Override (Lili’s Review)

Title: Override (The Underground Club, #1)
Author: S.J.D. Peterson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 31st 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary/BDSM
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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.

This book was not what I was expecting.


I was expecting angst and heavy BDSM. Instead, it was the polar opposite. Sometimes when a book isn’t what we envisioned, it can work against it but for me, it worked out great.

*whispers* You see I admit I’m not big into BDSM.

You’re probably shaking your head asking yourself- why read it then?

For three reasons:

1. THE COVER. I freely admit to being a cover whore, and this cover is gorgeous.

2. SJD

3. The blurb. I was interested in reading about a couple that fits in a way that we don’t expect.

Why it worked for me:

-Low angst. There’s no big drama here. It’s a simple story of two men falling in love. A slice of life type book.

-BDSM. I didn’t think it was “BDSMy”- maybe a couple of things here and there. If you’re not giving this book a try because of the BDSM aspect, I don’t think you should worry about it. Don’t allow that steer you away.

-I enjoyed the characters- both the protagonists and supporting cast.

-The romance was sweet.

-The sex was hot.

-And it ends with a solid HEA.

It all just kind of fit my mood. I needed some book TLC, and that’s what I got. While reading it felt like I was engulfed in my favorite fleece blanket with some hot cocoa. It was very much a comfort read.

If you’re looking for “kick in the stomach” type angst, this is not the book for you. If you’re not in the mood to have your heart stomped on and need a sweet, steamy pick me up give this one a go! 4 Stars.


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I'm a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness. A few of my favorite tropes: -Friends to lovers -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant