A 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.
©2015 Kim Fielding (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press
Gentle story of two men slowly opening up to each other and bonding.
Learning to trust, starting to live, no longer drifting through.
Risks getting lost among more demanding books but it makes a lovely breather. Characters to care about without 'must read' urgency.
Audio adds to the experience, laid-back and suiting the setting it brings the warmth of the story alive.
"Wonderful story and performance"
Ah Kim Fielding, just when I think I've got you pigeonholed you break out something like this. I have primarily pegged this author as a "fantasy" writer and I love her for it. Then she writes this and all bet are off; she is just a great writer and storyteller. There is not a drop of paranormal or fairy dust in this story, although there is lots of other dust as it takes place in a desert town. This is a story of a man finding himself in a most unique and unlikely way, through a dead man. And another man proving to himself and his family that he is a fully functioning human being despite his disability. Jimmy is a great character and the emotional depth the author gives him is wonderful. It is a slow drag to learn about Jimmy's life and struggles, but so worth the effort. Shane has had a very different life; surrounded by love and support. His demons are different but no less harrowing. This is the type of story that makes you smile through tears. K.C. Kelly's slow drawl is the perfect voice for these men. He gives a wonderful performance and really conveys the depth of emotion the story demands.
"Worth the Wait!!!"
I heart Kim Fielding and I adore KC Kelly. I waited months for this book to make it to audible and I was not disappointed.
1) I loved the character-rich storyline. Jimmy and Shane are two men who seem to have very little in common. Dig a little though - or better yet - let the story unfold through the eyes of Jimmy and Shane...it's a slow but satisfying burn.
2) KC Kelly is a natural storyteller. He has such warmth in whatever character he voices. KC is an autobuy for me because anything he reads is going to be good.
"4.5 stars for this gem!"
This is beautifully written and even more beautifully narrated. I cannot think of another narrator I would have preferred to listen to this by other than K.C. Kelly. Kelly takes this tale of a drifter finding a home he didn't even know he was looking for and gives it a depth that elevates the story. The characters are beautifully molded and described and in the end it's a heart-wrenching story about the hope and the chances we keep or give away.
The story itself is not about flash and speed, it more moseys than rockets, and K.C.'s perfect drawl draws the listener along. I loved the narration for the story.
I'll admit if it hadn't been for the whole not-telling-about-the-real-reason-he-came-to-town storyline this would have been a five star read for me. Other than that though, I thought it was really wonderfully done and can easily recommend it.
"Live to read"
I live to read this woman's books and hear this man's voice when I do. Like whiskey in a cool glass, it stirs the fire in the bones. You will never be disappointed with this combination.
This book takes the time for the listener to get to know the two main characters and to root for their HEA. It is extremely well written, the performance is good and the story is plausible. It is a reminder that too many people lead lives of despair and hopelessness. It is a book of hope.
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An amazing performance by Mr.Kelly with a brilliant story
"A real beauty!"
“Don’t wait. You got stuff in your life needs fixin’, you gotta fix it now, while you can.”
Rattlesnake by Kim Fielding is a realistically probable love story because of its depth and complexity of the main characters. This is not a story of love with electricity or fire and definitely not with cover-magazine types guys.
There are lots of people like Jimmy Dorsett,drifters, but nobody sees them. They lived in crap motels, under bridges and in empty buildings and when they die, nobody misses them. They're always running away from place to place.
Shane Little is former cowboy with a traumatic brain injury by a tragic accident in his past. He has a amazing huge family who stay behind him as a solid foundation.
“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 was confident the ending was a long, long time away. “
Well, this is exactly what I want every romance to be like. It is a brilliant example how the simplicity could be a real beauty. This is one of the best books I've read this year. It was my first book by this author and definitely will not be my last
"Engaging and insightful - romantic and sexy!"
This is yet another fantastic book by Kim Fielding, engaging and insightful. It's also another great reading job by K.C. Kelly. He really brings this story to life.
Rattlesnake shows so much depth and understanding of human nature. There is a lot of wisdom woven throughout it in a very natural way. This is a story about home and belonging as well as the courage to love and be loved. Jimmy and Shane are great characters, both scarred and resilient. And their romance is bittersweet and sexy. I love how certain aspects of their stories are revealed subtly over time.
This book has a realistic and down-to-earth quality that makes it very engaging. As I've noticed in some other books by Kim Fielding, her characters aren't supermodel types. It's refreshing and endearing. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a realistic love story with depth.
*I received a free copy of this audiobook from Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.*
"This is a very fine, touching novel."
How do you make a person who has been running his entire life finally stay? How can you find him a place to call home when he has never once felt welcome?
You have two seemingly broken people.These are characters which have been beaten down by adversity but still chose to stand up despite the odds. These are characters that ended up stronger than ever, making them all the more special.I can’t count the number of times my heart felt constricted – making it hard to breathe.
A bit slow moving at times, but the pace suited the modern western romance. A cozy and deep story.
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