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UNLEASHED (A Sydney Rye Novel, #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Unique and Entertaining!

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 ...
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 investigation that will literally change her life. But when the chips are down, Joy digs in. Someone wants Joy out of the picture, but she and Blue are not going down without a fight. This story was flawlessly constructed; new little snippets of information coming to light as Joy struggled to understand what she had innocently stepped into. I loved Joy. Her quirky, irreverent humor and cheeky sass was refreshing. Yet, for me, she never crossed that line from uniquely personable to obnoxiously unlikeable. The story flowed so smoothly and unfolded at a near perfect pace throughout - there were just a couple of places that I felt an unwelcome slowdown that in my opinion failed to propel the story forward quite quickly enough. Still, I was kept engrossed in the action, and kept guessing about what would happen next. Always, Joy is resourceful, with often brilliant perceptive skills. I also particularly enjoyed the relationship between Joy and her brother, James. The affection the siblings shared was heart-warming. A magnificent mystery that just would not let me out of its grip until the very end; there are plenty of twists, and enough appealing secondary characters to appease even the most discriminating armchair sleuth. Highly entertaining! Reviewed by Laurie-J

posted by Laurie-J on August 14, 2011

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24 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

This is not a cozy mystery

Loved the beginning of the book when Joy adopts Blue. I was expecting another great cozy pet sitter mystery. That is not what this book is about. I should have heeded the reviews that this is an adult book which it definitely is. Do not buy this if you are offended by s...
Loved the beginning of the book when Joy adopts Blue. I was expecting another great cozy pet sitter mystery. That is not what this book is about. I should have heeded the reviews that this is an adult book which it definitely is. Do not buy this if you are offended by strong language, bondage parties and multiple sex partners. This is a sleazy mystery and not a cozy.

posted by booklady6 on February 29, 2012

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    good read but.............

    It had a good story line, but way too much sex and bad language for me. It seems some author think they have to load a story up with lots of sex and foul language. I'm not a prude, but too much is too much.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    This was alright

    Although I didn't mind the language, I found the plot points abrupt without ny finesse in storytelling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    Good plot but

    This author seems to think that dropping the f bomb at least once on every page, for no apparent reason, even where it just doesn't fit, enhances the story. It does not, it is just distracting. Would have given it 4 stars if better written. There were places where the continuity was really off as well. Hope the author improves her writing style in later books, as she does have a terrific imagination.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 11, 2014

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