SJD Peterson
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Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
April 2013
Book 1 of Guards of Folsom
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ

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.

Book Review by KindleRomance (reviewer)
May 09, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
254 people found the following review helpful
Can an old dog teach a young pup some new tricks?

Micah "Pup" Slayde is a young, sexy submissive who suffers from ADD. Tackett Austin is a much older Dom who has never been in a steady relationship. Micah has wanted Tackett since the moment he first set eyes on him at the Guards of Folsom club. Micah is convinced he can be in a 24/7 D/s relationship with Tackett. Tackett isn't sure he can be in any relationship let alone with somebody who is as young as Micah, especially with Micah's issue with focusing.

The story is told from both of their POVs which was very helpful and necessary. Unfortunately, it didn't really feel like Micah suffered from ADD to any kind of debilitating degree which made the plot feel a bit contrived. Outside of this issue, it was an enjoyable story.

Micah was absolutely charming and adorable. Working as a bartender at the club, we saw his cheeky side as he tried to reel Tackett in. Tackett was a strong character, and although a bit annoying at times with his rough treatment of Micah, he was a good guy. He truly did want to help Micah in any way he could. The story takes place over the course of a few weeks during which they spend the entire time together. You get a good glimpse of how they get along outside of just having sex. There were some really sweet scenes with them hanging out while they got to know each other. There were also a lot of scenes including sex and discipline, but it didn't overwhelm the story. There was a believable HEA, and a chance to see them again in future stories of this series.

If you're looking for a fun little romp in the full-time D/s world, this is a great story.

Warnings: Excessive use of the word "pup" and "boy", and BDSM play including the use of paddles, crops, and a cock cage.
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Book Review by Breann (reviewer)
Mar 12, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
219 people found the following review helpful
Micah (aka Pup) has had his sights set on a certain Dom. He teases and flirts until Tackett finally notices Micah and takes the Pup home with him.

I was really hoping for some kink here, and there was some, but not what the cover and the title suggest. A title like PUP is such a tease! There was some BDSM-lite and a few hot scenes, so not all was lost.

Micah has ADHD and he told Tackett this from the beginning. I did not appreciate how Tackett used this information. Does he think BDSM is the cure for ADHD or something? He takes Micah out, where there is stimulation everywhere and Micah is expected to keep all his focus on his Dom. I understand these expectations and get the reasoning behind them, only if the sub does not have problems focusing. But Micah does and he, of course, fails staying focused amongst all the stimulation.

Duh. Not only does he fail, but he's punished for failing. I just cannot get behind Tackett on this. He would say things like, "I gave you two simple tasks, Micah. Was it so difficult for you to focus[...]?" Um, yeah, for someone with ADHD, it is too difficult. Ugh. I could go on and on.

I obviously had issues with Tackett, but I did feel that he truly cared for his sub. I may not agree with his methods, but he was still loving, nonetheless. And Micah clearly adored the guy. He'd been pining for Tackett for ages and was thrilled that he finally took notice and brought him home.

I listened to PUP on audio and it was a nice enough listen. Not the best narrator, as there were some weird pauses and his voice was a little flat. I wouldn't seek out another book narrated by him, but I wouldn't shy away from one either.

I liked the writing and most of the characters, I think it was just Tackett I didn't jive with. So I'll definitely look into the second book.
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Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Apr 08, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
229 people found the following review helpful
Bratty subs have never been as attractive as Micah Slayde. Micah is a high energy submissive looking for a full time dominant. He's just never been able to find his "one" until he sees Tackett Austin. Tackett is a dominant who never takes on a submissive for long term. He is also going through a funk after his last birthday. He feels old and sees all his friends together with their mates. Why can't he find someone to meet his needs?

I'm not a fan of bratty subs. They don't do much for me. It's not my kink. I tend to avoid them in real life and in books. Micah is an exception. He's an adorable high energy pup. He is flirtatious and sweet of heart. What breaks my heart about him is how he thinks so little of his own worth because he thinks he has a "broken brain". Micah has Attention Deficit Disorder which makes it hard for him to stay on focus. His brain is always whipping through at high speeds. It's a rather fascinating experience as he explains how he makes connections. Ms. Peterson does a great job of showing how it is to be a person with this high speed ability.

From a character perspective, Micah is one I really liked. I felt for him. As someone whose mind never turns off and goes off on tangent, I can empathize. Fortunately, I have no issues with focus. The way Micah responds and tries to please Tackett is both sexy and admirable.

The character I had issues with is Tackett. Tackett is a couple of decades older than Micah. This really isn't an issue if it weren't for Tackett's old foggie ways. He comes off old and asinine to me because of how he wants to "fix" Micah the "unruly child". I didn't like the fair scene. This served no purpose for me except to make me see how badly it makes Micah feel. I felt outrage and wanted to kick Tackett in the nuts. This makes me lose respect for Tackett. Sure, Tackett wants Micah to focus on Tackett's needs, and Tackett "says" he will also meet Micah's needs. But does Micah really need to be "fixed"? How about showing Micah that there is nothing wrong with him? I digress due to my irritation.

The BDSM in this story, with the exception of one scene, is very good. The scenes with Micah are delicious. When Micah is allowed a reward with Tackett, it is smoky hawt. There is no denying Ms. Peterson's BDSM scenes are getting better and better. There is no denying her sex scenes are erotic and panty-wetting goodness. The D/s in this story is quite good even if I didn't like one piece of it. Still, it works for Micah and Tackett and that's all that matters.

This m/m romance is recommended to kinky readers who like bratty subs and the dominants who can take them in hand.
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