Pup

PupTitle:  Pup (Guards of Folsom, Book 1)
Author: SJD Peterson
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press April 2013

Rating:  B+  Cher  B List

 

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: When reading a BDSM novel like Pup it’s common to understand one side more than the other. I think one of the things I enjoyed the most about this book was that I could relate to both Micah and Tackett.

Tackett is lonely. He has come to the realization that at 45, he has everything he has ever wanted, except love. And he isn’t convinced he is capable of being in a long term committed dom relationship, where love is the collar not a game. Luckily his friends and Micah believe otherwise.

Micah knew Tackett was the dom for him from the first moment he saw him. It would take someone special to help him focus with his ADD. I loved that Micah pushed just enough for Tackett to agree to take him on. He pushed but wasn’t a whiney snot.

Tackett might not be sure if he is capable of keeping the focus and love of Micah, but I respect that he was upfront and gave them both a chance. I loved that Tackett wasn’t a big bad dom that couldn’t ask for help or humble himself enough to find out the best way to be the dominant that Micah needs. There is a beautiful struggle between Tackett’s insecurity and hesitance and Micah’s ADD, which causes him to battle for self worth and focus.

I loved the way the two of them pushed each other to find out what worked for them. They didn’t feel they had to follow traditional rules, but created their own balance. Perfect men and perfect relationships don’t exist. The thing that made me the happiest, is that they are both shown as flawed, but trying.

There is care and affection shown in their power exchange that is rare in a BDSM novel. The sex was beautiful with a tension of hard and tender. A huge thank you to SJD for shaking things up in bed. I love a non-traditional Dom.

My favorite moment is the ending scene. I won’t spoil it for you, but this book is worth every page turn and just got better all the way until the end.

Reviewed by Beans

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Posted on April 22, 2013, in Beans and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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