In the fall of , 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


10 thoughts on “Bone Deep

  1. Kelly Kelly says:

    I loved, loved, loved this book It s a beautiful story about unconditional love and acceptance This is what a great romance book should be If you re looking for something a little bit different to read, this is it Please give it a try I don t think you ll be disappointed.


  2. JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust says:

    Bone Deep is a Stunning , Unique and Sensual Story which I won t soon forget Set in 1946, Sara a young widow of 18 months due to the tragedy of war, reluctantly agrees to attend a carnival with a few friends Out of boredom she decides to view the freak show exhibit but immediately feels gawking at unique individuals is rude and inappropriate, causing her to walk through the tour as quickly as possible Sarah notices one of the exhibits is empty but upon further examination she sees something Bone Deep is a Stunning , Unique and Sensual Story which I won t soon forget Set in 1946, Sara a young widow of 18 months due to the tragedy of war, reluctantly agrees to attend a carnival with a few friends Out of boredom she decides to view the freak show exhibit but immediately feels gawking at unique individuals is rude and inappropriate, causing her to walk through the tour as quickly as possible Sarah notices one of the exhibits is empty but upon further examination she sees something move A few moments later she realizes it s NOT a something but rather a someone, whom is covered head to toe in intricate tattoos and the bearer of the bluest, most captivating eyes bestowed upon her.My Sara STRONG INDEPENDENT KIND That s really all you need to know about Sara but I m feeling generous so I ll tell you a little bitabout her Struggling with daily chores of running a farm, Sarah refuses to ask for help nor take advantage of kindness of strangers Sara doesn t waste time pouting or feeling sorry for herself but rather works diligently to accomplish what needs to be done.My Tom GENTLE KIND BEAUTIFUL fuckable..That s all you get, my generosity has run out Just Kidding This man has Jahy written all over him After countless years being prisoner to the traveling carnival s owner, Tom escapes and hides in Sara s barn Sara finds him there the next day and. Nope, I m not spoiling the story, you MUST EXPERIENCE the unconventional love story for yourself This couple will make you laugh, cry and surely cream your pants.Friends PLEASE give this story a chance I m not a huge fan of romance yet this is one of my favorite reads this year Special thanks to Bonnie Dee, for helping me realize I m not such a pain in the ass Your heroine is everything I expect from a female character and then some


  3. Mo Mo says:

    I really liked this one Different Set in the 1940 s, Sarah is a widow, living alone on a farm Her husband was killed in the War Lying in bed, she stared out the window at the stars and mused that the images on the skin of the tattooed man were like the constellations, unrelated picture stories joined together in glittering array She goes to a Carnival with friends and sees the man with the tatooes She is captivated He reached out and touched her red brown hair, smoothing the silky stra I really liked this one Different Set in the 1940 s, Sarah is a widow, living alone on a farm Her husband was killed in the War Lying in bed, she stared out the window at the stars and mused that the images on the skin of the tattooed man were like the constellations, unrelated picture stories joined together in glittering array She goes to a Carnival with friends and sees the man with the tatooes She is captivated He reached out and touched her red brown hair, smoothing the silky strands So bright Irish, she explained My maiden name is O Donnell Aw, knew I liked you Mine is O Connell.He turns up in her barn There is a connection between them But it won t be all plain sailing for them He s beautiful, like a stained glass window And he s really good with his mouth In 2014, if a tattooed guy showed up in my neighbourhood, there would be a bit of talking so I cannot imagine what it would have been like back in the 1940s.I would have loved an Epilogue, a few years down the line


  4. Duchess Nicole Duchess Nicole says:

    IT WAS SO GOOD I was in such a book slumpeverything I read was uninteresting and dull JaHy saved me with this recommendationit was different in that it s a historical set right after World War II Rarely do I read twentieth century historicals, so this was a treat What I took from this book, besides the beautiful love story, is how little compassion people sometimes have for one another, but especially when we get that mob mentality If everyone says something, thinks something, does s IT WAS SO GOOD I was in such a book slumpeverything I read was uninteresting and dull JaHy saved me with this recommendationit was different in that it s a historical set right after World War II Rarely do I read twentieth century historicals, so this was a treat What I took from this book, besides the beautiful love story, is how little compassion people sometimes have for one another, but especially when we get that mob mentality If everyone says something, thinks something, does something, it must be okay, right And that couldn t be further from the truth.Standing up for what you believe in, whether it s an ideal, a cause, or a person, is always the right thing to do We are so caught up with acceptance and popularity that we often leave our values in the past I ve done it, especially when I was younger I think, I hope, that now that I m a little older, that my core beliefs are strong enough to withstand peer pressure just as Sarah did She is a remarkably admirable character Where others saw a freak, she saw a human being Where others saw someone to fear, she saw someone to love Where many others found only contempt, she found compassion If his story was true, he d probably not been touched by gentle hands since he was very young Her heart ached at the thought of so many years of loneliness and isolation One of my favorite parts is when Sarah gives Tom a massage that turns into so much .not sexually, but healing It was a very powerful moment, exhibiting the importance of not only human touch, but contact and connection in sensual, spiritual ways as well The awe that Tom has for Sarah is as heartbreaking as it is beautifulI will not let you go, she repeated to herself I m finally starting to come alive There s no way I can go back to being half dead againOne gripe I have with the bookand it s really a cumulative gripe with all books that deal with bigotry and judgmentis how the Christians are portrayed yet again as hateful, narrow minded fools We re not all that way, folks Just sayingit d be nice to get a pastor preacher who actually practices what he preaches once in awhile Although I think back in this time period, acceptance was even harder to come by Another issue I had was how quick the time frame was, but it s easily understandable considering the circumstances It s just a pet peeve of mine.Above all, this is a love story between two unlikely characters a WWII widow and the tattoed freak from a traveling carnival The chemistry between the two is evident from the start, and this author did a fantastic job of moving the story along quickly without getting bogged down with unnecessary drama and details And yet it didn t feel as if it lacked anything rather, I was invested fully during the entire story It was actually very refreshing to read a story that feels as if it was written from the heart rather than written with an audience in mind A fewselling points Tom is a wonderful beta male, something I don t often read The sex is surprisingly hot but also wonderfully sensual, and this is a stand alone, which seems to be a rarity latelyBig thanks to JaHy for the rec D


  5. Aestas Book Blog Aestas Book Blog says:

    4.5 stars What a lovely, sweet, touching story


  6. Heather K (dentist in my spare time) Heather K (dentist in my spare time) says:

    I liked this muchthan the last book that I read by Bonnie Dee, Finding Home, though there were some striking similarities Both books have male MCs that are the damsel in distress, if you will, and need rescuing from the female MC Both men were abused and broken, emotionally and psychologically However, in this book, the power discrepancy didn t feel as large between the MCs, and I found myself able to enjoy the story muchAnd it was a beautiful, romance against all odds kind of I liked this muchthan the last book that I read by Bonnie Dee, Finding Home, though there were some striking similarities Both books have male MCs that are the damsel in distress, if you will, and need rescuing from the female MC Both men were abused and broken, emotionally and psychologically However, in this book, the power discrepancy didn t feel as large between the MCs, and I found myself able to enjoy the story muchAnd it was a beautiful, romance against all odds kind of story.It is hard to make a historical feel authentic for me, especially a M F historical, but somehow the author really made it work I think the blurb does this book a great disservice because it gives a lot of the story away that I enjoyed discovering for myself The time period and the fact that Tom is tattooed from head to toe really gave this book a feeling of How is this going to work Please let them make it workI was rooting for Sarah and Tom so hard I often have issues with female MCs but Sarah was a lovely one Strong willed, sexually confident, and unafraid of adversity Tom broke my heart He ll break your heart too.All in all, a very nice surprise and a fast read that I devoured in a few hours


