Thursday, 3 September 2009

Review – Bone Deep – Bonnie Dee



Title: Bone Deep
Author: Bonnie Dee
Publisher:  Liquid Silver
Main Characters: Sarah & Tom
In the fall of 1946, grieving war widow Sarah goes to the carnival with her friends and is riveted by the tattooed man in the freak show, sporting head to toe body art. Later she discovers him hiding in her hayloft, escaped from virtual imprisonment since childhood by the carnival’s evil owner. She shelters him on her farm, fighting a powerful sexual attraction while learning about his mysterious past and gentle nature.
When a local child goes missing, Tom uses his psychic gifts to locate her, but his assistance in the case doesn’t allay the town’s mistrust of such an exotic stranger in their midst. Small-town prejudice tears the lovers apart and a very real threat from carnival owner Art Reed endangers them. Can they rise above obstacles of fear and hate to create the family both have always craved?

Inside the barn she turned on the hose and filled the water troughs for the livestock then put grain in Edison’s feedbox. She patted the bay horse’s soft, velvet nose.
He chuffed a warm breath from his huge nostrils before dipping his head down to eat.
Sarah forked out the dirty hay from both stalls, working around the animals, but decided to wait to pitch down fresh hay from the loft until she had milked Millie.
She took the milking stool from its hook on the wall, set it by the cow’s warm brown flank, grasped her udders and pulled. Sarah drained off only a half pail of milk. Maybe Bill Peters would let her put the cow in with his herd for a while to mate with his bull. Millie needed to calve again in order to start producing more milk.
After covering the milk pail and setting it aside, Sarah climbed up the ladder to the haymow to toss down fresh hay into both the animals’ stalls. The sweet smell of hay tickled her nose and the dust had her sneezing. She grabbed the pitchfork and jabbed it into a pile of hay.
Something moved. It was big--much bigger than the occasional rat Sarah turned up when pitching hay. A figure scrambled out from under the hay, shaking off the long yellow grass.
Sarah screamed at the top of her lungs, dropped the pitchfork and scrambled back.
The man staggered to his feet.
She screamed again and took another reflexive step backward. She felt the edge of the loft opening beneath her foot and empty space beyond it. She teetered on the edge for a moment, waving her arms and still screaming.
The man lunged for her, grabbing her arm and pulling her back from the opening. He put a firm hand over her mouth to silence her screams.
She bit his palm and twisted in his grasp.
He jerked his hand away from her mouth with a wordless cry, then let go of her arm and backed up with his hands raised.
Sarah stared wide-eyed. She recognized the blooming colors on his hands and head.
The tattooed man wore black pants and shoes and a dark navy wool coat to which hay tenaciously clung. He stood there in her barn loft, hands up like she was the sheriff in some Western come to arrest him. The strangest part was that he never said a word. He hadn’t cursed when she bit him or tried to calm her or explain his presence. He was completely silent.
“What...?” Sarah couldn’t manage anymore. Her hand went to her chest, covering her pounding heart.
He stood, frozen in place, waiting for her to release him, gazing at her solemnly like he would wait there all day until she told him to move.
“Why are you here?” she finally said, then added, “You can put your hands down.”
He slowly lowered his hands to his sides.
She waited for an answer but he gave none. Maybe he was mute. “Can you speak?”
Bone Deep © Bonnie Dee
Review
When widow Sarah was strong-armed into attending a local travelling circus, she goes with mixed feeling as although she is with friends she somehow feels as if she is forced into a situation that she is clearly not ready for. With this on her minds she makes the best of her night with good grace.
 
Not particularly impressed with the circus she makes the rounds with her friends and ends up visiting a tent which promises an array of weird and wonderful delights – one such is a beautiful tattooed man that Sarah somehow fells an instant connection to, whether it’s empathy for his plight or just plain curiosity this man ends up being the highlight of her night.
 
To say she was surprised to find the man in her barn the next morning would be an understatement – Sarah, not one for high drama makes the best of the situation and learns all she can about Tom.
 
Tom is unlike anyone she has ever met and that has nothing to do with the tattoos – but more for the fact that Tom comes with a handle with care sign and a most peculiar gift of being a psychic.
 
When a local child goes missing Sarah knows only Tom can help, but with an overwhelming sexual attraction between the two and a town with  less than open-minded inhabitants, Sarah takes the biggest chance of her life and exposes Tom to the one thing he has been running away from – The Unknown.
 
A simply beautiful book.
 
Without a doubt this is so skilfully written that  I can’t help but loving the protags, the plot, the support cast and the plight of Sarah and Tom. The book is set in a period when women were still thought of as needing a man to do the manly things as  well as not able to do certain things because of societies demands and expectations.
 
Sarah broke all the rules when she not only takes in Tom but was willing to vouch for him and worst had the audacity of wanting more with him. I can’t describe how much I love the flow of this book – Ms. Dee hits on all the stereotypical situations and scenarios that could and did happen in this small town to make me want to slap them all before breakfast.
 
Tom was a treat to know –  he comes with an unbelievable amount of baggage but he had the simply zest of a child and a heart of gold. With both of these characters fully developed Ms. Dee gave me a chance to see them grow in their own right and I was most pleased.
 
The support cast are small town nosy busy bodies with too much opinions to make me want to hate this town but support comes from the unlikeliest of places to make me fall in love with it despite all the harridans that lives there.
 
