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Review: Innocence to the Max by SJD Peterson

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Title: Innocence to the Max

Author: SJD Peterson

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 220 Pages

At a Glance: Do you love vampires?  I love vampires, and I loved Innocence to the Max!

Reviewed By: Carrie

Blurb: On his sixteenth birthday, Francisco “Cisco” Aguilar first sets eyes on Maximilian De Ferrari, owner of Wicked Grounds, an exclusive BDSM club. Cisco has been lost, unsure of what is missing in his life. Over a century old, Max leads a vampire clan, and Cisco is drawn to him in a way he can’t explain. The moment he sees Max he knows his quest isn’t about what he’s been missing, but who.

Five years’ wait seems more than Cisco can bear, but he perseveres and on his twenty-first birthday he walks into Wicked Ground. He’s unafraid to meet the vampire he’s sure is his destiny. Max has been waiting for him, too.

What Max has known all these years, and what Cisco soon discovers, is that more than fate is drawing them together. Iunctio Copula is a powerful binding link capable of restoring cold, dead hearts. With Max and Cisco bound, Cisco will be Max’s greatest weakness. Unable to let Max go, Cisco is thrust into a dark world, where he’s nearly powerless, left to fight for his life and his future with Max. Worse, he’s at the mercy of those who will use him—and hurt him—just to get to the powerful vampire.

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Review: SJD Peterson is one of my go-to writers whenever I need a really well written book, and Innocence to the Max falls right in line. Is this a new series?  Gosh, I hope so. There are so many incredible characters in this book that deserve their own story.

Max is a centuries old vampire, and the head of his clan, searching for something he doesn’t even believe exists, not really. And then one night, he is taking a quiet break from his club. Cisco is in a car, driving down the street in front of him, and his path is forever changed. Cisco is celebrating his sixteenth birthday, looks down an alley, and his body lights up with recognition of a man he cannot see for the shadows, and cannot pursue because of his age. Five years later, and Cisco is out to claim the man from the shadows, knowing he is a vampire and his Master—Cisco wants nothing more than to serve the man who stole his heart from a street corner.

This book does have some disturbing scenes of violence and rape, so be warned, but it is not the point of the story, merely an aspect of it. This is a story about two men struggling hard to be the men they need to be for themselves as well as for each other. It is a happy-for-now tale, with the promise for more. As well written as the main characters are, the secondary characters carry the story forward with wit and fortitude, and I really want a book for Benny!

I highly recommend this story. If you are into hot vampires, with some light BDSM and soul mates, then this is a book you will definitely enjoy.

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Review: Ruin Porn by S.A. McAuley and SJD Peterson

Title: Ruin Porn

Authors: S.A. McAuley and SJD Peterson

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 252 Pages

At a Glance: I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Ruin Porn the next time you’re in the mood for a beautiful disaster.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: There is underlying beauty in destruction….

Miah Thade, Finn Reese, and Ritchie Meyer are Resonator, an indie rock band with an edge—best friends turned rock stars, known as the Detroit 3. When Evin Rene appears in their life, none of them can deny he belongs with Rez.

They may have named their first album Ruin Porn because people get off on seeing how Detroit went from deeply loved to thoroughly forsaken, but they’re determined to prove that blight isn’t the entire story and blight isn’t always ugly.

Ritchie, Miah, Finn, and Evin take Resonator to a level no one anticipates. But no prosperity comes without sacrifice, and no secret stays hidden without a trail of lies. As Rez’s fame grows, so does the intensity between two of its members… as well as their potential for destruction.

Evin and Finn are about to discover the underlying beauty in their ruin porn.

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Review: So, when I’m offered a book written by S.A. McAuley or SJD Peterson, what are some of the first things that come to mind? First of all, I know there’s probably going to be some angst involved (there is). I know there’s probably going to be at least one character I want to sucker-punch just once (there is). I know I’m not going to get a standard-template romance (this isn’t). I know there’s going to be some pretty amazing emotional and sexual chemistry (there is). And, finally, I know that by the end I’ll be completely invested in the couple’s happy beginning (I am).

Now, you throw these two authors together, and what do you have? A match made in Ruin Porn, and I’m already salivating to get my paws on the next book because that character I want to sucker-punch? Seriously, if this book was angsty… Gird your reading loins, people.

I’d never heard the term ruin porn before, though I now know how apropos it is not only to this book but to all the angst-laden books we love to devour. Ruin porn is about getting off on the decay and destruction of something that was once beautiful. Welcome to the Ruin Porn Club, kiddies, because that’s exactly what these two authors initiate us into as we’re hazed by the growing lust and love between Finn and Evin. And then we get to watch as it all comes to ruin because of lies and fear and homophobia, and the all too intrusive camera-in-a-fish-bowl lives their fame became. And, I reveled in every single word of it. I’m not sure what the repair that begins after the devastation is called, though. Maybe that’s just what we romantics call hope. Finn and Ev give us hope that love will be enough to rebuild on.

