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Hair of the Dog

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  352 ratings  ·  55 reviews
It’s nine o’clock the morning after his father’s funeral, and Ezra Jones already knows it’s going to be a bad day. He wakes up hungover, sore, and covered in blood. Then it gets worse: the handsome and compelling Callum Dawson shows up on his doorstep claiming Ezra’s been turned into a werewolf. Ezra wants to be skeptical, but the evidence is hard to ignore.

Ezra doesn’t
ebook, 250 pages
Published January 23rd 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published January 22nd 2012)
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The pheromone-tango...not between the sheets that could have been nice!
The first part of of the book felt like attending a lecture about the biochemical processes in lycans/werewolves...

The blurb is misleading - 100% BDSM-free and no D/s here in the common sense just an alpha who threw bossy pheromones around and a beta who scrambled to obey - because of the beta-pheromones...
("Bossy" if one considers orders like "go upstairs","shut the door" and the occasional bite as bossy...)

The story had no
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
In addition to the great cover, this book was fun and gave a slightly different and unique take on werewolves which made it very much enjoyable to me.

Ezra is having a rough life lately. His father just died, he's lost his job and he's just been unknowingly made into a werewolf by a crazy, disease infected lycan. In comes Callun. Alpha lycan to the local pack, doctor, scientist and investigator of the new lycan disease called alphatropin regulatory dysfunction (ARD). When he finds out about
In the interests of full disclosure, I got Hair of the Dog from netgalley to review... It's a quick read, with both plot and intense sexual tension between the main characters, which I thought was very well handled. Often romance can swallow up the mystery aspect of a story, or vice versa, but I felt this was well-balanced.

I was also impressed by the handling of the power imbalance -- Callum worries about manipulating Ezra, gives him the ability to resist him, resists the temptation to go all
Since the authors of 'Hair of the Dog', Ashlyn Kane and Morgan James, may not be familiar with me as a reviewer, I'm going to let them in on a well known fact for anyone who reads my reviews. I freaking love shifters. Shifters of all kinds, although wolves and large cats hold a special place in my heart, but I can vouch for a bunny shifter I met and lost my heart to once. The more original the storyline, the more invested I am, though I still love the "normal" lore. With all of this said, let me ...more
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, oh-yes
Callum and Ezra are cute together. The progress of their relationship makes a lot of sense to me. And while I might have enjoyed some more one-on-one time once they got into things (and no, I am not referring to more sex) at least this reticence ensured that things remained subtle. Very cute indeed.

Great, well-balanced side characters, too. Those FBI agents are fun. This clearly is not one of those books that only feature shallow, stereotypical or sexist female characters.

Teeny-tiny niggle?
Valentina Heart
Feb 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Valentina by: Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
I honestly don't know what to say about this book or how to rate it. I loved the beginning and both guys, the whole idea for the story was very nice too. I also thought the mystery part was done nicely. But all of it together? I read it but somehow dragged through it. At parts it would just sparkle and then dull again and just leave me going through the motions. Sorry, can't explain it better than that.

The romance part was a bit strange, not really finalized and a lot of it was wasted on all the
Brandon Witt
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hair of the Dog was a fun, easy read (in a good way!)—not to mention sexy! I’ve read a lot of werewolf novels, and I can honestly say I’ve never read one quite like this one. It was interesting to hear a new take on the infrastructure of the werewolf society from both a political and genetic level. That said, it didn’t bogged down in the details of that, but it added a nice backdrop and framework for the story, which was part romance and part mystery (who done it kind of thing).
Feb 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I was excited about this release from the first time I heard about it. It promised an original shifter concept and it certainly delivered on that front. I liked the characters, both main and supporting. I enjoyed the plot direction and pace of events; there was instant attraction and leaking pheromones, but there was a nice build up before anything too physical happened between them. And involving the new wolf, Ezra, in the community and CDC investigation gave the story more depth while everyone ...more
I had to comment on this - One thing that tossed me out of the story was when one of the main characters, in describing the shifting of a human to wolf, says the knees flip backwards. To the author: please at least do research on wolf/dog anatomy before stating something like that! Wolves do indeed have a knee joint that bends in the same direction as a human. The 'backwards knee' that you are talking about is actually the ankle joint. The flipping of the knees is also mentioned during the first ...more
Jan 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Good paranormal m/m romance about a guy who wakes up covered in blood the morning after his father's funeral and quickly learns (from the mysterious men waiting outside his door) that he was bitten by a werewolf. It was an interesting storyline, but the timeline was too murky for my pattern-matching brain, leading the story to feel jumpy.
Cole Riann
3.5 stars

