Guards of Folsom 1: Pup by SJD Peterson

Title : Pup                            Word Count :  61,898

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

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.

My Review : My first impression  of Micah is that he seems very cocky and too mouthy for a submissive.  Tackett the grouchy Dom tends to agree. As much as he finds Micah  attractive,  he finds his brazen approach very off-putting. Micah makes it very obvious that he has his sights set on Tackett. Tackett has become very introspective due to his birthday and he thinks he is way too old for Micah who is 20 yrs younger than him. Most of the Doms at the club are all paired up in stable unions and Tackett is definitely jealous and wistful when he sees them together. Tackett ‘s friends suggest that he should avail himself of the overly eager  Micah who is tripping over his feet to please Tackett.

After their first night of fun filled scorching-hot sex, Tackett  is intrigued and definitely warming up to Micah. He realizes that  Micah is an energetic,  fun, sweet lovable young man who is desperately in need of a Dom. Although Micah is flighty, Tackett  notices that when commanded sternly he settles down and focuses on  his submissive role. Tackett is slowly coming to the realization that Micah just might be the one thing he wants most in life.  Micah wants a Dom who can fulfill his needs in the bedroom as well as  outside in his everyday life. Tackett is still a little skeptical about how serious Micah can be as a full-time sub but he surely loves the challenge  that Micah presents.

Tackett soon realizes that trying to teach Micah patience is  an endeavor in futility.

Halfway through the book, I didn’t quite like the feeling of the dynamics of the Dom/sub relationship.  It felt as if Tackett found Micah to be defective, due to the fact that Micah has ADD and finds it hard to focus on one thing. I found Tackett to be a little selfish because he wants everything to be about his pleasure and he is very restrictive about what he wants as a Dom. I think he forgets the whole premise of a Dom/sub relationship is taking care of the sub in every way. I honestly don’t think he fulfilled that emotional need for Micah. His demands are deepening Micah’s self esteem issues. Although he praised Micah and let him know he was proud of him, the integrity was lacking because he would demean him shortly thereafter.  In my opinion, Tackett was a little bit sadistic and took pleasure in Micah’s pain and discomfort. On the other hand,  there is Micah who seems to have no sense of self and lacks identity. His whole aim in life is to fulfill the needs of his Dom and be his everything. He has no ambition of bettering himself unless it’s to the pleasure of his Dom. I definitely don’t understand this behavior and I think this goes way beyond being a submissive and is more akin to being a ‘doormat’.  There is an innate need for everyone to want something for themselves outside of being with our beloved partners.  For Micah to say otherwise is mind-boggling.

Tackett  was so unreasonable in his expectations of Micah that he punished him for touching stuff and petting a puppy at a farmers  market.  There is a method to his madness apparently as Tackett claims that he was teaching him a lesson in desensitization so that Micah wouldn’t be so fidgety and touching things unnecessarily. Eventually,  they both got their happily ever after. I am on the fence about this one. There are parts that I like and Tackett is sweet at times, but something was missing for me. I give this my ratings of 3 – it was ok, give it a try.