The Detroit 3—Miah, Ritchie, and Finn—get a plus one when guitarist Kevin Rene accepts the invite to join Resonator as their bass player, becomes Evin, and spends the next year on a meteoric rise to stardom, while also sneaking in intimate moments with Ritchie and Finn. Let me first say I adore Ritchie—truly, madly, deeply, irrevocably—and while I know threesomes aren’t everyone’s cuppa, there was never a single moment where I felt that the time he spent with Finn and Ev was an intrusion on something deeper growing between the two men. In fact, I’d go so far as to say Ritchie made Finn and Ev possible because he was like the rudder that kept their ship on course. Or he tried to, at least, before the shitstorm hit.

I loved Evin and his quiet strength (and the one line he uttered near the end of the book that made me gasp at its naked and painful truth), loved Finn and the snark and barriers that crumbled when he simply looked at Ev, and I even looo…okay, I didn’t love Miah—not by a long shot. He’s a complete git ::sorrynotsorry:: who’s driven by his ambition, but by the end of this story I understood him a bit better. And a little understanding can go a long way toward seeing beneath the veneer and vanity, and I maybe felt a mild twinge of guilt for wanting to punch him.

Maybe.

No I didn’t.

Ruin Porn is a novel that complicates the already complicated business of falling in love by taking what should be private public, and made me appreciate my mundane nobody existence. It’s super sexy, made me more than a little heart-sore, and kept me glued to my Kindle from beginning to end. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this one the next time you’re in the mood for a beautiful disaster you can see coming a mile away, and have no intention of avoiding until you see it through to its finish.

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Interview and Giveaway: The Ruin Porn Blog Tour with S.A. McAuley and SJD Peterson

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Please help us welcome the writing team of S.A. McAuley and SJD Peterson to The Novel Approach today, as they tour the interwebs to chat about their new collaboration Ruin Porn. I was lucky enough to be able to ask a few questions to not only the authors but the boys of Resonator as well–Miah, Ritchie, Finn and Evin.

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TNA: We’re so pleased to have S.A. McAuley and SJD Peterson with us today to chat about their new collaboration Ruin Porn.

Thanks so much for dropping by to hang with us! Let’s just dig right into things, ‘kay? Who came up with the idea for the book, and what exactly inspired it?

Jo: That’s an easy one! We both came up with it at the exact same moment! We were watching one of our favorite bands, Bastille, and one of the members did something as innocent as move to stand near another one at the keyboard, and BAM! Sam and I looked at each other and just knew….

Sam: It’s dangerous anytime the two of us are together, and that moment was sheer magic. We had a 12+ hour car trip back to Michigan to plot out Ruin Porn. That was almost two years ago, and everyone gets to meet the boys of Resonator this Friday! We’re excited.

TNA: Had you been intending to write together for a while, or was this project more a sudden burst of inspiration? Was there liquor involved? ;-)

Sam: We’d talked about writing together but neither of our schedules worked out at the time we got the idea. But when we finally did start writing we figured out really quick that our styles matched well.

Jo: There is always liquor involved ;)

TNA: Why music, musicians, rock stars? What do you find exceedingly sexy about a guy who knows how to handle his instrument?

Sam: OH! HANDS! I’ve got this thing for strong, expressive hands and wrists and forearms (and watches, not coincidentally).

Jo: It’s the whole package–tats, confidence, and talent!

TNA: If you had the chance to be a groupie for any band, past or present, and follow them on tour, who would you choose, and why?

Sam: I would’ve loved to travel with Led Zeppelin when they were creating music. They were my first musical idols. As for current bands, that would be Bastille. They seem to genuinely love what they do and appreciate how the fans have helped them get where they are.

Jo: Pearl Jam or Thirty Seconds to Mars. Love my sexy, bad boy rockers!

TNA: Do you think we could bring the guys from Resonator into the conversation now?

Sam: *cackles* Good luck!

**Miah, Ritchie, Finn and Ev enter and take a seat on TNA’s big comfy couch**

TNA: Hey, guys, why don’t we have you go round and introduce yourselves to your audience?

Miah: *leans down to kiss Lisa’s cheek* Hey, babe. Thanks for having us.

Finn: Give the woman some space, man. Hey, I’m Finn, Rez’s guitarist. And the handsy dude is Miah, our sexed up leader.

