Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Innocence to the Max
Author: SJD Peterson
Series: Iunctiō Cōpula #1
Heroes: Francisco “Cisco” Aguilar/Maximilian De Ferrari
Genre: MM Paranormal BDSM
Length: 220 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 14, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: On his sixteenth birthday, Francisco “Cisco” Aguilar first sets eyes on Maximilian De Ferrari, owner of Wicked Grounds, an exclusive BDSM club. Cisco has been lost, unsure of what is missing in his life. Over a century old, Max leads a vampire clan, and Cisco is drawn to him in a way he can’t explain. The moment he sees Max he knows his quest isn’t about what he’s been missing, but who.
Five years’ wait seems more than Cisco can bear, but he perseveres and on his twenty-first birthday he walks into Wicked Ground. He’s unafraid to meet the vampire he’s sure is his destiny. Max has been waiting for him, too.
What Max has known all these years, and what Cisco soon discovers, is that more than fate is drawing them together. Iunctiō Cōpula is a powerful binding link capable of restoring cold, dead hearts. With Max and Cisco bound, Cisco will be Max’s greatest weakness. Unable to let Max go, Cisco is thrust into a dark world, where he’s nearly powerless, left to fight for his life and his future with Max. Worse, he’s at the mercy of those who will use him—and hurt him—just to get to the powerful vampire king.
Review: This is the story about a centuries old powerful vampire who believes in a legend (Iunctiō Cōpula) that finding his true mate will bring him to life, so to speak; that his heart will beat again, he will feel warmth, taste, etc. He believes his mate is Cisco, but keeps his distance watching over Cisco until he is of age.
Cisco remembers seeing Max all those years ago, knows there is a powerful pull to him and waits until he is old enough before seeking him out at Max’s club, Wicked Grounds. He has no clue what he is getting into, just that he knows he needs to be with Max and will do anything to make that happen.
I had a difficult time with this story. I think the hardest for me was believing such an old and experienced vampire would have anything in common with a naïve teenager. This was apparent to me throughout the story and made Cisco appear as nothing more than Max’s pet. Cisco tries so hard to be the perfect sub, but he has little to no guidance and is thrown into things very quickly. I loved poor Cisco, but wish he had some stronger more positive adult influence in his life.
Max, on the other hand, drove me nuts. He was so concerned with the legend and his need to find out more before taking action in case he did something wrong or out of order that he refused to even so much as feed from Cisco, thus leaving him basically unclaimed and more open to attack.
There are some really great side characters here, and I’d love to see more of them in the future. Angelo was very intriguing, and I think a story with him and possibly Cisco’s bestie, Benny could be quite interesting. This is definitely an interesting world that Ms. Peterson has created with many possibilities. While this one didn’t wow me, I am still looking forward to the next one to see where things go from here.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*