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Zero at the Bone (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Jane Seville
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After witnessing a mob hit, surgeon Jack Francisco is put into protective custody to keep him safe until he can testify. A hitman known only as D is blackmailed into killing Jack, but when he tracks him down, his weary conscience won't allow him to murder an innocent man. Finding in each other an unlikely ally, Jack and D are soon on the run from shadowy enemies.

Forced to work together to survive, the two men forge a bond that ripens into unexpected passion. Jack sees the wounded soul beneath D's cold, detached exterior, and D finds in Jack the person who can help him reclaim the man he once was. As the day of Jack's testimony approaches, he and D find themselves not only fighting for their lives... but also fighting for their future. A future together.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1202 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 308 pages
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  • Editeur : Dreamspinner Press; Édition : first (6 avril 2009)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0025VL5YW
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 So good I almost melted 30 novembre 2012
Par Red
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
JFC, I loved this book !

Touching, emotional, with an original backstory and a well paced suspens.
The romance is kinda fluffy at times, but not I-live-in-candyland kind of fluff so it didn't bothered me that much.

Oh, and also, I read a lot of reviews on good reads that mentioned D's accent, but it never was a downer for me.
Never bumped into words or never had to reread 12 times the same sentence to get the sense out of it. If anything, I thought it added charm to the character.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Riveting Love Story That Truly Cuts to the 'Bone' 15 avril 2009
Par RMS - Publié sur Amazon.com
"Zero At The Bone" represents the best of both worlds. It excites the emotions in the way a good thriller should, but it also stirs the deeper feelings of loneliness and connection we associate with tragedy. With her new book, author Jane Seville balance and blends the romantic, criminal and emotional into a gripping love story of the highest caliber.
The premise is deceptively simple if one perceives this as merely a "gay romantic thriller". That said, one might expect a hitman and his dark underworld to merely serve as a backdrop or surface material for explicit homoerotic interludes. But they're not. Here, the complexities of organized crime are given as much attention and compelling detail as the emotional terrain of protagonists Jack and D's relationship. To say the aforementioned characters are vividly brought to life is to put it mildly.
Throughout the story, Seville keeps hitman D's internal tensions visceral and engaging; depicting his alertness to ubiquitous dangers while emanating sangfroid, bristling under his confidant X's censure but in need of her tutelage, drawn to civilian Jack but made anxious by him. It's all there in thoughtful detail as this is a sad, damaged man and Seville conveys his guilt and repression with aching clarity. When he decides not to take a mob ordered hit on witness Jack Francisco, the reader is privy to a provocative, no-holds barred look inside a repressed criminal at a personal crossroads. And while at first he's written to seem cold and detached, it makes it fascinating when he's skewered by the arrow of true love.
Alas, these feelings for Jack cause him to unravel, and we can feel it. Not every writer can so powerfully render that physical sense through words. Seville doesn't just write passion between men but somehow takes us inside it, so that we understand what it would be like to exist as D... to inhabit a body built up to block all emotional attachment and now suddenly be flooded with nonstop longing.
Seville's commitment to the character of Jack-- who delivers "Zero"'s romantic heart-- is equally dedicated. With his character, she incisively details one proud man's descent into fear and survival mode. At first (after deciding not to kill him) D serves as a less formal type of `Witness Protection' for Jack. And when the two fall in love the stakes are raised considerably. Open-faced with fear and bewilderment, dallying in macho even as he quivers in dire expectation, Jack is forced to undergo considerable change. And it's quite exciting it read that as he uncovers such inner-strength and ferocity, he becomes his lover's equal.
However, D is understandably at odds with his repressed homosexuality and this makes for fascinating scenes when set against Jack's lovesick weary openness. Atop it all, there's a moral imperative to Jack's character; a law-abiding medical surgeon. Hence, D's past is a considerable burden and begs moral compromise. He assesses the unsettling acts of D's hitman past and the implausibility of any real future together but cannot be free of D and the pain of loving such a man. It's as if--even in their sort time spent together-- they've marked one another for life. And it's too the author's credit that the reader genuinely believes someone like Jack could fall in love with a killer to begin with.
At first D attempts to not personalize his contact with Jack (while together in hiding) but platonic exchanges soon creak open the floodgates. There's one scene where Jack aids a wounded D-- purely as a doctor-- and the reader is reminded that slow, subtle eroticism is after all possible in modern gay fiction. Now the actual sex, while not particularly explicit, is still romantically explicit; revealing and withholding in perfect proportion.
"Zero" is also one of the most exciting and suspenseful novels I've read in quite some time; the story speeds along, the romance made all the more richer by the intense action sequences. Gripping as well as smart, it feels at times almost like "Brokeback Mountain" blended together with "No Country for Old Men". Even the prefatory motel sequence is marked by fury, loneliness, and the ferocious thrill of the illicit. Later on, there's a remarkable sequence in a warehouse in which D is trapped and held at gunpoint by an adversary while cradling his wounded lover. His emotional state is one anybody could fathom, though it's hard to put a name to it -- defensive acknowledgment? Pained hysteria? Seville renders the moment with brutal dialogue and evocative descriptions; a life-or-death exchange that's charged, emotional and defining with the sense that this man's last chance at happiness lays bleeding in his arms.
From this, Seville successfully lies out and examines themes that tie together beautifully while avoiding traditional rigidity of "plot". Few will be unsatisfied with the book's evocation of love between two very different men. Also, the supporting characters are vivid and finely drawn as well. The story's villains deeply unsettling but never one-note. And the book avoids an ending of soppy moralizing or fairy tale romance in favor of a kind of ambiguity whilst still allowing one to imagine certain things far past the actual end. Ultimately, what we have here is a "gay romantic thriller" that transcends all such labels to become a story with universal appeal and the kinds of characters that will stay with you forever. Trust me, it's a knockout.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Holy Moly This Book is Great 15 octobre 2009
Par C. Harris - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I'm not one for effusive praise, but I basically didn't work today because I kept sneaking to read this book on my Kindle.