Evin: I’m Ev. I play bass. *Ritchie drops onto his lap and sprawls his legs across the other guys* and this is Ritchie. He bangs sticks on stuff.

Ritchie: Anyone bring beer?

TNA: **hands Ritchie a beer from the mini-bar** Here you go, Ritchie. Now, what do you all love and hate most about being in a band?

Ritchie: There are no home cooked meals while on the road.

Finn: That’s the worst part by far.

Evin: Best part is being paid to do what I love and do it with the people I love the most in this world.

Finn: Are you blushing, Ev? That’s adorable.

Miah: The best part is that we helped you escape from that dreadful band Sock in the Sun, Ev.

Evin: True.

TNA: What are some of your favorite, shall we say…fringe benefits of being famous?

Miah: Are you talking about sex? If so, that’s my answer.

Ritchie: Sex is not always a benefit.

Finn: Cheese fries are! I get a free basket of cheese fries at my favorite coney place now. That is a serious fringe benefit.

Ritchie: What about you, Ev?

Evin: Those tiny bottles of condiments in hotels. I fucking love those.

TNA: Confession time – what’s the one thing you’ve done, something none of the other guys know about, that would blow their minds if you were to tell us about it right now?

Evin: These guys know everything about me.

Finn: I think the more interesting question is what do we know about each other that no one else in the world knows.

Miah: *narrows his eyes* You wouldn’t.

Ritchie: You know he won’t. We’ve got each other first. Always.

TNA: Aw, having read the book, I’d say that’s pretty damn cool. Do you all believe in fate, destiny, whatever name we assign those random events in our lives that lead us down various paths, or do you feel like you’ve been in control of all the good and bad and ugly that’s happened to you?

Miah: The life force of the universe is strong. Everything is connected.

Finn: For fuck’s sake, Miah. Can we have one interview where you don’t go all metaphysical on us?

Ritchie: I don’t know, man. I think Miah’s right.

Evin: *pats Ritchie’s head* Of course you do.

TNA: Do you believe everything that’s happened, all of it, has happened for a reason? Do you think you’d be where you are today if things had gone differently?

Evin: *squirms in a his seat a bit* I don’t know that we’re ready to give a real insider look at what’s happened with Rez in the last year.

*the other three shake their heads*

TNA: Okay, guys, parting words. Where do you go from here?

Miah: *looks at the other guys and grins* Up.

TNA: And I wouldn’t have expected you to say anything else. :D Thanks for taking the time to hang with us today, gang, it’s been a pleasure!

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RuinPornBlurb: There is underlying beauty in destruction….

Miah Thade, Finn Reese, and Ritchie Meyer are Resonator, an indie rock band with an edge—best friends turned rock stars, known as the Detroit 3. When Evin Rene appears in their life, none of them can deny he belongs with Rez.

They may have named their first album Ruin Porn because people get off on seeing how Detroit went from deeply loved to thoroughly forsaken, but they’re determined to prove that blight isn’t the entire story and blight isn’t always ugly.

Ritchie, Miah, Finn, and Evin take Resonator to a level no one anticipates. But no prosperity comes without sacrifice, and no secret stays hidden without a trail of lies. As Rez’s fame grows, so does the intensity between two of its members… as well as their potential for destruction.

Evin and Finn are about to discover the underlying beauty in their ruin porn.

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About the Authors:

SJD PetersonJo: SJD Peterson, better known as Jo, hails from Michigan. Not the best place to live for someone who hates the cold and snow. When not reading or writing, Jo can be found close to the heater checking out NHL stats and watching the Red Wings kick a little butt. Can’t cook, misses the clothes hamper nine out of ten tries, but is handy with power tools.

Find Jo At: Facebook || Twitter || Blog || Goodreads

S.A. McAuleySam: I sleep little, read a lot. Happiest in a foreign country. Twitchy when not mentally in motion. My name is Sam, not Sammy, definitely not Samantha. I’m a pretty dark/cynical/jaded person, but I hide that darkness well behind my obsession(s) for shiny objects. I’m the macabre wrapped in irresistible bubble wrap and a glittery pink bow, I suppose.

Find Sam At: Instagram || Twitter|| Email || tumblr || Facebook || Authorgraph || Goodreads || Amazon

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Audio Review: Splintered by SJD Peterson – Narrated by Rusty Topsfield

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Title: Splintered

Author: SJD Peterson

Narrator:: Rusty Topsfield

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 7 Hours

At a Glance: I must say that Rusty Topsfield’s performance was excellent and brought Splintered to life.

