Tuesday, August 2, 2011

What Remains

Title: What Remains
Author: Bailey Bradford
Publisher: Total E-Bound
ISBN: 978-0-85715-595-5
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Laine has been with his partner Severo for three years and life is good. Suddenly, things start happening and he isn’t certain what to think. Servero’s family, that’s been out of contact for years, unexpectedly come to visit, the spirits of McKinton go missing and a coven of Wiccans want to bless the local senior and youth center. Laine doesn’t know where the town’s beloved spirits went but he’s determined to find out. Are the Wiccans responsible for their disappearance or is something else more sinister going on? 

What Remains is last release in Bailey Bradford’s Southern Spirits series, so it seems only fitting that we’re back with Laine and Severo, the couple who started it all. These two are totally different but Ms. Bradford has made them into the perfect loving couple. She’s also given them a few unexpected twists and turns to deal with in this final look into their lives. The sudden appearance of Severo’s sister, husband and children is a nice touch, giving him a sense of family for the first time since the series started. 

Then there’s the Wiccans that were introduced previously and have an important role to play in solving the riddle of the missing spirits. Ms. Bradford did a nice job weaving them back into the plot by interjected pieces of lore, culture and spellcraft to accomplish their task. I will admit to being disappointed that the spirits didn’t play a more active part in the story until the end but instead, she used their disappearance as a bit of a mystery to fuel the storyline, so ultimately it made sense.  

While I would have enjoyed seeing more of the previous couples, Ms. Bradford still managed to insert them in small ways throughout the story, which I appreciated. That’s especially true at the end when everyone is involved in participating in the ceremony trying to get the spirits back. It was a good opportunity to bring all the characters together and she did a good job. 

If I have one complaint, it would be the amount to sex. Yes, I know how can I complain, but I will. This release is fairly short at 84 story pages and it would have benefited is some of those pages had been devoted to developing the plot and staying out of the bedroom. 

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