Title: Bone Dry
Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 10, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary, Paranormal
Page Count: 214
Reviewed by: Jewel
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Ery Phillips’s muse is MIA. He’s pretty sure his job as a graphic designer is to blame, because let’s face it, what kind of muse wants to draw grocery store logos and catheterized penises?
When Ery’s friends Dylan and Chris head off on a European vacation, Ery jumps at the chance to stay on their farm, hoping a stint in the country will encourage his muse to reappear. To be sure, the farm has attracted a few oddities—Dylan is a werewolf and the place was recently haunted—but Ery isn’t canceling his plans just because his friends warn him that there’s something strange going on in their pond. What he doesn’t expect is Karl, a beautiful naked man who appears at the water’s edge.
With Karl as his inspiration, Ery creates amazing paintings and begins to achieve the success he had previously only dreamed of. But Karl comes with certain challenges, causing Ery to question his own goals. Creating the life of his dreams with an unusual beloved may be more challenge than Ery can handle.
Ery Philips has always been the colorful one. The life of the party. But, lately, he’s lost a bit of his mojo. His muse seems to have left and he’s not at all inspired in his art or his life. Evil day job is sucking the creativity out of him. Ery is 31 now, and he just doesn’t want the clubbing life, anymore. He looks upon his friends Dylan and Chris and is a bit jealous of what they have found with each other.
When Dylan and Chris go on vacation to Barcelona and Paris, Ery decides to house-sit for them and maybe do some work in his studio. Maybe the country air and the quiet will help him find his Muse again. He doesn’t expect, at all, to find a water spirit living in the pond, who goes by the name Karl.
Karl has been around for many hundreds of years. He was created by a sorcerer, but the sorcerer, apparently messed up the spell, because Karl can’t shapeshift or play the flute, like others of his species. So he was eventually sent away by others of his kind. He traveled a long time and went many places. At some point, a couple hundred years ago, he stumbled upon the pond on Nock’s land and decided it looked nice, and he’s been there ever since.
I absolutely LOVED Karl. He’s so innocent, in many ways, and genuine. He’s drawn to Ery and his art and Ery feels the pull, too. But Ery is stubborn and doesn’t think getting involved with Karl is a good idea. But he can’t resist. And Ery’s Muse seems to have returned, too! Sometimes, Karl made me feel sad because he’s been abandoned or cast out so many times. And still, he’s mostly positive.
Ery, though; he can’t see the forest for the trees. This beautiful man right in front of him, whom he is not only compatible with, but absolutely right for. The more time Ery spends with Karl, the more time he wants to spend. And, the sex is the best he’s ever had. But the stubborn man held onto his ‘it would never work’ mantra for way too long, making me wonder for just a moment, if he was going to let such a good thing slip away.
I definitely recommend this book and this series. It’s quirky and colorful and the characters just make me smile.