Whirlwind by Bailey Bradford ~ Book Review by Caroline

18221771Title: Whirlwind

Author: Bailey Bradford

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 09/16/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal


Book Eight in the Southern Spirits series.

Dying sucks, but the afterlife is one hot place to be.

Stefan wasn’t physically perfect in life, and his search for someone to love him resulted in his murder. Now he’s been dead for years, and he’s lonelier than he ever was when he was alive. His physical problems might have vanished when his body ceased to live, but his spirit has to deal with the memories of the past.

Jordan and Gideon are friends who share eager guys when they can find them, but being in a war zone hasn’t allowed for that to happen often. One roadside stop puts an end to their lives. Jordan and Gideon are at a loss to understand what happens to them, why they stay behind when others go up into the light. Searching for answers, they head to Jordan’s hometown—McKinton, Texas—but a hell of a lot of things have changed in the decade and a half since Jordan left.

Namely, the arrival of one wicked, joyful spirit named Stefan.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of voyeurism.

My View:

Just like Connor Stefan is a ghost that we have come to know and love throughout this series. In his mortal life he was considered less than perfect. When he was used, abused and murdered his soul ended up in McKinton on the tail of his best friend. He puts out a vibe of being happy and joyful but after 12 years what he really feels is loneliness and what he really wants is a man of his own.

Why have one man when you can have two?

Jordan and Gideon are soldiers at war when they die. Jordan is drawn back to McKinton to be close to his mother and when Jordan goes Gideon is sure to follow. Friends in life who shared the odd partner their feeling seem magnified after their deaths and their attraction becomes an unstoppable force.

Once again Connor plays a vital role as Stefan’s surrogate brother and protector. Stefan may have been a bit slower than some when he was alive but that is no longer a problem although it’s a reality that he has trouble accepting. He has been so good at presenting a funny and happy persona that those close to him haven’t realised just how much he is hurting and how much his past plays on his mind.

I loved Stefan. He was such a compassionate and thoughtful young man who seemed to expect people to think poorly of him. It was easier for him just to agree with this assumption and he spends years hiding his hurt. Forced to face that before he can believe Gid and Jo want him is painful for him but the rewards outweigh the discomfort. The three of them worked really well together even if their road to a happy ending was a bit bumpy.

Whirlwind is a story that has to get past the sad before it gets to the happy but it is worth it to see Stefan finally break free of his past.


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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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