Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Narrator: John Solo
Werewolves don’t have a how-to manual—nor do men embarking on a new life together.
It’s been a few weeks since Dylan Warner wolfed out and killed Andy, the crazed werewolf who originally turned him and later tried to murder Chris Nock. Architect Dylan and handyman Chris are still refurbishing Dylan’s old house as they work out the structure of their relationship. They come from very different backgrounds, and neither has had a long-term lover before, so negotiating their connections would be challenge enough even if Dylan didn’t turn into a beast once a month.
To make matters worse, Dylan’s house is haunted, and events from both men’s pasts are catching up with them. Dylan has to cope with the aftermath of killing Andy, and Chris continues to suffer the effects of a difficult childhood.
In his quest to get rid of the ghost, Dylan rekindles old friendships and faces new dangers. At the same time, Chris’s father makes a sudden reappearance, stirring up old emotions. If Dylan and Chris want to build a lasting relationship, they’ll have to meet these challenges head-on.
It’s been a few years since I read book one in this series, and although this one can actually be read as a standalone, I think a revisit to Good Bones would greatly enhance the reading/listening experience for this story.
Dylan’s and Chris’s early relationship is told throughout this book in flashback scenes so it’s not hard to figure out how they met and fell in love, and we learn early in this story exactly how Dylan became a werewolf. But their relationship is really still in its early days as this story opens, and throughout this book it’s solidified as their dynamic grows and the strength of their bond becomes apparent. In part, this closeness is formed due to their shared fear of a spectral visitor to Dylan’s home—a ghost who manifests enough to start throwing things around, breaking objects, and even entering words on a laptop! They assume the ghost is Andy, the werewolf who turned Dylan and who Dylan killed in defense of Chris in book one. After all, he’s buried on the property. But their investigations turn up new information, and as it turns out, the ghost is actually someone they didn’t expect. They also didn’t expect to run into Chris’s estranged father or for Chris and his father to finally take the time to make amends, but it all happens in this story and it’s all part of the puzzle of the mysterious ghost.
This is a very enjoyable story—and it’s very nicely narrated by John Solo. I love a narrator who makes me forget that I’m listening to a narration. In other words, he tells the story seamlessly and with enough variety in vocalizations that I forget I’m listening to a book. So kudos to both author and narrator for this one. I’d recommend it to lovers of paranormal and shifter stories and to those who enjoy a good mystery.