Title: The Bones Series
Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Christine Griffin
Rating: 4.5 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?
Werewolves don’t have a how-to manual—nor do men embarking on a new life together.
It’s been a few weeks since Dylan Warner wolfed out and killed Andy, the crazed werewolf who originally turned him and later tried to murder Chris Nock. Architect Dylan and handyman Chris are still refurbishing Dylan’s old house as they work out the structure of their relationship. They come from very different backgrounds, and neither has had a long-term lover before, so negotiating their connections would be challenge enough even if Dylan didn’t turn into a beast once a month.
To make matters worse, Dylan’s house is haunted, and events from both men’s pasts are catching up with them. Dylan has to cope with the aftermath of killing Andy, and Chris continues to suffer the effects of a difficult childhood.
In his quest to get rid of the ghost, Dylan rekindles old friendships and faces new dangers. At the same time, Chris’s father makes a sudden reappearance, stirring up old emotions. If Dylan and Chris want to build a lasting relationship, they’ll have to meet these challenges head-on.
When I was talking with a good friend about my recent obsession with wolf shifter stories, he suggested that I read Kim Fielding’s Bones series. He said that it went back to the more common Lycanthropy lore and was well written. After having read both current titles in the series (see how I did that… just a little hint for Ms. Fielding, if she happens to read this), I can’t agree more.
Good Bones and it’s sequel Buried Bones look at the Dylan, whose life was turned upside down by a hookup, when he was bitten and turned into a werewolf. That is one of the things I liked about this series. Werewolves are made, not born. There is no pack, well this isn’t quite true, but in this case Dylan is a loan wolf. There are no fated mates. The full moon plays an important role. It is a real man trying to come to grips with his new-found status and the effect it has on his life.
Good Bones starts about three years after Dylan Warner is turned into a werewolf by Andy. He is trying to keep his life as normal as possible, despite the need to get a little wolfy on the full moon. Other than turning from a Vegan to a carnivore, He barely seems to acknowledge the problem, locking himself away once a month. Finally, he is convinced to move out to a place where he can let his wolf free.
Once he moves the real story begins. We get to watch Dylan struggle with his attraction to Chris and what his little wolf problem could mean for his hopes of a relationship. We watch Chris come to grips with what is “different” about Dylan. We see Dylan slowly accept himself for who he is and finally let go of who he was. We see him stand up to his sire and stand up for his love.
My first thought when I started Buried Bones was, “Ghosts, really?” But then I reminded myself that I was reading a werewolf book. If there could be werewolves, why not ghosts? Funnily enough, the characters have to go through that same realization.
Buried Bones is a look at family and bonds. This is also where the aforementioned pack comes into play. However, in this world the pack is little more than a gang. There are parallels and lessons aplenty in Buried Bones, about love, family, and second chances. Once again, well written and enjoyable.
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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