Enjoyable shifter romance with a bit of mystery and danger. Pretty par for the course, but generally well written. I liked the characters, enjoyed the few diverging details from popular shifter lore and biology, and had a good time reading. Not outstanding, but a good read.
Kristy Maitz
Jan 30, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disappointments
I have to say the book is totally boring. Main character did not pull me in. Really disappointing.
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-m-m, 3-fantasy
2.5 rounded up. A little too much world-building and mystery, not enough romance.
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley-arc
(Originally posted @ CSI:Librarian.)

Over all, the writing was pretty solid and I never felt like I was reading something by two authors, which is always cool. That said, I felt severely let down by the book as a whole, particularly in terms of character development, plot, pacing, and organization. I wanted to like what happened just as I wanted to enjoy Ezra becoming comfortable being a werewolf, but I didn't like the sort of werewolf he was fated to be or that the plot was sort of all over the
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Ezra feels like he’s been run over by a truck. His entire body aches and he has dried blood in his hair. As far as he can remember he was walking home from his father’s wake and he didn’t think he drank all that much. Why can’t he remember what happened.

When his doorbell rings Ezra is confronted with men in black – or at least that’s how he looks at it. He let’s the men in and they soon come up with a story that is beyond ridiculous…that he was bit by a sick werewolf – they prefer Lycan – and
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Publisher: Dreamspinner
Publish Date: Out Now!
How I got this book: NetGalley

Ever since I read JL Langley’s With or Without series, I’ve been looking for some good m/m paranormal. When I first saw the blurb of this book I knew that I needed to get it right away! Sexy m/m shifters with a little bit of dominance thrown in? YES PLEASE!

Ezra wakes up one morning to find himself covered in blood and wondering just what the hell
Jen Davis
3.5 Stars
Ezra never even knew werewolves existed until he was bitten the night of his father's wake. From that moment on, his life has been changed forever.

Callum is the local pack Alpha and he's on a mission to track down a rogue shifter, infected with a condition that makes him run wild. He sniffs out the man's scent, which leads him to Ezra, the rogue's unsuspecting victim. Callum decides to bring the young man back to the pack to help him through his transition and keep him safe, should his
Oct 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good plot, decent romance, and an interesting twist on werewolf lore

Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 8/10

- The authors make the wolf lore in this story a little different than normal in some small but important ways, and I liked the overall effect.
- It's refreshing to read an m/m werewolf book with female characters who not only play a decently large part in the story, but who are wolves also. Oh, and are LIKEABLE, to boot.
- There's sexual
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ezra has an ugly bruise on his shoulder he can’t remember getting and all of his body is sore. He has no health insurance so he does the best he can cleaning himself up. While he knows he had some drinks after his father’s wake, he knows it wasn’t enough to black out and is confused by his shredded clothing and the blood covering his body. When two men in suits show up at his door, he realizes they are wearing sunglasses too.

Callum Dawson and Blaise LaPorte sniff Ezra’s scent and demand he take
I got so excited about this, since I loved another book these authors wrote, and I LOVE shifter romances. But this was terrible. Okay, I think if your expectations weren't as high as mine, it wouldn't be terrible. The writing's fine, the characterisation isn't too bad, and there's a plot that tries to have a few twists. But it was just so boring!

I hated the switching POVs to the villain. It added nothing to the story and just slowed down the pace. It was boring. If you're going to have the
t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ t'irla's Talk Book Blog
Don't let the Title put you off this was a great book.


It’s nine o’clock the morning after his father’s funeral, and Ezra Jones already knows it’s going to be a bad day. He wakes up hungover, sore, and covered in blood. Then it gets worse: the handsome and compelling Callum Dawson shows up on his doorstep claiming Ezra’s been turned into a werewolf. Ezra wants to be skeptical, but the evidence is hard to ignore.

