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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  2,171 ratings  ·  523 reviews
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
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Published August 31st 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
"You got stuff in your life needs fixin', you gotta fix it now, while you can."

Rattlesnake is a former gold mining town, a peaceful place with ranches, two Chinese restaurants, heavenly french toast with blueberry topping served at Mae's Café, a cemetery where the infamous Rattlesnake Murray is buried, and a bar called the Snake.

The Snake is where Shane works. Shane is scarred and walks with a limp, but he's not broken, far from it. Shane's brain may be a little scrambled, but he knows a go
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
So beautiful that it will make you cry. This is Kim Fielding's best work, I'm telling you.

I'm going to tell you folks a story about patience.

Once, I started a book by one of my favorite authors. It was a little slow going at first, and I wasn't sure if I was going to connect to the main characters. I was pretty sure that it was going to be a middling read for me, despite the gorgeous prose. But I stuck with it and, little by little, it just grew on me.

At about 30% in I was feeling pretty good
Nick Pageant
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
All the stars!

This is by far Kim Fielding's best book and that is saying a hell of a lot. I'm just bowled over by what she was able to do here. This is a quiet book, not much seems to happen. All the action is internal and everything, even the dialogue, is understated and has a slow, graceful quality to it. I don't want to diminish m/m books because I write them and I love them as much as everyone here, but I have to say that this is something more than just a genre book. This is a very fine, to
Re-read December, 2015 I chose this book, my favorite of 2015, to read while ringing in the new year in my pajamas with my dogs snuggled up to me. The problem was that I re-read the whole book so quickly, now I need to find another book to read for my New Year's Eve! *scratches head*

LOVE LOVE LOVE! This book is my 2015 perfection.


Rattlesnake has taken over the position of my favorite book of 2015. I absolutely fucking LOVED it. It's on my favorites and fuck yeah, 5+ stars shelves
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All the peoples
You know that saying about how we never see ourselves objectively? Sometimes it takes seeing your reflection in someone else's eyes to register that you're more than you give yourself credit for? I kept coming back to that saying while reading this and hoping Jimmy could catch just a sliver of himself through Shane's eyes.

Jimmy Dorsett is a nuanced character that will warm on even the coldest of hearts. He's grizzled and worn down by life. He's battered and broken and he's learned the hard way t

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?

This is Jimmy’s story.

Usually, I have trouble focusing and getting in the mood when I start a book but Kim Fielding does a remarkable job of hooking you on Jimmy’s enigmatic story from the get go. Jimmy who has all these stories of other people but never about himself. I wanted to know the tale behind his character. I craved to understand his p

Best Book Read In 2017

That's what it boils down to.
I cannot believe how amazing this story is. It's a masterpiece, a magical miracle of m/m romance.

I CRIED reading this. Books make me feel many things, but I rarely cry over them. 'Rattlesnake' really represents one of those rare occasions where characters step beyond the threshold of fiction and become real people, like watching a documentary instead of reading a made-up story.

What's so great about this particular story?

The narration is absolu
Julio Genao
Aug 31, 2015 rated it did not like it
sofisticada lesbiana.

i mean, shit, this was endlessly frustrating.

that fucking letter hanging over everyone's head for fifty chapters like the sword of damocles?

and what in the hell was up with random officer Latino de Hispanipants?

dull, rambling, and as tightly-plotted as a game of monopoly.

PS: this was the review that most accurately reflected my many, many unhappy notes on this book.

5 Beloved Stars

This story is simply superb.

In my fantasy realm of Romancelandia, Kim Fielding is royalty and I am her loyal subject. Contemporary, fantasy, historical, paranormal, sci-fi--if Ms. Fielding writes it, I will read it. All hail Kim Fielding!

She is an exceptional storyteller, and this story ranks as one of my favorites.

Jimmy Dorsett. Ah, Jimmy. Jimmy made my heart ache. Jimmy is in his 40s and is drifting through life. Drifting from town-to-town, job-to-job, with less than a hundred d
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!!

I loved this book! Honestly it didn’t wow me, but I enjoyed it tremendously. I love this author’s writing style and the way she builds her stories. I have read many of her books and this one is my favorite so far. It was a compelling slow burn story that warmed my heart and I’m glad to say I enjoyed every minute of it. It was more a character driven story, so it wasn’t action-packed. Since not much seems to happen you will need a little more patience than usual...maybe, so perhaps thi
Audio 4 stars
Story 3.75 stars

This book ended on a such high emotional note that left me tempted give it 5 stars. But I can’t, because the beginning was so slow and frankly, kind of boring. I was almost at 40% before I started enjoying it. I’ll admit, without the audio, I probably would have dnf, and that would have been a shame. I would have missed out on what turned out to be beautiful story.

