After finishing Override last night, I spent this morning’s writing time with a cup of tea, reading SJD Peterson’s Limitless. It’s my first acquaintance with this author and – insert red face here – I bought Override because it features a photograph I would have loved to make part of my Power of Zero spin-off, FanBait. SJD Peterson got there first, so of course I had to see what kind of book hid behind that gorgeous image.
I was a bit cautious because BDSM isn’t my usual fare, but I needn’t have been. Override is, first and foremost, a romance. A fairly sweet one, too, complete with unexpected meeting, loving families and a bit of bedroom kink. It’s also a gentle introduction to the world SJD Peterson is building with the Underground Club and introduces some intriguing characters, like Malcolm the club’s owner or Donavan’s best friend Cain, that I wouldn’t mind seeing more of.
There’s nothing in Override that pushed my boundaries or made me uncomfortable. I liked Seth and Donavan and when I made it to the end I was happy enough to continue reading.
Then I started Limitless.
And met Joshua, who is addicted to pain to an extent where he can’t, or won’t, call a halt in his chase after the rush it gives him.
I’m gonna go out on a limb here and suggest that this story was the trigger for the series. Override is a tantalising appetiser. Limitless is a hefty main course. And it grabbed me from the start.
I needed a little time to wrap my head around Nash, but Joshua chimed with me right away. While I know little about the BDSM lifestyle, and have never experienced the rules and strictures, the discipline and punishment Joshua seeks to help him solve his problems, his history and background made it possible for me to relate to his experience.
Joshua was real in his worldview, the swift emotional roller coaster between embarrassed pleasure and disappointment, and his lopsided attempts to get what he thought he needed. Joshua doesn’t believe what he’s told, he doesn’t take anything at face value. He’s suspicious and spun into his own world and Nash’s care and kindness only make matters worse.
I loved the way Nash had to readjust his footing every time he uncovered more of Joshua’s past. That delicate dance of misinterpretation and reevaluation is often left out of stories about damaged characters, when it’s actually something fundamental when dealing with victims of abuse. Healing is possible, but it takes time, and a history like Joshua’s will always leave scars and ghosts that raise their head when they’re least expected.
Limitless is an intriguing story. I wouldn’t call it a romance, but it has all the makings of a damned fine love story. One that’s a work in progress, that will take a lot of time and effort on both Nash and Joshua’s parts, and one that will have its pleasures and setbacks along the way. It’s certainly one that I’d love to see more of.
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