Release Day Review by Rita: Override, by SJD Peterson

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Override, by SJD Peterson
Series: The Underground Club #1
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 31, 2016

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars


Override by SJD PetersonDon’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, Dr. Seth Manning might not look like a typical Dominant, but when the two men meet at Pride, Donavan realizes 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.


M/M Pairing
Gay Characters
Socioeconomic Differences

Book Review by Rita

Have ya’ll seen that cover? It’s just as hot as the pages within!

Seth and Donavan fall for each other quickly and aside from a little anxiety on Donavan’s part it’s pretty much smooth sailing for this couple all the way through. So much so, that I started to get bored around the 50% mark. This is a sweet story that’s low on angst but not much happens, either, except the immense amount of sex Seth and Donavan have.

There’s so much steamy action that every time I picked up the book I was like “oh that’s right, they’re having sex again.” Don’t get me wrong, I like to get down just as much as the next reader but sometimes you want more substance and if I’ve just finished another book heavy on the sexytimes I’m often looking for something that’s…not so much. A lot of it comes down to timing so if you’re in the mood for a ton of heat without the baggage of miscommunication and other relationship problems, this is definitely the book for you.

That said, I think the BDSM is done extremely well. I admittedly don’t live this lifestyle but I’m always intrigued with the power play and most of the time I do find it to be very sexy. Seth is an A+ Dom and I really liked his cool confidence, patience, and his ability to be authoritative without being cruel. He takes good care of Donavan and seems to be very in tune with his needs. I liked seeing Donavan explore this side of himself, creating a bond with Seth that I hope will be lasting. They both seem to be exactly what each other is looking for which makes the insta-lust early on all the more believable. Another thing I liked was how they bucked traditional D/s rules and created a balance that worked for them as a couple. I think this is a good message to anyone who might want to know more about BDSM.

For most of the book the writing is executed well but the one thing that bugged me is that I wish more of the side characters would’ve been incorporated into the story earlier on. When they’re introduced right at the very end it feels like it’s done merely for the sake of setting up the next book. They’re not really part of this story so it feels forced. What little we learn about Nash and Joshua has me thinking that I’ll probably pass on the rest of the series. Well, unless Tristan and Cain ever get their own book because I liked Cain and I need to know what’s going on with this supposed heterosexual dude.

Peterson is a hit or miss author for me. I either really love her books or really don’t and unfortunately this one falls in the latter category. But like I said above, if you’re looking for something scorchingly hot and relatively angst free, you might want to check this one out.


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.

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You can purchase Override from:
Dreamspinner Press
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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