Relentless by Bailey Bradford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It’s been right at a year since I read book one in the series, Rescued, so I was excited to sink my teeth into Relentless. If only everyone else had been excited for me and left me the heck alone while I read, I would have been a much happier camper today. Do you know how irritating it is to get interrupted while reading the sex scenes? A Bailey Bradford hot as heck sex scene? Repeatedly? Let’s just say that I felt Zane’s pain when Aiden made him wait … or when Gabe interrupted them … lol.
Although I didn’t immediately remember Zane from the first book, Bradford uses a mandatory meeting of the alphas as a way of making sure a new reader (or a forgetful one) has all the pertinent info as to who Zane is and the part he played in Mika’s ejection from the Gila pack. But that info is rendered almost meaningless when Zane finds out who his mate is and it’s not good considering all that Zane has done as the Gila Alpha; which causes him to leave the meeting before his mate can recover from his shock. Oh yes. Zane’s mate is male. Even better, Aiden is the #2 among all the alphas – the Dux Ducis – second only to the Alpha Anax, who is his twin brother. It turns out that finding his mate is only the beginning of Zane’s troubles when he learns on his way home that there are three wolves set to challenge him for the position of Alpha. When they decide to ambush him, he fights for the sake of his pack even as he questions his suitability to remain Alpha. Once Zane secures his place as Alpha, he immediately appoints the new Alpha and sets out make amends for the wrongs he did as leader of the Gila pack. Just as Zane turns up at Mika and Gabe’s front door, Aiden is on his way to Gila to find out why he was mated with a man whom everyone believed to be a heterosexual bigot. I know, right?!?!? Aiden is relieved to learn of his mate’s location before getting all the way to Gila – that is, until he meets Gabe. Good grief, you gotta love Gabe and his refusal to give respect before it’s earned. The beauty of Gabe being human means the Alpha vibe is ineffective on him and that makes for a boatload of humorous scenes throughout the book. And Gabe’s spatula-wielding antics go a long way in evening out the mood of the book as Zane’s secrets are revealed – at times, even to himself.
One of the many things I enjoyed about this book was that Bradford gave fans of the series the chance to catch up with Mika and Gabe while they got to watch Aiden show Zane of his intent to keep his mate no matter what. As a large part of the book takes place at Mika and Gabe’s house, we are not only treated to the scorching hot sex scenes between the newly mated Aiden and Zane, but we also get to share in Mika and Gabe’s moments of intimacy as well. Because Zane has a lot of healing to do from the ambush, Aiden takes the opportunity to get to know his mate and to help him overcome not only his physical injuries, but his emotional ones as well. Despite what appears to be a heavy focus on romance, sex, and relationship development, Bradford has no problem writing action scenes that will leave you wondering if all of the good guys are going to make it or not. I enjoyed the heck out of Relentless and look forward to reading the next book in the Southwestern Shifters series soon.
I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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