Saturday, June 18, 2011

Rory's Last Chance

Title: Rory's Last Chance
Author: Bailey Bradford
Publisher: Total E-Bound
Publisher URL: www.total-e-bound.com
ISBN: 978-0-85715-546-7
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary, Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx  

Rancher Chance Galloway knows, upon stepping inside the Xxchange, that it’s probably one of the biggest mistakes he’s ever made. He’s not into random sex but he’s lonely and hates to admit, almost desperate, for physical contact from another man. He’s ready to walk out the door when a gorgeous stranger touches him, making him forget about leaving. 

Rory Calhoun decides to check out the local club and meets a man who fulfills his every fantasy. He’s got plenty of emotional baggage, but it’s obvious the man of his dreams has his own problems when he doesn’t want to become involved with anyone he considers a pretty young thing. Days later when Rory’s given the opportunity to show Chance he’s a serious minded man to be trusted, he reaches out and grabs hold, hoping for everything he’s ever dreamed. 

Rory’s Last Chance is the first release in Bailey Bradford’s new series Love in Xxchange. The story starts in Chance’s viewpoint and it’s pretty obvious from the beginning how lonely he’s become, and how much he dislikes the club scene and random hook-ups with “pretty young things”. His attitude is rather brisk and cranky but it’s also apparent from the description that deep down, he has issues, turning him instantly into a man you feel sorry for and want to know more about. The same goes for Rory and on getting to know him, it’s clear he’s hiding years of pain and Ms. Bradford did a nice job expressing his feelings. 

The plot is smooth and has a good integration of secondary characters, some of which play a more prominent role than others. Max and Bo are interesting and add flair to the storyline, and I can’t wait to find out what happens between them in the upcoming story, Miles To Go. Then there’s Rory’s family and the man who hurt him, Art. They don’t make a physical appearance until his sister Annabelle shows up near the end, but the author still makes the father and Art important, but villainous, parts of the story by using the phone. It’s a bit unusual for the bad guys but is still works. My big complaint is the resolution dealing with Art. It was done quickly and totally in the background without the reader getting to see what was going on. The ending was probably realistic since Art didn’t live in the same state with Rory and Chance but it left me with a lot of questions on what went on.

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