Gael Martinez fled the small Texas town of Del Rey the minute he turned sixteen. Legal or not, he had to leave or end up dead. Life’s been hard, and everything Gael ever hoped for has been stripped from him. He’s close to giving up, so worn down from fighting to live every day. When incredible information reaches him that gives him a reason to hang in there, at least a little longer, Gael is afraid to hope for a better life.
An accidental encounter leads to him being told things have changed with the coyote den that had been floundering in Del Rey years ago. Miller Hudson, the coyote shifter alpha, had found his mate, and the den was now flourishing—and the biggest miracle of all, some of the shifters could now actually shift.
As tempted as that makes him to return, it could all be a bunch of lies and Gael is still hesitant, even though he yearns to go home. There’s no point if he’s only likely to be killed. Dying at another’s hands isn’t the way Gael ever intends to die.
It’s only upon discovering the changes regarding some of the humans in Del Rey that allow Gael to truly consider going home.
What he finds in the small town is more than just a home. He finds himself, and the man he’s always meant to be.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of BDSM, BDSM-related genital torture and spanking, as well as references to fisting and to the sexual abuse of a secondary character
In From the Cold, Coyote’s Cal 2 by Bailey Bradford was an emotional upheaval as Gael Martinez attempted to make his way in life and find himself. Alone in a unforgiving world, Gael is stunned to find out that he still has den members who care and have had no idea that he was still alive or at the very least not living a fulfilling life.
Iker is shocked when he discovers he has another mate and puts all his energy into making Gael feel comfortable and wanted in his new home.
Ms. Bradford took the Coyote’s Call series to a darker seedier side with her edgy style of writing that left me emotional and introspective. The heart ache radiated through the author’s words and landed in my being making me want to reach the end and cheering for an HEA. I wasn’t sure of the final outcome of the book as I was mesmerized by the sadness which traversed Gael’s psyche, but Ms. Bradford not only delivered satisfaction and resolution for Gael and Iker but for this reader as well.
In From the Cold dealt with issues not normally discussed and created a world of understanding and friendship that will surely please new and old fans of Bailey Bradford.
Book provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review
A five handcuff review