Book 3 in the Bones series
Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Christine Griffin
Teresa’s Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Brandilyn Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Ery Phillips’s muse is MIA. He’s pretty sure his job as a graphic designer is to blame, because let’s face it, what kind of muse wants to draw grocery store logos and catheterized penises?
When Ery’s friends Dylan and Chris head off on a European vacation, Ery jumps at the chance to stay on their farm, hoping a stint in the country will encourage his muse to reappear. To be sure, the farm has attracted a few oddities—Dylan is a werewolf and the place was recently haunted—but Ery isn’t canceling his plans just because his friends warn him that there’s something strange going on in their pond. What he doesn’t expect is Karl, a beautiful naked man who appears at the water’s edge.
With Karl as his inspiration, Ery creates amazing paintings and begins to achieve the success he had previously only dreamed of. But Karl comes with certain challenges, causing Ery to question his own goals. Creating the life of his dreams with an unusual beloved may be more challenge than Ery can handle.
What I love most about this series is it isn’t your typical shifter book. There are no fated mates falling madly in love; there is no strong, alpha males dominating a weak, submissive, but cheeky, omegas; there are no homophobic jerks out to destroy everyone – well, maybe there was one… but overall, what you get is a good strong romance between two people with a paranormal/fantasy twist (the jury is still out as to whether werewolves are paranormal or fantasy, but that’s a topic for another day).
Bone Dry is as good as the previous two, but follows Chris and Dylan’s friend Ery. It took me a little bit to get into the story, I’m not sure what it was, but Ery, like his muse to him, didn’t speak to me. However, as the story progressed, so too did my enjoyment.
I loved Karl’s childlike wonder and felt bad for his isolation. I got a clear picture of him though – he was not human and saw the world differently. Ery, as I said, took a little bit to get used to. He had quite a case of the “poor me”s. As his art flourished, though, his spirit grew and you could see the true person underneath.
If you liked the first two books, you won’t be disappointed in this, and if you haven’t read the first two, you could read this one, but you’d be missing out on some details.
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
If you read my reviews of the first two books in Kim Fielding’s Bones Series, you know I fell in love with this world. I was eager to return to the world, see more from Dylan and Chris and see what other fantastical adventures were afoot. I snatched up Bone Dry as soon as it was in my hot little hands.
The story that awaited me was good. It was different because the one of the MCs was a water spirit, otherwise known as a Stroemkarl or Nix. He has been living alone in the pond on Dylan and Chris’ property for hundreds of years. His last lover was an ancestor to Chris, who left Karl alone and without a goodbye.
Unfortunately, the inclusion of the Stroemkarl was the best part of the story. I found pretty much everything else about the story fairly pedestrian. As always, Fielding’s writing is tight and clear, and her characters are multi-dimensional. For me, the plot just didn’t resonate. It wasn’t anything that made me want to keep coming back for more. Though well written, it felt very much like any other contemporary romance, with the term “nix” and the phrases about “needing water” thrown in every once in a while to remind us that Karl isn’t human. I guess; I needed more conflict or something to truly draw me into the story.
If you have enjoyed this series, I recommend picking up Bone Dry. You can also enjoy Bone Dry as a stand alone if you prefer.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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