Tuesday, May 29, 2012

In My Arms Tonight

Title: In My Arms Tonight
Author: Bailey Bradford
Publisher: Total E-Bound
Publisher URL: www.total-e-bound.com
ISBN/BIN: 9780857159502
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

As a lawyer, James Stratton is a rarity. He’s willing to risk everything to stand up for his principles and trying to bring a murderer to justice gets him kidnapped, severely beaten and abused. Even after being rescued, his disapproving parents keep him captive and medicated in a medical facility. He’s angry, afraid and feeling hopeless until he’s rescued again…this time by his friend Chase and FBI agent, Glenn Shearing. 

Glenn Shearing risked his career rescuing James and eventually, he’s forced to leave the FBI. After years of hiding, coming out of the closet and leaving behind the job he loves is worth it - James is free. Now if he can only get the emotionally wounded man, a man he barely knows, to give him a chance. But that won’t be easy. James is a mess, afraid of physical contact…of intimacy. Can James learn to trust so he can take back his life or will he stay buried in fear and push Glenn away forever? 

In My Arms Tonight is the latest release in Bailey Bradford’s Love in Xxchange series. Due to the continuing story line and returning characters, I recommend the books be read in order. 

Ever since James was introduced, I’ve been waiting for his book and let me tell you, this well-written story really pulls at the heartstrings. There’s no doubt that this tale is a romance between James and Glenn but it’s so much more. Ms. Bradford has effectively mixed in their growing relationship with James’ recovery from his emotional and physical abuse. His volatile emotions are vividly described and handled well, making the reader understand his fear, pain and uncertainty. That means he needed time to develop a believable relationship with Glenn and the author allowed him that. By mid-book, I was beginning to think he’d pushed Glenn away forever and then a spark happened and he took that first step forward. It was a great moment and nicely handled. 

There are some great secondary characters with well-developed and believable personalities, vivid descriptions and good plot flow. One of the things I liked the most was Glenn’s patience. The man is a saint. He feels so much for James but can’t express it for much of the book. It makes him miserable. I felt so sorry for the guy. Anyway, Ms. Bradford outdid herself juggling all the intense emotions but by the end, she’s wrapped up the threads and has gotten James on the path to healing all with the help of the people he loves. I can’t deny that this one’s filled with lots of angst but it left me feeling good at the end. Watch for Where There's a Will, coming next.

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