Isaiah by Bailey Bradford

ISAIAH

Isaiah by Bailey Bradford
Leopard Spots Series Book 4

Publisher: Total E-Bound
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (133 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Spanking, Voyeurism, Interracial
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint
Snow leopard shifter Isaiah Trujillo isn’t a doctor like his brother Tim, but he’s a good guy and when he meets Bae Allen Warren, he knows he’s found the one man to make his life complete.Snow leopard shifter Isaiah Trujillo wasn’t the brightest guy. His brother was a doctor with more letters after his name than in it, and Isaiah was just a mechanic. But, he strived to be a good person, and that included accepting the offer to volunteer at a GLBTQ youth centre.

He’s nervous as hell, but Isaiah’s determined to do what he can to help.

Bae Allen Warren is a veterinarian with a mobile practice. It allows him more freedom than having an actual building he had to work out of. He had more baggage than any man should, thanks to his messed up shifter family. His lepe, or clan, was a source of constant stress and guilt. But the leader, his grandfather, makes demands on Bae he can’t ever fulfil for moral and other reasons.

When Bae and Isaiah meet, it’s instant attraction. They know they’re mates, but there’s so many obstacles in their way, not the least of which are the stalkers who seem determined to kidnap Bae.

Isaiah questioned how he even let Cliff talk him into volunteering, let alone teaching a class. That was until he saw Bae and he knew destiny had brought him to his true mate.

Isaiah may not see himself as the brightest man, but he sure has a way with his hands, especially when they are all over Bae’s body. I absolutely adored Isaiah. His strong and subtle power really drew me to him and allowed him to worm his way into my heart.  I could tell he had one of those personalities that made everyone look his way when he entered a room. It was no shock when Bae quickly fell for the gentle giant. The only thing that sometimes frustrated me was Isaiah’s inability to see himself the way others did. He was by far one of the most intelligent men on the story and I was happy to see that Bae quickly picked up in this and tried to make Isaiah seem himself the way others saw him.

Bae has all of the qualifications I would expect from someone who lived under the thumb of a controlling ruler with no common sense or empathy towards others. It made him a bit distrustful of people, which was clear to me. The author put small things into the story to show just how little freedom he seemed to have over his own life as a youth. I knew with Isaiah by his side he would be able to see just how much control he not only had over his own life, but maybe even a little over those around him and their view on the world.

One thing that left me feeling a bit empty was that I didn’t get to see the characters in their leopard forms as much as I would have liked. I am a sucker for a shifter, and absolutely love seeing the world from a shifter’s view. I would have liked to have seen Isaiah and Bae’s kitties come out and play a bit more and really influence their relationship development as well as their personal development. It would have been nice to see their animalistic side trying to protect its mate as well.

The conflict within the story added excitement as well as a air of mystery. Just when you think you know something, the author would spin you around to discover maybe you aren’t so right. She even allowed me to see that what may seem like a bad person, maybe just someone just as lost and misguided as their victims. Anytime I find myself sympathizing with not only the heroes but also the people acting as obstacles of their love I am automatically intrigued.

While this was the first story I have read within this series I can easily see how it can capture an audience and keep them coming back from more.

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