Bad Dogs and Drag Queens (Rose and Thorne #1) by Julie Lynn Hayes | Review

Bad Dogs and Drag Queens Julie Lynn HayesBad Dogs and Drag Queens by Julie Lynn Hayes was a breath of fresh air. I really fell into the story completely when I started. I couldn’t put it down!

Vinnie was the epitome of snarky, witty, badassery. (Yes, I know, badassery is not a word though GoogleDocs has accepted it as a word..weird) Anywho, as I was saying before I interrupted myself, I really adored Vinnie AKA Boom Boom. I laughed at the explanation for his undercover drag queen name. So hard! Vinnie is one of my favorite MC’s I encountered this year with his over-the-top flamboyance at times, but his heart was really and truly full of love for his partner Ethan.

Ethan is truly Vinnie’s other half. Where Vinnie is outrageous at times, Ethan is the stoic, romantic one who takes care of his partner, on the job and off, by giving encouragement, foot rubs, and all around loving the heck out of Vinnie. The author really expressed that through Ethan. Making him the rock that Vinnie could hold on to when he started to flip out about things.

All together this story earned a 4.5 stars! The world build up was beautifully done, there just felt like a rush going on throughout the story. If a few things had been drawn out a bit more I feel it would have earned the other half star. I wanted to delve into the MC’s pasts a bit more as they felt incomplete to me.

However, I would still highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good laugh in their reads, something a bit lighter with a fun story and hilarious characters. Also Mrs. Hayes, we never did find out why Detective Muldoon was at the Club our Dynamic Duo was undercover in! Really hope there’s another book coming with an explanation!

Copy provided in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Rating: ★★★★1/2


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.

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 25, 2016
Length: 140 pages
Purchase: Amazon, DSP, ARe

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