  7. Dawn-a very sensitive romance reader Dawn-a very sensitive romance reader says:

    Spoilers 5 starsI really liked this one and the only thing I found which was not worth lowering a star for was a few editing issues, and those were pretty minor.I loved the hero who was oh so tormented his whole life A side show freak, tattooed over his entire body, held as basically a prisoner by carnival owner Reed and sexually abused by him as well not detailed Hero Tom escapes the carnival and finds widowed heroine who falls in love with him and helps him to slowly gain acceptance into Spoilers 5 starsI really liked this one and the only thing I found which was not worth lowering a star for was a few editing issues, and those were pretty minor.I loved the hero who was oh so tormented his whole life A side show freak, tattooed over his entire body, held as basically a prisoner by carnival owner Reed and sexually abused by him as well not detailed Hero Tom escapes the carnival and finds widowed heroine who falls in love with him and helps him to slowly gain acceptance into the community.I really felt the love between them as well as all their trials they had to endure with the townspeople This is a heavier, darker read because it touches on prejudice and being different It is relatively painful at times, but not unbearable There are periods of relief and a HEA No worries Lots of conflict and action which kept the pace steady and left me hanging on the edge of my seat.The characters were complex and well developed, and the antagonist was relatively believable, although could have used a bitdevelopment.At first, I regretted not having the hero s point of view I wanted to know what his thoughts and feelings were about the heroine BUT it truly wasn t necessary, for I still felt his love for her due to the authors depicting his actions and expressions so well.In fact now that I think about it, it is BETTER that the hero s thought s were omitted If the author had shown us his mind, this book would be far too dark and depressing I mean think about it We may have lost his perspective regarding his feelings for the h, but we also lost all the details of his abuse, rape and torture, all of which the author would have to go into if she decided to show his POV I think the author s decision to omit his thoughts were the right choice.I am leery of this author s books, because I read one that set off some major triggers for me in the past I was not going to read anythingby her, but I think I may dare to try again with extensive research beforehand.Thank you Erika for the recommendation Safety Hero no past women mentioned, but clearly has experience It does appear however the experiences he s had were not good.Heroine Experienced Widowed Enjoyed sex with late husband.Cheating No No straying after H h meet either.OM OW NoViolence some, mildRape Hero made reference he was raped in past not detailedCursing YesAdultery NoSex Yes. nicely done. pretty spicy Sensual at times mixed with rough but not hard core.HEA ILY yesMarriage baby yes but we don t see the wedding nor the baby


  8. KarenH KarenH says:

    I picked this book up because I love tattoos on men and was intrigued by the cover Also, the only other book I have read by Bonnie Dee was Finding Home, which I loved, so I decided to give this one a go What a wonderful love story In the same vein as Finding Home where an average, everyday woman befriends a societal misfit, Ms Dee once again takes us outside the box of what most of us perceive to be normal in romance.The year is 1945 and Sarah, a young war widow, has been coerced by a group I picked this book up because I love tattoos on men and was intrigued by the cover Also, the only other book I have read by Bonnie Dee was Finding Home, which I loved, so I decided to give this one a go What a wonderful love story In the same vein as Finding Home where an average, everyday woman befriends a societal misfit, Ms Dee once again takes us outside the box of what most of us perceive to be normal in romance.The year is 1945 and Sarah, a young war widow, has been coerced by a group of friends to go to the circus In the freak show tent, Sarah is mesmerized by the beautiful man who is covered from head to toe in brilliant, exotic tattoos In the morning, she discovers said male hiding in her barn So begins this incredible journey of two people defying the overwhelming odds against them for the sake of love Tom s story is horrific His mother was the fortune teller with a gaudy traveling circus When she died, Tom, age 8, was taken under the wing of the sadistic circus owner who used Tom as his personal, human canvas For the simple creature comforts of food to eat and a place to sleep, Tom endured years of pain under the needle as well as the humiliation of being rented out to the gawkers that were willing to pay a little extra to get nasty with a circus freak When Tom saw Sarah for the first time, he recognized her as the woman who had been haunting his dreams for years So, having known no other life but the circus yet unable to resist the urge he felt to be with her, Tom made his escape Sarah, plagued by dreams of the tattooed man after seeing him, was shocked but not afraid of Tom when she found him One woman working a nice sized farm alone was at times overwhelming With this rationalization in mind, Sarah put Tom to work in the fields in return for 3 square meals and use of the guest room Tom was quiet and polite although his manners were atrocious and he was illiterate as well He had no idea how old he was or the date of his birthday, and Sarah s heart and mine went out to him She taught him to read and write, manners and customs and, as the days went by, she couldn t ignore the sexual awakening overtaking a mind and body she had thought long dead and buried with her young husband Before long, Sarah seduces Tom in a sweet way and they become lovers.The idyllic life cocooned away from reality is shortlived, however, when a local girl goes missing and the small town folks are fearful that the retarded escapee from the circus is the one responsible Tom is responsible in the sense that he can feel the girl s pain and can envision her surroundings a gift handed down by his mother Sarah, being the decent morally conscious person that she is, takes Tom to see the sheriff relay the story For once we have a sheriff that is a good guy Hurray He accepts Tom s story as truth and they are off to find the girl Afterwards, Tom is socially accepted by the majority, but the few that insist he is a freak as well as the deranged circus owner, cause enough problems to run Tom off Sarah, plagued with the terrible thought of losing another man she loves, ignores everyone s advice to leave well enough alone and sets out to bring her man home One of the things I love about Bonnie Dee is the fact she is not in the least bit shy about being sexually descriptive For some odd reason, I wouldn t connote the word pussy with the freshly scrubbed Norman Rockwell faces I envision when thinking of 1945, but it s in this story, it works and what do I know about connotations haha In other words if that wasn t plain enough , she keeps the bedroom door wide open for the wannabe voyeurs like meelevating a 4.5 star story to a solid 5 stars Ms Dee also makes good use of metaphorsgiving her readers clear and defined mental images to enhance the story Bone Deep is a fast paced read that packs a walloping moral punch that, once again, exposes the debase side of human nature that refuses to comprehend the law of God in that all things are created equal Fortunately, Sarah wasn t part of the majorityHer gaze lingered on the meticulous artwork of each design that covered his skin like a painstakingly stitched quilt Once again she admitted that despite his evil, Arthur Reed was a talented artist Tom s canvas of skin was intricately filled with dynamic color and motion When she first saw Tom, Sarah thought there was no pattern or reason behind the designs but theshe looked at them, theshe felt there was something significant right beyond the edge of her grasp Whatever the meaning, her lover s painted skin was beautiful He was beautiful both inside and out Highly recommended to romance readers looking for something different 5 solid stars


