Review: Dark Nights and Headlights by Bailey Bradford

August 14, 2014 Review 1

Review: Dark Nights and Headlights by Bailey Bradford

A familiar road can still be full of surprises.

Joe Jacek loves his life for the most part. All he ever wanted to do was be a rancher, and that’s what he’s doing. He feels bad that his father didn’t leave the ranch to him and his brother Trent both, but Joe would never short his brother out of his inheritance. Lucky for them, they’re close brothers. They like to hang out in the evenings, get stupid then get on with work the next day.

But it can be a lonely life. While Trent is a great brother, he can’t be everything for Joe, and vice versa. Joe would like to get laid sometimes, and living where he does, that’s a rare occurrence. So he drinks and does a little something else now and then. It’s all good—he’s just relaxing.

He knows the road between his house and Trent’s trailer like he knows his own soul. Turning off the headlights one night just to make the drive more exciting isn’t a big deal.

Until a werewolf jumps on his truck. Then the rules for everything change.

Reader Advisory: This books contains BDSM and references to past physical abuse and assault. 

Title: Dark Nights and Headlights
Author: Bailey Bradford
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Ropes and Dreams, Nischal , Whirlwind, Sabin
Published by Totally Bound
Source: Publisher
Published: 31 July, 2014
Genres: Erotic Paranormal Romance, Male Male Romance
Pages: 213
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Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website

Stars: three-stars
Flames: four-flames

Far more engaging and deep than the blurb would lead you to believe, my first encounter with this author’s work will have me seeking out more of her titles.

In this story, Joe and Trent are brothers who run an isolated ranch, inherited from a homophobic father who’s abuse didn’t end with their mother’s desertion when they were small.  Both Joe and Trent have identified themselves as gay, but neither is attached or in a relationship.

When Joe, in a drunken haze hits a wolf with yellow eyes on his way home one night, he believes all that he has seen, on reflection, were drug or drink induced dreams and hallucinations.  But Diego is not a hallucination: a wolf-shifter who also happens to be homeless has been watching Joe for a while, and the accident just gave them time to interact.

While a little fast-moving after the accident, and Joe’s decided questioning of the reality of events, these two characters do have sufficient build and backstory to make their connection and attraction plausible, even after suspension of disbelief for the whole ‘shifter’ situation. Sex is scalding hot, tempered with some poignant moments as backstories are told, and the story has a decent conclusion, even as it feels like the start of a new series.

 

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