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☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Tag Team by S.J.D. Peterson

The Guards of Folsom series

Tag Team (Guards of Folsom, #2)Tag Team by S.J.D. Peterson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

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.

So what did I think?

This book was unexpected in many ways – such a powerful portrayal of grief and the effect loss has on someone not prepared to go out into the world.

From the very beginning the grief is palpable as Mason faces the trauma of losing both his Doms in one horrifying accident. Alone and suffering, Mason finally decides he can’t face the future until fate intervenes.

Mason appeared much younger than his thirties, perhaps due to the circumstances of his anxiety disorder, and he is certainly in need of care. Bobby and Rig stumble on Mason while they are on holidays and are immediately drawn to him with a strong desire to protect the fragile man.
“What were the chances these men would show up in his life when they did? What were the chances that he’d respond to them the way he had? What were the chances that he’d feel calm and safe within the presence of these men, when his entire life he’d been so afraid of strangers?”

The building of the relationship was handled beautifully with a couple of key strengths that provided a sense of realism and permanence to the bond between the three men. Firstly, the sexual elements were not rushed and secondly even Mason himself questions the reason he can move on seemingly so quickly “Was he grasping on to something that wasn’t real? Hoping to replace the irreplaceable?” There is a sense of trust and deep caring that gradually becomes more…“A connection born out of pain and loss was solidified while standing under the spray of the cascading shower, or maybe he just hadn’t realized that it had been growing stronger and more complete each day they spent together and only now comprehended the significance of their relationship.”

This book treats the Mason’s mental and emotional problems with seriousness, both Bobby and Rig insisting that Mason needs both adequate supervision (to ensure he doesn’t do anything silly) and also proper professional assistance. This is not a quick fix situation but a long term plan to ensure his full health, addressing the grief but just as importantly finally addressing the long term anxiety suffered by Mason.

The Doms were both gorgeous, fussing over Mason and being so loving. Both Bobby and Rig are just big softies at heart! I loved the way Bobby was described as being “the nurturing type, the one who cooked, fussed over dusty baseboards, and the one to tend a red ass or put salve on a flogged back.”

This is not so much a book about dominance and submission but more a story of overcoming grief and learning to love again.

It was also very special to read the author’s note. My heart broke a little as SJD (Jo) Peterson shared a little of her life with us. I do hope her experience and words of advise are able to help anyone who is suffering such loss and heartbreak.

4 Stars

To find out more about S.J.D. Peterson and her books visit her website.

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☞ 149 M/M Romance Book Trailers and counting…..

I’ve discovered that I really enjoy watching m/m romance book trailers – not as much as reading the books of course 🙂 – but I get a kick out of seeing another side to the book, apart from the blurb.

It’s so interesting to see the elements the author has selected to include in the trailer.

  • The portraits and photos which show how the author has envisaged the main characters (I’m assuming the author approved them even if they didn’t find the pics themselves)
  • The chosen text and commentary to entice the reader
  • but most importantly, the music which really sets the mood!

I’ve managed to collect 149 m/m romance book trailers which I have collated into a You Tube Playlist. I hope you find some time to check them out and if you do find any that I haven’t yet included then please let me know so that I can add to my collection!

I have included the link to the full playlist but also selected a couple of individuals to highlight separately. I hope you enjoy my selection and most importantly, get tempted to buy and read the books! 🙂

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Nowhere Ranch by Heidi Cullinan – short, simple, gorgeous video of a cowboy on his horse

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Notturno by ZA Maxfield – beautiful, professional looking trailer

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Tri Omega Mates by Stormy Glenn – some pics of gorgeous naked men plus I like the music!

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The Value of Rain by Brandon Shire – evocative blend of music and the sound of rain

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Connor’s Courage by SJD Peterson – gorgeous black & white

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Pup by S.J.D. Peterson

This is the first book in the Guards of Folsom series.

  • Pup (book #1)
  • Tag Team (book #2 – release date TBD)

Pup (Guards of Folsom, #1)Pup by S.J.D. Peterson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The 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.

So what did I think?

This was a really well written and thoroughly enjoyable journey into the lives of Micah and Tackett.

Micah is so easily likable, a young man searching for something/someone to ground him. “Having people around me keeps me from going, ‘Oh look, sparkly’ and walking into traffic.” and he finds that grounding in Tackett.

Tackett, who is a lot older, has not had a permanent relationship and isn’t sure he is looking for one but Micah’s persistence leads to him taking a chance – a 2 week trial that leads to more.

Micah’s feelings for Tackett are obvious. “Tackett was everything he could ever ask for or want. He desired to be a better man when he was with him. there was comfort and peace in love, and Tackett owned his mind, body, heart, and very soul, and he was ready to prove to the man they were worth keeping.” and it was nice to see him get his wish to belong to Tackett. However, it was more special to see Tackett find what was missing from his life, ending his loneliness.

4 Stars

Below is the cover (from S.J.D Peterson’s blog)  for the next book Tag Team but the release date is still to be determined.

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To find out more about S.J.D. Peterson and her books visit her website.

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