Book Review: Beyond Duty by SJD Peterson

Posted: September 25, 2013 by sidlove in 5 Star Reviews, Book Reviews, Jennifer B's reviews
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Reviewed by Jennifer B.


Beyond Duty (A Mac & Gunny Novel)TITLE: Beyond Duty
AUTHOR: SJD Peterson
LENGTH: 212 pages
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
BLURB: The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell didn’t come soon enough for Gunther “Gunny” Duchene and Macalister “Mac” Jones, career US Marines who met at boot camp in the 1990s. They’ve been somewhere between best friends and lovers in peacetime and wartime both, but as the clock ticks toward Mac’s and Gunny’s retirements, the guys have much more to worry about than coming out.

Whether their relationship will survive outside of the closet they’ve had to shove it into for over two decades is a big question mark. After all, Gunny questions why a hot military man like Mac–who could get any guy he wanted, including a younger, sexier one–would want him. But as Gunny and Mac navigate emotional waters as choppy as any they saw on duty, they just might learn Semper Fi applies to more than their careers.


I first met and fell in love with Macalister Jones (Mac) and Gunther Duchene (Gunny) in their free short story of the same name.  The short story was perfect, but these guys had so much more to show us, and I’m thankful they were able to tell it here.

Mac and Gunny met in boot camp, became friends and then lovers.  After a few years, they became exclusive, but still remained more best friends with benefits, having to continue hiding under DADT.  Now, some 22 years after they met, they are facing retirement from the military which is coinciding with Obama’s signing of the repeal of DADT.

Both men are a little worried about the changes this could bring to their relationship.  Both are terrified of losing each other, but Gunny seems to be having the most trouble, thinking the younger Mac will want to take the opportunity of freedom to find someone younger and new.  These guys are super hot, both alpha marines, and even though Gunny outranks Mac and they are the same size and build, Mac is the more dominant of the two.  This leads to a very hot d/s scene that, quite frankly, I wish there was more of.

Mac is quite the cheeky fellow, and while very cocky, there is never any question, in my mind, about his feelings for Gunny.  He is playful and fun at times, super hot dominant male at others.  These two were made for each other in every way.  They share so much and always seem to know exactly what the other needs.

As their retirement ceremony draws near, they deal with coming out to family and friends, as well as their fellow marines.  Gunny’s coming out to his parents about broke my heart.  This has its ups and downs, but it is something they feel needs to be dealt with before their ceremony.  Another thing they struggle with is what they will do with themselves once they are officially retired.  Mac is worried he will get bored quickly and get himself into trouble, so they are trying to figure out the next stage of their lives as well.

I had almost forgotten how much I loved these guys, but it came flooding back the moment I started reading this.  It is just as wonderfully written as the free short story, captivating and fun, sexy and sweet.  There are some moments of sadness mixed in with a lot of hot sex, but through it all, their love shines through, and I don’t think I could ever get enough of them.  Ms. Peterson has delivered another fabulous story with these guys, and I will always hold onto the hope that we will still see them again.

LINK: Dreamspinner Press

Jennifer B. is one of the official reviewers on The Blog of Sid Love.

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  1. dani says:

    fantastic book imho also

  2. Thank you so much for this amazing review! So glad you enjoyed Mac & Gunny’s story!

  3. JustJen says:

    Thanks for bringing them back! I’ve loved them both from the start. 🙂

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