Review: Dog With A Bone (Black Dog #1) by Hailey Edwards

November 3, 2014 Review 3

Review: Dog With A Bone (Black Dog #1) by Hailey Edwards

Half-bloods with Thierry’s skill set are given two options. They can join the conclave’s marshal program, or they can pack their bags. Turn down the job offer, and you’ve just shredded your residency pass for the mortal realm and booked yourself a one-way ticket to Faerie.

Texas is the only home Thierry has ever known, and she’s not going anywhere. Even if it means following in her notorious father’s footsteps as a peacekeeper. But pinning on the badge opens her eyes to the fact sometimes fae need protection too, and that sometimes humans are the real monsters.

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Title: Dog With A Bone
Author: Hailey Edwards
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: A Hint of Frost, A Feast of Souls, A Time of Dying, A Breath of Winter
Published by Self
Published: 31 October 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 121
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: one-half-flames

Urban Fantasy can go so wrong – or as in this case: so very right! The first installment in Hailey Edwards’ Black Dog series, Dog With A Bone is laden with tension, action and keeps readers glued to the pages.

Starting with a bang in the middle of a giant capture the flag game that is serving as the final exam for the Marshall’s programme, we meet Thierry in an action-packed, tension laden, muddy, rainy chase to ascend the tower and grab the flag, all one step ahead of her training master and part-time keeper, Shaw.  Brought to ‘shadow’ and train with Thierry, as her magic is deadly to many, her crush and insouciant banter with Shaw are matched by his own concerns and attraction to her, incubus-driven feeding aside.

All new Marshalls are required by the Conclave to serve a period of on the job training, and again, she is paired with Shaw: to the delight of her best friend Mei, and to her own concern.  While their first call involves eradicating a Chimera, the case is much deeper than a simple rogue fae, and Shaw and Tee are off and running.

Thierry is wonderful: still insecure and conflicted about her own powers, angry with her father, the executioner for the council on the Fae side, and hurt by her mother’s inability to cope with the fae half of her, she is constantly thinking about her next step, and not being a disappointment.  With a solid core of justice for all screaming in her head, Tee is concerned with making things right, or finding answers and solutions.

Shaw has been around longer, and while he admires Thierry’s guts, brains and determination, he is also more attached to her than he should be, and intrigued that she can (and does) see him, even in the midst of his ‘incubus moments’. These two are dancing between a mentor-teacher concerns that she is learning what she needs, while he has an overwhelming alpha reaction to her as a being, without his incubus thrall.  Neither is quite sure of the extent of her powers, but she is more than willing to jump into the mouth of danger (literally) to save him, and hopefully others.

Secondary characters are introduced and given solid personalities and defining characteristics, not the least of which is having the worst timing ever in terms of Shaw and Tee actually acting on the palpable sexual tension that is constantly rubbing between them.  Oh there are some kisses and some smoldering looks, and an almost there moment interrupted by a high ranking conclave member with an obsession for strawberry-kiwi scented hand sanitizer……

Yes, Hailey Edwards mixes laughter, mythical and fae creatures, snappy dialogue and some incredible life-or-death moments into this start of what promises to be a wonderfully fun series, and wraps it neatly with a long ribbon trailing to the next story.

 

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 Excerpt

Burnt ozone tingled in my nose. I inhaled deeply, but all I scented was the coming storm.Thunder boomed overhead, rumbling through the ground under my feet. I was still hunched behind a twisted metal sculpture of a giant rooster when the first lukewarm raindrops splattered on my cheeks.
Movement on my right slammed the brakes on my heart. I squinted where I thought I glimpsed a pale blur, but the sun was too far gone and the scrapyard too dark for me to tell what it had been.
My left palm tingled with suppressed energy. My kind of magic wasn’t allowed at the marshal academy.I had to go. Every second I stood here exposed on three sides was an opportunity to get caught. I filled my lungs until they burned then exhaled slowly, hoping for a clue. Nothing.It’s now or never.Shoving off the rooster’s metallic wing, I ran as fast as I could toward the tower at the center of the rusting maze. Even this far away I spotted the white flag plastered against its pole. If I could just reach it, all this ended. Done. Over. If I had that flag, I could go home. If I got there first.That was a whole lot of ifs.“Cadet Thackeray,” a low voice rumbled.My pulse leapt. New plan. Forget the tower. If Shaw had my taste in his mouth, he would not let me reach it. I needed a new hiding spot now before he got close enough to use his lure on me. Once I drew in the hot scent of his skin, it was over. I was lost. His heat would snare me, and I would be his.
As if I wasn’t already.After darting past a promising heap, I hesitated until spotting a pair of large red ears sticking up from behind the twisted carcass of what once was a desk. Mei. Best friends shared a lot of things, but their hiding place during final exam was not one of them. I left the small fox to her den and kept running.
Sliding around the corner, I left the small-parts section of the yard and headed toward the stacks of crushed vehicles and rusted-out skeletons of construction equipment. I always avoided this section and the prickly sensation it inspired on my nape. Granted, the odds of the stacks falling and crushing me to a half-blooded fae pulp were pretty slim, but I didn’t want to be the exception that proved the rule.Mud splashed up my legs and soaked my sneakers. I paused to scent the wind, gulping a lungful of patchouli-and-bergamot-flavored air. My skin sizzled and my head whirled as I fought the urge to follow that hot fragrance to the even hotter man producing it. Bastard. He wasn’t playing fair. Incubus lures were too damn tasty, and I was already nursing one hell of a sweet tooth where my instructor was concerned.

Excerpt from: Dog With A Bone Copyright © 2014 by Hailey Edwards used with permission of author.

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About Hailey Edwards:  

Born in the Deep South, Hailey is a lifelong resident of Alabama. Her husband works for the local sheriff’s department and OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA her daughter is counting down the days until she’s old enough to audition for American Idol. Her doxie, Black Ilex, helps Hailey write by snoozing in his recliner in her office.

Her desire to explore without leaving the comforts of home fueled her love of reading and writing. Whenever the itch for adventure strikes, Hailey can be found with her nose glued to her Kindle’s screen or squinting at her monitor as she writes her next happily-ever-after.

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3 Responses to “Review: Dog With A Bone (Black Dog #1) by Hailey Edwards”

  1. erinf1

    I love the look and sounds of this! Congrats to Hailey on the new release and thanks for sharing 😉

  2. Jbst

    Congrats to Hailey on the five star review. Sounds like another great series.