Review: Texas and Tarantulas (Dark Nights and Headlights #2) by Bailey Bradford

October 22, 2014 Review 0

Review: Texas and Tarantulas (Dark Nights and Headlights #2) by Bailey Bradford

You never know what you’ll find in south Texas—or what will find you.

Trent Jacek doesn’t want too much—to live on the ranch his brother owns, a few puppies to keep him company in his trailer, maybe a good man if he can find one. First he has to catch a break long enough to try. Things just aren’t slowing down on the Jacek ranch. They’ve got a barn to rebuild, and their plan to get a pack of shifter wolves off their back doesn’t seem to be working.

Then there’s the matter of the bones the police are looking for on the ranch. After a grayed, old femur was left on the porch, Trent and his brother Joe are forced to confront some things they’d never expected to. Is that solitary bone from their mother, who went missing over twenty years ago? If so, how did she end up there? If not, who is dumping people on the ranch?

Trent’s been having the strangest dreams since he’s seen that femur but can’t imagine they’re more than just dreams. He doesn’t have a lot of time to worry about them between shifter attacks, a nosy biologist and neighbors coming by to snoop.

What Trent doesn’t know is someone has put an assassin on his tail, but it’s the assassin who will come to question everything he’s been told once he meets the vibrant, sexy man he’s been sent to kill.

Publisher's Note: This book is the sequel to Dark Nights and Headlights by Bailey Bradford.

Title: Texas and Tarantulas
Author: Bailey Bradford
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Ropes and Dreams, Nischal , Whirlwind, Sabin
Series: Dark Nights and Headlights #2
Published by Totally Bound
Source: Publisher
Published: October 3, 2014
Genres: Erotic Paranormal Romance, Male Male Romance, Suspense
Pages: 157
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Stars: three-stars
Flames: four-flames

This was a paranormal, mystery, suspense, action/adventure, m/m romance.  Yep!  Had a little bit of a lot of things going on with this story.  Surprisingly enough, the biggest angst the hero had in this one, was an issue with his meager 5’7” height.  Really!?!  I am only 5’ nuthin’!  He is tall to me.  Guess it is all relative.  He had issues with being “short.”  But he handled it, mostly with humor, unless . . . Please don’t make short jokes.

Somehow, I missed the part that told me: “This book is the sequel to Dark Nights and Headlights” I haven’t read that book yet, so I got a hold of a copy and read it, just because I wanted the story about how Joe and Diego got together.  I can’t say it added any more clarity to Texas and Tarantulas, so feel free to read it as a stand-alone.

Texas and Tarantulas features Trent, the younger brother.  Except for the chip on his shoulder about his height, he seems like a decent guy.  Loves his brother unconditionally, and it looks like that is a rather exceptional thing considering the way they were brought up.  Likes working on the ranch with him, has his own little place close by, likes to kick back and “relax” of an evening – in general just your basic Texas cowboy.  Life is good.  Mostly.  He sure would like to get laid though.  Fortunately for him, his “one” hunts him down.  Literally.  Bear with the story, some interesting and unexpected things happen.

Oh yes!  This was an aptly named story.  There were Tarantulas.  It was migration season?  *grin* There were some fun and entertaining moments featuring those lovely, hairy, totally misunderstood, spiders.  I laughed a couple of times.  These big alpha male type guys going nuts over spiders.  Did I mention, I do not suffer from arachnophobia?  *grin*

Other than running from spiders, there was some rather good action sequences.  It added nicely to the flow of the story.  Nothing like some good fight scenes between different shifters and/or between shifters and human.  Had a few tense moments.  Gasp/oh no worthy even.

The last book began the mystery of the bone that was left on their porch.  Steps are taken to resolve that, and they kind of do.  But I thought they left just as many unanswered questions as answered ones.  I don’t know if I am supposed to use my own imagination for explanations, (and I have some viable ones) or if there will be another book.  We are out of brothers – that we know about – so, not too sure if that will happen.

This was an okay read.  I mostly enjoyed it.  I just thought there were too many dangling threads left hanging.  Although it appears that both brothers, Joe and Trent, have now found their loves, I just don’t feel like this is finished.  I don’t like dangling threads.  I guess time will tell.


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