January 19th, 2012

andrew potter

Rescued (Southwestern Shifters 1) by Bailey Bradford

A nice paranormal novel with an “homemade pie” feeling, and this is a compliment. Often, shapeshifter stories about gay-shifters banned by their pack for something they cannot avoid tend to be highly dramatic and a little bit repetitive. Bailey Bradford prevented this issue infusing her story with a “comfortable” environment, two more or less average men (if you let aside the little detail one is a shapeshifter…) and obstacles to their love that can be solved with the power of love and good predisposition.

When Gabriel realizes the stray wolf he rescued is an handsome shapeshifter, Mika, he thinks twice that is not exactly “ordinary”, but then he also ponders that Mika is a wonderful partner, an attentive lover, and that he is all for loving and taking care of Gabriel forever and ever… well, in the end, the “shapeshifter” thing is not so important, and then it doesn’t really create trouble to their relationship, and so, why bother?

When Mika realizes that he has found his soul mate in Gabriel, the bitterness he proves in being an outcast, in having lost his pack, is not more important, Gabriel will be his partner, lover, mate, home, family, pack, and so why bother?

These are only two examples, but mostly the story follows this trend, Gabe and Mika ponder what is really important in life, and their love is always the winner. Everything else exists, they need to acknowledge it, but it’s not what has to shape their life and move their decisions.

I liked the feeling of Gabe and Mika being average guys, with the feet well anchored on earth, still young but with a wisdom you usually associate to much older men.


Amazon: Rescued: Southwestern Shifters
Amazon Kindle: Rescued: Southwestern Shifters
Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing (August 17, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0857150820
ISBN-13: 978-0857150820

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