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Unleashed (A Sydney Rye Series #1)

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The Sydney Rye series of mysteries features a strong female protagonist and her rescue dog, Blue. This series is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don't mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery!

When the series begins Sydney Rye
Paperback, 340 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Createspace (first published April 19th 2011)
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This book really surprised me! I guess I really didn't realize what kind of book this was until I started reading it. (That's what happens when you buy a book because a dog is on the cover!)

At first, I really thought this was a cozy mystery. It was funny and had interesting characters and - hey! dog! But, was I wrong and pleasantly so!

The mystery was very well crafted and I was really engaged in the characters. It made me laugh and - surprise! - it made me cry too! Though, I wouldn't call it noi
If I could give this less than one star, I would. It was free on iBooks, and I got what I paid for. The characters in this book seemed like they weren't well thought out, and I could never get involved in the book or the storyline. I'm surprised at how many positive ratings this book has, but to each his or her own! I shouldn't let the little things frustrate me, but in this book they really got to me.

Example #1 - if I read about a character biting their lip one more time, I'm going to bite min
Life is too short to read a mystery surrounding dogs and the bad dog owner who sucks. This is unfinished.
This was another free book I received from This is the first book that I have received from them in a while that I really didn't like. I almost stopped reading it in the first few pages, because Kimelman starts the book by telling you the main character's dog has died. Not today but when the series ends, it ends with her dog's death. Yes, the one on the cover. I hate books like this. That's really depressing and leaves nothing to look forward to in the series. On top of that you ...more
I won this on first-reads.
This book surprised me. I expected some Nancy Drew with a pinch of dog. Instead I got a novel that pushs boundaries, a heroine with a taste for breaking the law, and a whole lot of people who are not as they seem. Joy is not the girl next door, she has an ex-drunk uber religious mother,a gay brother, and a huge-ass dog. She goes to lesbian bars, doesn't do customer service, and is wild in bed(according to the men in the book). An interesting mix of personalities for a d
After mouthing off to a customer and then compounding the error by making a rude comment to her smarmy boss Joy Humbolt is fired. It’s been a tumultuous few days for Joy who had just broken up with her loser boyfriend the night before, then decided to buy companionship in the form of an enormous dog named Blue. When an opportunity is presented to take over a dog-walking business for upper-crust clients, it seems too good to be true. Turns out it really is. Joy gets caught up in a murder investig ...more
I gave this two stars because I did finish it, but that feels too generous to me. As other reviewers have noted, the protagonist drinks a lot. At first it didn't bother me since I suspect most women in their 20's have a period where they go out and drink too much. As the book went on it became more apparent that even with that taken into account she was bordering alcoholic. Another character even tells her she doesn't want to be an alcoholic. In the end the alcohol seemed to me like the author w ...more
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I’m still trying to figure this one out. That’s not a bad thing--I pretty much read it in one sitting. The story does take the reader on a very crazy trip through both the upside and the downside of New York City--but it never lets go once it has you in its grip. Or Blue’s grip, as the case might be.

Unleashed is “the making of the heroine” story for Sydney Rye, who does not start out the story being named Sydney Rye. Unleashed is how she gets her life messe
I really loved this book! I have read many mysteries (it's my favorite genre), so I have a lot to compare it to. The story is interesting and unique. The mystery really hooks you and the main character is well developed - you can envision her as a real person walking around the streets of New York. She is funny and human and is definitely someone I hope to see again in future stories.
Tyson Adams
Summary: 4.5 stars, a great read!

I had some feedback from my sister about how all the books I read have the same covers. I am blessed with siblings, a sister and brother, who are both smart and are not afraid to speak the truth. I think it comes from being raised upon a farm. Farmers and their families tend to be a bullshit free zone because you see life all around you. We all still laugh when we hear someone talk about how they became vegetarian when they realised that animals were made out of
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
A roller coaster ride that ends up with a few dead, but our heroine on a completely different career path. The twists and turns were fun to follow, while you chase after Joy as she hunts down a killer. Through an undercover NYC S&M club to a few gay and lesbian bars - this story took the reader through every neighborhood in New York City.

I loved the peaks and valleys of the story, from high intensity chase scenes in underground tunnels to the slow moments where she is trying to figure out he
Jaidis Shaw
Unleashed is the page turning debut novel by Emily Kimelman. The main character Joy Humbolt, who recently broke up with her boyfriend and lost her job, makes the rushed decision to adopt a dog from the pound for company. Little did she know that adopting the large husky mix named Blue would change her life forever.

Soon a dog walking business is thrown in her lap and she decides to give it a shot since there is a lot of money to be made. On her first day learning the ropes of being a professional
Reviewed by: A Simple Taste For Reading

Huge thank you to the author for sending me her book for review! I found Emily on and the cover art of this book really caught my eye. Emily will be featured in the month of August and I will be doing an interview with her, so keep an eye out!

Like I said, the cover caught my eye right in the beginning. I don’t typically judge books by their covers, but do have to say, if the cover catches my eye, I’m go
Jun 02, 2012 Emily rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young Adults, Adults
Recommended to Emily by: First Reads/Giveaway
4.5-4.75 stars

First Reads

I won this book in a giveaway.


