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Bone Deep

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  2,340 ratings  ·  281 reviews
In the fall of 1946, 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 learn ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published April 18th 2006 by Atlantic Bridge Publishing (first published April 18th 2005)
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Kelly| Just Another Horror Reader
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.
JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust

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
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Duchess Nicole


I was in such a book slump...everything I read was uninteresting and dull. JaHy saved me with this 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
Aestas Book Blog
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

What a lovely, sweet, touching story <3

You know that wonderful feeling you get when you just sink into a well-written read? Well, I totally got that with this book. The writing style is strong, fluid and evocative and draws you right into the story.

I have to say I was hesitant to start this one because, just personally, I hate carnivals and I wasn't sure if this was a carnival-centric story... so, just to set the record straight: it isn't. Not at all. *nods* Right, ok, on to the revie
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I liked this much more than 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 much more. And it was a beautiful, romance-against-all-odds kind of ...more

5 stars

I 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
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
Mary B.
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 much more. This 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' far more than it 'showed.' We never got inside the characters' heads, and instead we were just told how they were feeling. This
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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
Anne Boleyn's Ghost
I am ruminating on my rating. Full review to come later. For now, here is why I am torn.

Sarah, the city girl turned war widow turned farmer, was a fantastically strong heroine. She evolved from someone passive in the face of society's prejudices to someone actively fighting them. She was determined not just to survive but to live again, and she was unafraid to display vulnerability.

Dee plays with gender roles as traditionally presented in historical romance. Initially Sarah is the rescuer, the
4 Stars - nice, tender and just lovely

A very touching story in the 1950s about a man who had been treated very badly and now finds a new opportunity with a beautiful war widow. It's quickly read and a lot of enjoy - for me at least.

I LIKE - tender, sweet and very romantic.
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Bonnie Dee tends to write from third person POV that make it difficult for me to connect with her characters. But due to the uniqueness of this story with a hero who was a tattoo man from a freak show, I make a vow to give this book a try.

The writing style make you feel like you are reading a romance from the 80s. There wasn't any mentioned of the time period when the story took place and the cultural references were pretty vague. I only noticed the blurb mentioned 1946 after I finished the book
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
I love love LOVED this story. It was so beautiful and poignant and the message of how LOVE comes in different guises and goes beyond skin deep was received loud and clear!! It's a gorgeous yet heartbreaking story of how two lonely people, each for their own reasons, find each other and attempt to overcome all obstacles and prejudices to stay together and let their LOVE conquer all!!

Sarah is a lonely widow whose husband was killed during WWII. Her friends take her with them to a traveling carniva
Awilk -never sleeps-
Five glorious heart warming stars.

I started this book in the early evening and didn't stop until I had finished. This is a truly beautiful love story that should be read by all romance readers. I don't normally go for books set in the past, but this book was nothing less then spectacular. I could rave on and on about how brilliant it was, but you shouldn't be wasting your time reading reviews for this book, you should be reading it for yourself.

Bonnie Dee took a very ordinary woman, a most unusu
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Adorable!! Simply adorable. I could not put this book down.
After losing her husband at the end of WWII, Sarah is stil not ready to see other men although her friends are trying their best to see her settled again. But her quiet world is suddenly interrupted when a circus sideshow performer chooses her farm to hide out in when he decides to run away from the only home he's ever known. Something about the gentle, freakishly tattooed man fascinates Sarah and when a man comes looking for him, she instinctively decides to hide him rather than turn him over.

Starr (AKA Starrfish) Rivers
Well, not entirely sure it was worth the $ I paid for it.

Like I said in the notes, the writing is very straightforward. No embellishment, no intensity. Just plain, "she said this, he did that."

I kept reading for the tortured hero, one of my very fave tropes. Tom deserves at least 4 stars, but not 5, bc he's just too beta. For heaven's sake! Esp. when he went BACK to the place of his torture voluntarily!

Sarah I only like for her determination to keep Tom. Her endless comparison of him vs. her d
Erotic Horizon
Aug 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing

When widow Sarah was strong-armed into attending a local travelling circus, she goes with mixed feeling as although she is with friends she somehow feels as if she is forced into a situation that she is clearly not ready for. With this on her minds she makes the best of her night with good grace.

Not particularly impressed with the circus she makes the rounds with her friends and ends up visiting a tent which promises an array of weird and wonderful delights – one such is a beautiful tattooed ma
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
Got this book for free....recommended from a blogger I follow. It was a really good, sweet story. It takes place in the mid 1940s--and while this isn't my "time-period" preference, I actually really enjoyed the book. It was a quick, short read. I would definitely recommend. ...more
5 Sweet Stars!!
This book was like a little piece of paradise.
Beautifully crafted characters, sweet sexy moments and my favourite thing, a happily ever after ending.
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Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jane Stewart
3 ½ stars. Pleasant reading, above average, but I can’t say I really liked it which would be 4 stars.

