A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{May 3, 2012}   Good Bones by Kim Fielding

Plot: A few years ago, Dylan’s boyfriend bit him. Since then, every full moon he has transformed into a wolf. He tries to juggle a normal life with his decidedly abnormal condition but it’s not working. Worried that one day he will break free and hurt some one, he moves to a more rural area. He is seeking solitude but his new neighbour, Chris, is gorgeous and constantly surprising him. He finds it increasingly difficult to resist him. When the ex who turned him returns, he must decide once and for all where his loyalties lie.

This review is based on an ARC provided by Netgalley.

I can’t help but laugh a little at the title. I know the “good bones” refer to the structure of the house Dylan is renovating and of Dylan and Chris’ relationship but I apparently have the sense of humour of a 13 year old. ^_^

My adolescent humour aside, this is a great paranormal romance. I really liked all the characters, especially Chris. At first he comes off as nothing but a dumb redneck with a great body. But as Fielding develops him, you come to regret your prejudices, as Dylan does. Chris is smart and bashful with a crooked smile and a sarcastic sense of humour that I can’t resist anymore than Dylan can. He cooks and reads and he’s so lonely and insecure, it breaks my heart.

The relationship is hesitant at first. Neither quite trusts the other not to leave and break the other’s heart. But they can’t resist their growing feelings anymore than they can resist the sexual tension. The sex scenes are many, varied and hot, all the more so for the men’s desperate need to connect with another person. You will not be left unsatisfied.

The human scenes are, however, much better than the wolf scenes. Dylan claims to become an animal but in when he’s a wolf he continues to think in very human ways. I found it a bit jarring. Otherwise, the paranormal element was used to good effect. I was amused by the opening of the book where Dylan, about to transform, is stuck in traffic. And his conflict about whether or not to tell Chris that he’s a werewolf and risk rejection is very poignant.

Highly recommended for fans of m/m paranormal romance.

You can buy Good Bones and many other m/m romances at Dreamspinner Press.

2012 (#44)


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