Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Dog With A Bone
Author: Hailey Edwards
Series: Black Dog #1
Hero/Heroine: Thierry & Shaw
Genre: M/F Urban Fantasy
Length: 184 pages
Publisher: CrushStar Multimedia
Release Date: October 30, 2014
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
Thierry’s spent the last few years in the conclave’s marshal program trying to control her death magic and she’s finally graduating and becoming a marshal. Unfortunately, the only person that seems to resist her magic is Shaw, the incubus who’s been her trainer and completely gorgeous. When they’re given an assignment that leads to something unexpectedly dangerous and sinister, they’re put to the test emotionally and physically. Will Thierry’s first week on the job be way more than she can handle?
Alright, that little recap does NOTHING for the story but I didn’t want to give away spoilers on what happens because part of the fun with this story is finding out everything as Thierry does. With that said, I really loved this book! I’m not sure what I was expecting when I decided to read it but once I started, I was sucked into an interesting story filled with suspense, sexual tension and a bit of mystery. As characters, I loved that Thierry was still so young but still so brave. Nothing could stop her from doing what she wanted and getting the job done.
As for Shaw, I ADORE him. I’m not very fond of incubi because of the whole ‘need to have sex a lot to survive’ thing but, in this one, he only feeds when he HAS to and he’s sort of embarrassed by it, even though he’s sex on legs. He obviously doesn’t want to keep reminding Thierry, who he’s trying to become something more with, that he has to have sex to survive. Granted, there’s a nice little twist in this book when it comes to what can sustain Shaw that I really enjoyed.
This was such an intriguing story but I wanted MORE. I wanted to learn more about the world Thierry lives in as a marshal but I also wanted to learn more about her and her magic but I also wanted to learn more about Shaw. Beyond that, towards the end, I started to get confused on the ‘how’ behind the capturing of the rare creatures and how the culprits were considered humans when they obviously had magical abilities, I was confused on how they hid them from those that could detect magic. I also didn’t like when Shaw told Thierry to stay someplace or provide backup and she ended up just rushing in and sometimes making the situation worse.
All in all, this was a fabulous start to an intriguing new series. I can’t wait to see more of Thierry and hopefully Shaw! I’m not an incubus lover but I’m adoring him and will be very upset if Thierry ends up with someone else! LMAO. If you like your Urban Fantasies and looking for a new series, definitely give this one a go because it’s definitely worth a try 😉
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*