Guest Reviewed by Gyn
Title: Dark Nights & Headlights
Author: Bailey Bradford
Series: Dark Nights & Headlights #1
Heroes: Joe Jacek/
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 194 Pages
Publisher: Totally Bound
Release Date: August 1, 2014
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: A familiar road can still be full of surprises.
Joe Jacek loves his life for the most part. All he ever wanted to do was be a rancher, and that’s what he’s doing. He feels bad that his father didn’t leave the ranch to him and his brother Trent both, but Joe would never short his brother out of his inheritance. Lucky for them, they’re close brothers. They like to hang out in the evenings, get stupid then get on with work the next day.
But it can be a lonely life. While Trent is a great brother, he can’t be everything for Joe, and vice versa. Joe would like to get laid sometimes, and living where he does, that’s a rare occurrence. So he drinks and does a little something else now and then. It’s all good—he’s just relaxing.
He knows the road between his house and Trent’s trailer like he knows his own soul. Turning off the headlights one night just to make the drive more exciting isn’t a big deal.
Until a werewolf jumps on his truck. Then the rules for everything change.
Review: My name is Gyn and I’m addicted to the primal and fantastical world of shifters. It’s been two days since my last fix in the form of Bailey Bradford’s shifter series and I’m jonesing for more. This book was a little fun, a little dark and angsty, a little sexy, a little sweet, and a little original.
When Joe’s father died, he inherited the ranch in Texas and his brother Trent was left with an acre of land and a trailer right next to him. There’s some family drama that slowly plays itself out through this book and the next one in the series, but the relationship between the brothers is fiercely loyal and a lot of fun. So when Trent has to come and rescue his high/drunk brother after a strange encounter leaves him concussed along the road in the middle of the night, he of course has to get in a few jabs about the state of Joe’s pants.
Joe himself can’t remember exactly how that wet spot was created, but there’s something about yellow eyes and a sexy stranger. When a naked Diego shows up at his place the next day, the pieces begin to fall into place and Joe soon knows that Diego and the wolf with glowing eyes are one in the same. Joe also knows that he won’t let Diego keep running from his past and the pack that wants their Omega back.
I loved the characterization in this book. Joe and Trent are 100% Texans, 100% cowboys and 150% men. Something needs fixin’? They jump right in. Someone needs savin’? They’re on it. Someone needs shootin’ and they’ve got the guns cocked and ready to go. I really liked that Diego was not the toughest, most protective one of the bunch. It’s the first shifter book I’ve read where the humans were actually the saviors and protectors and I very much enjoyed the new dynamic.
There’s a good deal of sex in Dark Nights & Headlights and again, it doesn’t follow the party line. Joe is actually more dominant than Diego and it definitely comes out in the bedroom. There’s some light kink and BDSM aspects and a whole lot of snark from Joe’s brother Trent.
The plot of this book definitely carries into the next one but does end without much of a cliffhanger. I like that there’s some death and some killin’ yet nothing too dark or heavy. If you’re a fan of shifters or cowboys or shifters and cowboys you should definitely give this book a try. It’s a hoot!
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*