Review: Reluctance (Southwestern Shifters #9) by Bailey Bradford

April 30, 2014 Review 1

Review: Reluctance (Southwestern Shifters #9) by Bailey Bradford

What starts out as a simple assignment becomes everything Keegan every feared, and everything he ever wanted.

Keegan has served Marcus, his Alpha Anax, to the best of his abilities. After the deaths of several guards a year ago, however, Keegan is afraid he’s going to unravel at the seams. His worry over keeping everyone safe robs him of sleep and any hope of peace.

And people are noticing. Members of the guards he is captain of think he needs to get laid, or at least remember how to laugh. Keegan thinks they need to learn that there are boundaries they shouldn’t cross with him.

When he learns of a security breach by Marcus’ brother Aidan, exposing a flaw in the safety measures Keegan has set in place, Keegan is desperate to find someone to make sure the electronics at the shifter compound are break-in proof.

Marcus and Nathan are worried about Keegan. When they find someone to do the job Keegan needs done, they make sure Keegan is the one to take a short trip to Brazil to pick up the security expert, Olin.

But when Olin and Keegan meet, they snap and snarl at each other while fighting the mating bond that keeps flaring between them.

Then something happens that makes them both have to depend on each other, and if they’re lucky enough, they might even survive the ordeal.

But first they’ll have to escape their would-be captors, and make it through the rainforest, where strange things are bound to happen.

Title: Reluctance
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: March 7, 2014
Genres: Erotic Paranormal Romance, Male Male Romance
Pages: 184
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: five-flames

The Southwestern Shifters m/m romance series continues with number nine and it is a thrilling read that keeps you on the edge of your seat.  Keegan is desperate to find someone to make sure the electronics at the shifter compound is break-in proof when he learns of a security breach. So he’s heads to Brazil to pick up the security expert, Olin.  When they meet, they start snapping and snarling, fighting the mating bond, but when would be captors try to hijack their plane, the two will have to depend on each other to survive the ordeal.

This fast paced and smooth flowing plot keeps readers in suspense with lots of intrigue, action, drama and romance. The author uses well written scenes and details which inspire vivid images to capture the imagination and the action scenes are well orchestrated, believable and grab the reader’s attention.  The strong compelling characters are easily related to and have the reader wanting to know more as the tension builds not only between Olin and Keegan, but as the danger escalates.

The attraction between Keegan and Olin burns up the pages and the frequent sex scenes scorch the reader with a fiery blazing inferno. But it’s the relationship that has sparks igniting on every page as each of their dominant personalities clash and it takes lots of snarky dialogue and attitude to get them through their issues which has the reader chuckling quite a bit.  Keegan captures the reader’s heart with his determination (see obsession) to protect his pack and the human Olin thinks he can out alpha the wolves and he just might be right.

The author has created a fascinating world of shifters with captivating characters that I found to enjoyable and entertaining. It kept my attention from beginning to end and all the characters drew me deeper into the story.  I haven’t read the others in the series (I’ll be fixing that), and while I would have had a better understanding of the previous events that lead the characters to the present situation, the story was still enjoyable and can be read out of order and I can’t wait to see what they find out about their enemy or enemies.



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