Title: In From the Cold
Running away twenty years ago didn’t mean Gael could ever escape his past.
Gael Martinez fled the small Texas town of Del Rey the minute he turned sixteen. Legal or not, he had to leave or end up dead. Life’s been hard, and everything Gael ever hoped for has been stripped from him. He’s close to giving up, so worn down from fighting to live every day. When incredible information reaches him that gives him a reason to hang in there, at least a little longer, Gael is afraid to hope for a better life.
An accidental encounter leads to him being told things have changed with the coyote den that had been floundering in Del Rey years ago. Miller Hudson, the coyote shifter alpha, had found his mate, and the den was now flourishing—and the biggest miracle of all, some of the shifters could now actually shift.
As tempted as that makes him to return, it could all be a bunch of lies and Gael is still hesitant, even though he yearns to go home. There’s no point if he’s only likely to be killed. Dying at another’s hands isn’t the way Gael ever intends to die.
It’s only upon discovering the changes regarding some of the humans in Del Rey that allow Gael to truly consider going home.
What he finds in the small town is more than just a home. He finds himself, and the man he’s always meant to be.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of BDSM, BDSM-related genital torture and spanking, as well as references to fisting and to the sexual abuse of a secondary character.
Author: Bailey Bradford
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Ropes and Dreams, Nischal , Whirlwind, Sabin
Series: Coyote's Call #2
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Off Course, Off Course
Published by Totally Bound Source: Publisher
Published: April 10, 2015
Genres: BDSM, Erotic Paranormal Romance, Suspense
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I was so excited to read this story. I read Off Course, the first book in this series, and liked it – a lot, so I had very high expectations for this one. *sigh* I was disappointed. Yes, you will probably want to read Off Course before reading this one. I suppose you could read In From the Cold as a stand-alone, but the reading experience will be that much more enhanced if you have read Off Course first. You will want to know why Miller being Alpha is such a big deal and how or why it may be affecting the characters in this book.
In From the Cold, dealt with a couple of heavy duty issues. I don’t mind books dealing with issues, but Off Course had so much humor and lightheartedness thrown in that I was not prepared for the way this book began, and then continued. The issue was handled well and with compassion, I just found it a bit of a downer. I wasn’t expecting to delve into the homeless issue quite as much as this story did.
This book, though a decent story, kept the reader on the darker side of life. Yes, Gael finds love and acceptance, and there are some really hot, though very kinky, sex scenes. But it also goes into the emotional trauma he has had all his life, and how he was, or wasn’t, coping.
This story also touches upon the assault and rape of a minor again. More information is remembered, and theories are put forth that added a disturbing twist to the overall story arch. It caused me to flinch a bit, so you squeamish people with triggers, you may want to pass on this.
I didn’t find this story as tight and complete as Off Course. In From the Cold left many dangling threads. It seemed more questions were put forth than were answered. I know that is the point of a series, but I wasn’t as satisfied with the way this one ended. It felt more hfn rather than hea, and there was definite “set up” for more story. I am mostly okay with that, but . . . I guess I was just expecting more, or better, after Off Course. *shrugs* Maybe it is just me.
It is still a good read. Fans of paranormal m/m romance should enjoy it. It reads fairly quickly, moving along at a good pace. Although it was darker than I expected, or was in the mood for at this time, it did hold my interest. It was a good story with a nice mix of action and hot sex.