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Book Review: Love is Heartless (Love Can’t Series, #2) – Kim Fielding

Date of Publication: January 13, 2016
Genre and Themes: LGBTQ, Child Abuse, Romance, Mystery, Murder
Format: 254 pages, ebook
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 9781635332148
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Characters: Nevin Ng, Colin Westwood

BLURB:
Small but mighty—that could be Detective Nevin Ng’s motto. Now a dedicated member of the Portland Police Bureau, he didn’t let a tough start in life stop him from protecting those in need. He doesn’t take crap from anyone, and he doesn’t do relationships. Until he responds to the severe beating of a senior citizen and meets the victim’s bow-tied, wealthy landlord.

Property manager and developer Colin Westwood grew up with all the things Nevin never had, like plenty of money and a supportive, loving family. Too supportive, perhaps, since his childhood illness has left his parents unwilling to admit he’s a strong, grown man. Colin does do relationships, but they never work out. Now he’s thinking maybe he won’t just go with the flow. Maybe it’s time to try something more exciting. But being a witness to a terrible crime—or two—was more than he bargained for.

Despite their differences, Colin and Nevin discover that sparks fly when they’re together. But sparks are short-lived, dampened by the advent of brutal crimes, and Colin and Nevin have seemingly little in common. The question is whether they have the heart to build something lasting.

The story overlaps with the first book, Love Can’t Conquer  and has an alternating point of views between Nevin and Collin but it can be read as standalone.

Let’s talk about Nevin. I’m not that much of a fan of his character at first. He’s a typical fuckboy and I don’t like that side of him. I get that he’s commitment-phobic and all that but during the first few chapters, he’s like itching for sex every single page. I’m like, seriously, is he always horny? I mean, I get that he’s lonely, I get that he’s stressed but it’s kind of off-putting. That’s just me though.

You have to understand that his childhood didn’t give him much to be happy about. I eventually started to like him at the latter part of the story so all’s good. He actually kind of reminded me of Ash from the THIRDS series by Charlie Cochet.

Then there’s sweet, sweet Colin. He came from a rich and very accepting family and has a super adorable cat named Legolas. On the exterior and perhaps financially, he is the total opposite of Nevin but both men have good hearts.

The story isn’t as intense and as angsty as the first book but it does have its moments especially when they finally realized they are meant for each other. Guessing the culprit in the serial killing of old people in the story was a bit predictable but the execution was good because the story didn’t really center on it. It was mostly about the day to day lives of our main characters. The banter between them was real good and the side characters including Colin’s parents are a real joy to read.

This is another wonderful story from Kim Fielding. It’s a shame we didn’t hear much from Parker (Rhoda’s son) this time because if I were to based it in the first book of the series, I kind of thought that we’d get his story next. Maybe he’s up next!

Rating : 4 out of 5 stars

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About The Author
Kim Fielding lives in California and travels as often as she can manage. A professor by day, at night she rushes into a phonebooth to change into her author costume (which involves comfy clothes instead of Spandex and is, sadly, lacking a cape). Her superpowers include the ability to write nearly anywhere, often while simultaneously doling out homework assistance to her children. Her favorite word to describe herself is “eclectic” and she finally got that third tattoo.

All royalties from her novels Stasis, Flux and Equipoise are donated to Doctors Without Borders.

Book Review: Love Can’t Conquer (Love Can’t Series, #1) – Kim Fielding

love cant conquerDate of Publication: June 3, 2016
Genre and Themes: LGBTQ, Bullying, Suicide, Alcoholism, Addiction, Abuse
Format: 260 pages, ebook
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 9781634773218
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Characters: Jeremy Cox, Qayin Hill

Last year, Kim Fielding released what I considered her best work to date – Rattlesnake. My review of that book already established that she’s a genius storyteller. In Love Can’t Conquer, she yet again transported me to a place full of sadness, hurt, love, and a place so full of hope.

It’s a story of two men who’ve known each other from a very young age.

Both eager to escape from their oppressive hometown.

Both kids carrying the hurt of their own little world.

Nerdy and pudgy Jeremy Cox was bullied a lot growing up and couldn’t wait to escape his small town. He did. He got a scholarship in Oregon and forgot all about his past. He became a self-made man, came out of the closet and like anybody else – he fell in love, was hurt, and got back up. It feels to me that Jeremy has a hero complex. I am not taking that against him. I loved that he’s got a very soft heart exhibiting the same little boy from his past inside his very formidable exterior.