Reviewed By: Kim

Blurb: A string of murders targeting effeminate gay men has the GLBTQ community of Chicago on alert, but budget cuts have left many precincts understaffed and overworked. Not to mention, homophobia is alive and well within the law enforcement community and little has been done to solve the mystery. When the FBI calls in Special Agent Todd Hutchinson and his team, the locals are glad to hand the case off. But Hutch finds a bigger mystery than anyone originally realized—seventeen linked murders committed in several different jurisdictions. Hutch’s clues lead him to Noah Walker.

Working on his PhD in forensic psychology, Noah has been obsessed with serial murders since he was a child. But coming to Hutch’s attention as a suspect isn’t a good way to start a relationship. Noah finds himself hunted, striking him off Hutch’s suspect list, but not off his radar. To catch the killer before anyone else falls victim, they’ll have to work together, and quickly, to bring him to justice.

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Review: I wasn’t so sure about SJD Peterson when I first started reading her work. I loved her writing style, but there were a couple of her stories I just didn’t like. But damn! I’m so glad that I didn’t give up on this author, because she has become an auto-buy for me.

Her latest audiobook, Splintered, had me riveted on page one, and even though the MCs don’t meet until a few chapters in, I could tell there was a lot of forensics research done, which kept the storyline interesting. I was totally surprised by who the perpetrator was, but a little disappointed that the romance between Todd and Noah wasn’t more developed. I think a sequel should be considered. ::hinthint::

Since I’ve read the book and listened to the audio, I must say that Rusty Topsfield’s performance was excellent and brought Splintered to life. I love a narrator who can match the voices to the characters, as well as throw in some appropriate emotion when narrating. I’m just tickled pink when a story I’ve previously read and enjoyed comes out in audio, and its interpretation by the narrator is better than what my mind came up with while reading.

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Audio Review: Beyond Duty by SJD Peterson – Narrated by Jonathan Young

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Title: Beyond Duty

Author: SJD Peterson

Narrator:: Johnathan Young

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 7 Hours and 6 Minutes

At a Glance: SJD Peterson’s writing and Jonathon Young’s voice together make Beyond Duty an experience worth repeating again and again.

Reviewed By: Kim

Blurb: The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell didn’t come soon enough for Gunther “Gunny” Duchene and Macalister “Mac” Jones, career US Marines who met at boot camp in the 1990s. They’ve been somewhere between best friends and lovers in peacetime and wartime both, but as the clock ticks toward Mac’s and Gunny’s retirements, the guys have much more to worry about than coming out.

Whether their relationship will survive outside of the closet they’ve had to shove it into for over two decades is a big question mark. After all, Gunny questions why a hot military man like Mac–who could get any guy he wanted, including a younger, sexier one–would want him. But as Gunny and Mac navigate emotional waters as choppy as any they saw on duty, they just might learn Semper Fi applies to more than their careers.

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Review: I fell in love with Gunny and Mac when I first read about them in a collection of short stories, Love is Always Write, published by the Goodreads M/M Romance Group. I definitely, wanted more of these two sexy marines, so when I spotted an extended version of the book from Dreamspinner Press, I knew that I was going to own it!

And better yet, it’s become available on audio! Double woohoo!

Jonathon Young did an awesome job of bringing Gunny and Mac to life. His performance of both characters was age appropriate. I don’t know if anyone has experienced this when listening to audiobooks, but it’s kind of freaky when older characters are narrated as though a teenager is reading the story.

I loved how Young brought out Gunny’s insecurities about Mac, and Mac’s final say about Gunny’s quirks about them. For me, Mac left no doubt about his feelings or his intentions towards Gunny. Mac may be a tough Marine, but his vulnerable side came out when it came time to tell his family he was gay. There’s nothing like giving the ones we love the power to hurt us, and there was one member of Mac’s family who did manage to devastate him with the reaction to the news.

As for Gunny’s family, his mom really needed a wakeup call! It broke my heart that she was acting like a fool. And even though what happened to Gunny’s sister was tragic, it was a time to hang on to her remaining children instead of pushing them away. Gunny’s letter to his parents kind of choked me up because this was a letter with a lot of hurt and feeling put into it.

SJD Peterson’s writing and Jonathon Young’s voice together make Beyond Duty an experience worth repeating again and again.

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Audio Review: Tag Team by SJD Peterson – Narrated by Rusty Topsfield

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Title: Tag Team (Guards of Folsom: Book Two)

Author: SJD Peterson

Narrator: Rusty Topsfield

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 7 Hours and 56 Minutes

At a Glance: All I can ever ask for from a narrator is to take me into the world the author has created. Rusty Topsfield painted a picture of SJD Peterson’s world while defining each character wonderfully.

Reviewed By: Amy

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.

