Revolution by Bailey Bradford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In Revolution we learn the fate of Adam’s best friend Jameson and his mate Luuk. This proved to be quite the interesting read as the author had to balance out the depressing and harrowing effects of three years spent on the run after a cowardly ousting with the love between Jameson and Luuk, with the joy of Jameson’s eventual reunion with Adam, and with Luuk’s hope that he finally had allies and could successfully retake his position as the European Alpha Anax. That’s a lot to juggle, yet Bradford does an impressive job of pulling it off and adding some seriously hot shifter sex to the mix.
Having first learned of Jameson in Resilience, I was excited to read his and Luuk’s story. Admittedly I wasn’t prepared for just how hard their lives have been since Luuk’s half-brother attempted to murder them three years ago. The author does a great job of communicating Jameson’s depression, anger, hopelessness, and love that I felt it all. And my heart broke for him when he was forced to let his wolf take control after yet another assassination attempt. It’s also what made the following scene at the church so emotionally distressing – to think you have finally found sanctuary and then worry that it’s not as safe as it appears certainly wreaked havoc on my nerves on Jameson’s behalf. So I was probably as relieved as Jameson and Luuk were when days later they found themselves safely ensconced with supporters and help on the way. Understandably, there is quite a bit of tension in this installment but it’s done well and without being dragged out unnecessarily. And the challenge scene at the end … oh my, good stuff.
While the focus of Revolution is on the relationship between Jameson and Luuk and all that they endure, the book actually made me fall in love with Marcus even more. His actions in the book show just how committed he is to the success of all shifters and not just those in his North American packs. It is true that part of his excuse for getting involved was through Gabe’s relationship with Todd (Adam’s mate), but this was merely what brought the situation to his attention. What I find exciting is that Marcus’s concern doesn’t end with the reinstatement of the proper Alpha Anax in Europe. Nope, he’s also looking at the brutality being inflicted by the Alpha Anax of South America and this paves the way for even more stories in the Southwestern Shifters series. As I am thoroughly enjoying the series, this makes me quite happy as I am not looking for it to end anytime soon. Needless to say I am quite excited that Revenge is already loaded on my Kindle and I can’t wait to read Ryder’s story.
I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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