Sunday, July 27, 2014

Reverence by Bailey Bradford

Title: Reverence
Series: Southwestern Shifters, 6
Author: Bailey Bradford
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre and Pairing:Paranormal and M/M (oral and anal sex)
Word Count: 60,521
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb 
Harley was thrust into the realm of the supernatural at the hands of a sadistic shifter, and his world will never be the same.

Harley's one-night stand turned into a nightmare when a vengeance-seeking shifter kidnapped him to use Harley as a pawn. Things didn't go so well for his abductor, or for Harley. He'd never have believed there were werewolves…shifters, rather, in the real world. After being freed, his mind is a mess and he doesn't know how to cope with the things he's experienced. Fear and anger are powerful emotions, and when they are out of control, the harm caused can scare one's soul.

Val Whitley only ever had one goal in life—to serve in Marcus Criswell's guard. Val had looked up to Alpha Anax Criswell for a long time and was honoured to serve him. When an accident alters Val's life, possibly forever, he fears he'll be of little or no use to his Alpha Anax. What good is a physically damaged shifter, especially one as messed up as he is?
When Val is sent out on an order from Alpha Anax Criswell, he thinks he's being pawned off since he's blind in one eye and is less than any other shifter. He doesn't expect to find a strength he never knew he had, or the love of a destined mate…

I read the blurb and was intrigue so I took a chance when I learned this was the sixth in Bailey Bradford’s Southwestern Shifters series.  Once I began reading two things happened: (1) I was hooked and (2) I was able to quickly figure out the players. (happy dance!)
Both Harley and Val took me on an emotional roller coaster and Ms. Bradford began the ride from page one, word one.  Harley’s fear was palpable.  I could almost taste his loathing for all things of the shifter persuasion.  Ms. Bradford painted with words Harley’s distrust and angst as he was held in his words “prisoner” in the compound.  But I also felt his struggle to move past his fear.  Harley’s determination was equally apparent.  He wanted to move on but couldn’t figure out how.  And Ms. Bradford did a wonderful job of showing us Harley’s mindset as he tried to put his capture and treatment behind him.
I was equally impressed with Val.  He was scarred in a world were shifters don’t scar.  He saw himself as flawed but in spite of his injuries he fought to come back.  I was nothing but impressed with his determination and lack of self-pity.  Even as he thought he was less than, he fought to overcome his limitations.
Together Val and Harley were something special.  Both scarred in different ways but willing to fight for each other and to be whole, even if they are slightly different than before.  And Ms. Bradford wrote a story that conveyed their determination, their fears and their love in a well written and compelling story that was full of Reverence.

                                        Four shooting Stars

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