Then there’s Qay Hill – an alcoholic and a drug addict trying to turn things around. He doesn’t need much. He’s trying to survive despite thoughts clinging to him that he’s beyond salvation. I really feel so bad for him. His voice is just too heartbreaking at times. Sometimes, no matter how strong a person is – there’ll come a time that he/she will succumb to his inner demons. Qay couldn’t handle it.

Serendipitously, both Jeremy and Qay found they have something in common from their past and try to create something between them. Love took over…

But what if love isn’t enough?

There is so much goodness in this book. There’s Jeremy and Qay’s relationship. It was sweet, tender, and thoughtful. There really is something to say about mature men venturing into a relationship. There’s the immediate chemistry and there’s the understanding between them right off the bat that this would either be just a quick shag or something that is for keeps. And for Jeremy, it is the latter. Qay however needs more convincing. Confidence is not his good friend.

Jeremy’s in a good place now. He’s healthy and financially secure but he isn’t happy. So ‘a good place’ doesn’t necessarily equate happiness. He doesn’t even know what he needs to not feel that void inside of him. So, there is that struggle inside of him.

Qay is altogether a different case, obviously. There’s just so much hurt that I had to wipe a tear or two because his voice affected me so much. Those are things no kid has got to endure – ever. His past was his struggle.

It’s a good thing that Jeremy has got a bunch of really good friends who took Qay in their fold without question. Rhoda and Nevin are both wonderful and I’d love to see them in the future installment (yes! I just found out that this would be a start of a new series!!!! *Happy dance* I am guessing that Parker will make an appearance in the series as well. A possible MC?).

The story as a whole is like a really beautiful, mellow country song. The words were melodious, there’s vibrancy in the characters and that heartwarming epilogue was just the right way to end it.

Highly Recommended!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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About The Author
Kim Fielding lives in California and travels as often as she can manage. A professor by day, at night she rushes into a phonebooth to change into her author costume (which involves comfy clothes instead of Spandex and is, sadly, lacking a cape). Her superpowers include the ability to write nearly anywhere, often while simultaneously doling out homework assistance to her children. Her favorite word to describe herself is “eclectic” and she finally got that third tattoo.

All royalties from her novels Stasis, Flux and Equipoise are donated to Doctors Without Borders.

Book Review: Rattlesnake – Kim Fielding

RattlesnakeA drifter since his teens, Jimmy Dorsett has no home and no hope. What he does have is a duffel bag, a lot of stories, and a junker car. Then one cold desert night he picks up a hitchhiker and ends up with something more: a letter from a dying man to the son he hasn’t seen in years.

On a quest to deliver the letter, Jimmy travels to Rattlesnake, a small town nestled in the foothills of the California Sierras. The centerpiece of the town is the Rattlesnake Inn, where the bartender is handsome former cowboy Shane Little. Sparks fly, and when Jimmy’s car gives up the ghost, Shane gets him a job as handyman at the inn.

Both within the community of Rattlesnake and in Shane’s arms, Jimmy finds an unaccustomed peace. But it can’t be a lasting thing. The open road continues to call, and surely Shane—a strong, proud man with a painful past and a difficult present—deserves better than a lying vagabond who can’t stay put for long.  – Blurb via Goodreads

Rattlesnake is beyond what I would consider a good book. It’s an experience by itself and it’s something that only few storytellers are able to put into words. A beautiful rendition of a soul searching for some permanence, searching for acceptance and something that it could hold on to unconditionally.

“It began with a man alone in the wide, empty desert driving a decrepit old Ford with a dead man riding shotgun. But the tale progressed to two men together, alive and dancing and ready to establish their very own home.”

Jimmy Dorsett’s narration is like listening to folk songs from melancholic souls that makes you contemplate about the secrets of the universe. Jimmy meeting Shane is fate intervening.

 “Someday you’re gonna be an old bastard like me, and you’re gonna be able to do nothin’ bout it. Don’t wait. You got stuff in your life needs fixin’, you gotta fix it now, while you can.”

Two men with pasts they could not left behind. Two men that needed healing.

“You can’t outrun your pain, Jimmy, ‘cause it’s a part of you. You just have to make your peace with it.”

I didn’t think I’ve ever rooted this hard for a book character. I just want Jimmy and Shane to be okay. My heart’s bleeding for Jimmy because he’s got no one at all while Shane still got his family.

“Wishes were like poison, Jimmy thought, When you made them, they were all bright and shiny, sweet as candy. But they lingered and languished and didn’t come true, so they curdled and went bad. Bacame toxic. That’s why he never made them to begin with.”

When Jimmy finally figured that he could at least hope – he finally found his way home. It’ too beautiful a story that needs to be read by many. Please, please people – get a hold of this one. It’s totally, absolutely worth it!

