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Top Dog [NOOK Book]


This is re-release of Top Dog (Shifter Tales 1) in a PG-13 Version. The following advisory: Adult situations, violence and some strong language.
Shape shifter Drake Martin has a problem. FBI agent Kady Hartley loves him. Both of him. She doesn't know that he and her pet, the eight pound Yorkshire terrier she named Precious, were one and the same. Kady's latest assignment further complicates the situation.
Drake follows her to New Orleans where ...

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This is re-release of Top Dog (Shifter Tales 1) in a PG-13 Version. The following advisory: Adult situations, violence and some strong language.
Shape shifter Drake Martin has a problem. FBI agent Kady Hartley loves him. Both of him. She doesn't know that he and her pet, the eight pound Yorkshire terrier she named Precious, were one and the same. Kady's latest assignment further complicates the situation.
Drake follows her to New Orleans where she and a team are in for more than they realize against human traffickers. Taking down the bad guys while keeping her same means walking a tightrope between lover and beloved pet.
During the adventure, he has her back, her heart, and her lap.
Top Dog had humor, heart, action, and suspense. Watching Drake morph back and forth between dog and man, while they are both supposed to be in the same place at the same time was a comedy of errors. ~ Smile Somebody Loves You (5 Stars) Reviewed by Tamara Hoffa
I had no idea what a shifter was until I read this book. As I read, I found myself wondering what kind of animal I would shift to if I were a shifter. I think it's a really cool concept, and I enjoyed the book immensely. It's a great story and it is very well-written. There is plenty of excitement to keep you turning the pages. Nice job ~ Carole McKee, Author (5 Stars) Amazon Reader Review
When I started Top Dog, I was expecting a very tongue-n-cheek or whimsical type of story. What I found instead was a very well written, satisfying storyline with successfully developed characters. This book totally changed my pre-conceived ideas of how alpha shifter males operate or what they shift into. Within the first few minutes of reading, Top Dog shows readers even a tiny Yorkie can be a force to be reckoned with. My hats off to Mike and Cynthia Arsuaga, a job well done!! ~ Janet Juengling-Snell (4 Stars) Amazon Reader Review
This is definitely one novel I’d like to see turned into a movie. It’s funny, sexy, exciting, and filled with some very interesting shifters, as well as their own esoteric lore. The scene of Drake trying to maintain a balance between being Precious and his human self without Kady’s realizing they’re never seen together are amusing and clever. I read the story in one sitting because I didn’t want to put it down. You will, too. ~ A Splash of Scarlet (5 Stars) Reviewed by T. P. Vissage
Mike and Cynthia Arsuaga have created an action packed, heart-warming tale of growing up, love, loss, and betrayal. I am sure many readers will think of times they wished their pet could turn into the man/woman of their dreams, at how no one in this world expresses love like a pet can. ~ R.N.Hadley Book Reviews (4.5 Stars) Reviewed by R. N. Hadley

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045973762
  • Publisher: I Heart Book Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2014
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 322 KB

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  • Posted February 13, 2012

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    Great premise, intriguing and fun

    Imagine a cross between Audrey Niffnegger’s Time Traveller’s Wife, a Jim Butcher novel, and a modern paranormal romance, then you’ll have something like Mike and Cynthia Arsuaga’s My Life as a Dog.

    The narrator is a hit-man turned private-eye turned… well, turned into a gorgeous little Yorkie called Precious. Like the traveler in Niffnegger’s more famous novel, he meets a little girl and falls in (puppy) love. Girl loves dog and all’s right with the world, except that, being a shape-shifter, this little dog doesn’t grow old. Eventually, private eye Drake Martin has to leave his comfortable “life as a dog” and re-enter the “real” world,using his transformation skills to help spy out bad guys and cheating husbands. Of course this real world, like Jim Butcher’s, includes some characters rather less common than those we meet every day. And the little girl grows up.

    Perhaps it’s fate that Drake meets her again and falls in (grown-up human) love. The relationship contains all the angst and oddity of Timetraveller, plus some scenes involving fairly detailed removal of clothes. Drake’s attempts to hide his dual personality have a delightful humor and intensity. And the danger he and his true love face becomes scarily real-world.

    Yes, I guessed who the bad guy was, but that didn’t stop me thoroughly enjoying the mystery. I liked the author’s mild insertion of faith as well, real love, and honest tolerance of difference. There’s something very appealing about the thought that maybe someone, when faced with unavoidable facts, might actually believe them.

    Humorous, touching, intriguing and fun, My Life as a Dog is a thoroughly enjoyable story of Russian mobs, human evil, paranormal kindness, and, well, a rather nice intelligent young woman and her Yorkie.

    Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel from the authors in exchange for my honest review, and I can only apologize for delaying so long before reading it.

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  • Posted October 29, 2011

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    A book that will keep you on your toes.

    After reading the very last sentence on the very last page, my first reaction is WOW. I say this for a couple of reasons. First, I am not ordinarily a shifter reader and second, how in the world can a shifter who turns into a Yorkie be sexy? This is where the "wow" factor comes in. Never have I read a book that has thrown my preconceptions out the window as this book has. Very early in the book, the first shifter scene actually, it is evident how being able to turn into a cute little dog works to Drake's advantage. His reaction to what he turns into was priceless and made me laugh out loud. A very important part of the book is the beginning. Although the pacing does seem a little slow at first, this is where the foundation lies for the rest of the book. No worries though, when the book does pick up, it is a very fast paced action packed book.

