Aftermath by Bailey Bradford ~ Book Review by Caroline

26223909Title: Aftermath

Author: Bailey Bradford

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 09/15/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal

Blurb:

Darren Brown spent two years running from his past, but he could only run so far before he was found.

Darren Brown lost the only two people he loved just days apart. His mother first, then his best friend. Guilt over his friend’s death drives Darren to wander for over a year before he winds up in the town of McKinton, Texas.

Lee Bausch served his tour in the Army then started his quest to find answers only one person could give him—except that one person had moved away. It takes him almost two years to find Darren Brown, and it turns out Darren doesn’t have the answers Lee needs—he is what Lee needs. Darren is shy and so sexy Lee can’t get enough of him, but he still needs answers because he can’t shake the feeling someone he loved was murdered.

After a terrifying experience at the motel, Darren knows he has to tell Lee about the spirits in McKinton. And there’s one spirit, scared and alone, who has the answers Lee seeks, if only the spirit knew how to tell Lee his suspicions are right.

Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series but can be read as a stand alone title. (less)

My View:

Finally, finally we get to hear the story of the waiter who just appeared and who everyone was concerned about!

Like so many of the other characters in this series Darren is running and hasn’t really stopped to take a breath for the last two years. Unlike most of the other characters however Darren is running from himself. He is laden down with guilt over the death of his best friend which came closely after he lost his mother. He hasn’t given himself time to grieve let alone come to the realisation that the guilt he has placed on himself is unfounded. His time drifting round the country has left him in some unsavoury situations and his nerves are about shot to pieces by the time he arrives him McKinton.

Lee Bausch came out of the army having to face the death of his little brother. Suspicious and unclear of the circumstances that surrounded Stefan’s death he sets off on a mission to find his brother’s old best friend to see if he can provide answers.

Darren and Lee are hit with the usual insta lust we have come to expect from this series. There is a mystery to solve but first Darren must explain to Lee about the ‘extra’ inhabitants of the small town of McKinton and hope the other man doesn’t see him as crazy.

I loved watching Darren gain confidence in himself as he leaned on Lee. Underneath all the nerves was a fierce young man who needed human touch and compassion more than anything else. Lee was able to reach out in a way none of the residents of the town had been able. Lee had only dreamed of settling down and suddenly he can see those dreams as a possibility if he if he is brave enough to take the chance. This was a lovely addition to the series and we got Stefan out of it who is such a gentle soul – literally!

Links

Aftermath on Goodreads
Pride Publishing
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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