4 Star Review for Essence of the Challenge by S.J.D. Peterson #MFM #Menage @SJDPeterson

CoverTitle: Essence of the Challenge
Author Name & Publisher: S.J.D. Peterson (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: April 5, 2016 – 165 pgs


The competition is on when two sexy players set their sights on one woman who has no intention of being anyone’s prize. Will the ultimate challenge be true love?

With too many relationships ending in heartache under her belt, the new and improved Symone Adams is loud, proud and on the prowl. She has removed the heart she’s normally worn on her sleeve and tucked it safely under lock and key. What she wants now is to explore the appeal of meaningless, mind-blowing sex. After six months of self-imposed celibacy hell, she heads to Menjo’s and directly into the path of two very determined players.

Zander and Marco are pros when it comes to seduction, yet each has grown bored with their conquests. When these two strangers set their sights on the same stunning beauty, the competition is on. Both embark on a full balls-to-the-wall effort to win not only Symone’s body, but her heart as well.

What none of them can predict, though, is where their chance encounter will take them, especially Marco and Zander. While the men focus on winning Symone, it’s the electricity arcing in the air between them that will be the real challenge.

Publisher’s Note: This book has previously been released elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.

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Marco, Zander and Symone are quite the trio.  This book, I felt, was much more about Symone figuring out exactly who she was and less about the two gentlemen.  Yes, they figured some things out too, but it was more about Symone.

That being said, I thought that this was just an OK story.  The writing was sound, the story line was ongoing and not slow, but the characters just didn’t really gel for me.  It was not as smooth as I’ve come to expect Peterson’s writing.

The chemistry was very nice between all three characters, but felt underdeveloped.  Then you have the different background for each character, which were touched on, but really, this didn’t have the depth of character development that I have grown accustomed to.

Overall, a nice read, but not one that was overly great.  It did have toe tingling, heat sizzling sex, but while I like those things, it just felt a little one dimensional.



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It’s been an amazing journey since DSP first contracted Lorcan’s Desire in January 2011. I’ve published 2 free reads with the M/M Romance group, my back list is growing, met some great people and have made some amazing friends.
I’m still in shock that I’m listed among the many talented authors at Dreamspinner Press! The little voice in the back of my head is screaming, “You are so out of your league.”
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