Jimmy is 43 and has been homeless since the age of 14. His home life, when he had one, wasn’t a loving
Written October 30, 2015

4.7 Stars – My big love - A wonderful tender story so very well told

The new Kim Fielding novel all my friends love. So do I by now. Ms Fielding know the way to tell, her stories are just magic touching every time.
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Five stars that's not every day from this lady...
Impressed and very pleased. Rattlesnake is as much a very good novel as a heartbreaker M/M romance. — My huge love.


Jimmy Dorset is a 43 years old drifter with an ol
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4.5 Stars!

It began with a man alone in the wide, empty desert driving a decrepit old Ford with a dead man riding shotgun.

This book.

I don't even know what to say to give this book justice. Beautiful doesn't sound right, but it really was.

At times sad. Quiet. Ordinary. Hopeful.

I think the book spans over a few weeks, a month tops. And the whole time I'm reading I have this disquiet. And it just builds and builds over the book. I'm falling in love with Rattlesnake. The town. The people.

But J
Originally reviewed at Sinfully... Addicted to All Male Romance

4.5 stars

Jimmy’s been a drifter since he was fourteen years old. Bad decisions, stupid mistakes, no relationships, no loving family or friends, moving from job to job, town to town, never staying more than a few weeks or a season, with never more than a few bucks to his name. It may not be anyone else’s idea of a good life, but Jimmy has no regrets and no plans to change any time soon. Jimmy picks up Tom, a dying man trying to get to
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. There was a maturity, and an honesty to the storytelling that I really appreciated. The characters were well drawn, and felt like real people to me, and while they all had their problems it didn't feel over done or like misery porn. Many events were only touched on, or hinted at, and I liked that. It kept the story from dwelling too much in the past when it really was a story about moving on. A story about love, forgiveness, and learning to love, and be loved in return. ...more
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing

It began with a man alone in the wide, empty desert driving a decrepit old Ford with a dead man riding shotgun.

This is how it began, but the way this story progressed, stole my breath away. This is my favorite Kim Fielding book to date. Given the fact that I devour her paranormal stories, despite not being a paranormal fan, I knew I would love my first contemporary novel from her. What I got was so much more than I expected.

Jimmy is a drifter. He never stays anywhere long enough to get to kno
John The Cosmic Wanderer
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I cant decide whetherThe Tin Box or Rattlesnake is Kim's best work, so I decided to put both of them in 1st place. Kim just outdid herself with this one! Beautifully written, unforgettable characters and the romance part was just perfect. I was in tears towards the end and still am while writing this. I hope Kim would write a follow up story, I want to know if Jimmy finally gets to see his (view spoiler).

This is definitely going into my favor
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars!

This book really snuck up on me! I was not expecting it to be so emotional and heartbreaking!

I felt like it was a second chance at life for both the MC and the work of destiny bringing them together. Both men had sad pasts for different reasons and were brought differently especially for Jimmy, this man really broke my heart. Regardless of his circumstances though he was a survivor even when he didn’t believe in himself. Every time he wanted to leave I wanted to shake him and tell hi
I remember when this book came out. All the hype, all the fangirling. It made people cry! I wish I could say it met my expectations but it didn’t. I kept reading and reading. Hoping that maybe, maybe, maybe, I’d feel the same eventually. But to no use.

This is not my first book by Kim Fielding. I’ve read Brute and the Speechless novellas. She’s an okay writer, solid and neat. I enjoy her stories, the blurbs are original and remarkable. She has a style lots of people love and I can see why.

But she
*** 4.5 Stars ***

I'm fairly certain that this would have been a 5-star read for me had I been able to read it in one sitting. Unfortunately, work was hectic this week and drawing this book out over a few days, it lost a teensy little bit of its beauty for me. That's not the book's fault, mind you - Fielding's writing is superb - but that's just how it goes sometimes.

