Book Reviews

What Matters Most (Love in Xxchange 4) by Bailey Bradford at Pride Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Cowboys / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 28-August-2011

Book Blurb

Sometimes it takes losing everything to find out what matters most.

Josh has a fondness for hot pink, penguins…and one wicked man he knows he shouldn’t trust. Nick is a confused, angry man, one who has been denied the opportunity to know his half-siblings, who was ignored and treated less than second best—until the fair-haired children fell out of favor with a resounding thud. Now Nick has something he isn’t sure he wants—a ranch left to him by a father who never cared for him, and a fascination with a certain hot-pink, penguin printed, scrub wearing nurse who makes his blood boil in a way no woman ever had.

But Josh left him hurting on the floor the last time he dared touch the man. Nick had never thought the attractive dark-haired man with the jewel-bright eyes would be anything other than a tool to spy on his half-siblings, but somehow, Josh has gotten under Nick’s skin, and Nick isn’t sure he ever wants it any other way.

But the choice isn’t just his, and it’s more than just their futures that are at risk… And Nick doesn’t know if he can get past Josh turning away from him once again, or if he can be strong enough to reach for what matters most…


Book Review

'What Matters Most' is a fitting title for this thought provoking book by Bailey Bradford. There are several characters in this story who are faced with deciding what is most important in their lives. The best advice anyone could ever give when confronted by this issue is that you need to set priorities; you need to realize that regardless of the consequences, your happiness is determined by following your heart and seeking out what matters most.

I love Josh. I thoroughly enjoyed watching him mature during this story. He faces several challenges where he has to choose whether to let go of the past and accept new ideas or to continue to hold on to his old ways and possibly lose a great deal in the process. This is not easy for someone who is used to having to fight to maintain his dignity. He wants people to see him for his depth, ambition, passion, and maturity instead of a pretty boy who likes hot pink and penguins.

I have to admit that I didn't know what to think of Nick at first, but as more is revealed, I grew to admire him. Even with all the missteps he takes, his intentions are honorable. Nick wants what he's never had, a real family. Before this happens, however, Nick's world is turned upside down and he faces each challenge as it comes with determination.

Although I've read all of the books in the 'Love in Xxchange' series, this is my favorite. Bailey Bradford has amazed me with her skill to tie up the loose ends, explaining things which were previously confusing and bringing her characters together in ways which I wouldn't have believed possible. So many things in the other books had me wondering more often than not why the story was unfolding in the way it did. I feel so much better now that I understand why the stories were written the way they were—all leading up to the fantastic culmination in the series so far.

'What Matters Most' can be read alone, but if you read the four previous books, you will cry harder, be angrier, laugh heartier, and cheer more fervently for Josh, Nick, Annabelle, Justin, Evan and all the other wonderful characters in this series. Thank you, Bailey; I heartily enjoyed your way of expertly sorting out the series in this fantastic story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 74800 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 22-August-2011
Price $6.11 ebook, $12.23 paperback
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