Innocence to the Max by SJD Peterson #LGBT #Review

Sam reviews ‘Innocence to the Max’ by SJD Peterson. Published by Dreamspinner Press on October 14th, 2015 and is 234 pages long.

This book was provided free of charge by the author for an honest review.





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.



Cisco has always felt like something is missing in his life but unsure of what that something is. It was a mystery until his Sixteen birthday. That is when he saw him. The tall man dressed in leather pants, white shirt and high boots. He doesn’t know who the man was or what the pull to him meant only that Cisco was meant to be his. Unfortunately, he didn’t get the opportunity that night to meet him.  For 5 years he waited and waited. Cisco could feel eyes on him at times but never did he see anyone. On his twenty-first birthday Cisco set out to find Maximilian De Ferrari, the man he has been craving for years.

Maximilian is a vampire and owner of BDSM club Wicked Ground. He is well aware of the pull he has to Cisco. But what Max can’t figure out is the feelings he has when he is near Cisco. He could swear he feels his own heart beat faintly in his chest which is impossible since he was tuned over 100 years ago and he no longer has a heartbeat. He had heard a rumor of a bond called Iunctiō Cōpula. Iunctiō Cōpula is supposedly a bond between a human and vampire that causes the vampires heart to come back alive. Max wonders if this rumor could actually be true and is determined to find out if so. Max has held off going to Cisco for years only protecting and watching him from afar. He has been waiting for Cisco to come to him.

When Cisco walks into Wicked ground he is a mix of emotions. He is excited, scared, intrigued and aroused. He knows Max is there somewhere he just needs to locate him. Unfortunately this wasn’t that simple before he had the chance another Vampire grabbed him. Scared and only being about 5’8″ was too small to fight off the huge man.

Max learns of Cisco’s arrival and gets to Cisco before he is harmed. But when Max rushes in and saves Cisco, Max also exposes his biggest weakness. Knowing that others will use Cisco to get to him, he vows to protect Cisco at all costs. This means major changes for Cisco’s way of life. He is thrown in to the dark cold world where others are after him.

Will Cisco be strong enough to survive? Will Max be able to keep Cisco safe?

I am a huge fan of SJD Peterson’s writing. When I saw she was releasing a vampire BDSM book I knew I had to have it and boy was it worth it. Innocent to the Max is different from any other vampire book I have read. The BDSM aspect is new but so is the way she portrayed the world that the vampires exist. The story flows great, the scenes vividly detailed and character are well-developed and easy to connect to. The secondary characters added so much to the story as well. I hope there are more books to come on Max and Cisco’s  journey as well as some of the other secondary characters.

Pot Of Gold 99/10 Pots of Gold

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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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