Review: Dog With a Bone by Hailey Edwards

Reviewed by Jen

You may have noticed that I have been tearing through Hailey Edwards’ backlist lately. I love her Foundling series and Necromancer books too, but this first installment in the Black Dog series left me a bit lukewarm.

An author’s note at the end tipped me off that this is something of a prequel more so than really the first book in the series, and that gives me hope that the next installment will be more satisfying. This is a novella and it lacked the — I don’t know — oomph that I am used to from this author. In her other books, she made me care about the heroine. She made me have longing and lots of feels for her love interest. Less so here. It’s not a bad book at all. Don’t get me wrong. It’s just a bit superficial, both from a character perspective as well as a world building one… Or even much of a mystery.

The novella begins during Thierry’s final exam in becoming a marshal of the supernatural variety. She is half fae, half human. Her father, a Black Dog, who passed his powers on to her. I’m not very well-versed in this brand of fae, but basically what she can do is eat people’s souls with a touch of her hand.

Anyway, Thierry ends up the only one in her class who passes and earns her badge. She is paired with her previous instructor, Shaw, for on the job training. Shaw is an incubus and there is a whole lot of sexual tension between the two of them, or at least we are told that there has been in the days before the book began. This relationship was one of the things that I didn’t love. One, we missed whatever days of longing existed between these two. The angst was all off page. And I’m kind of squicked with the older man paired with an 18-year-old girl dynamic. I don’t know how old Shaw is, but he is obviously been around the block long enough to be an instructor and a seasoned marshal. (Even the love interest aside, I generally don’t prefer my heroines this young.)

So the story follows these two as they try to solve a supernatural crime and feel out whether they want to get together.

I like each of them well enough as individuals; it’s just that together they lacked fireworks. I would’ve liked a little bit more teeth gnashing and hesitation from Shaw or at the very least more longing and unresolved attraction from Thierry before they decided to give things a try.

But as I said, this is a prequel. I don’t even know if Shaw is the long term love interest or not. I have a feeling the next book is going to be a bigger hit for me, mostly because Edwards has been consistently a winner in my book and I know she is capable of it. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Rating: B/B-

Click to purchase: Amazon

Dog With a Bone
by Hailey Edwards
Release Date: October 31, 2014

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