Author: Bailey Bradford
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 08/31/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal
A Subtle Breeze by Bailey Bradford
Book one in the Southern Spirits series
Ezekiel Matthers and Brendon Shanahan are about to find out that sometimes all it takes is a subtle breeze to shift the winds of fate.
Ezekiel Matthers is a reclusive man, forcing himself into the exile of his ranch after a violent assault left him wounded. While the scars on the outside have faded, the damage inside is much harder to conquer. Zeke resigns himself to a solitary existence, aside from his sister Enessa and, of course, his mama’s occasional visits.
Brendon Shanahan has a very meddling cousin, Gloria, who is best buds with Enessa Matthers. When the two women convince Brendon that he should hook-up with the reclusive Zeke, a plan is hatched that sets a series of events into motion – with potentially deadly consequences.
Can Ezekiel conquer his fears and accept what Brendon is offering? Or will Brendon walk away, giving up on the love he has waited for? And will the visits from Zeke’s mama – deceased for four years now – help the two men find their way to each other?
Only time will tell, and that may be the one thing the lovers don’t have, because someone is out to destroy everything Zeke and Brendon hold dear – and this time, the bad guy just might succeed.
This is an interesting start to a new series where one of the main characters isn’t real. Ezekiel’s mother is just a scent, a breeze that passes by or a feeling that you get as though you are being led or nudged, yet she was an integral part of the story as she worked hard for her son’s happiness.
This is a short story so events happen very quickly but within that the character of Ezekiel is fleshed out as we are given an insight into his life. Ezekiel lives and works the family ranch but has become a hermit after a vicious attack left him with permanent injuries and nightmares. His feelings of fear and isolation are compounded by the fact that he knows who was behind the attack, yet refuses to let on out of some misguided loyalty.
Brenden is a friend of one of Ezekiel’s sisters and knows the horror story that has made the man the way he is. When he first meets Ezekiel he feels like he already knows him and he is quick to react and offer support when he breaks down and has a panic attack.
Their love and their sex life is fast and furious as the scent on the wind pushes them towards each other. Brenden’s support makes Ezekiel feel braver than he has in forever and although his attacker is seething at this new friendship and bad things start to happen Ezekiel finally opens his eyes and sees that not everyone living in their small town holds the same beliefs.
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