Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tag Team by SJD Peterson

Title: Tag Team
Author: SJD Peterson
My Rating: B+

Genre: Erotic Romance (m/m)
Series: Guards of Folsom #2
Main Characters: Bobby, Rig, and Mason
Release Date: October 2013
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
Following the death of their sub, the former owners of the Guards of Folsom, Robert “Bobby” Alcott and Rig Beckworth, were left to pick up the pieces as best they could. After seven years, these two Doms are ready to move on and find the boy who will complete them. Their painful past comes crashing back when they meet Mason Howard, a submissive who just weeks ago lost his Doms in a car accident.

Reeling from overwhelming grief that’s complicated by a severe social anxiety disorder, Mason can barely leave his home. When Rig and Bobby find him, he’s hit rock bottom, believing life is no longer worth living. Bobby and Rig set out to prove the younger man wrong. Fate has brought the three men together, but they’ll have to face fear and loss head on before they can all truly live again.

My Review:
I'll admit it, I'm an angst ho and this book definitely fed that need. Although this book is part of the Guards of Folsom series, it had a very different feel in that the majority of the book took place in Florida, away from the BDSM scenes. In fact, there was very little of this book that was about the sex at all. This was most definitely an emotion-based book...remember that angst I mentioned?

This book features a menage relationship, but it's not one that sets up like normal. Bobby and Rig are both big, bad, older Doms. They were in a triad relationship until 7 years ago when their sub died. In a twist of fate that can only happen in fiction, they meet Mason just as he's hit rock bottom. Both his Doms were killed in a car accident 4 weeks before this book takes place. They literally save him from himself. This book is about the three of them finding their way past the grieving of their mutual losses within each other. 

It was an interesting dichotomy just because it was so unusual. Rig and Bobby...I pictured them completely like middle aged bears. They still like their sex hot and heavy, but are mature enough to realize when someone needs so much more than that like Mason does...he's floundering and they want to protect and help him. I kept picturing them like big teddy bears...all rough and gruff on the outside but truly cuddle bunnies and squishy on the inside. Because they have been with each other a long time, they have an easy relationship between the two of them. They know how to read each other and I really liked that aspect of their relationship. While they may not always agree on their approach to things, they had a level of trust and ease between them that make it work. 

Then there's Mason. heart broke for him and his circumstance. He's so alone. To go from having two other people who make up his world to none in a split second would be nothing short of devastating. I truly could see and understand the depths of his loss and his inability to face life without his guys. Add to that his social anxieties and I wanted Rig and Bobby to bundle him up and care for him as much as they wanted to do so. 

Like I said this was truly a book about the emotional recovery, but there were a few hot and heavy scenes too. Just don't go into the book expecting that in the way that there is in the others from this series. There's a journey the characters have to go through first before they get there. 

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