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Review: I adore SJD Peterson and I was excited to listen to the second book in the Guards of Folsom series, as I had only read the first novel in print. What stood out about this book was Peterson’s ability to write a book that can show such care and tenderness, while still having that edge that takes it to the next level. I really felt the love that Mason carried for his recently departed Doms, and the utter despair of what he was going through. I also didn’t feel that Mason was replacing his past loves with Rig and Bobby. Can I say how much I adore Rig and Bobby? After only seeing glimpses of them in the first novel, they were well worth the wait. I connected with Bobby and Rig’s relationship. Overall, I loved this book; however, I felt the BDSM was lacking. Because of that I gave Tag Team four stars.

Narration: I hadn’t heard Rusty Topsfield narrate anything before. I thought his name was absolutely fitting for a BDSM novel, though :P. What I have noticed is when an audiobook starts with “for Falcon Sound Company,” I get very excited. I haven’t met a narrator for Falcon that hasn’t been absolutely stellar. Topsfield didn’t disappoint me. All I can ever ask for from a narrator is to take me into the world the author has created. He painted a picture of SJD Peterson’s world while defining each character wonderfully. I cannot wait for the next Guards of Folsom audiobook and hope that Rusty narrates it!

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Audio Review: Pony by SJD Peterson – Narrated by Rusty Topsfield

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Title: Pony (Guards of Folsom: Book Three)

Author: SJD Peterson

Narrator:: Rusty Topsfield

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 7 Hours, 13 Minutes

At a Glance: I’m new to the wonderful world of audiobooks, and I think Rusty Topsfield did a great job narrating Pony.

Reviewed By: Pia

Blurb: Grant Maxwell, aka Max, wakes to find his coffeepot has died in the night. Not one who can start his day without his favorite brew, he heads to the local coffee shop. Max finds something even more appealing than caffeine in the form of twenty-six-year-old hottie Aiden James. For the first time in his life, well-established, confident and respected Dom Max finds himself sputtering and unsure in the face of Aiden’s charms.

Aiden lives with three roommates, works a dead-end job, and isn’t sure where his life is heading. That is until he meets Max. Max introduces him to a foreign yet intriguing lifestyle, and they soon discover they have something more than mutual attraction in common.

A shared kink is one thing, but Aiden’s past vanilla sexual experiences as well as his fear of losing himself in Max may keep Aiden from experiencing his fantasy. Max has an obstacle of his own to overcome. He must somehow figure out how to help Aiden explore his submissive side when, for the first time in his life, he’s head over heels in love.

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Review: Pony is the third book in SJD Peterson’s Guards of Folsom series, and while the series on a whole is full of strong, sexy Doms and their boys, Pony is my favourite of the books, and I very much enjoyed all seven hours and thirteen minutes worth of listening to it.

In it we meet Grant “Max” Maxwell, successful and confident Dom, and Aiden, the young barista who Max definitely wants to make his. We get to tag along with our MCs as they explore Aiden’s introduction to the D/s lifestyle, and Max’s struggle to balance the wants and needs of his relationship. Plus, it was nice to hear snippets of characters from books past, and see how life is treating them.

I’m new to the wonderful world of audiobooks, and I think Rusty Topsfield did a great job narrating Pony. However, it took a while for me to really get into the book because of the way Max’s voice sounded. Don’t get me wrong, there wasn’t anything wrong with it, it just wasn’t how Max sounded to me when I read the book.

That aside, though, I love sexy manlove, and getting to hear it in this book was a big win!

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Review: Splintered by SJD Peterson

Title: Splintered

Author:  SJD Peterson

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 220 Pages

At a Glance:  An excellent psycho-thriller mystery story, with a bit of romance thrown in.

Reviewed By: Angel

Blurb: A string of murders targeting effeminate gay men has the GLBTQ community of Chicago on alert, but budget cuts have left many precincts understaffed and overworked. Not to mention, homophobia is alive and well within the law enforcement community and little has been done to solve the mystery. When the FBI calls in Special Agent Todd Hutchinson and his team, the locals are glad to hand the case off. But Hutch finds a bigger mystery than anyone originally realized—seventeen linked murders committed in several different jurisdictions. Hutch’s clues lead him to Noah Walker.

Working on his PhD in forensic psychology, Noah has been obsessed with serial murders since he was a child. But coming to Hutch’s attention as a suspect isn’t a good way to start a relationship. Noah finds himself hunted, striking him off Hutch’s suspect list, but not off his radar. To catch the killer before anyone else falls victim, they’ll have to work together, and quickly, to bring him to justice

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Review:  Just when I thought I was left to Nora Roberts’ Eve Dallas to provide me with a good and sexy mystery, especially after Josh Lanyon decided to end Mr. English’s career, I find SJD Peterson. And yes, I am ranking this new-to-me author right up there with two on my all time favorites list. I really enjoyed this mystery and hope the clues the author left indicate there will be more from this series, and soon.

