Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Review: Bone Deep by Bonnie Dee

Bone Deep by Bonnie Dee

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?




Bonnie Dee tends to like from third person POV that make it difficult for me to connect with her characters. But due to the uniqueness of this story with a hero who was a tattoo man from a freak show, I make a vow to give this book a try.

The writing style make you feel like you are reading a romance from the 80s. There wasn't any mentioned of the time period when the story took place and the cultural references were pretty vague. I only noticed the blurb mentioned 1946 after I finished the book.

Sarah was a young widow tending to her farm in a small town. She went to the circus carnival with her friends and met this tattoo man who was in the freak show. She felt enraptured by his steady gaze and intrigued by his fascinating body art.

The night itself after she went home, she discovered the tattoo man hiding in her barn and was shocked. However, she can't bring herself to deny him a hiding place for he was obviously running away from the circus. Sarah provided him a place to stay and in return he helped her out at the farm.

"I saw you - just like in my dream."

Tom was a quiet and close off man who didn't know any social etiquette. He had been living with the circus ever since he could remember. After his mum who was a fortune teller passed away, he had been under the control of the circus owner, Art Reed. Tom was obviously mistreated as a child and from some of his conversation with Sarah, we got a pretty nasty picture who what happened to him. The way he talked about a picture perfect family just broke my heart.

"- They have a lot of friends and no one looks at them because they look just like everybody else."

First off, the pacing of the story was a slow one. There were details in Sarah performing menial chores, about her life in the farm. But it didn't drag the story too much, the flow was slow, but smooth enough to keep me engaged with trying to see what comes next. The plot regarding Tom's psychic ability was intriguing and I love seeing how Sarah and Tom got closer together.

I was pleasantly surprised that we got some pretty erotic scene. Tom didn't act as virginal as I expected. Sarah was not a prude either. When they both gave in to their passion, it was erotic and sensual. The sex scenes were very different from the current mainstream romance that I had been reading. 

We just knew that Sarah can't hide Tom for long and soon people will notice Tom's presence in town. They faced a lot of prejudice and nastiness people around town. On the other hand, there were some pleasant folks around who wanted to help them. Sarah was simply remarkable and strong in her way of trying to reassure Tom and wanted him to be accepted. 

"I'm glad you come to me and I'm not afraid of facing these people. We just have to be strong and fight our way through this."

Bone Deep reminds me very much of Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold by Ellen O'Connell. The time period, the setting and the issue the couple face were quite similar. Nosy townsfolk who just couldn't miss their own business and gave such a hard time to a couple who just wanted to be together.

Tom had such a sad life and I'm so happy that he finally found something he wants in Sarah. Although we have our HEA, I can't help but felt he so deserve an epilogue of his own. I wanted to see Tom ten years later, living his picture perfect life that he had been dreaming about for so long.

"I don't belong here."
"Yes, you do. You belong with me."

Rating 4/5