Review: Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville

Thursday, April 20

My rating:
4 Stars…

Quote…You been the fullest, luckiest blessin' a my life," he said, seeing tears drip onto Jack's upturned face.

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.


What I loved:

Dr Jack was such a good guy. Like, I don't know anyone this good! He does right by everybody, and clearly he's a prosecutor's wet dream because the guy is bloody perfect. A fine, upstanding member of society, who speaks up when a crime is committed and puts his own life on the line to do what is right. I thought he was so impressive, and at the same time he was open, kind, considerate. Gah! Just perfect, and such a sweetheart.
Quote…He felt giddy, like a kid at an amusement park, finally meeting his favorite cartoon character, just wanting to run up and get a big hug and be carried away to a place where no one ever cried and the world was bright colors and sunshine.
And he gets caught up with the least perfect hero ever - D. Gritty, tortured, deadly D. Who I also loved. I think it would have to take a character as bright and shiny as Jack to crack a nut like D, and I loved how their story unfolded.

The drama! I'm not usually a thriller fan, but I really enjoyed this one. It dragged a bit at times, but overall the tempo was good and the story pumped along nicely.


Chocolate covered cherries. Never been so turned on by fruit.


And the rescue scene! That had to be the most unique epilogue I've read in ages. I want to eat Jane Seville's brain for thinking something like that up.

What I didn’t love:

Apart from the story dragging a bit at times, which wasn't really enough to pull me out of it, I really didn't like how D talked. To me it made him sound like a hillbilly, which I'm pretty sure was not the accent Ms Seville was going for.
Quote…Didn't mean ta piss ya off none," he said.
Ta, cain't, yer right, all these words kind of pulled me out of the conversation and made me frustrated, like I had to translate him into a non-idiot, when D was actually an extremely clever guy.


I wish D talked like a normal person, but apart from that I loved this book so hard!

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