Lonely widow Sarah lives on a small farm. She sees Tom the tattooed man as one of the “freaks” on display at the carnival. She and Tom share a moment when their eyes connect. After the carnival leaves town she discovers Tom in her barn. She feeds him and he stays - helping her with the farm.

The story and conflicts were predictable. Tom was abused and forced to get tattooed by the carnival owner w
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sarah is a lonely widow who was dragged to the traveling carnival reluctantly by some friends. Once there she is enthralled by the tattooed man in the freak tent. While the others gawk and point at the man Sarah admires the beauty of him. The next morning while Sarah is still thinking of the tattooed man she actually discovers him in her barn. He has escaped the carnival and the evil man who has kept him imprisoned his entire life. Sarah agrees to let Tom stay with her and within Sarah's home an ...more
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
Bone Deep has been on my Kindle for over 5 years forgotten until recently when a GR friend read it and loved it. I'm so thrilled that I gave it a chance because it was really a beautiful story. Sarah is a young widow still mourning her husband who died in the war. Although her friend insist on her moving on she still can't make that jump. That is until the circus comes to town and she walks into the side show and sees a young man covered from head to toe in tattoos. I loved Sarah, she was a love ...more
Oct 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of spicy romance featuring a unique, sweet hero.
Such a sweet romance.

I had never heard of Bonnie Dee before picking up this book, but I will definitely be checking out more of her books.

Tom was one of the most unique and sweetest heroes I have come across in some time. His character was definitely the main thing I loved about this book.

I had a few issues that kept me from giving this a 5 star rating. Sarah came across as a little flat at times, and the story did seem to drag a bit towards the middle of the book. Also, I realize that Tom was
Nov 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, e-read
I wish that this one had been a bit longer and we could have gotten to know Tom a little better. The story was written entirely from Sarah's perspective and Tom was such a quiet man that I feel I didn't get enough of him through the story. Other than that it was a sweet romance about a woman who falls in love with a man who is different, who is difficult for other people to accept, but she stands up for their relationship and remains delightfully strong in the face of the scrutiny of her friends ...more
Lise *friends don't flag*
Very touching story.
Loved the way the author portrayed Sarah as a women taking a risk on love and not being consumed with what everyone thought of Tom.
Sarah saw Tom as the beautiful, sweet and loving person he was meant to be. I really wanted to learn more about Tom and wished this story had been much longer.
Highly recommend this book as well as anything Bonnie Dee writes!
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I ADORED it.

It was a little difficult because I didn't know if I could give it 4 or 5 stars.

Sarah is a widow and Tom is from a freak show.

I loved this because of the H, the h too, she was really lovable, but the H was more fucking lovable.

What left me unsatisfied, and why it was difficult rating it: (view spoiler)
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
4.5-4.75 Stars

This was such a sweet & loving story. Our tortured hero, Tom, was so shy and sweet, you couldn't help but fall in love with him. Tom had lived a difficult life. Since the story takes place in 1946, Tom and his tattoos, which covers pretty much 99% of his body, lived all of his life as part of the circus' freak show. This is where he first saw Sarah, our heroine. Tom has had visions of Sarah and it was because of these visions, he finally has the courage to runaway. Sarah finds Tom
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“The little group before her finally moved on and Sarah took its place, standing before Tom like he was a painting in a museum.
And then his vacant eyes dropped from that point somewhere above her head and he looked at her—looked into her eyes and registered her presence. His eyes widened and his mouth opened wordlessly.
For the space of six heartbeats they stared at one another and then Sarah simply said, “Come home.” She held her hand out to him.
He gazed at it for a moment.
“Come with me,” she said softly.
Slowly he rose from his chair and walked toward her. He slipped his hand into hers and his palm was warm and callused.
She stepped back and pulled him along with her. Suddenly his arms went around her, hugging her tight, his head dropped to her shoulder and his mouth pressed into her hair as he whispered, “I can’t believe you’re here.”
Her hands slipped up the smooth, supple skin of his back to hook over his shoulders. She buried her face against his chest, breathing him in, forgetting time and place and circumstance and just holding him.”
“She snuggled against Tom, grateful to have him back and ready to face any obstacles to their happiness. “You won’t leave again, ” she demanded, “No matter how difficult things might get for us.”
“Never again,” he promised.”
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