    Drake Martin and Kady Harley have a relationship like none I've ever read before. It was fascinating how Mike and Cynthia Arsuaga have developed these two characters in such a tender way. They are able to bond in a way a normal couple never can. The loyalty that Drake shows toward Kady touched my heart and made me just want to say awwwww. As the book develops, so does the relationship between these two exciting and funny characters. The heat level between Drake and Kady soars and I'm more than surprised that my book didn't spontaneously combust! I am a die hard romantic suspense reader who loves humor sprinkled throughout the pages of whatever it may be that I am reading. My Life as a Dog had me laughing out loud at moments and holding my breath at others. This is, hands down, a book that captured my attention and kept it there.

    I would like to tell Mike and Cynthia Arsuaga BRAVO! It is not very often that I can say a book changed my opinion about an entire genre. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in paranormal romance. Please keep in mind that some scenes are very erotic and may offend those who aren't interested in erotic. Otherwise, I suggest you run out and buy this book. Read at your leisure because you don't want to miss one thing. I enjoyed my time spent reading My Life as a Dog and look forward to reading more from these authors.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    Cute Read

    For a cute sounding premise, this story has a lot more depth, drama and action of the gun kind than it lets on. For romantic suspense lovers who enjoy movies like The Godfather and The Untouchables, this book has captured the tradition, with a paranormal twist.

    My Life as a Dog isn't a tale of adorable and silly antics, nor is it a book about werewolves and demons. No, this story is about falling in love puppy style and finding out that human love is a whole lot more complicated. That canines and man love differently much to my delight and interest. That there are shifting chipmunks that defy bone density and some bad guys are even worse under normal human skin.

    The external conflict is brutal, despicable and eye-riveting reading. There are traitors and sadistic humans, double-crosses and political pressures. The internal conflict is a bit easier to understand. How do you tell a woman you love her when all she's ever known is your puppy side? That would have been an interesting conversation but the authors chose to have it as an afterthought, subjugated by the very nasty crisis that almost kills the hero and heroine. I guess running for your life tends to put things into perspective.

    There are light moments where Martin, the hero, has to resign himself to his name, Precious. For a virile and handsome man, that was a bit hard to take. Since this story is written in first person point of view via Martin, it was fun getting into his head. The authors did a good job of not losing sight of the first person point of view; I know that can be challenging especially with such a busy book.

    Kady grows from child to woman, from innocent to FBI agent. She comes from a loving and solid family background. The love that surrounds her growing up will hold her in good stead in her adult life and in the course of this tale. She's likeable, and tenacious, smart and yet, she turns into a little girl every time she gets to cuddle her "Precious". I couldn't help but like her.

    Although this book is marketed under 'erotic', I found it tame in that department. When Martin explored his love for Kady in the human physical way, it was satisfying and well written but nothing extreme. Perhaps it comes from the description of the rape that goes on at a mob's breaking-in house, perhaps it was because Martin, as Precious, saw Kady in all her glory. I don't know. I couldn't figure that out. The thing that did frustrate me was the use of five dollar words. The words by themselves weren't the problem but where they were used - like referring to his member with 'detumescence' after having sex. I had to stop and look up the word, and sure, based on my dictionary it was appropriate. But it threw me out of the afterglow of the moment. It made me stop reading the book. I like learning new things but when I do, I prefer it not to be during a book of fiction. On top of that, do guys actually have that word in their brains after a vigorous sexual workout? Most the guys I know don't even know that word exists much less have it in their top five words to use regarding their sex. This book would have been fine and could stand strong on its own without the aggrandizing.

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  • Posted March 18, 2011

    Highly Recommend!!!!!!

    I love this book! Anybody who owns or has owned a dog will love reading this. The antics of a dog. The characters are wonderful and funny. The story line was suspenseful and leaving you wondering what happens next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2014

    I just read the re-release. This one is an edgy PG13 vice its pr

    I just read the re-release. This one is an edgy PG13 vice its predecessor containing strong sexual content. To the book's benefit, the authors reworked details of the original. Example: Paco the chipmunk shifter has a larger role.
    For those who don't know the premise. TOP DOG is the story of a shape shifting PI who, as the authors phrase it, struggles with how to tell the girl, later woman, he's always loved that he and her eight pound Yorkie are one and the same. In the adventure that follows we meet a menagerie of characters in a madcap paranormal New Orleans.
    I know what you're thinking. How can a Yorkie shifter be effective. He goes where the more conventional shifters like wolves can't and the ladies love the little devil. Anybody who has owned one of these spirited mites, knows what I mean.
    For a wonderful heartwarming read, i recommend TOP DOG, a book your teen can now also enjoy.

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  • Posted January 30, 2013

    have the e book of the book and it has man on it this book

    have the e book of the book and it has man on it this book is about a little dog.the Yorkie is the authors pet and the story is based on her dog and then the grand daughter

    The book is a great shifter book i love the book form the begging and then the dog .The Yorkie is in the kennel and the little girl who was 6
    said mommy daddy i like the doggie and want him. The little Yorkie was a special dog it was a shifter.Drake is a P I and he is there to protect the little girl but you see he never aged.

    Well the little one grew up and she became a cop for the FBI KADY find a little dog and said that looks like my dog she take him home and the
    story start to get great and better.

    KADY keep the dog and then things start to happen and then Drake step in and helps here how is going to explain he a dog but all so man who love his owner

    i got the book as e book and i liked the book form the begging and then i love the shifter type of book a lo thank you for letting me read the book and blog on it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Book for a man

    This book shows how much a man needs a dog to relie on

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