Thursday, June 7, 2012

Review ~ Good Bones

Good Bones

By Kim Fielding

3 of 5 STARS

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?
(via Goodreads)

This ARC was provided from Netgalley and is about a 200 page PDF that I found to be a very entertaining, quick read.  This is homoerotic paranormal so I give you fair warning: it can get graphic but it is beautifully done and the characters have an endearing relationship.  The writing is well done and I love all the architectural elements mentioned.

Dylan Warner is an architect who just happens to turn furry once a month.  This story centers on his life as he comes to terms with his werewolf side and protecting those around him when it's that time of the month.

The Dylan we are first introduced to is an architect who designs safe yet beautiful homes, retreating to the solidarity of his house after the daily grind.  He's lonely, has a bitter view of relationships after his last one left him with life altering consequences and just has a boring/mundane life that can get pretty anxious if he doesn't get home and locked up in time on the nights of the full moon.

He has a very supportive brother and sister-in-law who give him the idea that maybe moving out of the city and commuting to work as needed might make him more comfortable.  This gives him the chance to change without fear that he will hurt anybody.  It's a great idea and soon he has a new place and a new neighbor.

Chris, his neighbor, gives off the impression that he is an uneducated hick but soon we see he is a man of many talents.  He starts working for Dylan to help remodel his house and things move somewhat quickly from there.

This really is more of an unconventional love story that only barely focuses on the supernatural element.  We see Dylan grow-up emotionally and learn to let someone in, if only a little at a time.  It's about being honest.  Not only with your partner, but being honest with yourself, to trust that things will be OK.

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