ReRead Friday | Bone Rider by J. Fally

Bone Rider

It’s time for the monthly ReRead Friday post, and I’m heaving a sigh of relief. Whenever I join Facebook groups and they ask about your fave book to be allowed to join – between you and me, I hate that. How can anyone be expected to have one favourite?! Favourites depend on what I’m in the mood for that particular day. Anyway, my standard answer to all those groups or whenever else someone asks about my favourite book is Bone Rider by J. Fally.

And now when I reread it, I’m gonna keep on telling people that my favourite book is Bone Rider by J. Fally. I was afraid I wasn’t gonna love it as much when I read it this time, but I did.

Is the craftsmanship amazing? No. The writing isn’t what blows my mind – epithets, speech tags, and other things you know I’m not a fan of – but I love the characters. Sure the people working for the US military are a bit cardboardy and predictable, but I love the story.

Is it likely that a cowboy with commitment issues falls in love with a mobster hitman and is then possessed by an alien? No, but it’s a fricking good adventure. 

A second chance love story with several people’s points of view, not just the main characters, and I don’t know if it counts as MM or MMM. Micha and Riley are a couple, though when Riley figures out Micha is a hitman, he runs. Along the way, he’s ‘possessed’ by McLean who is a sentient armour system. They’re integrated, living in symbiosis, but McLean has a mind of his own with thoughts, dreams and feelings. So… they are three, but only two bodies.

I usually steer clear of poly stories, it’s not my thing at all, but I love this. And I’m so freaking glad I love this since it means I haven’t been lying when I’ve answered Bone Rider everywhere 😆

It’s action-packed, it’s sweet, and it’s pretty hot at times. It’s not your usual sci-fi tale. There is only one armour system like McLean after the crash. There will be no invasion, and there won’t be any going back out into space. It all takes place on the ground, and the enemy is the US military, so yes, it’s sci-fi, and yes, there is an alien, but it’s inside Riley, part of Riley, so there is no shape of him.

It is awesome!

Bone Rider

Bone RiderRiley Cooper is on the run. Misha Tokarev, the love of his life, turned out to be an assassin for the Russian mob, and when it comes to character flaws, Riley draws the line at premeditated murder. Alien armor system McClane is also on the run, for reasons that include accidentally crashing a space ship into Earth and evading U.S. military custody. A failed prototype, McClane was scheduled for destruction. Sabotaging the ship put an end to that, but McClane is dubbed a bone rider for good reason—he can’t live without a host body. That’s why he first stows away in Riley’s truck and then in Riley himself. Their reluctant partnership soon evolves into something much more powerful—and personal—than either of them could have imagined.

Together, they embark on a road trip from hell, made all the more exciting by the government troops and mob enforcers hot on their trail. Misha is determined to win Riley back and willing to do whatever it takes to keep him safe. When hitman and alien join forces, they discover their impressive combined potential for death and destruction. It will take everything Riley has to steer them through the mess they create.

ReRead Friday | The Disassembled Life of Duncan Cole

The Dissasembled Life of Duncan Cole

I don’t know when I first read The Disassembled Life of Duncan Cole by S. Hart, but it’s many years ago. I’ve been meaning to reread it, but it’s a long book, 777 pages according to Amazon, so I’ve been a bit hesitant. Now I found myself in the mood for some copper, brass, and dead people living as if they’d never died.

This is awesome, truly awesome. Steampunk. Duncan Cole lost his leg when he was hit by a train he built together with his best friend Dan. He’s a genius, he’s a madman, he’s impersonating a psychopath LOL

He spends his days smoking and drinking coffee, and then in the afternoon, he goes inside before he can hear the train whistle and builds and/or repair things.

He doesn’t talk to anyone, so when Sam comes along, he tries to glare him to death. Sam doesn’t care, he comes back day after day, and he starts to bring coffee to both of them. Then when Duncan finally has learned to accept, and maybe even want Sam to invade his space, someone hurts Sam. Hurts him badly.

