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Dog with a Bone

(Black Dog #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  3,326 ratings  ·  296 reviews
Black Dog, Book 1 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 i ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published September 19th 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

This series was recommended to me by a number of Urban Fantasy aficionados, so when the first audiobook went on sale for $1.99, I decided that now was the time to start Hailey Edwards’ BLACK DOG novels. I was drawn to DOG WITH A BONE because of its short length, Fae inspired story line, and I liked Nicole Phillips’ sample sound clip, although it should be noted that this is the only volume that’s available in this format, the other three installments are currently read-o
May 10, 2015 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
DNF @ 5%

The writing has a "I did this. Then I did that. Then I did this. And then I did that." kind of staccato feel to it. I don't like it.

But then again, I don't like much lately. So I won't rate it.

Even though I do think the writing is very extremely mediocre.
ᴥ Irena ᴥ

Dog with a Bone introduces a young Thierry Thackaray who has just become a marshal - a fae cop. She has this romantic connection to her instructor and a friend Shaw. She is half human, half fae and she has this almost unique gift that is perfect for the job.
She is also torn about being what she is (or what she is not). The fact she killed her friends when her powers first manifested doesn't help either. Her father, from whom she got this power, left her mother before she was born so you might
Half-Bloods, Faerie and Succubus, OH My...and I loved it. Dog with a Bone is the first in the Black Dog series and I can't wait for more.

Thierry is a half-blood fae trying to make a her place in the world. Choices are limited when you are a half-blood, which puts Thierry as a fledgeling peacekeeper. Thierry's first assignment turns deadly very quickly. She must learn to rely on her inner strength and her partner to survive.

Hailey Edwards has created a stunning, contemporary fantasy that oozes s
Lyndi W.
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star
Note: I do NOT recommend reading the rest of this series. Thierry turns into an awful wimpering mess, the romance is shot to hell, and nothing makes a lick of sense. Enjoy this story for what it is, then forget the rest of the series exists.

Original review:

A pretty awesome story written poorly.

The writing and lack of world building was awful. It was confusing as hell, there were no explanations for anything. So you just had to go with it like, "yeah, it's a flobbernoggen, of course." Well, it so
I read, and enjoyed quite a lot, A Hint of Frost by Hailey Edwards. So much so that I've kind of been gathering all her books since just waiting for the time to come for me to binge read them. Yesterday I decided to pick up this novella, the start to her Black Dog Urban Fantasy series.

And, overall, I'm glad I did.

I like Thierry. She's got a lot of potential. Shaw's interesting, too. The world is intriguing, and I'm definitely down with seeing where this whole fae aspect of alternate world and h
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
I wanted to read this. Until I read Dog Days of Summer (the prequel to this series) in the Nightshade anthology. And now I say: bye bye series, it was nice not reading you!

Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ry-2014, read-in-2015
Review posted here...
Dog with a Bone is the first book in the Black Dog series and what an opener it was !
We meet Thierry Thackerey in the thick of her qualifying exam to become a Marshall, failure is not an option for her considering the program is the only place that offered her sanctuary when her gift manifested. She has been trained by Shaw who is an incubus and let’s just say….. his lure isn’t the only thing that draws Thierry to him. He’s her fr
Angie Elle
Dog with a Bone is a story about a young woman whose status as a half-blood leaves her with one foot in the human world and one in the supernatural. The story starts off strong, flinging the reader right into the action as Thierry battles to complete an obstacle course—the only thing standing between her and graduation.

Thierry was an interesting main character. It’s obvious she’s torn about her status as a half-blood, not only because it led to the death of some of her human friends, but she’s a
Jen Davis
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. The full review is available on The Romanceaholic as part of the Bippity Boppity Blog Tour (and there's a giveaway through November 13, 2014 where you could win a gift card or a digital copy of the book, so go check it out!).

