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text 2018-11-26 01:15
Chaps and Hope (Mossy Glenn Ranch Book 1) by Bailey Bradford Free!
Chaps and Hope - Bailey Bradford

t’ll take hard work for Carlos, Troy and Will to turn the Mossy Glenn Ranch into the successful business it used to be, and even more challenging will be making the place their home.

Carlos, Troy and Will met in Where There’s a Will. They found each other and a love not many people could imagine. It worked for them, and they’ve been handed a chance at a new life and a home of their own.

The Mossy Glenn Ranch, owned by three siblings, Nick, Rory, and Annabelle, used to be flush with success. Then the previous owners destroyed almost everything, selling their heritage right out from under the three.

They bought part of it back, and asked Carlos and his partners to make the place successful again. It’s a chance he grabs with both hands once his guys agree, but there are challenges for all of them, and Will’s desire to make the place specifically LGBT-employee friendly and safe may cause more trouble than they already find when the get to their new home.

From a situation in town that reminds Will all too much of his own abusive past, to the surprising support of many of the townsfolk, the trio find themselves facing new challenges and reaching for the love and support that grows stronger between them.

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review 2017-09-26 17:06
enjoyed this one more than Levi!
Oscar - Bailey Bradford
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book. This is book two in the Leopard's Spots series, and I strongly recommend you read book one, Levi, before this one. It will give you a much better picture as to why Oscar is in San Antonio, and what he is suffering because of what he did in that book. I was worried, you know, going into this one. I don't much care for main characters who are late teens/early 20, and Oscar is 18 here. I don't know why, I just don't. But I need not have worried. Oscar is, as I said, 18, but he has a wise old head on his shoulders. And going into San Antonio to find Lyndon (his brother in law)'s father to make him stop what he is doing, is probably not the best idea he ever had. Visiting the club was probably a worse one, but Josiah (kinda, sorta) steps up to save his kitty. And it's clear very quickly, that Oscar IS Josiah's kitty, claws and all. Josiah is a wolf, and his wolf wants that kitty, in his life, in his bed, and in his heart forever. And Josiah will follow Oscar wherever he goes. And they go to Oscar's home. And they encounter a great deal of ribbing from his brothers! Amusing in places, heartbreaking in other, and sexy as heck in others still! Lyndon's half brothers play a part, and I'm still not convinced there aren't more that are gonna come out of the woodwork! Still too long for a hang over cure, but I think *shock horror!* I actually enjoyed this one slightly more than Levi's story, and again, not a too complicated difficult read. We meet Timothy, a cousin of Oscar's and I have his story to read next. Thoroughly enjoying these, and I hope to be able to read them all. 4.5 stars (rounded down to 4) **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-09-12 16:56
great start to the series
Levi - Bailey Bradford
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book. After a week of family 'fun' Levi needs his run, to let off steam. When he finds himself under a cougar, Levi finds himself fulfilling some deep fantasy. But when done, the MAN, Lyndon, runs away and Levi is left bereft. Running is all Lyndon has done for some time. Maybe, he'll stick around town for Levi. But Lyndon's past follows and soon, Levi is put in danger and Lyndon will fight for his mate. I have a soft spot for alternative shifters (anything other than wolves, really!) and this is a great little book that certainly fits the bill. Levi and Lyndon's first coming together is powerful, with neither being able to fight the pull but its not til later, that the word is banded about, mate. Its there, bubbling below the surface for much of the book though, you can just feel it. You can feel the emotions that both Lyndon and Levi has for each other, when they come together again, and my heart broke for Lyndon when he was telling his story to Levi's family. I didn't get who was following Lyndon til it was revealed in the book, indeed, I thought he was imagining it all at first! And it really did have to end the way it did, or Lyndon would never be safe. Not overly complicated and a great, relatively short (couple hours) read that passed the time nicely. Too long for a hang over cure though. And Oscar, Levi's little brother is next. It will be interesting, not least because of what Oscar does here, but Oscar is the youngest brother, and I don't much care for characters of a young age. But we'll see. Oscar is quite a character here. 4 solid stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2016-11-29 11:09
REVIEW BY MERISSA - One Too Many (Mystic Tattoos #1) by Bailey Bradford
One Too Many (Mystic Tattoos Book 1) - Bailey Bradford
One Too Many is the first book in the Mystic Tattoos series, and is a quick, fun read. We meet Casey, a 40-year-old who has concentrated on getting his business up and running, to the detriment of his love life. However, his mother has made it plain that she won't stand around for much longer waiting for grandkids! Ed is someone who always had a plan, but doesn't always have the practical to go with the theory. When Casey and Ed get together, they form a solid partnership, with plenty of lovin', but there are still doubts and concerns (plus the practicalities of life) to deal with. 
 
