Guest Reviewed by Gyn
Title: Texas & Tarantulas
Author: Bailey Bradford
Series: Dark Nights & Headlights #2
Heroes: Trent Jacek/Mahon
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 157 Pages
Publisher: Totally Bound
Release Date: October 3, 2014
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: You never know what you’ll find in south Texas—or what will find you.
Trent Jacek doesn’t want too much—to live on the ranch his brother owns, a few puppies to keep him company in his trailer, maybe a good man if he can find one. First he has to catch a break long enough to try. Things just aren’t slowing down on the Jacek ranch. They’ve got a barn to rebuild, and their plan to get a pack of shifter wolves off their back doesn’t seem to be working.
Then there’s the matter of the bones the police are looking for on the ranch. After a grayed, old femur was left on the porch, Trent and his brother Joe are forced to confront some things they’d never expected to. Is that solitary bone from their mother, who went missing over twenty years ago? If so, how did she end up there? If not, who is dumping people on the ranch?
Trent’s been having the strangest dreams since he’s seen that femur but can’t imagine they’re more than just dreams. He doesn’t have a lot of time to worry about them between shifter attacks, a nosy biologist and neighbors coming by to snoop.
What Trent doesn’t know is someone has put an assassin on his tail, but it’s the assassin who will come to question everything he’s been told once he meets the vibrant, sexy man he’s been sent to kill.
Review: Texas and Tarantulas, the second book in Bailey Bradford’s shifter series was all the things I loved about the first book and more! Trent Jacek is actually my favorite of the Jacek brothers and I was happy to know he would get his own man!
The story picks up right where the first book left off. Diego’s ex-pack is still after him, the origins of the human femur left on their doorstep is still weighing on the boys, Diego and Joe are still kinky bastards and Trent is still sarcastic and cranky and looking for a man to call his own. That’s where Mahon comes in.
Bear shifter Mahon has been sent on a job; kill the Jacek brothers and bring Diego back to his pack. It doesn’t take the big man long to realize he can’t do it. Not only was he lied to by his Master and employer, but something about Trent draws him in (and it’s not just the anonymous and hot hook-up they shared).
So once the kill or not to kill question is decided, the story becomes a lot about Trent and Mahon getting to know one another. Once again, the author does a great job at shifting dynamics and making the reader love her characters. Trent is great because he’s very up front and blunt yet there’s a soft side to him that’s loyal to his brother and wants to love and be loved. I adored Trent’s gravelly, rough nature and his Napoleon complex!
The overall plot involving the ex-pack and the disappearance of Trent and Joe’s mother moves forward in this installment as well but it’s nice that it wasn’t the majority of the story. Some new characters come into play too and I’m wondering who the next book will be about. Eric perhaps? Or maybe a certain pushy scientist?
If you’re looking for a fun and gritty shifter/cowboy story you should definitely give this book a try! There’s just something about the Jacek brothers and their little ranch in Texas that grabs you.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*