Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Pup by SJD Peterson

Title: Pup
Author: SJD Peterson
My Rating: B

Genre: Erotic Romance (m/m)
Series: Guards of Folsom #1
Main Characters: Micah and Tacket
Release Date: April 2013
Publisher: Dreamspinner
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:
This book...I went into it not knowing exactly what to expect, but had seen it listed for a while with some more hardcore BDSM books, so I kind of expected a bit more harshness to the story and treatment of the sub. But that isn't what this book is about. This book is about two men who wouldn't normally find a place together. But what they actually find is exactly what they need.

Tackett is a hardcore Dom. He's older and has never taken a sub as his own, but after attending his friends collaring, he's beginning to wonder what he's missed and feels a little unsettled in his life. 

Micah is the total opposite of Tackett. He's young, flighty, and seems pretty shallow on the surface, but he's desperately hiding the true problems going on in his brain. Micah is ADD and ADHD and has a million thoughts going on in his head at once. It affects his ability to function a lot of the time. He sees a D/s relationship as a means to function. For him, this kind of relationship isn't a's what he needs to function. But he hasn't been able to find a Dom who will take him on full-time. He takes a lot patience and understanding. He thinks that guy is Tackett. Tackett doesn't agree, but agrees to try a trial period.

The true distress that Micah feels about his situation is so real in this book. My heart hurt for him. He's doing everything he can to control the issue, but it's never enough and most people don't take him seriously. I hated how flighty it made him seem when he just wants to get better. And Tackett...God love him...he doesn't think that he and Micah are a good match, but he's a good guy. He refuses to just abandon Micah after he realizes what they are truly dealing with. I loved how devoted he was to learning what he needed to do to help Micah. 

This book is a great introduction into the Guards of Folsom series, the club, and the set-up of the friends. It's not quite as hardcore as I expected, but it was interesting. It honestly felt a bit more true just because Tackett and Micah let the D/s slip quite a bit in preference for just developing their relationship and I did like that.

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