Bones (Gothika #2) by Eli Easton, Kim Fielding, Jamie Fessenden, BG Thomas ~ Team Review by Brandilyn and PizzyGirl

I was eagerly anticipating the Bones Anthology from Kim Fielding, Eli Easton, Jamie Fessenden, and BG Thomas. After reading the first installment in the Gothika series, Stitch, I knew these four would bring us something great. I wasn’t disappointed.

Please enjoy our team review of Bones.

BonesLG Title: Bones (Gothika #2)

Author: Eli Easton, Kim Fielding, Jamie Fessenden, BG Thomas

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Eli Easton

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

Gothika: Volume Two

Vodou. Obeah. Santeria. These religions seem mysterious and dark to the uninitiated, but the truth is often very different. Still, while they hold the potential for great power, they can be dangerous to those who don’t take appropriate precautions. Interfering with the spirits is best left to those who know what they’re doing, for when the proper respect isn’t shown, trouble can follow. In these four novellas, steamy nights of possession and exotic ritual will trigger forbidden passion and love. You cannot hide your desires from the loa, or from the maddening spell of the drums. Four acclaimed m/m authors imagine homoerotic love under the spell of Voodoo.

Our View:

The Dance by Kim Fielding

(Reviewed by Brandilyn)

Rating: 4 stars

Voodoo is not supposed to be fun. It is serious business. Somehow, however, Kim Fielding managed to make it fun and sexy while taking on some rather serious topics in The Dance.

Bram and Daniel certainly make an interesting pair on their own, but add in their umm companions, and they are downright irresistible. Yes, this story is a little twisted. Yes, they get together under some unusual circumstances. Yes, they a misplaced murderous spirit to vanquish. But somewhere along the way they fall for each other and I fell for them.

The Bird by Eli Easton

(Reviewed by Brandilyn)

Rating: 3 stars

Eli Easton is usually a favorite of mine. However, The Bird missed the mark for me. It well done for what it was. It just didn’t appeal to me. There are also a few plot elements that actively turned me off. The Bird is a Victorian Romance with a Voodoo twist. Some people will absolutely eat it up. I did not.

It was more than the Victorian era that turned me off to this story. The whole reason for the voodoo in the first, and second, place left me scratching my head a bit. In addition, we didn’t have enough time to get to know the love interest to connect with him and Colin as a couple. They were reunited there was a sex scene, and it was over.

The Book of St Cyprian

(Reviewed by PizzyGirl)

Rating: 4 stars

I am not really much for Gothic or dark tales but I enjoyed this story. I found it very interesting and suspenseful from the beginning. In the very first paragraph I learned something new. I am Catholic and had never really heard of St. Cyprian or his book, so I was fascinated with the history lesson. I also loved learning about Santeria and it’s twists on certain Catholic elements. But that all was just a bonus. This story had great tension and but not so much that it took away from the fact that the MCs were still teenagers. The way they reacted to the consequences of St. Cyprian’s book was just right for boys of their age. I like that the focus was not on gratuitous sex or just some simple friends to lovers story. The relationship happened in the background and moved forward as a result of the very creepy plot. It was a good Halloween time story with just enough balance that I did not care that it was designed to be dark.

Uninvited by BG Thomas

(Reviewed by Brandilyn)

Rating: 3 stars

BG Thomas is the newcomer to the Gothika series. Replacing Sue Brown, who was in the first installment. Not having read much by Thomas, and certainly nothing as dark as this series calls for, I was intrigued at how he would handle the topic of Voodoo. Unfortunately, it didn’t work as well for me as I had hoped.

The best way to describe it is that the voice just seems misplaced for the story. It was a pretty serious story about murder, mayhem, and voodoo. Yet, it was told in the same light irreverent tone that all of Thomas’ work displays. Characters from Hound Dog & Bean and his other works even make their appearances. For die-hard BG Thomas fans, this will be a welcome treat. For those of use who are not yet at that point, it is a bit confusing. All that said, however, I did enjoy his characters and his story.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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