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4.11  ·  Rating details ·  4,237 ratings  ·  647 reviews
Brute leads a lonely life in a world where magic is commonplace. He is seven and a half feet of ugly, and of disreputable descent. No one, including Brute, expects him to be more than a laborer. But heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and when he is maimed while rescuing a prince, Brute’s life changes abruptly. He is summoned to serve at the palace in Tellomer as a guard ...more
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Published December 3rd 2012 by Dreamspinner Press
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Kaye Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville is similar, but contemporary. The main character is a hitman with low social skills. Very sweet though. :)

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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

4 stars for the book, 5 stars for the narration, 4.5 stars overall! This was an excellent listen!

Just from those first moments of the audiobook sample, I knew it would be a hit for me. K.C. Kelly did a gorgeous job narrating Love, Like Water, so I had the utmost confidence that he would kill this one. And he did. With a rumbling bass for Brute and a perfect stutter for Gray, the narrator nailed it.

I happen to have a tender spot for stutterers, so listening to K.C. Kelly narrate Gray had me almo
Shile (Hazard's Version) semi-hiatus
Audiobook and Story - 4.5 stars

This one broke my tiny peanut heart. Brute! Gaaaaah! Gray! Gaaah!

The story was heartbreaking, beautiful, sweet and amazing. The narrator did a good job evoking emotions. Gray's stuttering got to me big time.

Highly recommended, if you are in the mood for some heartbreaking fairy tales.
You’re a giant because an ordinary man’s body is too
small for what you are.”
(Chapter 15, excerpt belongs to author)

Sometimes a powerful book comes without having to shout its existence, without having to offer actions and fireworks, without having to throw the characters to emotional or physical obstacles. Sometimes a powerful book comes with a quiet sigh, compelling tale, and unforgettable characters. This is what "Brute" means to me...

Brute was simply one of the gentlest character I encounter
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Dear GR friends, friends of friends, lurking followers and so on.

May I have your attention, please?


Stop googling pics of hot men.

Stop swooning over Marco’s steamy gifs.

Stop whatever you’re doing and give this wonderful book a chance.

You’ll find yourself lost in a marvelous world full of sweet giants, blind sorcerers, clumsy princes and smart kids. You’ll smile over a heartwarming tale of true love and heroism. You’ll be transported in the kingdom of Tellomer, were even ugly giants can find fri
"It's always good to have a giant or two looking after you."

Words so true, especially if that giant is Brute aka Aric aka the current tugger on my heartstrings.

How to describe Kim Fielding's "Brute"? It's a sort of fantasy featuring a gentle giant among men, Aric/ Brute. He's seven and half feet tall, ostracized, abused (emotionally and physically), scarred and never knew any kindness. His father was a thief, his mother took the easy way out and left poor young Aric on his own in a cruel wor
Lost. It happens to the best of us. My husband goodheartedly claims I am navigationally challenged, and I can’t deny it. This is one of the rare times that I was delighted to have lost my way. I couldn’t escape this book. I was pulled back in again and again, completely content to stay. It was the writing, the characters, the story and the narration. I didn’t just love it, I was addicted.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of listening to K.C. Kelly before…you must.

If you enjoy fairytales and haven’
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
4.5 stars

Buddy read off the Old and Moldy shelf with Mish.

Kim Fielding never disappoints. She paints fantasy worlds that we can dip into and believe. Brute was at once heartbreaking and sweet. I loved the idea of two lost souls finding each other. I do wish we had seen more of the passion between them, but there was was more than enough tenderness to make me believe in the love between Aric and Gray. If this has been lingering on your shelf, read it. You won't regret it.
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, favorites
He'd learned a long time ago...
That wishing was useless.

Brute lost his parents at a young age...and from then life has been difficult. Abused by his uncle, bullied by other children, Brute grows up knowing his life won't be easy. His seen has ugly, a monster and at times an abomination.
People always assumed he was stupid anyway.
But people only see whats on the outside, and not Brutes beautiful heart...and his need to simply be wanted.


After some unfortunate events, Brute finds himself in a new
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it

4.5 stars

Wanna know what I love?

I love Brute.

I love the gentle giant with the HUGE capacity to care for others.
I love the simple man who's been forced to survive a hard and lonely life but doesn't let that impact how he treats people.
I love the strong and brave man that does everything he can to save his love.
I love Aric.

