Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Angst Level BDSM Book coming of age Contemporary Exploration Fated Mates Gay Heat Index Hopelessly Crying Hurt/Abuse m/m Magic May/December Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Part of a Series Purchased Scorching/high heat Shifter Trans Virgin

Heart (Spotless book 4) by Bailey Bradford


Rolly has waited ten years to claim his mate. Now the wait is over, and he’s coming home.

Rolly has waited patiently for his mate. When he first met Erdwin, the boy was still a child. Rolly felt nothing but compassion for him back then, but Erdwin came of age five years ago, and Rolly’s stayed out of his life in order to give Erdwin time to experience life.

Erdwin never fit right in his skin. He didn’t like what he saw in the mirror. It didn’t match how he felt inside. As a shifter, he was stuck with the body he had. Surgery wasn’t an option for him. But Erdwin found a way to accept himself—by embracing the part of herself that felt like her true nature. She struggled with it, but with her family’s support, she became Edie, the young lady she was meant to be. She stopped worrying about her parts, and concentrated on her heart.

When Rolly, a powerful shaman, moves back home to the pack, Edie is transfixed. He makes her nervous—and arouses her. But what would a man like him think of a woman liker her?

Edie’s about to find out, and she will have to be stronger than ever to help fight off a threat to her pack, to her mate, and to her family.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of light BDSM and fisting.


Erdwin is a shifter who longs to be a transgendered woman but since the shifter genetics preclude that type of surgery, he’s forced to be a transvestite instead. He makes the best with what he can and is slowly coming into his own.

Rolly knew early on that Erdwin – now Edie – is his mate, but he was too young then so he left his pack – where he was the shaman in training – to wait for Erdwin to grow up. Now he’s back and he’s got a lot of surprises in store for him.


This was a fascinating book! Edie is a wonderful woman with a penis! She dresses and acts as a woman but is actually quite toppy and in control in the bedroom. Rolly, meanwhile is quite content to let her rule the roost even though he’s much older and larger than her.

There is another mystery to solve around a shifter Rolly has taken in to help heal with his fathers and that takes up some space in the story.

I really enjoyed this and thought it was very brave and unique.

(I haven’t read the other books in the series but I’m going to – I think it’d help keep all the characters organized. The BDSM is very light in this.)

4.5 of 5 stars


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