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by Bailey Bradford

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When Gabriel Staley rescues a magnificent black wolf, he has no idea that destiny has just turned up the heat and brought him his mate, sexy shapeshifter Mika Blackwell.

Gabriel Staley was used to being an outcast in the small town of Shasta, Texas. More concerned with rescuing stray dogs from a cruel death at the hands of the local Sheriff, Gabe

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When Gabriel Staley rescues a magnificent black wolf, he has no idea that destiny has just turned up the heat and brought him his mate, sexy shapeshifter Mika Blackwell.

Gabriel Staley was used to being an outcast in the small town of Shasta, Texas. More concerned with rescuing stray dogs from a cruel death at the hands of the local Sheriff, Gabe focuses on making a difference and standing up for what he believes is right. Mika Blackwell, a shape shifter who was banned from his pack, is new to the outcast status, and not adjusting very well.

When Gabe heads out to rescue an injured wolf, he has no idea that his life is about to be eternally altered. As Mika watches the man approach him, he feels the universe tilt and realises that, while he may have lost his pack, he's just found what every shifter longs for - his destined mate.

Together, Gabriel and Mika must find their way and fight for their love—from confronting Mika's former pack leader to stopping someone who tries to kill Gabe's best friend, Todd. When Todd's attacker comes after Gabe, Mika is determined to protect his mate at all costs.

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Southwestern Shifters , #1
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Gabriel Staley finished feeding the last dog in the kennels, rubbing his fingers through the blue heeler’s coarse fur before standing and closing the gate. He’d needed to spend extra time playing with Jojo and working on obedience with him. Jojo had been abused at some point, as had most of the dogs at Gabriel’s animal shelter. It amazed him how cruel people could be, not only to dogs, but also to any animal. It was a real problem, particularly out here where he lived, in this little podunk town of Shasta.

To be fair, he didn’t actually live in town; he lived on a few acres on the outskirts, in what he considered a decent house, nice but by no means fancy. Gabriel had inherited the place when his grandparents had passed away in a car wreck. He had already been living with them for several months, ever since he’d come out to his parents. Finding out that their only son was gay was more than his evangelical-loving parents had been willing to tolerate. There was no understanding or unconditional love in them, and Gabriel had accepted the demise of their relationship. His grandparents had welcomed him into their home, and their love and acceptance had been a soothing balm to his injured heart.

Yes, his grandparents had loved and accepted him, and they’d also made sure he knew that the God his parents had used against him was not the God they believed in. After being disowned and labelled an abomination, Gabriel had been on shaky ground emotionally. His grandparents had taken him in and shown him what love was supposed to be, in the way they treated him, and the way they treated one another. Their love for each other had been stronger the day they died than when they first met, and though it hurt Gabriel horribly, he always felt it was best that they’d died together. He knew it would have been what they wanted.

Arching his back to work out the muscles that were stiff from bending and lifting, Gabriel glanced at the semi-enclosed kennels he’d built himself, making sure all the gates on them were shut properly. He had converted an old barn for this purpose, dividing it into two rows of six chain link pens each. Not wanting the dogs to be confined for hours at a time, he‘d installed doggie doors in the back of each kennel and had put up chain link fencing that ran ten feet out behind each shelter, giving the dogs at least a little room. It wasn’t perfect at all, but it was a lot better than what waited for them out on their own.

As Gabe had found out, courtesy of his friend Todd Benson, a deputy for the Sheriff’s department, the stray dogs in Shasta were usually killed in whatever cruel manner Sheriff Kaufman felt like using. No one other than Gabe, Todd, and the local veterinarian Dr. Adam Soames seemed to care; it was just the way things had always been done in Shasta. The three men worked together to try to change that, one rescue at a time.

Gabriel headed towards his house, thinking how much he would enjoy a long, hot bath when his cell phone rang. Pulling the phone from his jeans pocket, he glanced down and sighed. He tapped the screen and brought the phone up to his ear.

“Hello, Todd. What’s going on?” Gabe knew since the deputy was on shift, he must be calling about a rescue.

“Gabe, I found a wolf, of all things. He’s in bad shape, though.”

A wolf? What the hell? While wolves weren’t unheard of in New Mexico, thanks to the transfer of wolves to the Gila National Forest, Gabe hadn’t heard of any of them working their way down into northern Texas.

“How bad is he hurt? Where do I need to meet you?” Gabe had more questions he wanted to ask, but those were the most important ones, so he would start there.

“Well, I got a call in from Mrs. Schumaker saying she thought she saw a big dog out by her barn. She was worried it might be rabid or something. Anyways, I got out here and damned if there isn’t this huge black wolf out behind the barn. Except he’s just lying here, and he looks like he’s been starved or he’s sick, I don’t know. I called Adam and he’s on his way right now. Can you head right over?”

Adam had become involved in the rescues when Gabriel had gone to the man for help with some of the strays he took in. After a few visits to the vet clinic with different dogs, Adam had finally asked Gabe what was going on. Once he’d learned what Todd and Gabe were doing and why, he volunteered to help as much as he could, giving free medicines and other needed services, including spaying and neutering. While Gabe didn’t really know him in a personal manner, he did know him very well in a professional manner and had a great deal of respect for the man.