To Kim Fielding, you are truly one of a kind.

 Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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About The Author
Kim Fielding lives in California and travels as often as she can manage. A professor by day, at night she rushes into a phonebooth to change into her author costume (which involves comfy clothes instead of Spandex and is, sadly, lacking a cape). Her superpowers include the ability to write nearly anywhere, often while simultaneously doling out homework assistance to her children. Her favorite word to describe herself is “eclectic” and she finally got that third tattoo.

Book Review: Motel.Pool. – Kim Fielding

Motel PoolIt’s the 50’s and Jack Dayton is aspiring to emulate James Dean’s success. A sleazy director gave him empty promises after letting him use his body. A series of poor decisions found Jack drowning in the pool of a cheap motel off Route 66.

Fast forward to sixty years – Tag Manning is losing the will to live, feeling hopeless and directionless until he stopped at a deserted town where he found a desecrated motel with a pool. Resuming his journey, Tag didn’t expect to find a ghost hitchhiking with him. It’s Jack. A friendship develop between them that blossomed into something more. But what are the odds of them being actually together? For real.

There’s something about this book that makes my heart ache for both Jack and Tag. It’s the feeling of sadness when you lose someone or something that you actually cannot replace. It’s the feeling of hollowness. There’s this somber mood throughout the book that transport you to that exact time in the 50’s and 60 years after, and Kim Fielding was able to really get that feel fully in this book.

The almost whimsical vibe was also very palpable with every page. It’s something sad but also something lovely between the boys. I feel like I’ve known them for the longest time – perhaps because I can totally relate to what they’re feeling. I even got teary eyed at one point because of the intense emotion that scenes have invoked in me.

Motel.Pool. is almost lyrical to some extent. It shows Fielding’s ability to transport its readers to places and time they can only dream of. She will make you believe in this story. She will make you appreciate life and appreciate what you have. It’s definitely one of the best books Kim Fielding has ever come up with.

I am totally in awe of her pure genius.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Published May 12th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press (first published May 11th 2014)

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About The Author
Kim Fielding lives in California and travels as often as she can manage. A professor by day, at night she rushes into a phonebooth to change into her author costume (which involves comfy clothes instead of Spandex and is, sadly, lacking a cape). Her superpowers include the ability to write nearly anywhere, often while simultaneously doling out homework assistance to her children. Her favorite word to describe herself is “eclectic” and she finally got that third tattoo.

All royalties from her novels Stasis, Flux and Equipoise are donated to Doctors Without Borders.

Book Review: Speechless – Kim Fielding

SpeechlessSpeechless is a lovely short story about two lonely men – one who’s afflicted with aphasia after developing it from a vehicular accident and the other is a one-eyed machinist simply drifting through life with a disdainful cat as his lone companion – looking for someone to love that held no judgment over their condition.

As Travis walks home everyday, he passes the handsome guitar player Drew sitting on his front steps.  As days passed, Travis mustered the courage to approach Drew whom he learned couldn’t really speak because of aphasia. This didn’t deter Travis on getting closer with Drew until their friendship blossoms into romance. Due to his financial situation, Travis must relocate in order to keep his job but that left him no choice but to leave Drew. But what exactly is more important for Travis?

I totally loved the tenderness of the story’s narration. There’s something very beautiful about this couple. It’s like fate has put them together to be each other’s rock. The inability of Drew to talk may seem like a challenge at first but I guess, it was the reason that made them much closer. You know that people truly care about you if they can see beyond such limitations. I never knew that this couple has their own story until I read Astounding! – the most recent release of the author. I’ve met them first in Bone Dry (the third book of the Bones series) and have been wondering about their story. So glad that I finally get a hold of this.

I very much recommend this one for readers looking for some nice and tender love story.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Published July 18th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published July 2012)

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The Gig

About The Author
Kim Fielding lives in California and travels as often as she can manage. A professor by day, at night she rushes into a phonebooth to change into her author costume (which involves comfy clothes instead of Spandex and is, sadly, lacking a cape). Her superpowers include the ability to write nearly anywhere, often while simultaneously doling out homework assistance to her children. Her favorite word to describe herself is “eclectic” and she finally got that third tattoo.

All royalties from her novels Stasis, Flux and Equipoise are donated to Doctors Without Borders.

Book Review: Astounding! – Kim Fielding

Astounding!In one word, the book title says it all – this new release of Ms. Fielding is nothing short of astounding! But of course, I won’t stop with that just because…

Astounding! is the once popular spec fiction magazine founded by Carter Evans with his then boyfriend Freddy Morgan who has gone on to become a very successful writer. The magazine is dying and so as Carter’s hope to resurrect it and his future. In a drunken haze, Carter wrote a vile rejection letter towards a mysterious writer J. Harper who keeps on sending him terrible submission one after another.

