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by Bailey Bradford

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Six months in his enemies hands has left Marcus Criswell a shell of the man he used to be—or so he thought until his destined mate rescued him from a cruel death.

Six months have passed since Marcus Criswell, Alpha Anax of the North American shifters, disappeared. Held captive, tortured and driven to the brink of madness, he still refuses to


Six months in his enemies hands has left Marcus Criswell a shell of the man he used to be—or so he thought until his destined mate rescued him from a cruel death.

Six months have passed since Marcus Criswell, Alpha Anax of the North American shifters, disappeared. Held captive, tortured and driven to the brink of madness, he still refuses to give up. Even when his captors abandon him, leaving him chained without food or water, Marcus will not accept his fate.

Until his fate changes with the appearance of his mate, Nathan Grant. Now if only the two of them can survive long enough to enjoy it.

Nathan Grant doesn't know the first thing about shifters other than he is one and should avoid all others. He's followed that advice all of his life. Raised by humans, Nathan is more than a little uncomfortable with the idea of being around any other shifters. One spontaneous day spent running as his wolf in Lincoln National Forest forces Nathan to reconsider what little he thought he knew, and to risk his life for one very unforgettable man.

Surviving isn't easy, and Marcus is all too aware he's only a shell of the man he used to be. He wasn't broken completely, but he's definitely fractured, and even finding his mate might not be enough to help him heal.

Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series.

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Totally Entwined Group Ltd
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Southwestern Shifters , #3
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Nathan bounded out of the cabin in human form, barely able to wait until the dense pines closed in around him. He began stripping in the cover of those magnificent trees, and filled his lungs with the scent of the forest, the pungent, earthy essence of this part of New Mexico he loved so much. It was as integral a part of him as the blood that coursed through his veins.

Within seconds, Nathan was nude. He hid his clothes under a thicket, setting his shoes on top of them in hopes the weight would hold them down should the wind kick up. Then he shifted, his body contorting, bones and muscles, tendons and flesh rippling, freeing his other part. His paws clenched, his toes digging into the soft ground. The fur on his paws looked darker than the fur further up his legs, but distinguishing the exact colour was impossible while in wolf form. He could make out a slight variation in shading, but where else exactly that was so on his body, Nathan hadn’t any idea.

It wasn’t as if he’d ever had a photo taken of himself like this so he could look at it when he shifted back. Maybe if he’d had a pack to run with, someone would have told him what he looked like. But he didn’t want a pack, didn’t want to have anything to do with other shifters. They were cruel, dangerous creatures. That was all he knew of them, and it was more than enough.

Besides, it didn’t matter what he looked like, it was time to run. Nathan took off, letting his long legs carry him wherever his nose guided. There were so many scents he could detect when he was in his human form, having a shifter’s heightened senses. But when he finally got to let his wolf out, every particle of air seemed to carry its own unique smell, and Nathan often found himself exhausted and miles from his clothes by the time the exhilaration of chasing the enticing odours had worn off.

That was the usual pattern, and this time when he finally grew too tired to run farther, Nathan wasn’t surprised to find himself deep in Lincoln. The national park was over a million acres in size, and as worn out as he was when he finally stopped, Nathan figured he might have loped through more of those acres than he should have. He didn’t even have the energy left to chase after a rabbit, at least not right then.

Chastising himself for being reckless once again, Nathan slunk towards the stream, his nose and ears easily leading him to the welcome water. Dusk was settling over the forest. As the evening darkened, Nathan’s vision would sharpen. There was no point in him shifting back to human form, not when he was going to be stuck out here for the night. He’d need his fur to keep him warm, and, anyway, a wolf was more intimidating than a man to the other creatures lurking about.

As Nathan neared the stream, a spike of heat chased by a fur-ruffling chill skittered down his spine. Hackles raised, he laid his ears back and dropped down low, looking for the source of his sudden unease. Once he realised what it was, Nathan mentally cursed himself over and over. How could he have been so careless? All his life, he’d been so careful to avoid other shifters, unwilling to risk losing Rick, and yet here Nathan was, and his senses were telling him he hadn’t just discovered one of them, but what might well be an entire pack across the stream. They were upwind of him, but that didn’t mean Nathan was safe, not at all.

A wolf’s pack land could extend over a hundred miles, and they were definitely territorial. He didn’t know much about other shifters, but Nathan had no reason to believe they’d be any less aggressive than regular wolves. It was a no-brainer that Nathan, less than a hundred yards from the source of the scents he was picking up, was assuredly somewhere he shouldn’t be. He tried to calculate how far he was from the cabin, but, with all the winding paths he’d taken, and the numerous tantalising scents he’d sniffed out off-path, he figured he could be anywhere from ten to thirty miles from where he’d started.

Easing away from the direction he’d been heading in, Nathan tipped his muzzle up, carefully checking for immediate danger. A gust of wind whipped over him, and he froze in his tracks as a fiery bolt of desire speared through him. Nathan had never found himself aroused while in his wolf form before, and he wasn’t happy to experience the sudden and intense burst of hormones, pheromones, whatever it was that he was swamped in now. He didn’t care what it was—he just wanted it to stop, because, in the split second when the wind rushed over him, his wolf and his man came to a glaring difference of opinions.

His wolf said, ‘We’re staying, there’s no other choice.’ The man in him thought the wolf was fucking nuts. If they—he—didn’t get out of here now, chances were better than good that the shifters upwind would find him. And even with the overpowering, alluring aroma that had lit up Nathan’s body like a supernova to the nth degree, Nathan hadn’t missed the other odours. If evil had a smell, it was right there as well, permeating each breath he took.

Nathan didn’t want anything to do with shifters, period, and certainly not with ones he was positive were exactly like his father. The part of him that was wolf may have yearned for a pack, to run with others of his kind, but Nathan would be damned before he let that side of himself make such a foolish decision. He forced himself to back away, suppressing the urge to snarl as his wolf clamoured and railed against leaving.

Then he heard it—or, more precisely, him. The wind seemed to amplify the agony in the man’s scream. Nathan’s heart gave one hammering beat then another as he smelt, heard, almost felt the tortured man’s pain. His sympathetic whimper was torn from him as he dropped to his belly, his front paws curling and digging into the moist earth.

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 More than 1 year 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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