Saturday, June 25, 2011

Miles to Go

Title: Miles to Go
Author: Bailey Bradford
Publisher: Total E-Bound
Publisher URL: www.total-e-bound.com
ISBN: 978-0-85715-574-0
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary, Western, Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Max Jenkins didn’t begrudge the partnership between his bosses, Chance and Rory, but he does envy them their closeness…their touches and shared kisses. Until meeting Bo a few months before, he’d never given a thought of having someone to share his life with. Now despite his painful past and rigid family upbringing, it’s something he desperately wants…more than Max ever thought possible. He doesn’t know what to do about it but when Bo is attacked and left for dead, Max realizes he has to make some decisions. Fear has kept him isolated for years but for the emotionally and physically wounded Bo, Max will do whatever it takes to show the man he loves how much he cares. That means convincing the insecure Bo that they belong together. It will be hard work but Bo is worth it. He’s Max’s everything. 

Miles To Go is the second release in Bailey Bradford’s new series, Love in Xxchange. By the end of reading Rory’s Last Chance, I was hoping to see a story featuring Max and Bo, so I was pleased to see this one available.  

There’s just something about these two guys. Even though their relationship wasn’t sexual in the previous release, you could tell something was simmering under the surface, and now we get to see what that is and watch it grow. While doing that, we get the opportunity to get acquainted with two sweet and caring men, both terribly wounded by life’s circumstances. Ms. Bradford handled Bo’s beating and his recovery with Max taking care of him, well. The move to a sexual relationship was timed realistically, and I really appreciated/chuckled that Bo had to make the first move after he healed.  

The story pacing is smooth, the dialogue believable and the plot line revolving around Bo’s beating could have come out of any newspaper. The problem I have is in the way Rory and Chance both treated Max like an adolescent, during a certain portion of the story. They asked embarrassing personal questions; demanded answers and pretty much stuck their noses in where they didn’t belong, which seemed demeaning for a forty-three year-old responsible man capable of making his own decisions. Still, don’t let this little niggle dissuade you from reading Miles To Go, as I found it entertaining and enjoyable, and I look forward to the next release in the series.

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