As he came to his senses and guilt eats him up about the letter, Carter decided to pay J. Harper a visit himself and decline the latest manuscript he received more amiable this time. It turns out that J. Harper is a sweet man who looked like the 50’s movie star Tab Hunter and who also claims to be an alien. Now despite his ludicrous claim, Carter still finds himself drawn to the man. As he invites him on a road trip, Carter discovers some things that he only thought could happen in his magazine – and that he’s part of every minute of it.

I am more than impressed with this latest effort of Kim Fielding. I can’t even begin to describe my admiration towards her writing. I’ve read quite a few books from her catalogue and 95% of those are 5 stars from me. This one is definitely one of them.

Astounding! has beautiful characters with beautiful story and the development of the story from the get go was nothing short of amazing.

The character of J. Harper or John is one of the most unforgettable out of the author’s number of MCs. There’s something about his vulnerability and sweet demeanor that makes you want to cuddle him and tell him that everything’s going to be alright. I loved that about Kim Fielding! She creates character that resonates with her readers. That is the same with Carter’s characterization of course.

Also, I thought it was beautiful how Ms. Fielding gave us an update about the characters from her other novels which includes the guys from Bone Dry, Speechless and Tin Box as they appeared in this novel to somehow give color to the story. I was more than happy to see Karl  because he reminds me so much of John here. Perhaps it’s because they’re both non-human and their vulnerability from the start and that sweet innocence was always there.

This is no doubt one of the author’s best efforts and the fluidity of her writing is just amazing that I find myself getting lost for words on just how beautiful this story is.

Ms. Fielding, you truly are one of a kind. Thank you.

Rating: 5 out of 5 astounding stars!

Published June 26th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press

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About The Author
Kim Fielding lives in California and travels as often as she can manage. A professor by day, at night she rushes into a phonebooth to change into her author costume (which involves comfy clothes instead of Spandex and is, sadly, lacking a cape). Her superpowers include the ability to write nearly anywhere, often while simultaneously doling out homework assistance to her children. Her favorite word to describe herself is “eclectic” and she finally got that third tattoo.

All royalties from her novels Stasis, Flux and Equipoise are donated to Doctors Without Borders.

Book Review: The Downs – Kim Fielding

The Downs

This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’sLove is an Open Road” event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.

Photo Description:
A naked man stands with his back to the viewer, a plain white floor beneath his feet. Ahead of him, a pair of large black doors are ajar, revealing a glimpse of bright light. The man’s shoulders are slightly hunched and his head is bowed; he appears hesitant to face whatever fate awaits him through the doors.

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It’s Kim Fielding so as expected, she came up with this wonderful story of redemption, forgiveness, second chances and most especially love!!!

I loved Enitan and I loved Rigs even more! It’s a feel good story that makes you want to believe that love truly conquers all! I absolutely loved the feel of the story – the somber but serene mood – everything about it was perfectly written! Thank you Kim Fielding and thank you MM Romance Group!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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About The Author
Kim Fielding lives in California and travels as often as she can manage. A professor by day, at night she rushes into a phonebooth to change into her author costume (which involves comfy clothes instead of Spandex and is, sadly, lacking a cape). Her superpowers include the ability to write nearly anywhere, often while simultaneously doling out homework assistance to her children. Her favorite word to describe herself is “eclectic” and she finally got that third tattoo.

All royalties from her novels Stasis, Flux and Equipoise are donated to Doctors Without Borders.

Book Review: Buried Bones – Kim Fielding

Buried Bones[Book 2 of the Bones Series]

After killing the guy who turned him into a werewolf and tried to kill his boyfriend, Architect Dylan Warner and handyman Chris Nock knows that they still have a lot to work on with in their relationship what with Dylan’s once-a-month transformation from man to beast and Chris’s difficult childhood. Working on their issues, a ghost haunting in Dylan’s home forced both men to deal with their pasts. Dylan is trying to deal with the aftermath of killing Andy by learning new things about the guy and Chris got face to face with someone from his childhood he’d almost long forgotten. These events led to new discoveries about both men’s pasts that neither of them ever expected.

