewhat on the light side, so don’t let that scare you off. I definitely recommend giving this one a shot.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*