Now, when is A SYDNEY RYE NOVEL, #2 coming out???

Kimelman has done an amazing job with this novel. From the first page to the last, she held my attention. There were a few things that I wasn't crazy about (mainly the profanity); but as a whole, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I will be highly disappointed if the series is not continued.

I loved the protagonist, Joy, and even her dog Blue. Along with developing the character o
Joy Humbolt has just dumped her boyfriend, lost her job and adopted a huge mutt named Blue. As a new career choice Joy buys a dog walking route from a friend of a friend. When she finds the body of one of her employers her life take a turn for the more interesting. The cops say she should let it go but things about her employers’ murder just don’t add up. She investigates at first out of curiosity but she continues out of righteous anger. There is treasure, hidden passages and treasure. Can Joy ...more
Rachel Cotterill
The premise of Unleashed sounds like typical cozy mystery fare: young woman with an unusual job (in this case, a dog-walker) happens upon a body and sets out to investigate. But from the heroine's liberal swearing and hard drinking, to the bondage sex scenes and deep-rooted corruption, you couldn't get much less cozy than this.

And that, in a nutshell, is the charm of this novel. It manages to feel like a light read, with plenty of fun moments, while keeping a darker edge and avoiding the too-con
Susan Weber
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Laura Thomas
I’ve been wanting to read Unleashed for a while now. The cover art for the book caught my eye and the blurb reeled me in.

I really connected with Joy (later to be known as Sydney Rye). I may be quite a bit older than her, but I’m still not sure what I want to do. If I could find a dog walking business where I only had three clients and made $1200 a week, I’d be sitting pretty for now. She’s like a young girl lost, no idea what she wants to do, but working on figuring it out. Her amateur sleuthing
Stacey Kennedy
Week 3- Ocean/Brown
I read Unleashed (A Sydney Rye Novel, #1) by Emily Kimelman
finished 7/27/14
Rating 3 stars-

Review- Joy Humbolt is young and lost, in a job she hates and looking for something to be passionate about. After breaking up with her boyfriend and getting fired, she impulsively gets a huge dog, Blue, and takes over a dog walking business from a woman who seems anxious to get out of town. She did not realize how much these decisions would change her life until a client's dog finds a faceless body in an alley and which lands Joy in the
Meg Morden
Overall I think that this was a good introduction to a new series. Be warned that it does have a lot of violence and the author is not afraid to kill people you like. It is not for young readers referring to explicit sexual encounters and S&M.
Structurally I liked the short chapters, but then the author abandoned this format and ended the book with one really long chapter! It just felt weird.
I felt that the whole episode of the "Mansion o'Sex" was unnecessary to the plot and therefore came a
This was the first mystery novel I read, and I found myself hooked on the series. I was definitely skeptical in the beginning, and trying to solve the "mystery" of who killed who, etc. Just enough information was given that would throw me off each of my guesses....PERFECT! Emily did a great job with Joy, now Sydney....and am looking forward to getting to know Sydney. Joy is a strong and independent woman that makes decisions and executes on them. And she is real - like all of us human beings, we ...more
I found this book while looking for new authors and I'm so glad I did. This was a great read!! Definitely an 18+ book, it does have some language and some sex, so if you are adverse to that please be forewarned instead of writing a bad review. An original plot that I won't give away and well developed characters that you really care about. I liked the strong female lead in this book and as a dog lover I also loved the strong four legged character too. There wasn't too much bad language and the s ...more
I picked up "Unleashed" because I thought -- no joke -- that it was about werewolves. It was the free book on iTunes, I saw the dog/human cover design and I said to myself, "Hey, I like stories about werewolves," so I downloaded it. Imagine my surprise when halfway into the book no lycanthropes had emerged and the protagonist was well on her way to solving a classic whodunit.

"Unleashed" surprised me, and I mean really surprised me, precisely because I had no preconceptions about it going in (exc
Kamaiki Aloha
i the hardest time putting this book down. i got a free copy from the author just for signing up to her newsletter... in so glad i did. can't wait for another... thank you for the great read
Mar 31, 2014 Tammy added it
Engaging from the first page, the story of how Joy Humbolt became Sydney Eye is a delightful read. If you like Grafton's Kinsey Milhone, you will like Humbolt/Rye. Beginning with the mess Joy has made of her life, the story carries you through her finding her best friend, Blue, her close relationship with her brother and his partner, and along for the ride and her attempt to start over leads her into the ugly underbelly of New York. As the reader looks on, Joy discovers her gift for uncovering t ...more
This book was great! It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I couldn't put this book down. I finished it within two days. I can't wait to read the next one!
Nancy Castell-Stuart
What a fun read! I'm so happy to have come across this book. Looking forward to the newest Sydney Rye novel.

I'm a new Emily Kimelman fan!
Looking forward to the next in the series.
Definately a page turner.
Susan Procini
A really good read by an author who lives in Philadelphia.
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Emily Kimelman is the author of the Sydney Rye Series including UNLEASHED, DEATH IN THE DARK, INSATIABLE, STRINGS OF GLASS, and THE DEVIL'S BREATH. This series feature a strong female protagonist and her canine best friend, Blue. It is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don't mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery!

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