Title: Override (The Underground Club #1)
Author: S.J.D. Peterson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 31, 2016
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Don’t judge a book by its cover….
At over six feet, with a body honed in the gym, auto worker Donavan Gregory is used to people assuming he’s a dominant top. Unfortunately, they’re wrong, and Donavan’s desire to explore his submissive side goes unfulfilled.
Smaller and older than Donavan, Doctor Seth Manning might not look like a typical dominant, but when the two men meet at Pride, Donavan realized Seth might be his perfect counterpart. The trouble is, Donavan doesn’t have as much experience with the BDSM world as he’d like. What could an educated, handsome, and confident man like Seth possibly see in someone like him? Seth must convince him that despite the differences on the surface, when it comes to kinky fun and discovery, they’ll fit together just fine.
To fully enjoy a M/M BDSM novel (of which there are very few I actually love) there needs to be two main elements:
1. There needs to be passion and a connection between the partners. Examples of wonderful passion and romance filled BDSM books include Bound by Lies, Power Exchange and Load the Dice: The Complete Series.
2. The Dom cannot treat the sub like a child (unless it is part of their particular kink) and the sub cannot act like a child. Examples of childish, gossiping, subs with little to no ability to think outside their relationship with their Dom are Cisco’s Boy, Dom of Ages and Reaching the Edge.
With Override, we are off to a great start! It has two lovely men, one a big, brawny auto worker named Donavan who is interested in exploring his submissive side, and the other a compact, beautiful OBGYN name Seth who is a fair and kinky Dom. They meet at a Pride event, do a public scene together and are soon in an exclusive D/s relationship. Their sex scenes are blisteringly hot and filled with comfort and explanation and understating, passion and eventually love. No one is treated like a child. Donovan is not dumbed-down to a meat-head mentality and the economic differences between the men is never an issue. Perfect!
“Open your mouth.”
Donavan gladly did and stuck out his tongue as well. The first brush of Seth’s cock against his tongue sent a thrill racing down Donavan’s spine. As it pushed past his lips, he moaned at the musky flavor, slightly bitter, intoxicating, completely Seth. Seth tightened his hold on Donavan’s hair.
- There was even flip-fucking, which is my crack!
But, I hate to say it… It was TOO perfect. There were no fights, no anger, no meddling friends, no scorned ex-lovers, no physical peril, no homophobic family members, no breakups and no tension. Hey, I love a good, flat-out no-angst sugary sweet M/M romance as much as the next sap who mood-reads, but this is SDJ Peterson, and kinky-as-fuck BDSM and look at that motherfucking cover! I really needed a flaw or two with these characters. SOMETHING! I just wasn’t satisfied in the end. It may be my mood or my built-up exceptions, but I didn’t love this one. I liked it, but I wanted to love it.
1. The last 20% of the book was spent introducing us to characters that will be in the future books in the series. Since I was disappointed in Seth and Donavan’s too perfect relationship, I was hoping for at least a lovers spat or something at that point. But it was just all future character introductions.
2. The book stopped at 89%. There is a special section at the end highlighting the next book in the series, which I love and is greatly appreciated, but I am one who watches how close I am to the end so this threw me off a little. I hope it helps some of you that also like to keep track.
I do eagerly await the second book and hope these two men new have a few obstacles thrown in their path. We’ll see!
Recommended to those that want a no-angst BDSM romance.