After he assured Todd he would be there as soon as possible, Gabe tossed some towels into his truck, along with a blanket and a digital camera. He considered bringing what medical supplies he had at the house, but since Adam was going to be there, Gabriel didn’t see the need for his own meagre supplies.

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Meet the Author

A native Texan, Bailey spends her days spinning stories around in her head, which has contributed to more than one incident of tripping over her own feet. Evenings are reserved for pounding away at the keyboard, as are early morning hours. Sleep? Doesn’t happen much. Writing is too much fun, and there are too many characters bouncing about, tapping on Bailey’s brain demanding to be let out. Caffeine and chocolate are permanent fixtures in Bailey’s office and are never far from hand at any given time. Removing either of those necessities from Bailey’s presence can result in what is know as A Very, Very Scary Bailey and is not advised under any circumstances.

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Southwestern Shifters: Reckless 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't even finish this book. It was just boring! The characters just weren' t interesting. I don' t need to finish it to predict what happens next ..................................................................................................................
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Skip the first 45 pages unless you have a thing for poorly written sex and constant references to erections. Honestly, Gabe needs to see a doctor about his condition. Maybe my expectations are too high but I found this story lacking in any character depth. In fact the entire story lacked depth enough to make me care about these people or what happens to them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A heart-wrenching story that gives you a happy ending for this destined couple. Definitly recommend this book as well as the entire series to everyone!
Anonymous 12 months ago
love it
AGoodell More than 1 year ago
This author knows shifters, no one denying that. And with this book being the start of another series that looks to be as promising as the rest, I’m eager to get started. Gabe and Mika are wonderful together, but what I liked the most is that Mika, being the wolf shifter is the insecure one. Not too often do you find the shifter being dominant and insecure. I also like the secondary story/charaters made for a well rounded story. Makes me want to run out and rescue another puppy. Couple of things that did throw me is that we got all of Gabe’s backstory but only a glimpse of Mika’s and even though we were told Mika left with nothing, we have him driving. No driver’s licence, if they are so worried about the local sheriff he probably shouldn’t be driving well shouldn’t be driving period. I thought the way Mika wanted to slowly introduce Gabe into his world was perfect, the way Mika was accepted back but says Thanks but no Thanks, he has what he needs! I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Crystals Many reviews
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asgoodrich More than 1 year ago
5 stars = I freaking LOVED this book I've read a string of contemporary romances in the past week, so Rescued came up in my reading queue at the perfect time; that it is an M/M book just made its timing that much more perfect. This is the first book in the Southwestern Shifters series and it’s an excellent start for the series. Ms. Bradford introduces us to Gabe and Mika, giving them a story that has just a little suspense, a lot of romance, and unbelievable amounts of sexy fun times.  Gabe is an animal lover and has gone to great lengths to save strays from the abusive actions of the local sheriff. This is how he comes to meet Mika - well, Mika as a wolf. Gabe gets a call for a wolf rescue and races to the animal's side in an effort to beat the Sheriff there. Fortunately for Mika, he does. Gabe has a strong reaction to the wolf that he finds very unsettling – and no, we're not talking about a sexual reaction you perv – rather, he gets possessive of the wolf and is distraught when the wolf takes off in the middle of the night. But Mika is drawn to Gabe, so he shows up on Gabe's doorstep the next morning and is forced to tell Gabe about what he is far sooner than he planned, but luckily Gabe's attraction makes him more open-minded to Mika's explanation and the two agree to see what happens. And let me just say that what happens is HOT!!! Mating pheromones and testosterone are a lovely combination for an M/M shifter book.  Ms. Bradford is off to a great start in her Southwestern Shifters series with this book. Mika and Gabe are a sexy couple that made for a very entertaining read as they deal with crazy authority figures, rescuing strays, and their developing relationship. I look forward to reading more by this author and the next book in this series. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.  Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
KellyTheRed1 More than 1 year ago
Gabe lives on a small ranch just outside of town and has a soft spot for stray and abandoned dogs. When a wolf turns up on someone’s property, he has to go save it before the horrible sheriff finds out. Mika has been ostracized from his pack for being gay and finds himself being helped, in his wolf form, by none other than his mate. I read this without having any clue ahead of time what it was about. I was very intrigued to discover this was a moderate erotica, male/male paranormal romance. I found it very well written with a nice easy-to-read style. I felt attached to the characters and rooted for them when each obstacle came their way.  I would have given this 5 stars, but I found some of the language a bit repetitive and I would have liked to see a bit more about the shifting brought into the story. I will definitely be getting more books from this author and highly recommend this to others.
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I love this entire series! Bailey Bradford takes us on an emotional journey with the hope of a happy ending and lots of great sex in between.
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It was good but not so much indepth. Lots of sex like every 50 pgs it is a 314 book. Hope you like it but Zane's is much better!!!
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I like this series.
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Luv2ReadAG More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent series and an interesting story!!!
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