Reviewed by Tori (Vicki)
TITLE: Good Bones
SERIES: Bones #1
AUTHOR: Kim Fielding
NARRATOR: Nick J. Russo
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 5 hours 53 mintes
RELEASE DATE: November 17th, 2015
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?
Dylan has an issue… he turns furry once a month and has to lock himself in his extra bedroom. What started out as a night of sex with a hot man from a local bar, has turned in to a life changing affliction. Now Dylan is a hipster architect most of the time, and a wolf on the night of the full moon.
After discussing his ongoing issues with his brother, he comes to the conclusion that he needs to leave Portland and move out to the country. His boss is willing to give telecommuting a try, and he begins the search for a country home. His realtor takes him to a place that is perfect, except for the redneck neighbor Dylan sees standing on the deck next door, mostly nekkid, peeing and smoking a cigarette!
Imagine Chris’s surprise when he’s just out for a drunken pee, on his own back porch, in the buff (as you do!), and looks up to see someone looking out of the upstairs window of the empty house next door! After donning some pants, he wanders over to introduce himself to the hipster guy with the stupid soul patch.
Now Chris may come across as a hick, but he’s not stupid. He’s just unmotivated. He’s had a crap upbringing, dad took off, mom was a drug addict with boyfriends that knocked Chris around, and an unloving grandparent. He’s got abandonment issues, trust issues, and low self esteem. Other than that he’s just fine!
But what Chris can do, is home remodeling. Which Dylan needs help with, after purchasing the rundown property. The two begin a very shaky working relationship, alternating between tentative friendship, and hatred. Things eventually improve as the two get to know one another, and the truth about their sexuality comes out. There relationship builds based on home improvements, eating, and fucking, which seems to work just fine for them. Until Andy, the wolf that converted Dylan comes back in to the picture… Here’s a hint: It doesn’t go well.
I have worked my way through Kim Fielding’s backlist over the last couple of years, and was so happy to come across this series. I read all three books and loved them. When the second book came up on our review list as an audio book, I was excited to grab it, and even more excited when DSP generously gave us a code for this one as well. This book was just as good the second time through as it was the first time I read it! I love that Dylan’s werewolf-ism isn’t the main focus of the story. So often the shifter part of a character takes over the book. Everything is built around the pack, etc. That is not the case here. Dylan is going it alone, he’s just a human trying to deal with an issue. He does the best he can with his situation. His wolf is part of him certainly, but just a part, not his whole life. His whole life becomes Chris and his new house. He does spend time with his brother and sister-in-law, and a work friend, but mostly it’s him and Chris. They have issues to work through, differences in economic situation, differences in family and upbringing, differences in education, experience, motivation, really they are quite different! But it works so well when they come together. (no pun intended!)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, Dylan and Chris are great characters, and the side characters work too. I liked the story, the relationship part was great, and the bad thing that happens added a nice bit of drama. The sex was very hot, but also sweet. I liked the banter and arguing that goes on between Dylan and Chris, mostly it was fun, when Chris wasn’t being an asshole.
Kim Fielding is a auto-buy author for me, especially when it’s a paranormal book! If you are a shifter fan, give this one a try, either written or in audio.
I do so love Nick J. Russo! His voices were perfect. Dylan had a bit of roughness that worked very well, considering Dylan is a wolf too. Chris’s voice was a little lighter, which surprised me since Chris is kind of a rough guy, but it worked once I got used to it. I was clearly able to tell which character was speaking, and he moaned and groaned nicely during the sex scenes.
This book was even better in audio format!