As the blurb says, Hutch and his team are out to find a killer. And it was one I didn’t even expect. The clues to the killer were almost nonexistent, which was a change. Normally I get some inkling about the bad guy but when he was revealed, I was like, oh… wow, okay, and I went with it.

The details of both the mystery and the police work felt real to me, down to the homophobia of the police departments working the murders, and the fear of the gay community. Hutch is jaded and intense, and I love how he saw into the mind of the killer, though he never actually saw him. Noah was just too cute for words, and intelligent to boot. I love that his past is what pushed him into his chosen field. His backstory makes me wonder if the mystery will be solved, and I hope for further sequels in this series.

Granite and Byte round out the team of investigators, and I would also enjoy more from them and their stories in the future. All the characters worked well together and once I began reading, it was hard to put the book down. I finished Splintered in just one night.

SJD Peterson focuses on the mystery here, and the romance between the protagonists is secondary. I liked that, and creepily, the reasons behind it made sense in context despite there being few clues to the mystery and murders. I also enjoyed the chemistry Hutch and Noah had. There isn’t much shown about their relationship, though, other than a one-night stand before Hutch’s guilt forces him to refocus on the case.

I found out, after reading, there are some outtakes from the book, and I would love to read them as well. Definitely looking forward to more of this series, and I will be on the lookout for more of the author’s works.

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4 Stars, Audio Book, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Kathie, SJD Peterson

Audio Review: BAMF by SJD Peterson – Narrated by Adam Dort

Title: BAMF

Author: SJD Peterson

Narrator:: Adam Dort

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 5 Hours, 58 Minutes

At a Glance: I liked BAMF and liked the give and take relationship Alex and Ridley grew into

Blurb: With his fauxhawk, sleeve tattoos, and visible piercings, Ridley Corbin has the whole bad ass vibe going on in spades. The image serves him well as the self-proclaimed protector of the underdog, and he wants nothing more than to be Alex Firestone’s hero.

Alex, a mild-mannered library assistant, has moved to Slater, a quiet college town, hoping to hide from his past. He keeps to himself, but that doesn’t save him from catching the unwanted attention of the campus bully. But not all is as it seems. Alex’s past comes calling, and it’s time he becomes top dog.

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Review: If you like a little kink with your story, BAMF is the book for you. If you prefer to listen to a story about a mild-mannered library assistant and a bad-ass college student, then BAMF isn’t the book for you, and I have to say I feel the blurb for this book is misleading. I had never read SJD Peterson before mostly because I am not a fan of BDSM, and I know most of her books seem to work on some variation of that. The first half of this story was rough for me to read/listen to. I maybe would have been comfortable with the rough sex, but Ridley wasn’t and took the pain because he didn’t want to be seen as a weak, immature college student who didn’t have the confidence to stand up for himself. Pain and pleasure mixed together was the theme of the first couple of times Ridley and Alex got together, but the next morning the pleasure was gone and all that was left was the pain, described to us in detail, which isn’t an image I necessarily wanted to read about or listen to.

But, the second half of the book was great! And it was at this point (52% in the e-book) Ridley and Alex had to leave Michigan due to a real BAMF named Gutierrez trying to kill them. The FBI moved them to a safe house in Louisiana, where Alex and Ridley enjoyed long days of lovemaking, getting to know each other, fishing, but there was also just a little bit of suspense, waiting to see of Gutierrez’s men would show up to try and kill them again. The lovemaking settled down into partnership; they talked about family and griped about everyday duties such as cooking and dishes. I was hoping there would be another spike in the action, with Gutierrez finding them, but that was not in the cards. The story just kind of slowed to an anticlimactic finish, but they did have a happy ending, both realizing they needed each other.

I liked BAMF and liked the give and take relationship Alex and Ridley grew into. I also liked Adam Dort’s narration. I really thought his voice fit the characters. There’s not a lot of acting projected into the narration, but Adam just reading the story for some reason worked. My only recommendation for this book is to be aware of the rough sex scenes. It’s a good story, maybe just not what you’d expect from the blurb.






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Dreamspinner Press, SJD Peterson

Excerpt and Giveaway: Splintered by SJD Peterson

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The Novel Approach welcomes SJD Peterson on the Splintered blog tour.