A stunning read and I am absolutely pleased I read this book.

18 Speak To Me:

Cecile on 4 September 2009 at 03:05 said...

Then I must write this book down in my notebook to get. This sounds like a very intriguing tale to read about it. Very well written my friend. You really make the credit card go hide!!! But don't worry... I will find it! =)
I hop you had a great Thursday and have a wonderful Friday!!

Donna on 4 September 2009 at 03:07 said...

This sounds interesting, and the cover on Bone Deep is just "WOW!"

Blodeuedd on 4 September 2009 at 07:04 said...

Morning EH,
That is sure some tattoos, way too many for my taste though.
Oh I know those towns, makes me go grrr every time, but then there is always someone kind :)

Erotic Horizon on 4 September 2009 at 07:36 said...

@Cecile..

You will love this book - is that notebook not full yet...

All the best my friend..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 4 September 2009 at 07:37 said...

@Donna

I could not say it better - I normally mention the cover art, but I couldn't find out who the cover artist is, But just WOW...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 4 September 2009 at 07:39 said...

@Blodeuedd..

Funnily enough - the tattoos are what attracted me to this book...

And it was a wonderful read - them small town gets me every time, and as you said there's always one person that make it all worthwhile.

E.H>

Blodeuedd on 4 September 2009 at 08:51 said...

EH,
I think they might be to colourful for me, i like plain black ink, and tribal patterns and such :) Not that I ever would get one.

So true :)

Gave you an award over at my blog
Award

Sassy Brit on 4 September 2009 at 11:01 said...

WOW! A simply beautiful book really makes me want to read it. An enjoyable review -- thanks for sharing. I'm going to add this to my wish list!

I have a Brit/UK only competition you may be interested in - on my site here!
Closes September 30th!

I think you'll love it - plus you can also enter a competition to win one out of 10,000 freebies - and not just the book, but a Radox product too!

**Please spread the word to other UK friends**

Hugs

Bonnie Dee on 4 September 2009 at 11:34 said...

Thanks for the lovely review. BONE DEEP was one of my first books released and is still one of my favorites. Cover artist is the wonderful April Martinez, art director at Liquid Silver books. This book is available in print through Amazon as well as e-book format at Liquid Silver.

Now, this is going to sound like shameless plugging, but another of my books with a similar theme of an isolated hero, a book very dear to my heart, releases on Tuesday, Sept. 7 from Liquid Silver. A HEARING HEART is the story of a deaf mute stablehand and a schooteacher set in 1902 Nebraska. It has another beautiful, haunting cover by April, and here's the blurb.

The heart conveys messages beyond what ears can hear.

After the death of her fiancé, Catherine Johnson, a New York schoolteacher in 1902, travels to Nebraska to teach in a one-room school and escape her sad memories. One afternoon, violence erupts in the sleepy town. Catherine saves deaf stable hand, Jim Kinney from torture by drunken thugs.

As she takes charge of his education, teaching him to read and sign, attraction grows between them. The warmth and humor in this silent man transcends the need for speech and his eyes tell her all she needs to know about his feelings for her. But the obstacles of class difference and the stigma of his handicap are almost insurmountable barriers to their growing attachment.

Will Catherine flaunt society’s rules and allow herself to love again? Can Jim make his way out of poverty as a deaf man in a hearing world? And together will they beat the corrupt robber baron who has a stranglehold on the town? Romance, love and sensuality abound in this jam-packed, old-fashioned tale with plenty of heart and some steaming hot sex.

THanks again for your kind review. I hope you'll check out A HEARING HEART. My web site is http://bonniedee.com

Lea on 4 September 2009 at 13:11 said...

Good Morning EH:

The first thing that drew me to your post was the cover art - absolutely stunning! Then I read your review and I have to say, I'm sold.

Despite the fact that I vowed not to purchase any more books for a while I'm off to find and download this lovely story.

Thank you for sharing.

Best
L

Obsidian Bookshelf on 4 September 2009 at 22:10 said...

Good review, intriguing-sounding book, and gorgeous cover!

Yvette Kelly on 5 September 2009 at 05:50 said...

Hey
Im doing the rounds this morning for a little bit.I thought I would start over at Erotic Horizon because it is a guaranteed kick start to the day and I was right!!

Yvette Kelly on 5 September 2009 at 05:50 said...

Hey
Im doing the rounds this morning for a little bit.I thought I would start over at Erotic Horizon because it is a guaranteed kick start to the day and I was right!!

Erotic Horizon on 5 September 2009 at 09:32 said...

@Yvette

Hey Hon, Hope things are good with you...

Yup I have a good one here to start your day...

Enjoy..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 5 September 2009 at 09:33 said...

@Obsidian

Thanks Val and just as you said - Cover art - WOW.

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 5 September 2009 at 09:34 said...

@Lea...

I have stop making those sort of promise, I am always finding that must read book when I do...

This was a wonderful book...


Enjoy..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 5 September 2009 at 09:36 said...

@Bonnie

Thanks for coming by and for the update on the cover artist -The cover is really something..

Thanks for the heads up on your new book - I will be looking out for that one....

Love the blurb...

Thanks again..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 5 September 2009 at 12:45 said...

@Blodeuedd..

I get you about the tribal tattoos - but there's only so much I can take...

Thanks for the award I will be over to collect..

E.H>