Title: Off Course (Coyote’s Call #1)
Author Name: Bailey Bradford
Publication Date & Length: November 21, 2014 – 164pgs
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 have 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?
Then the buzzards circling overhead on the far edge of his property lead him to the very last thing he ever expected to find.
Reader Advisory: This book contains references to and threats of assault and rape, scenes of fisting and mild BDSM.
Gideon is an outcast who must find his own path. He comes from a clan of bears that not only abuse him emotionally, but also abuse him physically. Right away, I wanted to wrap Gideon in a hug. He has this endearing pathetic quality at the beginning of the story. When he finds himself out in the desert of Texas, he knows that he might die. However, he trudges on.
Miller is a pioneer in his community. Despite his not wanting to be the leader, deep down, he knows that he is the leader of his community and somewhat dysfunctional den. There is corruption in his community, violence against his den members and this old prophecy that hangs over his head. Miller has the weight of all of this on him.
When Miller comes across a severely dehydrated and sunburned Gideon, Miller decides to take Gideon back to his trailer to help him. It is there that Gideon finds himself – his self worth. He becomes a major part of Miller’s community and in turn, helps Miller take up responsibility for his den.
There is a dark member of the community who would see any and all gay members destroyed, so it’s up to Gideon and Miller to flush that person out and protect their community.
This was a quick and easy read. The story was pleasant and I really enjoyed how Miller took the time to coax Gideon out of his shell. This story had several lessons on not judging things by how they look and I thought that was a great part of the story – too often people are judged based on appearance rather than their substance. I wish I knew more about what happened to the community at the end. The reader is left with an impression, but no confirmation.
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