Thrifty Thursday Review: Unleashed (Sydney Rye Mysteries, #1) by Emily Kimelman (DNF)

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Sydney Rye Mysteries, #1
Emily Kimelman
Cozy Mystery
April 19, 2011


Sydney Rye and her dog exact justice—the dog doesn't die, but the bad guys do.

Blue was as tall as a Great Dane but skinnier, with the snout of a collie, the markings of a Siberian husky, the ears and tail of a shepherd, and the body of a wolf with one blue eye and one brown. Crouched in a sitting position, unable to lie down or sit all the way up, he looked at me from between the bars, and I fell in love.

I adopted Blue from the shelter, and everything in my world changed...

When I brought him home, I wanted something in my life that was worth holding on to. I’d just broken up with my boyfriend and picked up a dog-walking gig on the Upper East Side. I was young and lost…normal.

I was still Joy Humbolt.

I'd never even heard the name Sydney Rye.

Never seen a dead body, gotten beat up, or shot at. I didn’t set out to be a hero—couldn’t have imagined becoming a vigilante.

But I don’t regret what I’ve done. The lives I’ve saved...or the ones I’ve taken.

P.S. The dog doesn't die.
P.P.S. Do not read these books if you have issues with "strong" language, sex out of wedlock, or LGBTQ+ characters. <----Top 3 things one-star reviews complain about.

The Sydney Rye Mysteries are a thriller crime series with fourteen books out to date and #15 on pre-order. They are not for everyone. Please see the warnings above and heed them. If you love powerful characters, gritty novels, and heroic dogs, then you should totally join the adventure. DownloadUnleashed today, clear your calendar, and start binge reading.


Thrifty Thursday is hosted by Books Of My Heart and the purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free at some point.
Kindle freebie on July 30th, 2017.


Unleashed is book one in the Sydney Rye Mysteries series by Emily Kimelman.

I acquired this and a few others in the series as freebies and figured it was time to give it a try.

This is Sydney Rye’s origin story. Unfortunately I couldn’t get into the story or characters. Joy’s adopted dog was the only thing I liked in the 8% that I read.

I had no connection to Joy and found her story boring. I couldn’t believe she wouldn’t have stoped to think, why is this lady selling her dog walking business, when she said that she had to interview other potential buyers, but within 5min of leaving; the lady is calling Joy to sell. I question this.

I really wanted to like this. It sounded good and who doesn’t like leads men or women who have cool dogs as partners, but Unleashed was not the book for me. If the blurb intrigues you, I urge you to give it a shot. Just because it did not work for me does not mean it won’t for you.

DNF’d 8%

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

8 comments on “Thrifty Thursday Review: Unleashed (Sydney Rye Mysteries, #1) by Emily Kimelman (DNF)

  1. Sometimes stuff that doesn’t make sense to me is enough to totally put me off a book. Glad you tried it. I think I might have this one as a freebie, too. We’ll see if I struggle with it when I get the chance.

    • I agree. I had picked up a bunch in this series for free, but now I won’t be reading any more. I wanted to like it; because I love dogs and leads with dogs, but I just couldn’t get into it. Looking forward to seeing what you might think.

  2. Sorry it didn’t work for you, but now it’s off the TBR pile!
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    • Ya, it’s off the TBR pile and so is the series. Thanks for visiting!

  3. Sorry to hear this one wasn’t good for you.
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    • Thanks. I wanted to like this, but it wasn’t working for me.

  4. I think I probably have this and might give it a try as I love dogs. It’s odd that it is a cozy and there is strong language and killing like that. Thanks for sahring.

    • I didn’t get very far in the story. I wanted to like this; because I love dogs and characters who have dogs as partners/companions, but unfortunately I just couldn’t get into this. I’m curious to see what you think. Thanks for visiting!