Book Reviews

Rescued (Southwestern Shifters 1) by Bailey Bradford at Pride Publishing

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 21-July-2011

Book Blurb

When Gabriel Staley rescues a magnificent black wolf, he has no idea that destiny has just turned up the heat and brought him his mate, sexy shapeshifter Mika Blackwell.

Gabriel Staley was used to being an outcast in the small town of Shasta, Texas. More concerned with rescuing stray dogs from a cruel death at the hands of the local Sheriff, Gabe focuses on making a difference and standing up for what he believes is right. Mika Blackwell, a shape shifter who was banned from his pack, is new to the outcast status, and not adjusting very well.

When Gabe heads out to rescue an injured wolf, he has no idea that his life is about to be eternally altered. As Mika watches the man approach him, he feels the universe tilt and realises that, while he may have lost his pack, he's just found what every shifter longs for - his destined mate.

Together, Gabriel and Mika must find their way and fight for their love—from confronting Mika's former pack leader to stopping someone who tries to kill Gabe's best friend, Todd. When Todd's attacker comes after Gabe, Mika is determined to protect his mate at all costs.


Book Review

‘Rescued’ is a good start to the Southwestern Shifters series. The werewolves like to be called shifters, and there are some differences to what the ‘standard’ werewolf behavior would be. There are still packs and alphas, but they can shift at any time and are sentient when in wolf form. There is also a hint at a pack structure and hierarchy above that of local alphas, making it possible for ‘bad alphas’ to be reprimanded. I liked that the mating was between a shifter and a human, it made the explanations of the rules easier, as I was ‘learning’ the details at the same time as the human mate.

Gabriel is a very strong-willed character. Standing up for himself after his parents kicked him out has taught him a thing or two. Even though his grandparents took him in, he has been on his own since they died. He is also very curious, and can be impulsive. It makes for a wonderful mix as he realizes Mika is a shifter. Dealing with their relationship is hard on him, but he is determined enough to work through the issues.

Mika is a great partner for Gabriel. He is very strong, and definitely the alpha in the relationship, but he can also be tender and always has his mate’s well being top of mind. His patience when teaching Gabriel about being mated to a shifter seems endless, and his willingness to go slow and compromise is, in large part, what convinces Gabriel that they are indeed mates. Mika is a good mix between wolf and human, even in his human form.

This book is more about the evolving relationship, both emotional and physical, between Gabriel and Mika than about some greater storyline. There is a villain and there are some obstacles, but the main focus is on the two men. If you like shifter stories, watching a relationship develop and the sex go from hot to hotter, you will probably like this book. If you have never read a shifter story before, this might be a good one to ‘test the waters’ so to speak.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 125 pages/43459 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-March-2010
Price $4.50 ebook, $10.50 paperback
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