Monday, July 2, 2018

Book Review: 'Ropes & Dreams' by Bailey Bradford


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.

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