The plot is completely cliche. Witness protection, good guy next door protagonist, hard-boiled professional assassin turned unwilling hero, shoot-outs, hiding out, bungling FBI, Stockhold syndrome... even a smidgen of car chase. All either great for escapist fiction or boringly predictable.

What makes this book is the dialogue. I laughed out loud a few times. The characters are engaging and you fall in love with them. I rooted for them the entire time. I even got misty-eyed once.

Finally, I liked that everything is wrapped up in a neat and tidy bow at the end. D is troubled enough that there will be some significant adjustments and healing necessary as the relationship progresses. And Jack is innocent enough that it's impossible for him to not get a little sullied by D. It makes him seem much more human.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good but also bad in frustrating ways 23 novembre 2011
Par Merrin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Mad would be too strong a word to use for this, but this book frustrated me to no end. It was so very good in so many ways, and so horribly awful in others.

Good first: she actually bothered to think about the psychology of one previously straight guy and one fighting his gay guy getting together, and actually bothered to make it believable. The progression of emotion and feeling was awesome. The plotting was awesome. I like that the plot wasn't just one carefully construed string of circumstances to get them to have sex as often as possible. I love the conversation Jack has with his friend near the end, before he's seen D again, where he just doesn't know how a day-to-day relationship would work, and whether his feelings were entirely based on circumstance or Stockholm Syndrome. I love that they THINK about these things, and she shows their day-to-day struggles in the denouement, and it is all awesome.

