Author Name: Julie Lynn Hayes
Book Name: Bad Dogs and Drag Queens
Series: Rose and Thorne
Release Date: May 25, 2016
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 nokidhungry.org for more information about this organization.
Pages or Words: 50,000 words
“Remind me again whose stupid idea this lipstick was,” I huffed under my breath. Without thinking, I licked my lips. They felt greasy, and tasted even worse. I forced myself not to grimace, afraid it might crack the foundation I’d slathered on my face.
“Mine, you sexy beast,” came the smart-ass reply in my ear. “I think you got purty lips, mmhmmm.”
“Fuck you,” I growled. “You should be doing this, not me, and you know it. I did it last time.”
And the time before that. And the time before that. Wait, did I detect a pattern here?
“What I know is you look better in a skirt than I do. And you look damn good out of it too.”
My cheeks filled with heat at Ethan’s words. Luckily the darkness hid a multitude of sins, my embarrassment being the least of them. Hopefully, no one else was listening—I knew I’d never hear the end of it. Just what I needed—to be the object of ridicule of the Roanoke PD.
|Take this book for what it is, a quirky, silly, romantic, undercover cop story.|
Both partners in life and on the job, Vinnie and Ethan are federal agents working in a special task force to bridge the gap between local PD and Feds.
Their first assignment is to try and find a mugger focusing on woman. Vinnie is the one who has to dress up as the woman, and it isn't his first time, apparently. I thought it was pretty hilarious, listening him complain about his shoes and everything. It was Evan more endearing when Ethan helped him out afterwards, always taking care of him. What more, the not only catch the perp but his "little helper" too.
Enter the "bad dog".
They both take a liking to this little guy and Ethan goes as far as to naming him.
Once that mission is over, their boss immediately has another mission for them at the local gay bar which features a line up of drag Queens. Someone has been targeting the club and the workers.
Vinnie and Ethan must go undercover as employees. Ethan as a bartender and Vin as the newest entertainment, Boom-Boom Santiago.
A string of things happen, some funny, some not so much. But Vin is always entertaining.
I loved the banter between Vin and Ethan. You can tell how much they care for each other, even if Vin seems a little unsure at times. He seems to have a bit of a dramatic flair, regardless of complaining about having to be a Queen. I like the dynamics between them and the newly acquired dog.
I felt there was a bit of a loop hole between what was happening at the club and why the perp was doing what they were doing, but all in all it was still n entertaining story..
3.75 fabulous stars for Vinnie and Ethan
I am obsessed, I mean OBSESSED, with all things drag queens. So when I was given the opportunity to review this book I may have let out a slight squeal.
This book starts out with two undercover special agents helping the local Roanoke PD look for a purse snatcher. What better way to look for said thief is to be a purse carrying, skirt wearing "woman". When Vinnie, dressed to the nines, goes for a stroll in the park he is tripped and comes face to face with a cute little Pekingese. Of course as luck would have it, out comes the purse snatcher. As Vinnie is wrestling with said snatcher, in comes Ethan, Vinnie's partner (in more ways than one). After the arrest they find themselves taking home sweet little Benny for the night. They soon find out that the sweet little pup belongs to the snatcher and is actually his accomplice. When the snatcher decides he no longer wants the pup, the guys decide to make him part of their family.
After a few days off, Ethan and Vinnie, are assigned to a new case to help the local PD once again. This time its to help find the person responsible for assaulting not only some of the patrons, but also some of the fabulous Queens at a local gay bar. Once again Vinnie must don the dress and wig and pull out his inner Queen.
This is such a cute, funny and kinda hot read. I cant wait to see what else Ms. Hayes has in store for these guys.
****I give this book 4 Fiercely, Fabulous Stars****
Meet the author:
Julie Lynn Hayes first began publishing short stories and poetry in the 1990’s, when it was a different ballgame altogether, and Ebooks hadn’t been dreamed of yet. That changed in 2010 with the acceptance of her first romance novel. She’s come a long way since that first book appeared, and is finding the journey a very educational one.
She lives in St. Louis with her daughter Sarah and her cat Ramesses. She often writes of two men finding true love and happiness in one another’s arms, and is a great believer in the happily ever after. She likes to write in different genres, to stretch herself in order to see what is possible. Her great challenge is to be told something can’t be done—she feels compelled to do it.
When she isn’t writing, she enjoys crafts, such as crocheting and cross stitch, needlepoint and knitting, and she loves to cook, spending time watching the Food Network. Her favorite chef is Geoffrey Zakarian. Her family thinks she’s a bit off, but she doesn’t mind. Marching to the beat of one’s own drummer is a good thing, after all. Her published works can be found at Dreamspinner Press, eXtasy Books, and Wayward Ink Press.
Where to find the author:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/authorjulielhayes
Goodreads Link: : http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3442231.Julie_Lynn_Hayes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Julie Lynn Hayes, author of Bad Dogs and Drag Queens. Hi Julie, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Describe your book to us.
Bad Dogs and Drag Queens is about two federal undercover cops who are partners on the job and off, Vinnie Delarosa and Ethan Thorne. They’re twenty-six years old, and have been together almost five years. They’ve been living in Richmond, Virginia, for about two years, but their job takes them to nearby Roanoke to help with a mugger situation. After that, they’re given another assignment at The Stroll, a gay nightclub in Roanoke, and Vinnie finds he has to get into drag again.
Basically, it’s a love story, more than a police story.
Have you ever read something that made you think differently about your genre? Can you tell us what it was?
I can’t think of anything. I’ve read books in the genre that I didn’t care for, but that doesn’t reflect on the genre, just on the book. One of the first m/m books I read that made me realize m/m stories could be more than just erotica was Male Model.
Tell us about your character’s family life?
Vinnie has no family life, his mother died when he was a young man. He never met his father. Ethan is his only family now.
Compare yourself to your main character.
Vinnie and I have similarities. We both have insecurities, thinking we’re not good enough. We’re both sarcastic and snarky. He’s prettier than I am J He was slower to fall in love than I was, I fell too young and too quickly. He’s more of a diva than I am.
Describe your past week as a type of landscape or a weather forecast.
Does cloudy with a chance of meatballs work? Lol J/k
This past week was mostly smooth sailing and clear skies, although occasional clouds darkened the horizon, and today a squall threatened. But it dissipated, hopefully not to return, and everything is sunny once more.
Thanks for having me here today!
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