The bottom line for me is very simple — I’m obsessed with this series already. From the characters and their powers, to the chemistry, to the world they live in, to the pulse-pounding action, and all the way through to the teaser ending that hints
Thierry Thackaray is a half-breed. The product of a human mother and a Fae father -- a Black Dog, also known as a death omen. Having the Black Dog blood run through her veins has led to many problems, past and present. Prior to her mother recognizing what she is, she had an unfortunate accident with her childhood friends. Plain and simply, one of Thierry's powers is feeding off of the life-essence of living creatures, leading to their eventual death. Her mother eventually realizes that Thierry i ...more
Sadie Forsythe
Another reviewer started their review this was: "Dog with a Bone introduces a young Thierry Thackaray who has just become a marshal - a fae cop. " I read that and thought, Um, no it really doesn't. The book doesn't introduce anyone or anything. It just drops you right in the middle a story and leaves you there to flounder.

I started this book and then checked again and again to be sure it REALLY is book one, because I had no idea who or what anyone was. I could figure out what was happening fair
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urbanfantasy
I'm such a picky UF reader that these days I tend to stick to a select few of auto-buy authors. Then I saw this book being recommended on twitter by friends and I decided to give it a shot that evening. I'm soooo glad I did.

I really enjoyed Dog with a Bone. If I sound shocked, it's because I've not read a new UF author since Thea Harrison some years back. The opening sequence to this book was full of action and had me glued from the get-go. The heroine is a young half-fae marshall with dark fae
Dog with a Bone features a fresh take on the death omen known as the 'black dog'. This trope is reimagined to fit the urban fantasy genre, where a paranormal investigator/enforcer (Thierry) takes on these powers in a unique way.

She feeds on the life force of others, making her brand of justice fairly fatal. Luckily, her instructor, Shaw, is one of the few that can survive her talent. While there is a romance between them, his aversion to humans is a bit of a problem when she herself is a half-b
This story was short and entertaining. I'm a character reader, and I look to make a connection with them. While I found the MCs to be likeable, I can't say that I feel invested in them from this book. It is the first of the series, so there's potential. I will read on :)

If you like action packed UF with romantic subplots, then you will probably like this book.

Douglas Meeks
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story was great, you were never sure where it was going until close to the end, I must say that for me the romance between Thierry and Shaw fell a bit flat for some reason. It was evident that they felt deeply for each other but perhaps the book was too short and the romance was not developed as well as the excellent plot. To be honest, the story might have been a bit better if the two of them had been really good friends since this was at heart an extraordinary urban fantasy novel. There IS ...more
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With a great pace, interesting characters, a complicated romance and a fun storyline, DOG WITH A BONE introduced the Black Dog series and made me want to read more.

The book starts in the midst of what you would consider a final exam, and Thierry is the only one in her class to make it through. She is finally a marshal for the conclave and her partner is the sexy Shaw who she's wanted for a while. I found Thierry to be a fun character that is willing to put herself on the line to get the job don
The good: Self consistent world, intriguing characters, good action mystery, moderate / acceptable levels of romance and melodrama.

Best part: A strong snarky female MC who avoids being over the top, melodramatic, or self absorbed.

The bad: I have no idea what the female MC looks like, other than straight black hair. Or the male MC, except hot. Or the female MCs BFF, except that she is Japanese.

I know what almost every other character and scene looks like, except the 3 of them. I do have a goo
DNF. I, sadly, was disappointed with this one.

It started off so well: perhaps I was too excited to find a new series? About half way through, I realised I was skimming and bored.

Once I had launched into the novel, it had kept a decent pace, and then it seemed to flounder. The details seemed rushed, as did the story, and I pretty much found it the same, although lesser, than too many other tales that have frankly, been done much better.

The romance became almost forced, and predictable. I could p
The Gypsy Emmy
It's a prequel novella

I hate novella books. They are too short and leave me completely unsatisfied.

Somehow, I read this one without knowing it was a novella and while it was short and sweet, it left me desperately needing more of this story. So I have in fact, found a novella that was completely worth it.
Holly Hand Grenade
"Sometimes I couldn’t stop myself from blurting out the truth."

