Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Release Day Post: Bad Dogs and Drag Queens by Julie Lynn Hayes #Review #Giveaway

Author: Julie Lynn Hayes
Book: Bad Dogs and Drag Queens
Series: Rose and Thorne (book 1)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: May 25, 2016
Length: 140 pages

Reviewed by Meredith


Vinnie Delarosa and Ethan Thorne are partners—on and off the clock. Federal undercover detectives, they’re part of a covert task force designed to promote goodwill between the feds and local authorities. They lend an unobtrusive helping hand wherever it’s needed. No credit required.

Vinnie and Ethan work primarily in the Southeast region of the United States and live together in Richmond, Virginia. A mugger problem brings them to Roanoke, where Vinnie is thrown out as bait to catch the man who’s been snatching purses in a city park, but they end up with more than they bargained for. Why is Vinnie always the one who has to wear the dress? Ethan says it’s because Vinnie looks much prettier in a skirt. How can he argue with that?

Expecting to return to Richmond afterward, Vinnie and Ethan find themselves assigned a new case instead. They are to go undercover at The Stroll, one of the biggest gay nightclubs in Roanoke. Someone is terrorizing both the customers and the performers. Could they be dealing with a hate crime? Someone has to protect the drag queens of Roanoke, so it’s Vinnie and Ethan to the rescue!

The author is donating 10% of the royalties from this book to No Kid Hungry. Visit for more information about this organization.

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This is a first time read for me of a Julie Lynn Hayes book. That’s always interesting when you read a new to you author. You never know what you’re going to get.

Bad Dogs and Drag Queens was almost satire for me. It was chuck full of a lot of comedy. Often I found myself in bouts of laughter. There’s a mystery too but it wasn’t a well-kept secret in my opinion. I solved that fairly quickly. 

Vinnie was hilarious. Always the one in the dress and stilettos. He complains about it but when his partner, both on and off the force, loves him just as much in drag as out it’s hard to dislike putting on the stockings.

Benny, the dog, the terror. OMG this pup is a pain in the butt lol. What he does to Ethan and Vinnie! WOW! He’s a little trouble maker.

So, there’s the humor, the mystery, the excitement, the drag queens! All things I love.  The only downside I had was it was TOO sweet between Vinnie and Ethan. I loved how in love they were. And I get it’s an established relationship from the very beginning. But, it just was too much for too long. I needed them to dial it back a bit. But that is really my own personal opinion.

This was far from boring. It was so much fun and I will read more from this author.



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  1. Loving the drag queens and.... This review

  2. Really excited for Cari Z to be able to release Perilous. I'm also excited for Edge of Desperation. It sounds fun.