Saturday, March 26, 2011

Wait Until Dawn


Title: Wait Until Dawn
Author: Bailey Bradford
Publisher: Total E-Bound
Publisher URL: http://www.total-e-bound.com/
ISBN: 978-0-85715-492-7
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Paranormal
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

It’s been nearly a year since Detective Rich Montoya was attacked and almost killed by his friend Laine’s stalker and his life is still a disaster. His physical injuries have healed but his emotional ones are still raw, and he’s being haunted by a malevolent spirit that’s making his life a living hell. Once his father discovers the circumstances under which he’s living, Rich is forced to make some changes which puts him on the path back to the town where he almost died.

It’s while driving back to McKinton when Rich’s life takes another turn and he meets big rig trucker, Chris Neeland. It only takes one look for the big guy to know that the deeply wounded Rich is the man for him. It’s not as if his Wiccan mother hadn’t told him love would strike like a bolt of lightning. He remembers scoffing at her words but now it looks like she was right.

Wait Until Dawn is the fourth release in the Southern Spirits series by author Bailey Bradford. Since the characters and plotline of this series started in When the Dead Speak, I recommend the books be read in sequential order.

The opening scene is rather chilling and more than a little heartbreaking as you get the first taste of the emotional torture Rich is being put through by the spirit haunting him. It’s downright creepy how Ms. Bradford has constructed this scene and others where the malevolent spirits are present, making it clear early on, at least in my mind, that Rich is possessed. His fear, anger, hopeless, desperation and readiness to end his own life are tragic but vividly portrayed examples of what he’s going through.

Chris is an unusual character. He’s a big, burly guy covered in tattoos and piercings, and his mother is a Wiccan high priestess. Yet he’s gentle and loving toward Rich and is convinced immediately they belong together. Ms. Bradford did a nice job getting him and Rich together quickly and she did it convincingly, instead of it seeming rushed and unrealistic. These two men, while different, are just what the other needs and they are sizzling hot together.

It was great seeing Laine and his partner, Severo, play important supporting roles during this terrible time in Rich’s life. I am confused as to why the story divulged over into a couple of scenes –even a bedroom scene between them. That definitely pulled the story away from the main focus - Rich and Chris - and bogged down the flow a bit at that point.

The manner in which Ms. Bradford rid Rich’s body of his possessing spirit was interesting but since so much of the “action” took place while Rich was unconscious, the reader really only saw the end result making it seem rather rushed.

Nevertheless, this fourth release is still my new favorite in the series and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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