Rattlesnake by Kim Fielding ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

RattlesnakeLGTitle: Rattlesnake

Author: Kim Fielding

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: LC Chase

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 08/31/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance


A drifter since his teens, Jimmy Dorsett has no home and no hope. What he does have is a duffel bag, a lot of stories, and a junker car. Then one cold desert night he picks up a hitchhiker and ends up with something more: a letter from a dying man to the son he hasn’t seen in years.

On a quest to deliver the letter, Jimmy travels to Rattlesnake, a small town nestled in the foothills of the California Sierras. The centerpiece of the town is the Rattlesnake Inn, where the bartender is handsome former cowboy Shane Little. Sparks fly, and when Jimmy’s car gives up the ghost, Shane gets him a job as handyman at the inn.

Both within the community of Rattlesnake and in Shane’s arms, Jimmy finds an unaccustomed peace. But it can’t be a lasting thing. The open road continues to call, and surely Shane—a strong, proud man with a painful past and a difficult present—deserves better than a lying vagabond who can’t stay put for long.

My View:

I know many of you out there are Kim Fielding fangirls and fanboys. For me, however, she has always been hit or miss. While usually solid, I often find her stories to drag. Unfortunately, her latest release from Dreamspinner Press Rattlesnake fits into this category for me.

I like Jimmy well enough. I kind of love Shane. Together, I think they both bring something to the other’s life that they didn’t know they were missing. I can see them making it in the long run and wish them nothing but the best.

However, I found their story exceedingly slow. For a fairly short courtship, it seemed to go on forever. The entire middle 1/3 of the story seemed unnecessary. It was a lot of the same actions and internal dialogue repeated and then repeated yet again. I am not sure I would have persevered if I hadn’t been reviewing this story.

I will continue to pick up Kim Fielding titles that interest me. She has some gems out there that I can’t recommend enough. Unfortunately Rattlesnake is not one, at least not for me.


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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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