I am in love with this series and I loved both MCs here. I thought Chris’s character was just way adorable and I love the easy chemistry between him and Dylan. It was instalove for me when I read the first installment of the series and for some reason, I’ve gotten pretty busy doing [or reading] other stuff that I didn’t get back to this until now. It’s wonderful to finally revisit the story of this wonderful couple. I loved how the author made this second installment seamlessly compatible with the first book without missing its charm. Dylan character is still someone you’d root for and his love and patient for Chris was just oh-swoon-worthy. Sometimes, with these sort of books involving supernatural being – there’s always a preconceived idea that there’s going to be a lot of exaggeration and almost ridiculous story-line because it’s fantasy after all but the author made sure that in this book, it feels like living an existing world where the characters just feels like your next door neighbor. Do you get my drift? If not, I rather have you grab a copy of this five-star [from me and from a ton of people] rated series and read it for yourself 🙂

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Published May 22nd 2013 by Dreamspinner Press (first published May 21st 2013)

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About The Author
Kim Fielding lives in California and travels as often as she can manage. A professor by day, at night she rushes into a phonebooth to change into her author costume (which involves comfy clothes instead of Spandex and is, sadly, lacking a cape). Her superpowers include the ability to write nearly anywhere, often while simultaneously doling out homework assistance to her children. Her favorite word to describe herself is “eclectic” and she finally got that third tattoo.

All royalties from her novels Stasis, Flux and Equipoise are donated to Doctors Without Borders.

Book Review: The Tin Box – Kim Fielding

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The Tin Box may have seemed like a really promising novel but it turns out to be a bit underwhelming. William Lyon is working on his dissertation and took a job as a caretaker of an unused old asylum in the small town of Jelly Valley. With the divorce from his wife being finalized, William is still in the process of coming out of the closet and his very repressive past. While checking out the asylum, he discovered a tin box containing letters from a patient whose plight so clearly reflects his own. Then he meets flamboyant and outgoing Colby Anderson who works at the general store and is very openly gay. Through Colby, William learned to let go and decided to live his life the way he wanted to. With their budding friendship turning into romance, William also needs to prove to Colby that he’s ready to take what they have into the next level and make the owner of those letters from the tin box proud.

There was a really good concept here that somehow failed to materialize. Those letters inside the tin box tore me into pieces and they would have been a great starter for the story to follow a different and more involved romance between William and Colby. It’s just too bad that as the story goes on, it went downhill and became a snoozefest. I feel that there should’ve been more to it in connection with the letters. Sadly, that was not realised at all.

 Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Published September 20th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press

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About The Author

Kim Fielding lives in California and travels as often as she can manage. A professor by day, at night she rushes into a phonebooth to change into her author costume (which involves comfy clothes instead of Spandex and is, sadly, lacking a cape). Her superpowers include the ability to write nearly anywhere, often while simultaneously doling out homework assistance to her children. Her favorite word to describe herself is “eclectic” and she finally got that third tattoo.

All royalties from her novels Stasis, Flux and Equipoise are donated to Doctors Without Borders.

Book Review: Brute – Kim Fielding

Blurb: Brute leads a lonely life in a world where magic is commonplace. He is seven and a half feet of ugly, and of disreputable descent. No one, including Brute, expects him to be more than a laborer. But heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and when he is maimed while rescuing a prince, Brute’s life changes abruptly. He is summoned to serve at the palace in Tellomer as a guard for a single prisoner. It sounds easy but turns out to be the challenge of his life.

Rumors say the prisoner, Gray Leynham, is a witch and a traitor. What is certain is that he has spent years in misery: blind, chained, and rendered nearly mute by an extreme stutter. And he dreams of people’s deaths—dreams that come true.

As Brute becomes accustomed to palace life and gets to know Gray, he discovers his own worth, first as a friend and a man and then as a lover. But Brute also learns heroes sometimes face difficult choices and that doing what is right can bring danger of its own.

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This feel good story will remind you something from “The Little Prince” that says “what is essential is invisible to the eye” and in Brute’s case, his gentle heart is what makes him an essentially beautiful character. Now this may sound like a Disney story (well it is a bit Disney-ish with all the magic, the palace, royalties and all but it’s the best kind of Disney.) My only  critique about it is the rather weak conclusion and how it abruptly ended,  otherwise the whole story’s a smashing hit!

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Published December 3rd 2012 by Dreamspinner Press

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About The Author
Kim Fielding lives in California and travels as often as she can manage. A professor by day, at night she rushes into a phonebooth to change into her author costume (which involves comfy clothes instead of Spandex and is, sadly, lacking a cape). Her superpowers include the ability to write nearly anywhere, often while simultaneously doling out homework assistance to her children. Her favorite word to describe herself is “eclectic” and she finally got that third tattoo.

All royalties from her novels Stasis, Flux and Equipoise are donated to Doctors Without Borders.