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Something Shattered by Bailey Bradford

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Something Shattered by Bailey Bradford

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About 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 known as A Very, Very Scary Bailey and is not advised under any circumstances.
Publication Date
December 29, 2015
64448 words
When something inside him is shattered by an act of violence, Caleb Tomas doesn’t think he can ever be whole again.

Police Officer Jesse Martin has lived in the small town of El Jardin, New Mexico, for a decade, but he’s never seen anything like the mysterious man who moves in in the middle of the night. The house across the street from Jesse’s trailer is no longer empty. There’s a puzzle waiting to be solved there in the form of one sexy, but decidedly different, man.

Bruised and battered inside and out, Caleb Tomas flees to the town of El Jardin in the hopes of escaping the terror that haunts him. Instead, he becomes more of a recluse, scared of everything, unable to get more than a dozen feet past his porch before he panics. His head’s a mess, and he knows he needs help, but that’s a step he doesn’t want to take. It’s easier, safer to stay hidden away with only his adorable puppy, Loopy, and the bird-murdering cat, Mix, for companionship.

But Caleb can’t help but notice the sexy man across the street, and when Loopy escapes from the back yard, it’s Jesse Martin who comes to the rescue.

And he might save more than one bouncy little poodle, if Caleb and Jesse are willing to take the risk.

Reader Advisory: This book contains references to physical assault.

Publisher's Note: This book was previously released elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing

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1 reviews

Heartwarming love story.
This is a lovely, heartwarming story of love despite the odds. A closeted (for the sake of his job) cop, and a reclusive writer recovering from a vicious assault, watching each other from afar...until the poodle intervenes. 
The romance here is incredibly sweet, the sex scenes are hot and both the MCs are really likeable; the main storyline in the book is engaging, leaving you invested in the success of Caleb and Jesse's relationship. 
There were just two points that caused a bit of an issue for me. Firstly, the side story with Caleb's brother in law seemed to have no place in the tale as a whole, feeling a little 'filler' like; and secondly, the attack on Caleb, which is, in a sense the pivotal catalyst for the whole book, is never motive given, no suspects, no closure. For me, a conclusion to that part of the story would have lifted this book so much higher.
Despite those reservations, it's a good, solid story. It's an enjoyable read, with well written, appealing characters, sweet, and sexy with just the right amount of angst to tug on the emotions a little. Definitely worth a read.
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