Ezra doesn’t have a lot of time to get used to the rules Alpha Callum
Kerry  sullivan
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, shifter, gblt
Well wow and again I say wow!! I really loved this it was a real surprise in the fact it took a slightly different take on the werewolf myth. Most go with either bitten or born but this story uses both and even more surprising is that each is treated equally. Most stories that use both, granted it is usually the vampire myth being used, the bitten are not in positions of power and only the born are in the ruling classes. Here you have bitten and born werewolf's as alpha's and it worked really ...more
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's good. The dynamics are great, I can relate to the characters, there's plausible misunderstandings and shit that gets overlooked, etc. The UST is delicious and the hints of kink are suitably understated, yet not completely overlooked. I like that it works into the whole pack dynamics idea. It was a bit weird at first that there are only two "classes," since most werewolf books seem to go into a whole full-blown Greek alphabet collection, but it's nice because the focus is on the intrigue and ...more
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Callum. Ezra. Hot! I liked Callum because of the way he's the sexy, Alpha (in more ways than one) who can't help to protect every Beta out there. I adore Ezra for his dry, sarcastic wit that makes me laugh so much. I laughed all the way through this novel.

While Callum and Ezra are super adorable, my favorite character in Hair of the Dog is Jax, the other Alpha in the pack. She's funny, a little crazy, and a lot of fun. I hope Ms. Kane and Ms. James write her book next.

I was very surprised when I
May 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I raced through this one, picking it up whenever I had a spare ten or fifteen minutes—I just really got into it. It’s been a while since I’ve read a predominantly werewolf-focussed book, so that could have been part of it too. Being co-authored, I expected glaringly obvious breaks whenever the point of views shifted, but thankfully, the writing flowed together seamlessly. I did have a problem with the ease by which Ezra came to accept everything lycan. It was the sort of thing that took you out ...more
3.5 stars....


First off let me say i love this cover:)
Wouldn’t it be something to find out your nightmares came alive; that there real?
Well that is what happens to Ezra Jones. He finds his-self walking home and then bam… Nothing Intel the next morning. He finds his self with a large wound on his shoulder and strange man knocking on his front door.
One of the man Is Callum, He is a doctor also pack Alpha, so as being Alpha he will help Ezra though it all. However, it
Joyfully Jay
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jason

A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars

I just love me a good werewolf story and Hair of the Dog certainly is that. Full of hot wolf-men, great dialogue, and an excellent mystery/suspense element, Kane and James certainly crafted a solid story.

The story was well thought out and had more going on than I expected, and thank goodness for that! This could have easily been a simple shifter romance, and been good, but Kane and James wove a mystery with murder, mayhem, kidnappings, and a truly diabolical bad
Melissa F.
I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I've been disappointed with so many paranormal romances I've tried recently that I was beginning to give up hope, but this one was so well done. It was a very original take on the werewolf trope, which I appreciated. Steamy sex scenes that didn't take over the entire novel were also very well done. And if not for the names on the cover, I never could have been able to tell that this was a co-written book - any and all transitions were ...more
Olla Honeycutt
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: very-good
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This review is from: Hair of the Dog (Kindle Edition)
I just finished Hair of the Dog and it was a delicious take on the aspect of werewolves in modern society. Ezra wakes torn clothes and covered in blood with a bite to his shoulder.Callum Dawson shows up and convinces Ezra that he is a werewolf. The dominate wolf brings Ezra to his lab and then to his pack. This was first part of the book was a bit hard to get into but after Callum intoduced Ezra into the pack the
May 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ezra has buried his father, in his grief he decides to get wasted. On his drunken walk home he is attacked by what he thought was an animal. Turns out it was a crazed werewolf. Callum is a Alpha of his pack, in hunting the crazed Lycan he finds Ezra. Turns out he may have just found the beta of his dreams.

The story reads more like a mystery, but there is plenty of action at the end. All the characters are likable, and I was definitely rooting for Callum and Ezra’s love. There was more sexual
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Morgan James started writing fiction before she could spell it. It was in high school that she started writing her first novel about a gay character, and she thanks the Internet for helping her realize that didn't make her crazy. Coincidentally, she also thanks the Internet for the role it plays in her long distance friendship with Ashlyn Kane. Geek, artist, archer, and fangirl, Morgan tends to ...more