Off Course (Coyote’s Call #1) by Bailey Bradford | Review

off course bailey bradfordI don’t know where Bailey Bradford has been hiding all my life, but I loved Off Course! I can’t wait to read more of the Coyote’s Call series, since this was just the first.

Things started out so poorly for sweet Gideon. Cast out by his clan, his car catching on fire, evil scorpions, and then walking for so long in the desert he nearly dies. That’s one awful week.

Little does he know, his terrible experience would lead him to his destiny.

*dun dun dunnnnn*

Hehe, sorry.

Anyway, so I love the pairing of a dominant coyote shifter with a submissive bear shifter. It’s not what you’d expect but it really fricken worked.

Miller is short in stature, but refuses to let it define him. Though, it has been a bit difficult to find partners who didn’t automatically assume he was a bottom. Which was the opposite problem that Gideon had being a big, hairy…bear.

They find in each other, though, everything they’ve been missing.

There’s enough plot going on in Off Course that it isn’t just sex, sex, sex. However, the sex was frequent, inventive, and hot. I loved that it showed the trust that Gideon and Miller developed for each other.

Another thing I really liked was how funny Gideon was. His internal monologue from the first page had me chuckling to myself.

Plus, there was none of that *big misunderstanding* B.S. thrown in just to create conflict. When Miller tried to be a dummy, Gideon called him on it and then they talked it through. It was glorious.

Please note, there was an incident of gay bashing that included sexual assault that occurred off page (it happened in the past and not to either of the MCs). There was also a scene where one of the MCs was threatened with sexual assault but it doesn’t happen (sorry if you consider that a spoiler, but I’d want to know). Know your triggers and avoid if needed.

I was seriously satisfied with Off Course and I’ll be reading the next one as soon as humanly possible. I need to find out what happens with the den!

Copy provided in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Rating: ★★★★1/2


Gideon’s worst night ever starts out with a bang that will change his whole life.

Gideon Wells has been cast out of his bear shifter clan for being a curse, and he’s inclined to believe they’re right. After all, everything from fertility rates to shifting abilities has gone down the tube since he was born. Then when his car catches fire and mutant scorpions—he thinks they’re mutants, anyway—almost get him, he’s more certain than ever that he’s bad news.

Not that he’s just going to roll over and die.

Ignoring a prophecy might not be wise, but coyote shifter Miller Hudson has seen and heard too many false prophecies to put any faith in the one proclaiming him to be the alpha and—along with a mystery bear mate—the saviour of the now defunct coyote den he grew up in. Besides, there’s no need for the den to be brought back together. None of them can shift, so what’s the point?

The buzzards circling overhead on the far edge of his property lead him to the very last thing he ever expected to find.

Publisher: Pride Publishing (previously Totally Bound Publishing)
Release Date: November 21, 2014
Length: 204 pages
Purchase: Amazon, Pride, ARe

Ciao, darlings.

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