This was cool! What do you get when you put together a somewhat self-concious incubus and a soul-sucking half-breed fae who is the daughter of the Omen of Death himself: this awesome novella.

I don't really know whether to categorize this as Paranormal Romance or Urban Fantasy. It's certainly a romance. Not love-at-first-sight or ooh-look-a-triangle. A straight up only-have-eyes-for-you-romance. However, it's also got guns and monster
After reading Heir of the Dog first ( as it was written) I finally finished this prequel.

It gave a bit more insight into the past of Thierry and her relationship with Shaw, but not much.

I don’t think I will continue the series, as I don’t really remember the Heir of the Dog and everything feels a bit lackluster.

Love the Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy and will focus on that one. The author obviously has grown a lot in her writing.

May 23, 2017 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I've read the first three chapters twice now and I still can't follow what's happening. The world building leaves a lot to be desired. DNF
Tammy Kesteloot
The writing had moments where it felt confused... but...I enjoy the writer's style of writing and I like the characters and would like to learn more about them. The flow of the story was pretty smooth. I am going to give book 2 a try and go from there.
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jeep-diva
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 pa
3.5 stars

So, a while back I picked up another book by this authors, How to Save an Undead Life, the first book in The Beginner's Guide to Necromancy series and I liked it (and in the meantime, book 3 pushed it to way up on my (unwritten) list of favorite uf series). So, I wanted to try and branch out to other series she wrote. I read Bayou Born (first in the Foundling series) and liked it (even though the world is not the kind I usually prefer). And here we are, series #3 (actually, chronologica
Lucy at Rain and Cupcakes Book Blog

At first glance I thought the concept of this book was pretty good, Thierry's half Fae heritage was interesting and appealing enough for me to want to read this book in the first place. I thought the story has the potential to become a good series, but then I was disappointed by how short this book actually was (on Amazon it said 184 pages, and it ended at 89% on my kindle). At the same time while I was reading this book, I couldn't help but feeling something was missing from Dog With a Bone
Thierry is fresh out of the marshals program and her first assignments are with Shawn, an incubus whos resistant to her own power and was also a trainer during her marshal program. To work for the Conclave is a big goal for her and so she is eager to start her first assignments - but that is more than she and Shawn bargained for.

The story was great and had a great plot with many twist and turns and a lot of action. the only thing which would have made it better was if Hailey Edwards would have t
Jan 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.25 stars
This was a quick read. It did lack world building, but perhaps in later books as this is just a prequel (I guess, I didn't know that going in). Also, I wanted more backstory to the main characters. I do feel that the story line was fairly unique (besides that paranormal investigator aspect). It was enjoyable enough to put the second book on my to read list that I'll eventually get to.
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Hailey Edwards writes about questionable applications of otherwise perfectly good magic, the transformative power of love, the family you choose for yourself, and blowing stuff up. Not necessarily all at once. That could get messy. She lives in Alabama with her husband, their daughter, and a herd of dachshunds.

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“Are you babysitting?” I pulled out my phone. “Is this a bad time? I can call for a pick-up. I’m sure Kitty McLitterbox would love to come back for me.” “If you leave me,” she snarled, “I will hunt you down, chop you up and feed you to Grandmother’s koi.” I believed her. “Are all kitsunes this violent, or are you the exception?” She glanced toward the house. “You’ve met my mother and grandmother.” “Good point.” 1 likes
“Thierry.” He kept using that placating tone. “I don’t plan on going anywhere.” “Good.” I wiped my sweaty palms on my jeans, then pasted on the syrupy-sweet smile I usually reserved for con jobs on Mom. “Then you won’t mind me not going anywhere with you.” “Stubborn.” Eyes flickering to white, he lowered his head, parted his lips. “You’re going to try to kiss me with that mouth? After what you just said?” I jabbed the unlock icon on the key fob dangling from his fingers then shoved him back. “Dream on, Shaw.” 1 likes
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