Title: Bones Bundle
Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 10, 2016
Page Count: 573
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Skinny, quiet hipster Dylan Warner just wants to live a normal life—despite being a werewolf—but when he buys an isolated farmhouse, it comes with more adventure than he anticipated! In Good Bones, Dylan’s sexy neighbor Chris Nock helps Dylan renovate the house, but how can Dylan reveal his furry secret? In Buried Bones, a brand-new relationship is hard enough to handle, but the appearance of a ghost and Chris’s dad threaten to bring Dylan and Chris’s relationship toppling. In The Gig, a chance encounter introduces Dylan and Chris to Drew Clifton and Travis Miller of Speechless. In Bone Dry, artist Ery Phillips is house-sitting for Dylan and Chris when a strange—and beautiful—man appears by the pond and inspires his muse.
Reader is introduced to Dylan and Chris, when Dylan packs up and leaves Portland and the fears of being caught away from his safe room in werewolf form. He finds and buys a secluded house with acres to roam freely, but it comes with a neighbor who likes to pee off his back porch. Enter Chris; lonely, friendless, with secrets of his own. When Chris volunteers to help Dylan renovate the house, both discover more than they bargained for. It’s only when Dylan’s former lover comes a callin’ that Dylan finds he has to tell all or lose Chris as a friend and boyfriend.
I liked the City guy/Country guy contrast. I did NOT like the SIL or the nosey co-worker. This is a peeve of mine, but I just can’t imagine badgering anyone about their sex life and I’m finding I detest the whole squealing, excitable, “tell me EVERYTHING!” female relative/co-worker/bestie who HAS to know if the gay guy got laid with ALL the details! Just doesn’t work for me.
The rest of the plot quirks I could deal with (insta-love) and I found Chris’s hot/cold emotions actually working with all of Dylan’s fear and werewolf issues. Chris is damaged goods and Dylan learns the hard way he’s not the only one with problems.
Chris and Dylan are settling into a relationship – they have their trust and jealousy problems to work on. Just when they think things are starting to even out, Dylan’s former so-called lover starts to haunt Dylan’s house, going so far to smash windows and Dylan’s laptop.
In Buried Bones we get more woo-ing and dating between Chris and Dylan, as each man tries to figure out a way to please the other. I really liked their chemistry. A squealing Matty is less an issue, but still present to annoy me. The reader is introduced to the colorful Ery and his rather more staid Grandma, Chris’s father makes a surprise appearance, and they learn the ghost has an ulterior motive. As Dylan’s life is endangered, Chris learns that family can be counted on.
Buried Bones was a bit slow to start, then picked up speed about 2/3 of the way through. Fielding had a deft hand at the interwoven plots and twists, to bring everything to a very satisfactory conclusion.
A short 25 page-ish story that introduces the reader to two new characters (if new to the series), or two regulars (if the reader has read Fieldings Speechless). I would have liked The Gig to have been longer.
Chris and Dylan are on vacation in Europe and Ery has agreed to watch the homestead hoping the change will inspire his painting. Ery makes the unexpected acquaintance of Karl Stroemkarlen, a water sprite who has been living in Dylan’s pond for over hundred years. Ery has to make some very adult decisions – pursue an illustrious artist’s residency in NY or stay in Portland with the one man who inspires his paintings.
Not my favorite. I didn’t feel like I ever got to know Karl more than a beautiful, long limbed if somewhat wet body. I felt he was rather one dimensional; his strength was his looks, naivety, and longevity. His personality was a bit like jasmine rice – pretty to smell but still a bit bland. Ery…I liked Ery. Bright, passionate, loves his Parents and Grandma, good at what he does, cares about his friends. But Karl and Ery together? Meh, chemistry wasn’t clicking for me.
Ultimately four stories that flow well together, each building on the previous plots and characters. Chrys, Dylan, Ery and the supporting characters make a fairly well rounded series that contains a bit of something for everyone.