Saturday, September 8, 2012

Resilience


Title: Resilience
Author: Bailey Bradford
Publisher: Total E-Bound
Publisher URL: www.total-e-bound.com
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-78184-052-8
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Paranormal Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Growing up with bigoted and violent parents made for a terrible childhood and it’s not much better as an adult. Even working as a deputy sheriff doesn’t stop the brutality and forget about any personal happiness. Thankfully his friend Gabe and Gabe’s partner Mika are in his corner or Todd doesn’t know what he’d do. Between dealing with his crazy, abusive folks and a Sheriff who tortures animals, Gabe’s life can’t get much worse.

Adam Soames needed a change, so he bought the veterinary practice in Shasta, hoping to start a new life. It’s not long after moving to town that he meets the man of his dreams, but their life together comes with problems he never anticipated. Todd is everything he ever wanted and when he’s attacked and nearly killed, it’s up to new friends Gabe and Mika to get them through the difficult times.  Then the biggest bombshell drops—their friends aren’t exactly human but are wolf shifters and because Todd’s been looking for his missing friend, Jameson, trouble is coming their way.

Resilience is the latest release in Bailey Bradford’s Southwestern Shifters series. Please note that this is definitely NOT a standalone book because of all the returning characters and relationships. I recommend the books be read in order.

The story is broken up into three sections. In the first you see Todd and Adam as you met them in Rescued, only from their viewpoint, so you understand in detail what happened to them in the first book and how their relationship came about. In the second part, they deal with Todd’s abusive father and in the last, hunt for Jameson and learn of the existence of shifters. As much as I like these two guys, for me there’s too much of a definite division between the sections and it made the story seem a little disjointed.

What I liked:
  • The author’s new and creative way to convert a human to a werewolf with a plausible explanation and intriguing historical background.
  • The love and passion between Todd and Adam.
  • Nicely done integration of characters from all previous releases.
  • I like bringing in the European shifters and want to know more about this new group.

My niggles:
  • Todd couldn’t overcome a lifetime of abuse just by falling in love. There was no mention of getting any outside help or counseling.
  • I’m still on the abuse. Almost everyone in town knew about it and no one did anything. Why was only the father imprisoned when the mother was responsible too?
  • I noticed a couple of name inconsistencies.
  • Todd managed to take a gun on an international flight…not happening.

Well, I guess that’s it. Watch for Reverence coming next in October.

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