"Brute" is set in mythical/fantasy times in lands unknown...and is about a 7.5 ft tall man named Aric with a heart of gold, a prince who shows him appreciation and generosit
What a gem
Very heartfelt story about inner beauty, humility, kindness, sacrifice, consequences
Beauty and the beast re-telling
Fairytale feel to it.
Gray, beautiful, blind with a stutter and in prisoned due to youthful mistakes of large consequences.
Aric, gentle giant, bullied, shunned and loveless.
Two man who haven't felt affection or love for most of their lives.
Two man shunned by society.
Two man who judge each other on who they are rather than how they're perceived by society.

Aric is def
Full review written January 7, 2014

4.3 Stars - Emotional and very nice about a real old-fashioned hero

Brute is such a beautiful fairy tale about a wonderful gigantic, and fantastic good hearted, hero. I really, really enjoyed this lovely story and it showed me how strong grand love is and how brave a person that no one believes in can prove to be.
“Y-you're a giant because an ordinary man's body is t-to small for what you are.”

I always LOVE these old-fashioned fantasy romances. Stori
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gift, romance-fantasy
Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful.

So much pain, grief, and yet solace in finally not being alone. Simply heartfelt, a love beyond.

It was the only time anyone ever touched him, and, as meaningless as those touches were, he suspected that he’d shrivel up and die without them.

And to Bree: This made me so happy. I kept saving it for a special moment since you told me it was amazing.
"The true thanks is the happiness of the recipient.”

Gift from my reading twin. Thanks, Bree
* A Reader Obsessed *
4 Stars!

Gentle (or not so gentle) giants is a top favorite trope, and this really embodies it to the max!

As per the blurb, Brute has had it rough and lonely, and the pain and longing he suffers for no reason other than being different is terribly heartbreaking. Despite the cruel treatment by everyone he knows, Brute remains a steadfast honorable guy who does the right thing every single time with never any ulterior motives and never with any bitterness or hate in his heart.

It’s fortuitous then t
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, fantasy

Fantastic fantasy story about a giant of man who everyone perceives is a brute because of his size and looks when in fact he is loving caring man. He's injured saving the life of a prince and is offered the job of caring for a blind prophetic prisoner.

This story just killed me in some places. Heart wrenching stuff here, I really loved it. There's some really solid fantasy world building here. Great characters and dialogue. This was so close to a five star read for me but the ending wasn't as
Ariana  (mostly offline)
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
4,25 stars

This felt very much like a classic, in league with the likes of ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ or 'The Princess Bride'.

What stands out here is Brute’s innate goodness. He isn’t only the epitome of a gentle giant, his kindness and human compassion are truly humbling. The word ‘unassuming’ must have been invented for him. Putting everyone before himself is his only MO, and he thinks that’s nothing special!

At times, I really wanted to hug that guy and tell him how wonderful he is, as a life
4.5 Stars

An instant favourite.

This is my definition of fantasy romance perfection. Brute’s is a story I won’t soon forget.
Kaje Harper
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely M/M romance set in what is very definitely a fairy-tale mood and story arc. Brute/Aric is a wonderful, slightly larger-than-life character, in more ways than one. He is kind, patient, strong, smart if uneducated, compassionate, restrained... and lonely. Gray, the prisoner he is set to watch, and whom he gradually befriends, is a perfect foil, a man whose treatment has been so harsh that he needs every ounce of the caring and support Aric gives him. The fact that Gray gives back ...more
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Once upon a time in a land far far away, where magic exists there was a man who lived a lonely and abused life.

In fact the villagers where he lived didn’t even call him by his name. They called him Brute, that’s how they saw him as a large, dumb, strong, disfigured beast only good for labor. Aric (Brute) is alone in the world, both of his parents dead he is merely existing. Until one day the prince comes to inspect the work and falls over a cliff, Brute rescues the prince and his life changes……

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I honestly did not see this book coming. I knew all my friends liked it, but I avoided reading the blurb & reviews for over a year, and from the cover I thought it might be a Stockholm Syndrome story (which, considering my reading habits, wouldn't have been an issue at all). Wrong! This is the sweetest, most gentle love story ever.

The first chapters were sad, but they created a wonderful touchstone for the main character's development. And speaking of the MC, nothing prepared me for Brute
This book..it kinda broke me. That's why I loved it.


