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review 2017-01-29 20:28
Override - Peterson's

I feel just pretty meh about this. It wasn't bad. The writing was fine and I liked the MCs, and it was more Rough sex than BDSM in my opinion. I just never got fully invested. There were a few lines that seemed out of place. I would like to see if something comes of Cain and Tristan. This has no angst, which is fine by me, but maybe if there had been some conflict I would have felt more deeply? I don't know. I will pick up the next because this is my first book by this author and maybe it was just a miss for me.

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review 2016-09-13 18:41
Innocence to the Max - S.J.D. Peterson

1.5 Stars.

 

I loved the short story so much and I was excited to read this but sadly I am disappointed in this and it didn't live up to the short version, I didn't like Max at all and Cisco's Character didn't have any voice in the story, also the book ended in somehow HFN but it felt like a cliffhanger and left alot of things unresolved.

 

Overall I didn't enjoy reading this book at all and I don't think I will be continuing this series.

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review 2016-09-03 00:00
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Override - Peterson's 3.5 stars

Fluffy BDSM book. Although I do like it more if it's lil bit 'rough'. But I still liked this one. It was so sweet and nice. Thank god, it's not making me nauseous. I'm more interested with Cain and Tristan's story. Unfortunately the next book is going to be another MC's.
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review 2016-08-28 18:00
What just happened here...
Override - Peterson's

What I was expecting and what I got...not the same thing. Interestingly enough the first line of the blurb for this book is "Don't judge a book by it's cover..." can I just say "How totally appropriate this is." because based on the title and the cover I was expecting something a little darker, edgier, grittier with maybe a little more angst...not what I got. Now am I bothered by this...not really because I still got to read a really good story one that I totally enjoyed. 

 

So now you know what I was expecting let me tell you about what I got. I got a story about two men looking for what most of us look for at some point in our lives...someone we can connect too, feel complete with...you guessed it 'the L word'. Donavan is a big guy. He's tall and hours in the gym and working in a factory have given him a pretty impressive set of muscles...he's totally a dominant...not...and that's his problem people look at him and assume he's a take charge sort of guy. At least that's what most people assume, not so much with Seth. 

 

Seth is older, smaller and more than willing to take charge. He knows what he wants and he usually gets it. One look at Donavan and Seth wants...wants so many things that he thought were beyond even him. Things that he'd buried his hope for long ago, but Donavan's re-ignited that hope and Seth is sure that what he and Donavan could have together would complete them both if he can just make Donavan see himself the way Seth does.

 

I have to admit stories like this can be so hit or miss for me and as much as I like this author initially I was leery about how this would go. Somewhere around 40% I was pretty sure I needed more story with my sex so for me the first part of the book was maybe 3 stars at best but I was determined to have faith and as I kept reading I found my story. It wasn't the one I was expecting but it turned out to be one that I enjoyed none the less. I realized that I was really invested in these two men. I was totally enjoying them together. There were no huge stumbling blocks, over the top misunderstandings or long drawn out angst-fest. Instead what I found was a sweet story about two men exploring a mutual attraction and discovering a bond that was strong enough to build a life together on. There was still lots of sex and while it was definitely on the rough side at times there was always an underlying sweetness to it because it went from sex with caring to sex with love.

 

One of the things that drew me in with this story was that the emotional growth wasn't forced and didn't feel like it was being shoved at me. Seth and Donavan's feelings for each other were just there, they evolved as a natural part of the story as the relationship progressed. What started out as a mutual attraction and a bit of insta-lust progressed to mutual caring and finally to love. In some ways it was a bit on the fast side but it felt right and with these two men it worked. Mostly because it was more on Seth's side and Seth's nature was such that he wasn't a procrastinator he was the type of man who knew what he wanted when he saw it and went after it. While Donavan took a little more time to think things over. He wasn't necessarily more hesitant to commit to the relationship, but he was slower to admit to how he truly felt.

 

'Override' is the first book in SJD Peterson's new series 'The Underground Club' and was an unexpectedly low angst, sweet and not the sugary shoot-me-now kind of sweet but a heartwarming and enjoyable kind that also introduces us to some wonderful secondary characters from Donavan and Seth's awesome parents to the MCs that will be in book #2 which I am definitely looking forward to along with holding onto the hope that some of the the other characters from this first book will appear in later stories because like Donavan I really want to know what's going on between Cain, Donavan's best friend and Seth's cousin, Tristan. There's definitely more than meets the eye happening there and Seth's twin brothers, Samuel and Christopher also offer some interesting potential.

 

So maybe 'Override' wasn't quite the story that I was expecting but it was definitely a story that I enjoyed and made this a series that I look forward to continuing.

 

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A copy of 'Override' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2016-08-21 00:00
Override
Override - Peterson's Review originally posted at Sinfully.

3.5 stars


Donavan may seem dominant at first look, a factory worker and 6 foot plus of pure muscle, but he has the heart of a submissive. Seth, on the other hand, is his opposite in many ways, older, smaller, highly educated and thrilled at the thought of being able to dominate such a big and powerful man. When they meet at Pride, Seth notices Donavan watching the submissive during a demonstration and offers to give Seth the chance to submit. From that moment on, the two are drawn to each other and quickly find themselves in a relationship where Donavan has the freedom to explore everything he’s dreamed of and Seth is willing to give him any experience he wants.

I have to say this novel turned out to be different than I anticipated, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I really liked how flexible Seth and Donavan were with the BDSM aspect of their relationship, how they wove it in naturally to meet both their needs without it taking over all aspects of their time together. Seth is more concerned with Donavan feeling comfortable and being happy and isn’t interested in keeping up his image at the club, not that he’s going to let Donavan go unpunished though. These two men are sexy as anything together and they certainly do like to mix things up and keep it interesting.

The BDSM is on the light side with some bondage and flogging, but there is a more playful side to it that is all down to the personalities of the two men. Seth is not a strict, bad-ass Dom (their hot role-playing scene is a great example) though he has his moments and certainly knows how to get the best out of Donavan. Donavan is just learning what he likes and is a willing student. The two have good communication, a lot of chemistry and the sex gets down and dirty but their relationship is very much on the sweeter side of things.

I had only one real issue with the story. As I was reading I kept waiting for some bit of conflict or a challenge to come up between them, but the relationship went very smoothly and was almost too easy. There were no bumps in the road in Donavan learning to submit or in them falling in love or into each other's lives. Other than a bit of insecurity on Donavan’s part relating to Seth’s education and wealth, there isn't anything the men have to overcome. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, I’m just saying it was unexpected on my part given the nature of Donavan’s inexperience and the way they jumped right into things.

Aside from that, SJD Peterson’s writing flows well and the story contained some humor courtesy of Donavan’s best friend Cain who, for a straight man, is a bit too interested in Donavan’s love life. His budding friendship with Seth’s cousin Tristan was entertaining and perhaps fodder for a future story. There is also a brief introduction to the two men who will be the subject of the next story, which seems like it will have a more serious tone.

The strength of Override is definitely the strong and steady connection between Seth and Donavan and their growing romance. Anyone who likes an angst-free love story with a little bit of kink will enjoy this and I’ll be looking forward to the next one.

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