Good Bones by Kim Fielding

(Bones, #1)
M/M Paranormal Romance

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?

Sometimes a sweet and simple story tugs on the heartstrings the strongest. Good Bones brings one isolated and trouble young werewolf into a new surrounding so he can release the beast once per month without metal doors blocking his freedom, but when there he finds one neighbor - a handyman, out of work country boy who offers more than eventual friendship. The two vulnerable guys bond over house renovation, cooking, movies, and just matching personalities. One is insecure about his money and class, the other about getting close to anyone. One has a shady and dirty history to hide, one a present secret to hide.

It's not the typical fated-to-be-mated supernatural line-up but it was an honest, refreshing clashing of differences. While something similar to angst tried to slip in a few times, it mainly avoided becoming too drawn out. The bedroom play was steamy enough to burn away some of the slower parts of the story, and the side characters were fleshed out decently enough to add further story foundation.

Basically it's sweet, leaves you with a good feeling, well-written, and hard to put down because of endearing characters. It's a little flavorless with some of the action, but it has a realistic honesty about it that chases away some of the other overdone, tired tropes the genre has become saturated with.

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