Book Review || Junkyard Dog by Katja Desjarlais

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Junkyard Dog {Hellhounds #1}

Katja Desjarlais

4th September 2019

Please note: I DNF’d this at 56% (that is, I did not finish it). So any thoughts on this one will be pertaining to the first half or so of the book. On we go!

This one really had the makings of a great paranormal romance, even with the male possessiveness sneaking in at times, and the strange flip-flopping of the personality of Charlotte (one of the main characters). It just went on for too long for me - which I found really weird given that I read this right after reading Sentinel by Cyndi Friberg, and I was bothered with that one that it wasn’t long enough, and things weren’t explored enough. I think the issue with this one was that, yes, the story was moving, but it was taking forever to get anywhere...forward? It felt a bit stuck at times. Though I did appreciate that this gave the relationship time to develop - that was awesome.

Another issue I had was that Charlotte seems to have pretty much no one to rely on - other women are generally portrayed as ‘the enemy’ or just as ‘characters to hit on the guys in the book/make Charlotte jealous or insecure’. Her one friend, Max, seems to be a pretty awful person, honestly, and I began to dislike him well before I stopped reading. There might have been some development to come with his character, but honestly I didn’t care enough to continue on. Ditto that with pretty much everything else, unfortunately. There were glimmers of something to really pull me in, but they were few and far between and I ended up just wondering why I was continuing to read. So I stopped.

I think the writing of this was quite good, and there was definitely some character growth for the two mains in the work. The plot also had a bit of a draw for me, but it just didn’t pan out unfortunately. Sex scenes were good, though!

4/10 doggos who can morph into humans.

I received a review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.

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