Duncan hasn’t left his house in years, but all of a sudden, he starts spinning a plan. He will get revenge for Sam.

Once that’s settled, he learns that his best friend Dan who died saving him from the train that took his leg, might not be as dead as he first thought. He’s dead, sort of, and yet… Dan’s head is in a jar. He can still talk to Duncan. So the new mission is to bring Dan’s body back, and maybe kill Dan’s brother, only Dan’s brother has already died several times over, and on and on it goes.

Awesome! Truly awesome LOL

My only complaint is that it’s a little long. Still awesome, I still love it, but I think the story would’ve benefitted from being a little shorter, just a little.

The Disassembled Life of Duncan Cole

Duncan-ColeIn which we meet Duncan: professional nobody who presents himself to the public as a scowling, smoking pile of contempt. Against his will, he meets Sam: a less than professional coal miner who inspires the worst in men. Together they take on one malicious train and a most insidious re-animator, and along the way Duncan remembers a few things that he’d previously forgotten.

ReRead Friday | Rarely Pure and Never Simple

Rarely Pure and Never Simple

It’s no normal Friday, no it’s ReRead Friday!!! This month, I’ve read Rarely Pure and Never Simple by Angel Martinez. It’s been years since I read it, many years, and ever since I started a monthly ReRead Friday post, I’ve been planning to reread it. Then I saw Angel Martinez post about it being reedited and I was so happy. It hasn’t been available in the shops for a long time, I’ve kept recommending it, but book recs don’t work very well when there is no way to get the book 😊

Anyway, I saw Angel post that it was about to be released, and on June 28th it became available 🥳 I bought and read it pretty much in one go. Kids and animals make anything over 10k impossible to finish in one go, but I put everything but feeding the monsters and walking the dog aside and just read.

I love Damien. I love Blaze too, but with Damien, I have this whole kindred soul thing going on. I mean, I’m not magical in any way, and I don’t knock people out in blind panic when they step up behind me, but if you had any idea how often the thought of doing it has popped up in my mind…

We’re in a world where some people have special skills. Damien is a locator. He can find people whereas Blaze is a sparker, meaning fire is his thing. Pretty hot, ey? LOL

Neither of them is good with people, but it doesn’t mean they’re not willing to sacrifice themselves to save a bunch of missing kids. I like the world, love the conspiracy theories, and I really am a sucker for stories where one or more of the characters are damaged the way Damien is. Blaze life hasn’t been a picnic either, and then we have the added bonus of some underwear kink.

Awesome! I can’t wait for the second story to be released, which it’s said to be in the autumn 😁

Rarely Pure and Never Simple

61164971._sy475_Variant children are vanishing at an alarming rate. It will take a uniquely mismatched pair of trackers to untangle a web of conspiracy and misdirection to find them.

In his isolated cabin, variant Damien Hazelwood avoids human contact as much as possible to prevent attacks of blind berserker panic. But his rare talent as a locator makes him the go-to contractor for tricky missing person’s cases and when agents bring him a troubling contract involving missing variant children, he finds it impossible to refuse.

Licensed tracker Blaze Emerson can’t help being irritated when he’s expected to follow the strange, twitchy locator’s lead on his latest case. He works alone, he’s damn good, and as a variant sparker, he has both the fire and the firepower to take on anything out there. Though he has to admit there’s something intriguing about a man who can find people with his brain.

With vastly different temperaments and backgrounds, Damien and Blaze need to negotiate quickly how to work together if they’re going to crack this case. Add in the sudden appearance of Blaze’s outlaw ex, the perils of tracking in the wilds, and a maddening lack of discernible motive or method, and they soon find themselves in as much danger as the kids they’re trying to rescue.

Variant Configurations takes place in a future Earth where humanity is reclaiming its spot in a gradually healing world. This book contains mentions of past abuse, action-adventure style mayhem, and the beginning sparks of a slow burn, series-spanning relationship.