Book title: Guards of Folsom, Book 2: Tag Team
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: SJD Peterson
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.
Tag Team is the second in the Guards of Folsom series by SJD Peterson and I was eager to read it having discovered and thoroughly enjoyed Pup the first book in the series not so long ago. First things first I would like to reassure everyone that you don’t have to have read Pup before you can enjoy Tag Team. SJD Peterson has done a really good job of ensuring that this book stands alone and no prior knowledge of the series is necessary.
Although this book has its feet firmly in the world of BDSM, the early chapters are especially sensitively written and cover the difficult themes of grief, despair and suicide with the only reference to the world of BDSM being that Mason is a submission who had two loving Doms, both of whom have recently been killed.
Given that I had tears in my eyes as early as page 35 I was concerned that this book would end up being depressing and hard to read. However as soon as Bobby, Rig and Mason came together it rapidly became a story about hope, renewal and ultimately love with the strongest BDSM element being care for the submissive’s welfare as the most important thing in a Dominant’s life.
From the outset of the book it is made clear that Bobby and Rig are both Doms and are looking for a third, a submissive to complete their unusual relationship. Bits of me did think it was highly convenient that they happen to be on vacation in Florida staying just along the beach from where Mason lived with his pair of Doms, Gregory and Charles until their recent death. That said Peterson does a good job of building the idea that their meeting is very much the work of God or fate (depending where your beliefs lie) and was always meant to be.
Unusually for a BDSM book there is very little explicit sex and given that I have quite a kink for m/m/m threesomes I should have been disappointed. In fact I love the fact that my overwhelming memory of Tag Team is the sheer amount of love and care given to Mason by Bobby and Rig and how much they realize they want to give that love and care without necessarily receiving it in return.
Mason’s severe social anxiety disorder and the panic attacks it brings on means that he has led a very isolated life avoiding contact with anyone but his Doms. Under Bobby and Rigs careful guidance and reassurance he slowly learns to deal with people and this leads to a lovely reunion with all the characters that Peterson first introduced in Pup at the end of the book when they attend a special event at the Guards of Folsom Club in New York.
I actually think I enjoyed this book more than the first in the series. I really felt Mason’s deep despair and grief over the death of his family. I also felt his confusion about whether it is right or wrong to feel love again after those deaths. In the end I also felt his happiness to be with Bobby and Rig and his sense of relief that with their help he could have friends and enjoy a social life.
Reviewed by: Smidgeson