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Puppy Love (Puppy Love #1)

3.27  ·  Rating Details ·  809 Ratings  ·  126 Reviews
Matt is everything that Petey is not. He is self-confident and brave. Matt is tall and masculine and athletic. He is a natural-born leader. Puppy Love is their love story, their romance. It is both a coming-of-age and coming-out story, but sexual orientation is not the primary focus. Petey struggles with his identity both as a homosexual and as a submissive. What do you do ...more
ebook, Smashwords Edition, 534 pages
Published May 16th 2010 by fannypress (first published 2009)
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Jul 26, 2010 Dovie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-romance, gay-bdsm
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Jan 05, 2014 MLE rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hated, mm, lendle, dnf
I was going to read this as an object lesson in why I shouldn't request books from lendle when I haven't read the synopsis or any reviews, but I have come to the conclusion that I don't hate myself quite that much. I would try to express how much I hated this story, the characters, and the lack of any real affection between them, but words fail me.

Petey is obsessed, almost fanatically so, with Matt who sort of talks him into this "relationship." Petey knows nothing of D/S, bondage, or even that
Jul 21, 2010 DarienMoya rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: If you like D/s plot, and young hot characters.

What can I say that hasn’t been said before, this book will push your boundaries, leave you going “hmm” and the next second have you pissed as hell. I can say this is work of good writing, interesting characters and a storyline unlike any, I have had the privilege to read. I thought I would dislike this book and let me tell you how surprised I was that I actually loved it. The idea behind it I found original and that could be because of my interpretation. It was hila
Don’t let the cutsie cover fool you--this is not a cutsie romance. It is, in fact, a fairly well written story that gives a very disturbing view of the, perhaps unintentional, abuse that can happen when an innocent with no self-esteem and a submissive nature falls into the hands of a young, cocky, inexperienced Dom who’s in denial about his own sexuality. Not really what I would call a “romance”, but perhaps an honest look at some realities for those who blindly stumble into the BDSM lifestyle. ...more
The blurb really annoys me. First off, there's rhetorical question tackiness. Second off, it comes off as too "this is novel and revolutionary! This challenges social constructs and pushes you to question what you've always thought of as set in stone! This will blow your mind!"

Please. Shut up.

Comments I made while reading:

This one's weird cuz it seems like it's heavily implying that all gay guys are kinky. They have to, by rule, be kinky. There is no such thing as a vanilla gay guy. Gay and k
Danny Tyran
Jan 17, 2013 Danny Tyran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bdsm, gay, d-s, romance
OMG! This book is truly amazing. I felt all along the novel as if I'd be the one who wrote this story so much the author sees the D/s like me.

Each time Petey falls happily into Matt's arms, we are in agreement with him, and whenever he feels hurt, we feel bad for him.

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I made it through about chapter 4 in this book so I didn't get to what a lot of people's reviews are annoyed about (cheating, drinking urine, etc). However, my main complaint is that these MCs were just too young. I know that the author says they are 19 years old but the narrative voice just doesn't play that out. It felt like I was in the head of a 14 or 15 year old and I was too squicked to keep reading what felt like an underaged person thinking about and having sex. I was also not a fan of t ...more
Jeff Sanders
Jan 19, 2010 Jeff Sanders rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
I got this book knowing that there was some BDSM in it, but I really like stories about gay guys my age. One of my favorite series is Mark Roeder's gay youth chronicles. I had to struggle to get through this book. If this is what a bondage relationship is like then I don't want to read about it. I think its because the word was in the title but all I could think of was a puppy being beaten by a bully. And because the puppy wants attention really badly it is mistaken for love. If I could write th ...more
Feb 12, 2010 Jenre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first thought on finishing Puppy Love was 'Well how the heck am I going to rate that?'! This lengthy book had taken me through such a wealth of emotions, some good, some bad, that I found it almost impossible to place a rating on it. In some parts of the book I was convinced I was going to give it a high grade and then later something would happen to make me think it needed a much lower grade. By the time I got to the end I was so thoroughly confused about my feelings for the book, I wasn't s ...more
What the heck was that? Yes, I gave it 4 stars because I definitely more than liked it. Although I have to admit it hurts too.

