Saturday, September 14, 2013

Whirlwind

Title: Whirlwind
Author: Bailey Bradford
Publisher: Total-E-Bound 
Publisher URL: www.total-e-bound.com
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-78184-436-6
Genre: {M/M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Stefan’s life was never easy because of his physical imperfections and the problems that came with them. It didn’t stop him from wanting love and that led to his death. He’s been dead for over a decade and still doesn’t understand why he no longer has the physical problems he had while he was alive. The one thing that hasn’t changed is his desire for someone to love him. But how likely is that to happen in the afterlife?

Jordan and Gideon are serving together in Afghanistan when they’re killed in a roadside bombing. They find themselves still together but dead and don’t understand what’s going on or why they didn’t follow the other soldiers killed up into the light.  With nowhere to go, they head to McKinton, Texas, Jordan’s hometown. What they find surprises them. Not only has the town changed but they run across Stefan. It seems being dead isn’t so bad after all.

Whirlwind is the newest release is Bailey Bradford’s Southern Spirits series. It’s possible to read this book as a standalone but because of the returning characters and relationships, I recommend the books be read in order.

I like Stefan and he has a unique history. The imagery of his life and death are heart-wrenching. Many of the characters we’ve met before are mentioned or play a minor role but ghostly Connor is featured prominently. That isn’t surprising, considering how protective he is of Stefan. Ms. Bradford did a nice job with their relationship and the way she weaves in snippets of the others works well too.

Now to Jordan and Gideon. They’ve both interesting guys and having their death as part of the story is a good idea. My niggle. Their initial interaction with Stefan didn’t go well, so for them all to get together intimately, so quickly, didn’t work for me. I thought there should have been a little time before that happened. 

The overall flow is pretty good, there are some chuckle moments, as well as some sad ones too. And the sex—that’s sizzling—and there’s a lot of it. If you’ve read the other books, you’ll want to see what the spirits and people of McKinton are up to since the last release.

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