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Aleksandr Voinov, Brita Addams, Chris T. Kat, Cover Reveal, Edmond Manning, EM Lynley, Ethan Day, GayRomLit, Heidi Cullinan, K.C. Burn, L. Dean Pace-Frech, Lex Chase, Lillian McKinnon, Margie Church, Rachel Sparks, SJD Peterson, Tere Michaels

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi, everyone , and welcome back. Thanks so much for stopping by to see what we have in store for the week ahead.

We have the pleasure of not only bringing you more reviews, but we’ve also got cover reveals, blog tours, interviews, and giveaways coming up just for you.

Here’s what’s coming up!


MondayChris T. Kat kicks off the week on her Tidal Change Blog Tour and Backlist Title Giveaway

Lex Chase also drops by on the Americana Fairy Tale Release Day Blitz

Tuesday – Young adult author Lillian McKinnon will be by to do a cover reveal for her upcoming novel A Life In Frames

SJD Peterson brings the Splintered Blog Tour to The Novel Approach, with a Giveaway

Brita Addams also stops by with her monthly guest post today

Wednesday – Today we have the privilege of hosting an Exclusive Cover Reveal for Tere MichaelsWho Knows the Storm

Then Heidi Cullinan makes a stop at TNA on the Fever Pitch Blog Tour, with a Giveaway

Finally, we have the honor of bringing you the Edmond Manning Butterfly King Blog Tour

ThursdayK.C. Burn is our guest today on the Countdown to Coastal Magic Blog Tour

FridayEthan Day drops back by today on the Countdown to GayRomLit Blog Tour

And EM Lynley also stops in today on the Spaghetti Western Blog Tour

SaturdayRachel Sparks is our guest today on the To Be Whole Blog Tour, with a Giveaway

Aleksandr Voinov is also with us today on the Counterpunch Blog Tour

Sunday – And closing out the week, we’ve got Margie Church with us on her The Camera Never Lies Blog Tour, with a Giveaway

And Dean Pace-Frech also stops in with a Guest Post and Giveaway

And that rounds out the week ahead. Until next week, happy reading!

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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jackie, SJD Peterson

SJD Peterson’s “BAMF” Is One Badass MoFo

Title: BAMF

Author: SJD Peterson

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: With his fauxhawk, sleeve tattoos, and visible piercings, Ridley Corbin has the whole bad ass vibe going on in spades. The image serves him well as the self-proclaimed protector of the underdog, and he wants nothing more than to be Alex Firestone’s hero. Continue reading

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Abigail Roux, All Romance Ebooks, Eric Arvin, Jason Huffman Black, S.A. McAuley, Self-Published, SJD Peterson, TJ Klune

“Crack the Darkest Sky Wide Open” May Break Your Heart Wide Open Too


“Hearts live by being wounded.” – Oscar Wilde


Title: Crack the Darkest Sky Wide Open

Authors: Eric Arvin, Abigail Roux, SJD Peterson, Jason Huffman Black, S.A. McAuley, TJ Klune

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 148

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Of humanity there are darker tales. Stories that take some squinting to see through. Unconventional stories. Tales that threaten to break the heart by cruel twists of fate, the dogs of war, or demons that are all too real; whether they be of unrequited love or a karmic slap in the face. Happy endings take a time in coming, and some never arrive. But through all the darkness there is light, a glimmer of hope and wonder…if one has the will to see it.
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It’s Time To “Pony” Up For The Guards of Folsom


“He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.” – Niccolo Machiavelli



Title: Pony (Guards of Folsom: Book Three)

Author: SJD Peterson

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 200

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: Grant Maxwell, aka Max, wakes to find his coffeepot has died in the night. Not one who can start his day without his favorite brew, he heads to the local coffee shop. Max finds something even more appealing than caffeine in the form of a twenty-six-year-old hottie Aiden James. For the first time in his life, well-established, confident and respected Dom Max finds himself sputtering and unsure in the face of Aiden’s charms.
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You Might Want To Consider Being A Part Of This “Tag Team”



“Sometimes the hardest part isn’t letting go but rather learning to start over.” ― Nicole Sobon


My first introduction to SJD Peterson was Lorcan’s Desire. After reading that awesome book I was hooked. I read the entire Whispering Pines Ranch series and that is where I got to meet Ty. After Whispering Pines was concluded I was so excited to find out there was going to be a “spin off”. It seemed that Ty and his Dom were buying a BDSM club in New York and Guards of Folsom was born. The first full length book in the series was Pup and I absolutely loved it. One of the best parts of Pup, other than the MCs, was getting to meet some of the supporting characters. Two of these characters were Bobby and Rig. Ty and Blake bought the club from Bobby and Rig since they were ready to retire.
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A Salute To SJD Peterson’s “Beyond Duty”

“Whether black or white, male or female, active or reserve, gay, bisexual, or straight, we are all Marines. What we share in common goes deeper than any superficial differences.” — SJD Peterson



Beyond Duty the novel started off as Beyond Duty the short story. It was originally written as part of the Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s “Love Has No Boundaries” series. Each short story is based on a photo submitted by a reader. The photo for the original short story was of two beary men with tattoos wearing only cammo pants. I kept that photo front and center in my brain while reading the novel version of Beyond Duty. Not just because they are my “type” (which they totally are!) but also because they both perfectly match the characters physically described and how I would imagine them to behave emotionally in the book. They look tough, as though they believe that showing emotion would equal showing weakness.