What I liked :
- My goodness, it was intense! Just like other BDSM lifestyle would be like. Mmmhhmmm...
- Understanding a lil bit better about TPE.
- I loved how thoughtful Petey was. Apart from everything I don't like from Matt, he does played a big role for how Petey found himself. It's really awesome to see that. I loved Petey. <3

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I'm not entirely convinced that this book wasn't written by a teenage girl. It's that clumsy. Everything just felt horribly contrived. Lack of believable dialogue aside, the D/s element struck me as being a bit ridiculous given that both protagonists are basically teenagers and both have the personalities of sea anemones. Except that Petey is a sea anemone with Dependent personality disorder and Matt is just an asshole. The characters just weren't believable as real people. And I have to admit t ...more
What caused me to give this story just two stars?

It wasn't the hardcore kink or the fact the MCs were 19 yrs. old and in a BDSM relationship which developed, more or less, by trial and error. Though this last really gave me a stomach ache because, goodness gracious! How much trouble could they get into by doing something wrong, like the episode with the chastity device? Thankfully, their BDSM was mostly based on head games, very little physical stuff. Still could cause a lot of damage, but at le
Valentina Heart
Sep 15, 2010 Valentina Heart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt, glbt-bdsm
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Jul 06, 2010 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's pretty rare that I rate a book highly because of how much it drives me nutty. I swear I hate as many things about Puppy Love as I love about it. I suspect I don't have as many issues with Petey's submission as most do; though I'd agree with those that think he's being unduely induced through emotional manipulation. And I'm saying that as a switch who has lived and experienced scenes on both sides of the slash (D/s). More the than urophagia (which squicks me out! Eww ) it was Matt and Alex's ...more
Oct 10, 2011 Juli rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I usually love BDSM stories, it's actually one of my favorite genres. So why did I dislike this book so much? It was a combination of dislikeable characters ( I don't like cheaters and no matter how you spin it Matt is a cheater and pretty much a jackass most of the time), sexual acts that I find degrading and disgusting (I do not find drinking someone's urine sexy.)

I kept hoping that the book would get better as many of my GR friends seem to love this book. Unfortunately I just couldn't and the
May 19, 2010 Kassa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting, quite long book that delves into kinks, desires, and understanding yourself. The characters are simultaneously interesting, likable, and book throwing-ly frustrating. They never act the way you’ll want them to act but they stay very true to their characters. Some of the scenes tend to be repetitive and I don’t think the book needs to be anywhere near as long as it is, but clearly all of this is leading somewhere. The characters are very immature, unaware, and commit just ...more
Devlin Jasper
Feb 16, 2010 Devlin Jasper rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Gotta say at the outset that I didn't finish this book. I'm shocked that I made it as far as a I did. I also don't usually write reviews at any of the sites I belong to, but I felt compelled to write one here.

This book reinforces for me exactly what I've always thought of people who are into this type of relationship. The dom in the relationship is a bully who needs a weak person to take advantage of and he sub is an insecure individual with very low self-esteem who mistakes abuse for love.

I sho
Jan 16, 2013 Vivian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica-contemp, own
Thoughtful and introspective view of a young man's discovery of what he wants and the struggles he goes through accepting it himself and others' reactions. Petey recognizes his submissiveness at a young age and has the bravery to act upon it. Whether or not Matt is perfect is irrelevant, Petey believes he's perfect for him. And while some of the kinks are not my own Petey and Matt play through them.

All the secondary characters are there to expressive viewpoints to "argue" the issue of D/s. But
Sep 12, 2011 Byron rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Most readers of m/m romance.
Shelves: m-m-read
WOW!!! I was really left questioning so much about myself and my thought process's after reading this. Jeff has written quite an emotional book on a topic that one doesn't attach emotions to - well for me at least.

This series is a definite winner for me!!

