A Shifter’s Tale
Good Bones by Kim Fielding is not your usual shifter romance. Fielding’s novel looks at the life of the moon-called with a more realistic and genuine eye.In Good Bones, Fielding paints a shifter life as one of isolation, pain, and loneliness. The physical pain of changing from man to wolf is evident. So is the loneliness and isolation brought on by trying to hide an important part of oneself.
Dylan Warner and Chris Nock are the primary characters in Good Bones. Dylan is a young and upcoming architect with one major problem: he’s a werewolf. In this case, that means he’s going to be furry and on the prowl every 28 days. To keep everyone safe around, Dylan decides to buy an old, seen-better-times Christmas tree farm and make it his home.
Chris, the other main character lives in the dilapidated shack on the edge of Dylan’s property. Chris takes thing as they come so when Dylan offers him work helping him remodel the kitchen in his new abode, he seizes the opportunity.
The energy between Dylan and Chris is quirky and interesting. Both men have secrets in their pasts that could derail any long-term relationship. Fielding slowly reveals the complexities of these characters, peeling away layers with a fine skill and poignant imagery. The secondary characters are also well-drawn. Dylan’s brother and sister-in-law, Rick and Kay, as well as Matty, his co-worker at the architectural firm all have distinct personalities.
I hope this is the beginning of a new shifter series, since these characters are certainly worth getting to know better. I am definitely looking forward to new books from Kim Fielding.
Reviewed for NetGalley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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