Innocence to the Max by SJD Peterson ~ Book Review by Caroline

JOTitle: Innocence to the Max

Author: SJD Peterson

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 10/14/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: BDSM, M/M Romance

Blurb:

On his sixteenth birthday, Francisco “Cisco” Aguilar first sets eyes on Maximilian De Ferrari, owner of Wicked Grounds, an exclusive BDSM club. Cisco has been lost, unsure of what is missing in his life. Over a century old, Max leads a vampire clan, and Cisco is drawn to him in a way he can’t explain. The moment he sees Max he knows his quest isn’t about what he’s been missing, but who.

Five years’ wait seems more than Cisco can bear, but he perseveres and on his twenty-first birthday he walks into Wicked Ground. He’s unafraid to meet the vampire he’s sure is his destiny. Max has been waiting for him, too.

What Max has known all these years, and what Cisco soon discovers, is that more than fate is drawing them together. Iunctiō Cōpula is a powerful binding link capable of restoring cold, dead hearts. With Max and Cisco bound, Cisco will be Max’s greatest weakness. Unable to let Max go, Cisco is thrust into a dark world, where he’s nearly powerless, left to fight for his life and his future with Max. Worse, he’s at the mercy of those who will use him—and hurt him—just to get to the powerful vampire king.

My View:

This made me think of a fairy tale that turned into a horror story.

“Once upon a time a young boy named Cisco who was only 16 drove past a man who was dark and brooding and knew that one day he would belong to him”
Not only would Cisco belong to this dark and brooding man he would be consumed by him. The man in question is Max – vampire, Dom and owner of a BDSM club.

Years pass before they finally meet face to face but when Cisco is 21 he bravely walks into Max’s club Wicked Dreams and his life as he knows it changes forever.
Not only are they supposed to be together they have the opportunity to form a very special bond, one that Max covets more than anything else in his life.

Cisco is so naïve he has no idea what he is doing but he is certain he is doing the right thing. Humans have been aware of the existence of vampires for over 2 decades but they don’t really know very much about their culture or the violence in their society that remains hidden. In his bravery he unwittingly makes an enemy and now Max must do everything in his power to protect him.

Max is a really difficult character to like – I mean like throw your kindle at the wall and curse him kind of dislike. At times he takes poor Cisco’s heart and flays it open with his sharp barbs and cruel comments and even though you have an idea of why it still makes you want to beat him.

Power struggles and jealousies will leave your heart breaking for Cisco and Max slowly losing his sanity but to take away a vampires soul mate is to dance with the devil and retribution will be swift. I loved the bloodshed, I’m a gory kind of girl, and I loved the absolute possessiveness that Max felt. The ending felt like Max and Cisco still have more to come and I hope we see more of them and they can resolve their issues. I am looking forward to Angelo’s story too and if I had to guess Benny will be involved.

Links

Innocence to the Max on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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