Eli Easton; Jamie Fessenden; Kim Fielding; B.G. Thomas
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Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
October 2014
Book 2 of Gothika
LGBTQ, Paranormal Romance

Vodou. Obeah. Santeria. These religions seem mysterious and dark to the uninitiated, but the truth is often very different. Still, while they hold the potential for great power, they can be dangerous to those who don't take appropriate precautions. Interfering with the spirits is best left to those who know what they're doing, for when the proper respect isn't shown, trouble can follow. In these four novellas, steamy nights of possession and exotic ritual will trigger forbidden passion and love. You cannot hide your desires from the loa, or from the maddening spell of the drums. Four acclaimed m/m authors imagine homoerotic love under the spell of Voodoo.

Book Review by Breann (reviewer)
Dec 01, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
166 people found the following review helpful
BONES was a fantastic addition to the Gothika series! Each story was different but fit in well with the theme.

The Dance by Kim Fielding

Bram has been dealing with the death of his boyfriend and his own near death experiences. Then he meets Daniel, who comes to tell him that the near death experiences aren't accidents, but that there is something causing these 'accidents'.

There was vodou and magic woven into this love story. Bram and Daniel discovered each other amongst the spirits and lwa's. Both the romance and mystery flowed together perfectly.

I was intrigued to the very end.

The Bird by Eli Easton

I was so looking forward to Easton's story. To be honest, it was my most anticipated in the anthology. Unfortunately, it fell short for me.

Colin visits his father's plantation in Jamaica. The natives there introduce them to Obeah, where he is granted his heart's deepest desire. That desire was his childhood friend, Richard.

I just wanted more time with Colin and Richard together. Too much of the story was solely focused on Colin, so I didn't feel the chemistry between him and Richard. I never really felt that Richard was his greatest desire.

The Book of St. Cyprian by Jamie Fessenden

When Alejandro ships a book of black magic to his friend, Matthew, for safe keeping, Matthew's dog gets ahold of the package and rips it apart. The poor pup, Spartacus, becomes possessed by the evil spirit in the book.

Basically, we follow Alejandro and Matthew as they find a way to free the dog of the spirit without having to do any damage to poor Spartacus. Along the way, the two finally come to realize that they both have feelings for each other. They were childhood friends and had been in love for quite some time. Their love story was sweet and quite charming amongst the evil spirits and possessed dog.

Uninvited by B.G. Thomas

Tyler is a reporter and ends up on a horrific murder scene. While looking into the murder, he's led to a vodou shop and the shop owner, Myles.

While I enjoyed Tyler and Myles, the story dragged a little for me. I really would have liked some more chemistry between the couple. I found the vodou tidbits interesting, but overall, I just wasn't all that engaged in the story.

Overall, the story by Kim Fielding was my favorite of the four, but the entire collection was a very enjoyable and slightly creepy read.
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