Monday, November 28, 2011

A Bit of Me

Title: A Bit of Me
Author: Bailey Bradford
Publisher: Total E-Bound
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ISBN: 978-0-85715-805-5
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Xavier Talbot thought his life was going along pretty well until he discovered that his brother was a sadistic abuser who hated him. Add to that the boy he’s raised is giving him a feeling of what it means to experience empty nest syndrome and the club he’s spent years building is not the classy joint he originally envisioned. Then he meets a man who gives him hope in a world that’s quickly falling apart. 

Chase Murphy has lost everything but the only thing he wants is to find his missing best friend, James Stratton. Still recovering from a terrible beating, he meets Xavier and can’t stop thinking about him. Chase doesn’t realize it’s happening, but the town, its people and Xavier closely seduce him into opening his heart and into considering a long-term relationship.  Hanging around Xavier scares him but it’s not until they find James that Chase learns what it means to really love. 

A Bit of Me is release six in Bailey Bradford’s series, Love in Xxchange. The storyline follows closely from one book to the next, so they should be read in order. 

This story is filled with great characters and Ms. Bradford has done a fine job creating their unique and interesting personalities. I like these two men. They’re very dissimilar on the outside, but one the inside…where it counts, they gel perfectly. The flow of the story is smooth from the opening pages; the expression of Xavier’s emotional pain over his brother is nicely portrayed, as is Chase’s feelings of insecurity. Then there’s Billy. This young man is important to Xavier…almost like a son, and adds a great deal of bubbling energy and a good sense of family to the story. Add let’s not forget the other secondary players that round out the plot…some old and others new…that make this book so enjoyable. 

But one of things I enjoyed most was the care and patience Xavier exercised when dealing with Chase for a good portion of the story. Despite his own feelings, he didn’t push or rush the younger man into anything he wasn’t ready for, but allowed their relationship to grow slowly. When it does happen, the sex between these lovers is red hot and their emotional connection intense.  It’s not all smooth sailing at the end because they still have to deal with finding James and that involves enough danger, mystery and suspense to keep things interesting. I really want to see a story with James and Agent Shearing in the future, but from the excerpt as the end of this one, watch for A Bit of You coming next, featuring Billy.

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