Unleashed (Sydney Rye Series #1)

Rated 4.20/5 based on 5 reviews
The Sydney Rye series of mysteries features a strong female protagonist and her rescue dog, Blue. It is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don't mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery!

UNLEASHED is the first novel in the series. More
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Price: Free! USD

Words: 92,610
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458160799
About Emily Kimelman

Emily Kimelman lives on a boat in the Hudson Valley with her husband, Sean and their dog Kinsey (named after Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone). Kimelman has a passion for traveling and spends as much time as possible in the pursuit of adventure.
Her "Sydney Rye Series" are dark murder mystery novels which features a strong female protagonist and her rescue dog, Blue. This series is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don't mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery!
If you've read Emily's work, and enjoyed it, please let Emily know. You can reach her via email ejkimelman@gmail.com or on Twitter @ejkimelman.

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Reviews

Review by: Pierre Bougie, Sr on Sep. 12, 2013 :
I love dogs. I love to read mysteries. I very much enjoy sexy stories and above all I like stories that focus on true Justice, not just applying the law by what the book says, but really make guilty people pay for their crime. I also like to see a female character act somewhat like a guy, investigating a situation in her own peculiar way. And I got all of that in "Unleashed"!

Great story, fabulous characters with the main girl being very special. I absolutely loved this book and look forward to reading the next ones in the series!
(review of free book)

Review by: Laurie Jenkins on Aug. 14, 2011 :
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
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jaidis Shaw on July 21, 2011 :
Unleashed is the page turning debut novel by Emily Kimelman. The main character Joy Humbolt, who recently broke up with her boyfriend and lost her job, makes the rushed decision to adopt a dog from the pound for company. Little did she know that adopting the large husky mix named Blue would change her life forever.

Soon a dog walking business is thrown in her lap and she decides to give it a shot since there is a lot of money to be made. On her first day learning the ropes of being a professional dog walker, her world is thrown for a loop when the dog she is walking discovers a dead body. Joy is quickly thrown into a world she never knew existed where things aren’t always what they appear to be.

The super sexy, self-confident Declan introduces Joy to a hidden world of the rich, powerful and greedy. While she tries to uncover who murdered her boss, she will learn just how far some people will go for money but more importantly, how far she is willing to go to protect her family.

Detective Mulberry is a great detective who will stop at nothing to solve a crime, even if that means throwing the rule book out of the window and doing things his way. When he finds himself thrown off of the case, he must learn to trust Joy and help her solve the murder before more people end up being a victim.

I really enjoyed the writing style of Ms. Kimelman. She told an intriguing tale that kept me wanting to know what happened next. The only thing I wish had been different is how the relationship with Declan played out in the end. It felt rushed and unfinished to me. I would still recommend everyone read Unleashed.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: April Renn on July 21, 2011 :
UNLEASHED (A Sydney Rye Novel) by Emily Kimelman is an interesting murder/mystery set in present day Manhattan. This is the first in "A Sydney Rye Novel". It is well written with depth and details.It is fast paced,full of adventure,murder, loneliness, family,secrets,dog walker business and of course finding a murderer. Joy,is a loner,just been fired from her job,and decides to buy a dog walker business when the opportunity arises. Soon she finds a client murdered and is caught up in the drama,and danger of her high powered,clients with their influences and their lives.She soon learns that what they say is not necessarily what they do. With the help of a rogue,arrogant detective,Joy will find a killer and quickly re-invents herself as Sydney Rye,detective extreme.It is a wonderful story full of mystery that will have wanting to see more the dynamite young Joy(Sydney Rye).A great read. This book was received for the purpose of review from Nurture Book Tours and the author.Details can be found at Emily Kimelman and My Book Addiction and More.

*This book is for 18+ with some graphic content including gory descriptions and non-erotica sex scenes**
RATING:4.5
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kristin Durham on July 16, 2011 :
A roller coaster ride that ends up with a few dead, but our heroine on a completely different career path. The twists and turns were fun to follow, while you chase after Joy as she hunts down a killer. Through an undercover NYC S&M club to a few gay and lesbian bars - this story took the reader through every neighborhood in New York City.

I loved the peaks and valleys of the story, from high intensity chase scenes in underground tunnels to the slow moments where she is trying to figure out her next step, it was all believeable and a fun ride. At times I was wondering how everyone was connected, but I believe in the end the puzzle pieces all matched.

The one change I would make was the chapters - at times choppy and short, I didn't understand the spacing of when a story ended and the next began. At the same time I loved how each chapter had a name - what a fun addition which you rarely see.

A great thrill ride for those who are not faint of heart. A little gore and some language may keep few readers at bay - but those who like a fun ride will definitely enjoy this one.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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