Innocence to the Max

Author: SJD Peterson

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 3 stars

Buy Links: DSP and Amazon

Type: Novel

Received from Publisher


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. Iunctio Copula 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.


Review:  Cisco fell completely for Max at first sight. Unfortunately, that sight was a glimpse and Cisco is underage. Little does Cisco know Max fell just as hard and fast. Max knows he has to wait, and he knows Cisco may be capable of changing his existence. On his twenty-first birthday Cisco goes into Max’s club to get his man. His vampire. It doesn’t exactly go as either one of them planned their first time speaking to each other. Politics happens. A lot of politics happens. Cisco is accepting of the fact he needs to radically change his life to deal with all that’s expected of them, but he doesn’t really get it. Things don’t go well. They really, really don’t go well.

There’s two ways this book could go. It could be viewed as “classic” vampire romance. All the pageantry of men in leather and thigh high boots. Big shirts with plenty of ruffles. There’s lots of vampire politics and dominance based on age, fated mates that are hard to find, and blood bonds. Unfortunately, this book could also be viewed as cliché. Yet another story where the vampire romantic interest dresses like a pirate and has to outmanoeuvre his evil rivals to save our hero who needs saving.

I didn’t particularly enjoy this story but do believe there is nothing wrong with this book in terms of craft. If you want to read about the classic vampire lover who is an amalgamation of Lestat, Jean Claude, and Bill this is the book for you. If you’ve moved beyond fated lovers and guys dressed like pirates tracing around the room give this one a pass.

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