Guards of Folsom 2: Tag Team by SJD Peterson

Title : Tag Team               Word Count : 71,978

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

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 the pain of fear and loss head-on before they can all truly live again.

My Review : There is one word that comes to mind when we first meet Mason and that’s Fragile. After being with both his Doms for twelve years, they’re suddenly taken from him in a car crash. Mason is adrift on a sea of loneliness and heartbreak. He is withering away in his little house by the beach from grief and his social anxiety issues. 

When he meets vacationers Bobby and Rig, a couple of Doms, Mason is in a really dark place. He is laying drunk on his porch, trying to bolster his courage to commit suicide. Bobby and Rig come to the rescue of this desperate young man. They stay with him and even call in  reinforcements in the form of another Dom, Max who is a shrink. They all help Mason to get to a place where even though he is grieving,  he is taking it one step at a time , living each day as it comes.

Bobby and Rig are very patient with Mason. They form a bond with him that they have never had since they lost their sub seven years ago. Mason fills a hole in their life , he has renewed their spirits and their need to nurture a sub. But is Mason ready to take that plunge again? Mason is still dreaming about his Doms and feels guilty for the growing sexual tension. When Mason hurts his knee accidentally while rough housing with Rig, Rig feels personally responsible for his care and go full on in papa bear mode.

Things get pretty steamy when Mason sneaks off to masturbate in the shower to relieve some tension. He is almost at the pinnacle, when Rig barges in to help him because of his injury. Bobby hears the commotion and comes running, just in time to see their big , sticky problem. Bobby and Rig are filled with lust for the young man that has been playing havoc with their senses. Mason can’t resist Rig and makes the first move. They had one of the steamiest showers ever with all three of them getting exactly what they needed. Mason is still not sure he is ready to go into sub mode or use the honorific Sir, but he can’t deny  the chemistry blossoming with the Doms. 

In my opinion,  I felt as if Mason had a stronger more sexual relationship with Rig whereas Bobby was more his haven , a big teddy bear to shield him from any storm. I still think something was missing from their relationship,  but I think that worked to make it more realistic,  because it shows that it takes time to get over grief of a loved one. It is actually a conversation with Ty, one of the subs, that gives Mason closure. Ty helped him to see that he didn’t have to let go of his former Doms in order to welcome and accept his new Doms in his heart. Rig and Bobby tag teamed Mason’s  heart from the very beginning and that allowed him to give his total submission once again to two special Doms. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

Favorite Quotes : 1. The hard cock against Mason’s stomach twitched, and as if on cue, Bobby slowly went to his knees and nudged Mason out of the way but still held him close by wrapping his arm around Mason’s thighs. With his other hand, Bobby carefully pulled at the waistband of Rig’s shorts, exposing his very large, very hard cock. Bobby then pushed his own shorts down just enough to grasp his length in a fist and stroked himself as he took Rig into his mouth.(  I can picture Mason watching these two Doms being so loving towards each other. Soo sexy.)

Rig and Bobby didn’t exclude Mason from their pleasure. Both men held him close, allowed him into their intimacy. Rig grasped his erection with one hand, guiding it slowly in and out of Bobby’s mouth as the fingers of his other hand tangled in Mason’s hair and held his head against Rig’s shoulder. Bobby continued to stroke himself while he massaged and kneaded the flesh of Mason’s thighs, ass, and lower back. Mason couldn’t remember the last time he’d seen or felt anything so beautiful. Once again, Mason was struck dumb by how these two men had come into his life, put his needs above all other things, and asked for nothing in return.( So very erotic and intimate  watching these three men.)

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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.