  9. Mary B. Mary B. says:

    I chose to read this book largely because of the beautiful cover, and then because the plot is so original and intriguing This was a nice story, but I felt it could have been muchThis is the first book by this author that I ve read, so I cannot say for certain whether this is a typical example of her writing style, but to me, at least it was lacking It told farthan it showed We never got inside the characters heads, and instead we were just told how they were feeling This I chose to read this book largely because of the beautiful cover, and then because the plot is so original and intriguing This was a nice story, but I felt it could have been muchThis is the first book by this author that I ve read, so I cannot say for certain whether this is a typical example of her writing style, but to me, at least it was lacking It told farthan it showed We never got inside the characters heads, and instead we were just told how they were feeling This story was toldfrom an omniscient voice, and yet we were only ever told the heroine s thoughts and feelings There were a lot of insignificant details that were described in painful detail, while other things that should have been fully described were left completely to the imagination The heroine was a WWII widow, whose only previous lover had been her husband The book says that she was very sexually inexperienced, and she is often described as being very modest, as one would expect a 1940 s midwestern farmer s wife to be, and yet her behavior in bed with the hero suggested nothing of the sort So it didn t seem quite realistic to me I never got a good sense of time and place We are told it takes place in 1946, but the location was never really established I never felt truly immersed The characters seemed so rich, but I never felt like I got to know them because we could never get inside their heads Sure, we were told how they felt, or how they looked, or what they thought, but the narrations always seemed very separated from the characters themselves if that makes sense Anyway, it was enjoyable enough because of the uniqueness of the story I just felt like it could have been much


  10. I.Am.Reader I.Am.Reader says:

    It s disturbing to get this glimpse of human depravity, and heartbreaking to see a manifestation of society s prejudiced cruelty.But it warms the heart to know that eventually, pains of the past get healed, solace can be found in desperation,and souls destined to be together find a way.This is a beautifully written story of a tortured hero and a heroine living a life of quiet desperation They find each other by fate, overcome challenges and prejudice, and claim their happily ever after I loved It s disturbing to get this glimpse of human depravity, and heartbreaking to see a manifestation of society s prejudiced cruelty.But it warms the heart to know that eventually, pains of the past get healed, solace can be found in desperation,and souls destined to be together find a way.This is a beautifully written story of a tortured hero and a heroine living a life of quiet desperation They find each other by fate, overcome challenges and prejudice, and claim their happily ever after I loved it