Title: Heart (Spotless #4)
Author Name & Publisher: Bailey Bradford (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: August 18, 2015 – 171 pgs
Rolly has waited ten years to claim his mate. Now the wait is over, and he’s coming home.
Rolly has waited patiently for his mate. When he first met Erdwin, the boy was still a child. Rolly felt nothing but compassion for him back then, but Erdwin came of age five years ago, and Rolly’s stayed out of his life in order to give Erdwin time to experience life.
Erdwin never fit right in his skin. He didn’t like what he saw in the mirror. It didn’t match how he felt inside. As a shifter, he was stuck with the body he had. Surgery wasn’t an option for him. But Erdwin found a way to accept himself—by embracing the part of herself that felt like her true nature. She struggled with it, but with her family’s support, she became Edie, the young lady she was meant to be. She stopped worrying about her parts, and concentrated on her heart.
When Rolly, a powerful shaman, moves back home to the pack, Edie is transfixed. He makes her nervous—and arouses her. But what would a man like him think of a woman liker her?
Edie’s about to find out, and she will have to be stronger than ever to help fight off a threat to her pack, to her mate, and to her family.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of light BDSM and fisting.
This book tackled a somewhat touchy subject of Transgender. I really enjoyed this story and should say that I have not read any of the previous stories. However, I did not feel that I was lost in any way.
Edie is hoping to be accepted by her pack. While her family will protect her fiercely, she knows that she needs to branch out and allow her pack to accept her. She has been struggling for a long time and finally feels that she can be herself. She just didn’t know what was missing until it was no longer missing – if that makes any sense. She thought she was figuring it out and then, Rolly comes back in to the picture.
Rolly is a kind of martyr, one who sacrificed his own happiness to allow Edie to find herself – experience life. He is the shaman who has traveled and learned so much through his travels.
The chemistry between these two is off the chart and while they are so new with each other and especially Edie, Bradford created scenes that were hot, realistic and not overly dramatic.
I think where the story took a slightly wrong turn for me was with Lotu – he drops off and is not heard about again, and with the Siberian clan. It seems to have been thrown in to the story almost as an afterthought. Maybe in the next story or stories, this will be resolved, but this book was almost too long.
I would have enjoyed it more had it just been about Rolly and Edie. However, it was well written and I did enjoy the story immensely.
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