The two lead characters are incredibly well developed through out the story. With some very well chosen descriptive/visualised scenes played out. I found myself being both frustrated and hopeful as the story grew, with some very confronting iss
Mar 26, 2011 Adara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to do my best to make this short:
If I never read another story about 2 19-year-olds who want to play Dom/sub without having any clue what they're doing and only having one other pair with dubious training/background in BDSM to guide them, it'll be too soon. Even with dramatic plots, I read to be entertained. There was no entertainment value for me here because I loathed at least some aspect of nearly every single scene.

I have never read a more self-loathing, confidence-lacking sub who
Let me first start by saying that I picked this book because I was told there was puppy play in it...WRONG!!! Ok, I take that back, there was one very teenie tiny scene that didn't take place until about 68% of the way into the book. Really the extent of it was eating off the floor and begging like a dog.

My idea of puppy play is people acting like a dog, being treated like dog, wearing a tail plug, crawling around on all fours, eating out of a dog dish, being collared and leashed etc. This book
Jun 13, 2010 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bdsm, best_2010
The voice of nineteen year old Petey, who is emotionally needy, profoundly self absorbed and lonely after the deaths of his parents. He becomes obsessed and fixated on the confident, good-looking Matt who rescues him from a gay bashing. Matt, a baby dom, at times acts like the teenager he is and at other times shows a grace and maturity far beyond his years. Petey, a born victim if ever there was one, now lives to please Matt. Any attention from Matt no matter how (or especially if) humiliating ...more
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
I could not finish this book. From the start, the guys seemed way too young to be playing with the whole d/s theme the way they were, though maybe that was where some of their problems came from. It was too difficult to watch Petey constantly put himself down and continually worship Matt. There were times when I thought Matt might be somewhat ok, but, most of the time, I was waiting for him to inflict more damage. I gave up before they actually participated in anything too heavy. This story was ...more
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Sep 04, 2011 ♆ BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ♆ BookAddict by: Cassandra
I've tried six times unsuccessfully to read this book. I'm determined I don't like the way the characters banter and this writing style doesn't do it for me. The MC is annoying and I can't quite put my finger on why. I guess this is only for the die hard m/m fans.
Elisa Rolle
Oct 25, 2015 Elisa Rolle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2010 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
May 25, 2011 Bella rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This review contains many spoilers. I’m sure I’m missing some of the stuff that made my stomach turn, but this will do for now.

Petey is a character that makes me uncomfortable as the lead in a romance...if that's what we're calling this. He comes across as someone very young, who needs protection from himself and his own bad decisions. Although some adults read Harry Potter, I don't know many that have a poster of him up in their bedroom. Even his physical description was a little off-putt
Apr 14, 2010 Deanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nicole Gin-Dozier
I suck at reviews I know that but I just have to have my say. I don't particulary like BDSM stories but when written in the style of authors like Kim Dare, I can appreciate it. Puppy Love is one of those stories you hope will get better but never does. First of all the style of writing is ANNOYING. I actually had to wade through it. The conversations irritated me especially Matt's side, always using terms like "chill dude" and the like. As a main character I find Petey irritating. He seems to ha ...more
Michel A
Sep 10, 2011 Michel A rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's interesting to me that the reviews for this book are all over the place. That's probably one of the reasons I liked it so much; it was involving enough that people felt passionately about it, one way or the other.

This is by far my favorite D/s novel to date. I loved the characters and the way that the relationship developed and grew. It also had all the elements that I enjoy in a D/s novel, (some of which apparently bother other people a great deal). I would say that this novel is about "l
Jan 14, 2014 Matthew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
It wasn't horrendous. Well... the writing was quite bad. I think this is pretty close to what The Carnalli Complex is almost a parody of.

But it's all sex and almost no plot and characterization is inconsistent and plot details are inconsistent.

The one thing I can say about it is that, as porn, it isn't totally bad.

And the BDSM relationship philosophy is twisted. And the characters seem far younger than they are supposed to be. And the sub is too... depressed. And by the end of the 500 pages, eve
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Jeff Erno currently lives in southern Michigan. He holds a bachelor's degree in business management and human resources. Jeff began writing stories in the late 1990's and initially posted them to a free online amateur website. The positive feedback he received from readers encouraged him to continue, and this eventually led to the publication of his first novel, Dumb Jock. Erno has subsequently pu ...more
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