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?
Paranormal romance is probably my favorite trope but I’ve become a PNR snob over the years. More precisely, I’m a shifter snob. I want to the shift to be intimate. I want to feel, taste and smell… Bottom line? I want to experience the change from human to animal. A quick blink from man to beast doesn’t cut it for me. Fielding delivered what I was craving and left me drooling for more. Good Bones is a superb shifter romance highlighting the emotional turmoil of living in the closet (werewolf closet that is) with humor and heat.
Dylan has a secret. Once a month when the moon is full, he loses himself to his wolf. He was bitten by his boyfriend and nearly lost his life on that fated bloody night. There’s nothing quite like a near mauling to finalize a break up and Dylan wants Andy completely out of his life. He is terrified he might hurt someone during his monthly ‘cycle’ and the strain is pushing him hard. He’s decided the only solution is to isolate himself far away from town and people. He doesn’t want to give up his job at the architectural firm he loves and convinces his boss to allow him a trial remote arrangement from home. However, house hunting proves a bigger challenge than anticipated. Until he sees THE house. It’s old, falling apart and absolutely perfect. His only neighbor is too close for his comfort but it’s a flaw he can tolerate. It boasts ample acreage for his wolf to run free and his constant worries may finally come to rest. The hillbilly next door won’t interfere with new life but what happens when he realizes perhaps he wants him to?
Slow and steady often proves to be the most reliable. Building from a solid foundation is key. You’ll find both the romance and the story begin slowly and gather strength and speed as things unfold. Dylan is attempting a complete renovation and as it turns out, it’s not only his old farmhouse. Since the change he hasn’t allowed himself to fully embrace life. Maybe his secret doesn’t have to define him? Maybe he’s not destined to roam his days alone? And just maybe he can stop living in fear. His relationship with his curious neighbor, Chris begins cautiously. He has little in common with the hick in the sticks but if he can learn to trust him it might be enough to build on.
I really enjoyed the narration. Russo alters his voice to fit each persona and this can be a risky move in my limited experience with audio. The gamble was rewarding. There was no question as to which dialogue belonged to which character and it allowed a smooth navigation through the chapters. A little twang, a little husky and a lotta of passion brought the story alive through the narration. It confirms the impact a narrator has on the story, they can make it or break it and this was a sure win for me.
The writing was spectacular. I enjoyed Dylan and Chris from the get go. I was quickly caught up with Dylan’s predicament. He went from a nobody with an open calendar and an empty black book to a pheromone drenched sex magnet. He gained strength, confidence and appeal and he suddenly longed for the shadows again. I loved the banter between Dylan and Chris. Their sexual tension exploded into frenzy and fire. But it was the tender touches and desires for ‘more’ than hit the high spot for me. It was the reluctant fall that I relished.
A little bit of gore and very little ‘wolf’ time. For a shifter tale we experience very brief beast moments. It’s more about how the man handles the ‘infection’ and the consequences it has on his life. Dylan does not know much about his wolf and doesn’t know any other wolves to answer his multiplying questions. The typical pack focus is not present in this shifter tale. No pack, no alpha, no knotting (*sigh of relief*). The undercurrent of Dylan’s wolf was always present but not the focal point. It was…..different but still enjoyable.
And though I’m thrilled a squeal awaits me, it concludes with a HFN. I’m anxious for book two but I will patiently bide my time until the next one makes it to the audio world.
Paranormal enthusiast looking for a new take on shifters. One lone wolf is attempting to find his footing in his new peculiar life. You cannot run from your past, it is always on your tail, but if you are willing to accept and acknowledge it you can leave it behind and move confidently forward. I love a good opposites attract love story and this is a perfect example of surprising expectations….with a bite.