Rendered by Bailey Bradford
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (147 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Coreopsis
Alex Morgan has a mission set for himself-get justice for his Alpha Anax and come back the big hero. The only problem there is that he can’t seem to track down Joshua Dobson, and he needs to, because Joshua needs to die. This was supposed to be a quick deal, but it’s been weeks and Alex is tired and missing his pack, and he can’t escape a few new truths he learns about himself.
Before Alex decides to totally throw in the towel, he manages to find the man he’s been hunting, and his entire pack. Alex calls for reinforcements then finds he needs more than a few reinforcements of his own-against a man who has been abused most his life. A man who is Alex’s destined mate. A man Alex doesn’t think he should want, because he’s the brother of Joshua Dobson.
Rendered is a story of two men struggling with their own inner demons in hopes of one day having some sense of normalcy in their lives. Pain and fear may hold them down but love will set them free.
Alex is a werewolf shifter running from his past in hopes of redeeming himself in his alpha’s and packs eyes. On his journey to seek justice for his alpha and himself, he gets a surprise he never saw coming: meeting his destined mate. Finding his mate should be a happy time for Alex but the man fate has chosen for him is the younger brother of the man who caused Alex so much pain in his past. Enough pain that it has caused him to be a damaged adult struggling to get through every day the best he can.
The character of Sean completely broke my heart. He's such a sweet and gentle man who does what he can to help and protect others even at the expense of being beaten by his brother. Sean finally realizes when his brother leaves him for dead, in the dry, hot dessert, that the man he once looked up to is gone and only a monster is left.
The main conflict in this story was brilliant, pairing a man with the younger brother of the man who brutalized him made for some heart wrenching reading. The fear and uncertainty Alex felt was believable but to read how he comes to accept and love his mate was truly touching. Poor Sean didn’t ask for any of the bad things that happened to him but he wants to be with his mate, he craves love and affection and much to Alex’s surprise it’s exactly what he needs as well.
Sean’s brother, Joshua, makes good on his promise to return for his younger sibling should he survive. Joshua was written as the perfect villain. The way he orchestrated keeping two mates apart and hurting or killing any one in his way kept me on the edge of my seat with what he would do next. And when Joshua makes his move not only Sean and Alex are ready for him but the whole pack. A pack is family and they stick together no matter the obstacles.
If you’re a reader who likes a lot of sex in the pages of your book, you’ll love this story. Alex and Sean being new mates have a hard time resisting one another and there is plenty of lovemaking going in their bedroom.
This is the fourth book in this series and the first one I have had the pleasure of reading. In saying that I didn’t feel lost or unsure of what was going on. The authordid an excellent job of giving enough back story so any reader picking this book up would be able to follow along.
Rendered was an entertaining read that I would recommend; a beautiful love stories that starts out with tragic events but ends with a well deserved happy ending.