Author: Bailey Bradford
Series: Spotless 1
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Rating: One Petal
On the Author's Website:
When you think you’ll never fit it, never be whole, love can show you a truth you’ve never seen.
Adal has been abused all of his life. The only person who cared for him was his brother, Steven. Without him, Adal would have been killed long ago. After he and Steven are sent on a mission for their twisted father, they learn they’ve been pawns in an evil plot all along. And that their father has been slowly killing them, one pill at a time.
Steven leaves Adal to seek revenge and secure safety for them in the world. Adal is astounded to find out he has a mate. A halfbreed like him shouldn’t have anyone to love, should he?
Dorso Rodriguez doesn’t know what hit him, literally or figuratively. A fun-loving guy, he wakes up with a knot on his head and a strange, sexy, scarred man who’s scared and defiant and intriguing.
Together they embark on a journey to defeat the demons from Adal’s past.
I received this book as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Dorso wakes up with a big bump on his head and Adal next to him, claiming they're mates. Dorso had gotten mixed up in Adal's effort to save his friends, but he doesn't mind because Adal is the man he's always been searching for. Except, defeating Adal's father and overcoming his past might just be too much for them both.
If there is a cliche or stereotype about shapeshifters, it was found in this book. Insta-love, insta-sex, mind reading, sharing feelings, evil father who is also the alpha, etc., it was all in there. Dorso and Adal have sex before they've even asked for each other's names because the mating bond has tied them together. The utter cheesiness of it all cheapened their relationship and made all the other struggles they would have to endure for their relationship to continue feel utterly ridiculous. The author tried to inject some seriousness into the story, but then Dorso started calling Adal honey (who at this point he had known for all of twenty minutes and had sex with twice in that time frame) and I started laughing and ended up putting the book down.
The worst part of the book was the sex because it was used as the only means for character building. If the sex were in conjunction with other means to give the characters depth, I could have accepted it, but every time we learn something about one of the characters it's during a sex scene. Normally if the sex scenes are poorly written I'm happy enough to skip them and get back to the plot, but since the plot was occurring only during the sex I found myself missing large chunks of the book. It wasn't worth struggling on, so I'm sad to say I was not able to finish reading this book.
I couldn't finish reading this book. Every single cliche or stereotype about shapeshifters I can think of was squeezed into the first few chapters and the author unfortunately used sex as the means for character and plot building instead of actual writing finesse. Overall, this book was very poorly written and I therefore cannot recommend it.
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