Honestly, this book was like a slow, warm hug to my soul. There's bits that hurt because Fielding has created such intensely sympa
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
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**** 4.5 Stars****

This was beautiful. It's hard to explain but it felt like an old movie, soundless but rich in its essence and moreover, meaningful and deep. The writing is quite magical, it conveys an aura of tranquility and at times it diffuses with a melancholy tone but it only adds authenticity to the story.
Rattlesnake was such a unique read!
I really liked it.

Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***4 Stars***

"Look, there's two kinds of hurting. One kind means you're damaging yourself. If you have that kind, you gotta do something about it. But the other kind's just....just there. That kind you deal with as best as you can and just soldier on." His eyes softened and he stroked Jimmy's cheek. "I think you know that kind."

I'm not really sure any type of a review I write would give this book justice. It was beautiful. It was a quiet and honest story of two men finding peace and home.

2.5 stars

The good:
• The townspeople, Aunt Belinda, the old geezers on the bench
• Jimmy’s gradual settling in and putting down roots despite himself; his satisfaction with working at the inn.

The not-good:
• The emo-porn of Shane’s list of defects
• Why/what with hunky Officer Random at the beginning?
• Sister Charlie the relationship cop and Saintly Mom the compassion cop
• “Sofisticada lesbiana”

The eye-twitching:
• The heavy-handed dun-dun-DUN foreshadowing
• Jesse and his accompanying (in my head) om
4.25 stars

I have soft heart for stories that involve drifters who arrive at a place that they never expect and find love in the process. So it's no surprise that from the moment I read about Jimmy's decision of visiting Rattlesnake, a small town nestled in the foothills of the California Sierras, carrying a letter from a dead hitchhiker, to be forwarded to the hitchhiker's son, I was immediately pulled into it. I loved how quiet and understated this story is but still feels grounded and real.

3.5 Stars

There are so many expressive and passionate reviews for this one already that I'm at a loss of what to add.

Simply put, this is a beautifully written story, featuring a cast of rich and complex characters. It's a quiet story, but one that's both thoughtful and evocative.

I enjoyed this very much, but I have a feeling that I didn't quite connect to it as strongly as many of my GR friends did. There's nothing wrong with that, I'm just slightly disappointed that I didn't experience the sam
Kaje Harper
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jimmy is the quintessential drifter of the American mythos - a man with a murky, mysterious past moving across America without roots. The life is less romantic and more banal and tiring and dusty and sad than legend would have you believe. Jimmy's been moving on for over 25 years, until he can't imagine anything else, until putting down roots and staying somewhere, making a home, feels alien to him.

When an obligation to deliver a letter lands him in a quiet little town, in a back-water bar, his
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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4.5 stars

This was…beautiful. Beautiful in the way that hurts. Beautiful in the way that heals. Beautiful in the way that is imperfect. Beautiful in the way that challenges you, treats you, surprises you, fulfills you.

Jimmy Dorsett…a man with a car, without a destination, with a heart of gold, and an unlimited stash of stories to tell. A man without hope, yet within him is the ability to change a town.

Shane Little…a man with scars, fighting to have a full life beyond his injuries. A man with an i
So he stayed. Just one more day.

And what a difference a day makes. This was an amazingly beautiful story...

about shattered dreams and hope...
about hurt and forgiveness...
about drifting and belonging...
about taking chances and finding love...

For some reason I'm feeling a bit emotional today, so this book almost wrecked me, but in a good way. In a very good way. Loved it to bits!
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It began with a man alone in the wide, empty desert driving a decrepit old Ford with a dead man riding shotgun. But the
Vanessa North
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really, really good. Well-written, elegant prose and a clear voice. Some pacing issues in the second half due to having the plot/conflict laid out explicitly in the first half, but stories like this are about the journey, not the destination, and i have a feeling this is a journey I'll want to revisit again and again.
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
How is this the first Kim Fielding book I've read? Oh. My. God. I loved it.

Jimmy and Shane both stole my heart, their pain was real but so was their spirit. This was a book about home and friendship. About love and trust.

For some people - for Jimmy - stopping and letting someone in is the hardest risk to take. In his world of physical discomfort (gritty motels, hard, intermittent, manual jobs, not always having money for food, not always able to get clean) it is the possibility of emotional dis
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Kim Fielding lives in California and travels as often as she can manage. A professor by day, at night she rushes into a phone booth to change into her author costume (which involves comfy clothes instead of Spandex and is, sadly, lacking a cape). Her superpowers include the ability to write nearly anywhere, often while simultaneously doling out homework assistance to her children. Her favorite wor ...more
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