Ropes & Dreams by Bailey Bradford

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Ropes and Dreams by Bailey Bradford
Mossy Glenn Ranch Story
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (131 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint

Ian McCain’s always been one cold, hard man, but a sexy little cook is about to melt his heart.

Drake loves his job as a cook at the Mossy Glenn Ranch. He just wishes he wasn’t scared out of his mind. His ex has him convinced he’s never going to be loved again, so he vows to remain alone.

Officer Ian McCain doesn’t play well with others—unless he’s got a whip or paddle in his hand and a sub at his feet. Control is all he’s had for years now, and he doesn’t think he’s capable of having a relationship.

Then he pulls up at the Mossy Glenn and sees a sexy man with a cute puppy on a leash. From that moment on, Drake might as well have Ian on a leash too, or at least his heart. Ian breaks down Drake’s walls almost as fast as Drake destroys his.

But their chance for a happy life together is something they’re both going to have to fight for as Drake faces his fears and Ian faces losing everything.

There is nothing as tempting as a man in uniform and Ian is no exception to this rule. Even with Drake’s aversion to new people he still cannot help but find himself drawn to the cagey officer.

Drake is the character I found myself most drawn to. Maybe it is the mother in me that wanted to hold him and try to fix what others have broken. It was clear he was a wounded man that needed someone to help mend his broken spirit. While my mothering may not have worked, Ian’s dominant yet loving hand seems to do the trick quick nicely.

While Drake’s past has created a shy insecure man, Ian’s past has created a man who needs to feel in control of his surroundings and life, that seeps into the bedroom. Ian had to figure out a way at a young age to stand up and protect himself against others including his family. I admire both Ian’s strength as well as his wiliness to help others. He is clearly the silent observant type, which are traits I sometimes wished I possessed.

While this story is part of a series, it is very much a story that can be read alone. I have not read any other the previous stories yet I found myself more than comfortable reading this installment. I can also see that the author wrote the story in a way that allowed those who have read previous stories to stay in touch with other characters they may have come to care for.

While the romantic relationship between Ian and Drake is the standout in the story, there are additional subplots to this that make it entertaining as well. For example, Drake has a problem with an ex that plays a large part in how his and Ian’s relationship develops, as well as some homophobia the two have to encounter.

One thing that really make this story stand out to me compared to others is the health, specifically HIV concerns, throughout this story. I was truly inspired by the authors tactful and informant way of handling such a delicate subject. It really spoke to me in a way that I do not think any other story has ever done previously. The nature in which it was handled just sets this story apart from any other, and I would consider this a must read.

Comments

  1. Ooh, this sounds like a hot read! Thank you so much for the review!

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