Beyond Duty is the story of Gunther “Gunny” Duchene and Macalister “Mac” Jones. They are two career Marines and have been lovers for most of their twenty-two years of service. Their retirement from duty comes right as Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is officially repealed. They will both finally be free to be gay and to be Marines. Once a Marine, always a Marine.

After living in a relationship with forced lengthy separations and no acknowledgement of it actually being a “relationship”, Mac and Gunny are both apprehensive about how their lives, both individually and as a couple, will change upon DADT’s repeal and their retirement. They realize that they are in love, but don’t know how to define that love outside the confines of the Marines.

With varying degrees of success while coming out to their families, they decide to make a grand gesture of support for all gay and lesbian men and women in the armed forces. In honor of the repeal of DADT, the grand gesture is to be carried out at their public retirement ceremony.

Saying much more would give away too much. I fear I may already have done so. I am a fan of SJD Peterson’s writing. Beyond Duty has reinforced my fan girl status. The sex is hot, made even hotter by the perfect men on the cover and the way they match the physical descriptions of the characters. I find I enjoy picturing scenes from books I am reading more if the men on the cover actually match the characters in the book. This is rarely the case.

The apprehension Mac, but especially Gunny felt about whether living a forever with Mac, was palpable. I wanted to hug that big tough Marine and tell him to just look into Mac’s eyes. He would be able to see that Mac was feeling the same insecurities.

I have heard that the transition from military life can be very difficult on the serviceman and everyone around him or her. In this case, SJD Peterson throws an extra curve into the adjustment. Gunny and Mac, who have been actively serving their country while secretly being lovers for over twenty years, have a bigger hurdle of adjustment to overcome. She presents the hurdle and shows us how gracefully and heroically it can be overcome. Strongly recommended.

Reviewed by: Tina

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Pup by SJD Peterson – It’s Like A Trip To Disneyland, Only Sexier

Of course it hurts, it’s a spanking. How else would it work? ― Breanna Hayse (“The Game Plan”)

Now as a gay man, I must admit that I have played “dress up” in leather and even have dabbled with “role play” on occasion with my sexy husband. I view these times as visits to Disneyland and though I may enjoy visiting on occasion, living in Disneyland has never had much of an attraction to me. So, when I saw SJD Peterson’s new book, Pup, I was intrigued but not too sure if it was the right book for me. I had never read a BDSM novel but I thought, “What the heck, this may not be my cup of tea but since BDSM seems to be relatively prevalent in the genre right now, I might as well give it a try.”

Oh my goodness, was I ever wrong about me not wanting to live in Disneyland! I am in current negotiations with my husband to negotiate our own BDSM contract!!! This book is HOT and had me enthralled from about chapter 2.

Trackett Austin is a Dom in his mid 40’s wondering what he’s doing with his life. He’s never had a long time commitment and seems to be wandering somewhat aimlessly. A young mid 20’s bartender the character of Micah has been pursuing Trackett wanting to become the Sub to his Dom. Their story and how they forge a relationship is what this novel is completely about.

As a reader of the m/m genre, I at times get tired of the endless sex scenes that get injected into stories that seem to have little purpose in spurring the story along. Now I recognize these as a necessary part of the genre, but often they are not what keep me engrossed in the story. However, with “Pup” all the sex scenes are very relevant to the story and I found myself more than once a little breathless at the end of said sex scenes. I was amazed at how loving a BDSM relationship could be portrayed and watching the love between the two characters develop in the context of a BDSM relationship was titillating, to put it mildly.

Now this book is not without its faults. I found the multiple third person points of view in the same chapter, and often the same scene, a bit confusing. I also had a hard time picturing what the characters looked like. Now I admit that may be my own fault, as I was devouring this read rather voraciously, but a little bit more physical description for the rabid reader would have truly amped up the volume for me in this great book.

Overall, this novel was a great read and I applaud Peterson for her ability to make me want to sell my house and go live at Disneyland.

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Reviewed by Bruce

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