Bad second: I know other people love it, and that it helps them get the character of D, and that's just hunky dory and I'm glad it works for you. I hated, hated, HATED D's dialect. If I'd run across this story on the internet and hadn't paid to read it on my kindle, I may not have ever finished it, I loathed it that much. It's the kind of thing that sends me straight out of a story. I'm glad I pushed through because I really enjoyed this book, but that definitely knocks off a star for me. The other thing that threw me right out of the story: the utter and complete lack of a mention of lube or preparation before all the sex they had until more than halfway through the book. You guys, two men do not penetrate each other without SOME KIND of prep. Or, not and both enjoy it.

Jane, honey, I suggest you read some gay sex manuals to help you out with the mechanics, because the sex scenes were definitely not the strongest point of your novel, and I would greatly love it if you kept writing gay fic that I can read. I would also suggest an editor/beta/proofreader for next time, and if you used one this time, I would find a new one. You need someone who disagrees with your choices sometimes.

So! I liked this book, I would totally recommend with a few caveats, and that's where it all evens out. :)
16 internautes sur 17 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great action romance! 29 avril 2009
Par Bookfan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Zero at the Bone was a m/m romance that I have been wishing someone would write for a long time. It has action, romance and an incredible storyline-who does not LOVE the Hit Man falling in love with his intended victim story? Jane Seville wrote a powerful story. It is perfect. Please read it, I could never describe just how wonderful this story is. I wish other authors would venture out and write different m/m romance stories like Ms. Seville--you know one that actually has a plot to go along with the erotica? So many have good ideas, but the story gets lost in all the sex. This book was just perfect.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Zero at the Bone Will Chill and Thrill! 15 août 2009
Par Tracy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Fantastic. Just absolutely and utterly fantastic.

I won't go into another summary of the plot, it's been sufficiently and succinctly summarized in the product description. In fact, I'm not even sure I can review it as well as some have, but after reading Zero at the Bone, I just couldn't fail to add my complete appreciation and admiration of the book and its author.

I was blown away by the depth and intricacy of this story. It's a thriller that grabs you by the throat from the very beginning with its taut pacing and moral ambiguity, and blasts you into a journey across country, through tragedies of past and present, mapping the human soul and the heart's capacity to love and heal along the way. There is SO very much to appreciate and enjoy in this book. It's gritty and urbane. It's tragic and funny. It's hopeful and grief stricken. And it's delightful to find an author that takes the time to allow the story to reveal all of that to the readers in a realistic and dauntingly honest way, instead of paring down the length of the book for the sake of a single element.

I'd caution anyone who was too keen on labeling this book as one thing or another - or using any labels at all, really. Yes, it's an M/M romantic thriller. But that label is far too confining for such a huge story of crime and passion, danger and redemption, self sacrifice and loss...and the joy of finding. It's just a totally huge story in every way. I don't mean the length of it - though it IS delightfully long - but the scope of it. The feel of it. The feeling it left in me after finishing it. It's just huge.

I loved this book. I loved the plot. I loved the characters - Jack, who's almost too good a man to be believed, and yet has just enough peccadillos to make him real (and totally lovable), is a staunch idealist and inherently humane, and D, who has more layers than a tiered wedding cake, each one darker than the last, and each one driven by pain and circumstance. Crushingly human, blind to his worth, D in particular struck a chord in me that will last long after I archive this book. Both of the men were so very real to me, their relationship - the WHOLE of their relationship, not just the romance parts, was so adroitly woven, I felt like I was a part of their world, instead of them being a part of mine. And the secondary characters - the mysterious X and the earnest Churchill in particular - were pure delight.

Seville is a MASTER of character development and with Zero at the Bone, has proven herself capable of going the distance. Keeping a book that long on an even pace without losing control of the plot is a feat that many of my all time favorite authors don't always manage to do. Seville does it with aplomb.

In absolutely every way, I highly recommend this book. If you're one of the unfortunates who has yet to discover the opportunities for a great read in books including gay relationships, this would be a good place to start if you're looking to. I haven't read many books that matched this level of satisfying reading, regardless of the gender pairing.

I'll say it again - I LOVED it!
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