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REVIEW: “BAMF” by SJD Peterson



With his fauxhawk, sleeve tattoos, and visible piercings, Ridley Corbin has the whole bad ass vibe going on in spades. The image serves him well as the self-proclaimed protector of the underdog, and he wants nothing more than to be Alex Firestone’s hero.

Alex, a mild-mannered library assistant, has moved to Slater, a quiet college town, hoping to hide from his past. He keeps to himself, but that doesn’t save him from catching the unwanted attention of the campus bully. But not all is as it seems. Alex’s past comes calling, and it’s time he becomes top dog.


You know that saying about assuming things and how it makes an ass out of you? Well, I made an ass out of myself assuming BAMF would be one way. I thought I was getting a similar story, closer to that of Plan B. I did, in the beginning and fell for the quirky nature of Ridley as he tells us how he grew up and learned to be the self-proclaimed champion of the underdog. I adored him, and his not stalking of the sexy bow tie wearing library assistant who is Alex Firestone, and I danced with him when he got his first date with the boy, going old school with giving him his number.

Then… then I was sat firmly on my ass as this story turned into something I wasn’t expecting at all.

“Haven’t you learned you should never judge a book by its cover? There is a lot of assumptions you’ve made based on appearance.”

The writing of this one was different for me, as it was a bit frenzied, and I wasn’t expecting the POV switch when it happened out of the blue, but thank goodness for it. I needed to know WTAF was going on with Alex and who better to tell me than the boy himself. Though frenzied, the writing fit my mood with my strange surge of energy that happened to show up while reading this. Coincidence or just the perfect book at the perfect time? I think I will go with the latter.

I have a huge grin on my face writing this, and that is always a good thing. What I thought I was getting with this story was not it at all and I am so thankful for that. While I love a good college romance, I fell in love with the twist and couldn’t wait to see where it all would lead.

I loved Alex and his toppy ways… damn that boy was bossy, and it was sexy. Yup, the boy who could work the fuck out of cute could also fuck Ridley through the mattress and cause alarm for his neighbors. That entire scene alone deserves a star! It had me reading through my fingers and gave me a fit of giggles right along with the boys.

So…yeah, I am going to give my speech about spoilers because I hate them. What one person thinks is a spoiler, someone can think is just information. But for me, the twist in this story, that I had a theory about – and it wasn’t bunnies – needs to be read by the reader to get the full impact. It made the story fun, and it made the story. I think that is just it. It made the story. Without it, this could have been another run of the mill college story of opposites attract but the twist just gave it enough to push it over.

Now, of course there are negatives I could pick apart about the story; things moved fast; there wasn’t a whole lot of character development with either MC where had it been longer (why am I saying that so much lately?), there could have been. Families that mentioned were never seen, etc. and decisions were made with the heart/libido and not necessarily the brain with the actual ability to make decisions. But you know what? I could not stop thinking about this book from the minute I started it. I made sure I was done with my daily chores to get into bed at a decent hour so I could stay up to read and the first thing I did when I woke up? I grabbed my Nook to read the second half of the story. That says something to me. A whole lot of something.

The time he’d spent in Slater had sucked, but he hadn’t ever really thought of himself as lonely. Now, Ridley could leave for an hour and Alex missed him.

BAMF was a delight for me to read. It was a confused blast to hang out with Ridley. Alex was a gem to get to know, when he actually graced us with small bits about himself. Honestly, I didn’t need to know much about him, I just wanted him to fall for the BAMF, that Ridley imagined he was. The boys were adorable together with their banter and teasing, but let me tell you when these two get horizontal/vertical together it was explosive. The sex was hot and kinky, and the emotions were there and the epilogue was what I wanted. I think I can safely say; I enjoyed the hell out of this book.



bamfTitle: BAMF
Author: SJD Peterson
Pages: 200
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 28, 2014
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner, ARe, B&N, Amazon

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