Title: Good Bones
Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Dylan Warner, Chris Nock
Sub-Genre: Paranormal Romance
Skinny, quiet hipster Dylan Warner was the kind of guy other men barely glanced at until an evening’s indiscretion with a handsome stranger turned him into a werewolf. Now, despite a slightly hairy handicap, he just wants to live an ordinary—if lonely—life as an architect. He tries to keep his wild impulses in check, but after one too many close calls, Dylan gives up his urban life and moves to the country, where he will be less likely to harm someone else. His new home is a dilapidated but promising house that comes with a former Christmas tree farm and a solitary neighbor: sexy, rustic Chris Nock.
Dylan hires Chris to help him renovate the farmhouse and quickly discovers his assumptions about his neighbor are inaccurate—and that he’d very much like Chris to become a permanent fixture in his life as well as his home. Between proving himself to his boss, coping with the seductive lure of his dangerous ex-lover, and his limited romantic experience, Dylan finds it hard enough to express himself—how can he bring up his monthly urge to howl at the moon?
Good Bones is the first book I’ve read by Kim Fielding and it definitely won’t be my last! I really enjoyed the author’s easy style of writing and ability to sweep this reader up into the intriguing and uniquely written world of her characters. I’ve read many werewolf books and in my opinion, Good Bones, was a refreshing change from the everyday werewolves written in today’s gay romances.
Ever since Dylan was bitten by a werewolf his life has been turned upside down. Once a vegan and a small statured man; Dylan now craves raw meat, is getting more muscular and buff and has little to no control over his wolfie-self during the full moon. Dylan instinctively knows he must leave the city and move out into the country, where he is more isolated and is able to keep others safe from his animalistic side. Since Dylan is a successful architect he gets permission to do his work at home, so he starts hunting for that perfect secluded place. Just when Dylan thinks he’s not going to find the place he’s looking for, he is shown a run-down home with tons of potential with many acres of land for his wolf-side to run and explore in. The only problem with this place is there is a sexy neighbor next door that is a little too close for comfort. But Dylan knows this place is perfect for him, and decides to take a chance and buy the property anyway. Now, if he can just keep his eyes and mind off his new, handsome neighbor he knows that everything will go as he planned.
Self-proclaimed handyman and jack of all trades, Chris Nock, isn’t sure what to think of his new neighbor. Chris knows he’s immediately attracted to Dylan, but Dylan’s standoffish behavior and sharp words, makes Chris feel unwelcomed and unwanted when he’s around his new neighbor. But when Dylan asks for help renovating the farmhouse, the men start slowly coming to terms with their attraction for each other and a slow building friendship starts developing between them. Although, Chris can’t help but fall for Dylan, he believes Dylan is too hip and citified for a blue collared, country man like him. Will they be able to work through their differences and find a way to be together? Will Chris be able to accept Dylan’s animalistic side, or will mistrust and misunderstanding keep Chris and Dylan from achieving their own happy ending?
I really loved this book! This book tells a gritty, not-so-glamorous side of being a werewolf. There isn’t an immediate bonding between Chris and Dylan; they really have to put in a lot of work into their relationship for it to work. Both characters are broken in many ways, and have to come to terms with their pasts until they can form a solid relationship between them. I really enjoyed the journey both characters took me on and loved watching them dance around each other until neither man could deny their feelings toward each other.
Good Bones is a well-written, fast paced romance that kept me enthralled with the storyline and its likeable, uniquely written characters. It’s a great way to spend a lazy summer afternoon and I highly recommend it!
Reviewed By: Gabbi