I don't listen to many audiobooks, but I decided to give 'Brute' a try because of the raving reviews from my friends. I was hooked from the moment I pressed play. This is was my first time listening to K.C. Kelly, and I was completely blown away. The narrator breathed life in to every character, with each voice being entirely unique. Often I have to really concentrate to follow along when I'm listening to an audiobook, but here I didn't even ha
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was thinking of deleting a star for this book but after thinking it over I realised the problem was mine and not the books. The story telling and the world created deserve the full 5 stars.


While reading this one my emotions were put through the wringer. The cruelty, be it intentional or simply in ignorance really tore at me.

Brute is the kinda guy that if you just took the time to talk to him you would see he is a wonderful human being. Sadly, as in too many cases, his size and looks stopped
Tiya Rosa
I'm self-centered, sullen, and frequently rude, so it's usually a toss up when I read about someone so pure and good. Either I want to scoop their eyeballs out and just go Hostel on their holier than me asses because who are they kidding with their Mary Sue-ing and Gary Stu-ing - people are not that fucking kind; or I want to self flagellate and curl into a fetal position because I'm a horrible person and I deserve horrible things.

This book is all in the latter category. I went through it alter
May 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites

When I was little we had a great armchair placed in our loggia in which I used to curl up with a book and spend many an afternoon (or a day). In this armchair I felt safe and lost in another world, a world full of dappled sunlight, the buzzing of bees and stories. When my parents threw away the armchair, I lost a part of my childhood. Reading this book reminded me of that kind of feeling, of sunlight, warmth, good story, lost in that world and I loved it and cried for that armchair all over agai
3 Stars for the story.

5 Stars for Brute.

Overall a 3.5 star but I'm round up for the giant.

Fantastical fairytale story. Heartbreaking, bitter sweet reading with an oh so satisfying conclusion.
I really liked this one, and I have to be honest and say it was because of Brute - the gentle mistreated giant.

Loved him, absolutely everything about Brute endeared me to him. There is nothing you can say against Brute without me killing you. I will defend him viciously against any and all who dare.

A wonde
~4 stars for the story, 5 stars for the narration~

Very enjoyable fantasy story with a medieval feel which has it all: sweetness and angst, love and loyalty, self-sacrifices and compassion.

The narration was so good! How K.C. Kelly portrayed Gray and his stutter almost had me in tears.
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
Only 7% but really liking the voice of this story so far

It's really slow at parts but not bad. I didn't really care about him walking around the city window shopping with the kid. And stuff like that just seems like unnecessary filler.

I'm still liking it but its really repetitive. Keeps saying te same things over and over. About his mom, his uncle, the village people. And about his whore house visits. And I that's not bad enough there's now a flash back to him visiting the whore house. Which i
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love rooting for the underdog and that's exactly what I was doing in this whole book!

Where do I start?? First off, Brute was such a lovable giant with a heart as big as he was. He was mistreated and still had a heart of gold. I absolutely fell in love with him. The way he was with Gray was so sweet and it just made me want great things for him.

This was a story of selfless love. Neither Gray nor Brute (which isn't his real name by the way) had a selfish bone in their body. Each damaged in thei

The book has a high rating.
Everybody like it.
People who has a totally different book taste than me LIKE it.
People whom I trust with a book taste LIKE it.
Almost all my GR friends LIKE it.
Except me.

So...it is not a book, it's me.

The book is good if you like a sweet fairy tale fantasy.
You'll enjoy it. You'll be excited. You'll be in love with the characters and the plot.
Unfortunately I'm not a fan of THIS kind of fantasy.

=> It's my fault:
*I didn't read a blurb- maybe I should start to read it fr
Sonia ~Ruber's fiancé in Crystal Court universe~
I wrote a big-ass and lovely review for this wonderful book but goodreads stole it from me and I'm really sad :((

So I'll just recap really quickly:

"Brute" is a fabulous and amazing fairytale about kindness, self sacrifice and love. The world building is EXTRAORDINARY and I loved every minute (word) of it.

You're going to fall in love with Aric and Gray,two broken men who save each other..

“Th-thank you, Brute.”
“It’s not my name.” He clearly was no master of his own tongue.
But Gray only tilted
4.25 ⭐️

“Don’t t-tell you my heart beats for you? Don’t tell you my ssoul sings for you? Don’t tell you that you’re hope to me, l-life to me, the c-center of my fucking universe?”

The storyline was simple, but not predictable which is something I really love in books. Not having too many stuffs to catch up on despite this pretty much covered magic and a glimspe of royal backgrounds. I couldn’t predict what would happen to both of them or what they were going to do throughout the entire book.
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