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, Gene and all! This was a delightful read, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow. This is the first in the series, and I am definitely looking forward to reading more. Recommended by me.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2016/11/review-by-merissa-one-too-many-mystic.html
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review 2016-11-24 00:00
One Too Many (Mystic Tattoos Book 1)
One Too Many (Mystic Tattoos Book 1) - Bailey Bradford Book – One Too Many (Mystic Tattoos #1)
Author – Bailey Bradford
Star rating - ★★★☆☆
No. of Pages – 49

Cover – Nice!
POV – 3rd person, dual POV
Would I read it again – Maybe

Genre – LGBT, Supernatural, Tattoo, Contemporary


** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE **
Reviewed for Divine Magazine


I was really looking forward to this one. I've read a few stories by Bailey Bradford before and generally enjoyed them. This one was in the same vein. I liked it, but there was a bit of a pitfall at the end.

I started off really liking the story. The whole “guy gets drunk and wakes up with a stranger” had a new twist and there was a strong, early attempt at chemistry and romance. My problem is that it all happened a little too fast. Sure, snogging a guy on the first meeting isn't awful, especially when he's in your house and you're both attracted to each other. The problem was that it didn't feel organic. It didn't feel natural at all and, it didn't even have that supernatural pull that said it was inescapable.

I found Ed a bit strange. I didn't like the way he and Casey talked about their relationship as though it was some contract to be agreed upon. I mean, Ed basically said that he was interested in Casey only if he wanted to get married someday in the future, without screwing around first. That's a bit heavy for a guy you just met the night before, haven't kissed yet and don't actually know. They had a lot of these over-sharing or too-clinical conversations that sort of spoiled the romance for me.

At 65%, Chapter 8, the story took a dive into the strange and unusual. Ed was in love, but having doubts about Casey's commitment. Then, suddenly, everything happened in a whole heap of over-exaggerated supernatural insta-ness. He had doubts about Casey's commitment that he had never spoken to him about; he thought Casey worked too much, even though Casey had been upfront about his business demands right off the bat; then he found the mysterious tattoo shop, learns about the supernatural and flips out; Casey shows up out of nowhere, for no reason, and somehow manages to find him exactly at a time and place that's convenient to introduce him to the supernatural and voila, everything is perfect. They talk and it's all good and yummy sex.

Everything until then felt well paced and the writing, as usual, was great. But at this point, things stopped making sense. The story just wasn't long enough, at all. Especially since it ended at 85%, to provide an excerpt of another story. That means that everything I just detailed in the paragraph above happened in 20%, yet it took 65% for them to get from meeting to dating, over the course of three months.

The best of it is that I really liked Casey; except that he didn't act at all like a 40-year-old man. He acted more like a 20-something. However, he had a strong sense of self, a good sense of humour and he had a weird but fun family. I would have liked to have seen more of the 'human' side of the characters, in this way, but we never actually saw Ed with anyone but Casey and a brief scene with his boss, despite knowing he had a large family. The disconnect in not liking him so much was probably due to the fact that there was a disproportionate amount of time spent on Casey's POV and characters, while Ed was left out in the cold and only shown as the pushy, relationship-orientated, hold up, doubting-Thomas kind of guy.

I'd have liked more of the relationship, which would probably have doubled the length of the story, but would have felt more natural. Maybe if there had been a resolution to something that required them to work together or argue or something, to create tension or conflict, it might have worked. But it felt more like they met, they dated, they were destined for each other. There was no sign of a problem for them to face or overcome except that one slip at 65% when Ed began having doubts.

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Overall, the story was inconsistently paced and rushed towards the end. I would have bought the supernatural element if it had been more slowly revealed. Perhaps with Ed finding out, telling Casey who didn't believe him and then Casey finding out on his own. But it felt far too scripted so that their stop at the tattoo shop was the magical fix for everything in their lives, without either of them having to talk about it or find their own way through the problem.

I'm unsure if I'll be following this series, but I'm still a fan of Bradford's writing. This one just happened too fast for my liking.
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