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    A slow burn Romance

    A slow burn romance, “Junkyard Dog” takes an alternative look at Cerberus, the hounds of hell and establishes their presence on modern day earth. Just to establish a baseline, in Greek mythology, Cerberus, often called the "hound of Hades", is a multi-headed dog that guards the gates of the Underworld to prevent the dead from leaving. On the other hand, in this book, Cerberus is described by author Katja Desjarlais as the “original junkyard dog” Again, based on mythology, Cerberus has three heads. In this book, Cerberus’ three heads can fully separate into three different individuals both in Hades and on earth (topside). They only come together when Hades is holding court and they sat beside him. With that established, we can finally move on to the review and meet Alex Echidna, one of the heads of Cerberus in human form and separated from the other two members of the triad. They had been sent topside by Hades to hunt for the living human descendants of Pirithous, who in Greek mythology was the companion and helper of the hero Theseus in his many adventures, including the descent into Hades to carry off Persephone. It was during this mission that Alex (or Alexandros as Persephone called him) met Park Ranger Charlotte. The attraction was mutual but of course, there is the big difference between them – Alex was a hellhound and Charlotte is your average and normal human being. “Junkyard Dog” is an interesting story to read but it is very slow. I understand slow burn romance, yet even with the visits of Hades and Persephone, the story was not moving forward fast enough for me. Add to it the very slow development of Alex and Charlotte’s relationship, it became sluggish. Nevertheless, if you interested in mythology and fantasy, “Junkyard Dog” has its rewards. We see a different side of Hades and Persephone. And yes, most important, we see the human side of Cerberus which in mythology is one of the scariest monsters. “Junkyard Dog” is Rated T for Teens. Parental guidance is strongly advice due to fantasy/mythology violence and that though “Junkyard Dog” is based on real characters in Greek mythology, the books is an alternative retelling of their stories.
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    Paranormal Romantic Suspense

    unkyard Dog by Katja Desjarlais Hellhounds #1 In Greek mythology, Cerberus, often called the "hound of Hades", is a multi-headed dog that guards the gates of the Underworld to prevent the dead from leaving. What does this have to do with the book Junkyard Dog? Quite a bit actually although you don’t really realize this until a bit into the book. A dog is hit by a car...a BIG dog is hit and runs away. Shortly thereafter we realize that the dog is actually Alex and Alex is not ordinary shifter. Nope, he is sent by Hades from the Underworld to hunt down specific targets. He has two brothers that assist in the hunts and they make trips between earth and the underworld whenever their talents are needed. The three brothers are interesting. Orion-Ryan is the older brother to Alexandros-Alex and his twin brother Borealis-Bo. The brothers are quite different from one another with some preferring the Underworld to being above ground. We meet Hades and his wife Persephone and learn more about their relation to the brothers and their duties in the Underworld. We learn a lot about the brothers and the most about Alex. There is potential for more books in the series since there are two brothers unattached still. I am NOT sure if there are more hellhounds than the three, though. Alex meets Charlotte, a chuck ranger, when she is out looking for the injured dog that was hit in the first part of the book. She does meet him in the bar where he works as a bartender but also in his canine form. Their relationship is...interesting...and was fun to watch develop. Max, Charlotte’s work partner, is also interesting and wouldn’t it be a hoot if he ended up with someone from the Underworld ;) Anyway...this book has a bit of Greek Mythology, a romance, some hunting of a very bad guy and was a fun read all in all. One thing I found interesting is that the hellhounds do not immediately heal as many shapeshifters do in this type of book. Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I read more books in this series? Probably Thank you to NetGalley and Tule Publishing for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
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    A great fun read

    This is the first book I have read by this author and I am hoping that it is the first of many in fact I hope this is a series and we get the other brothers stories Alex is a hellhound one of Cerberus's hounds/heads and he and his brothers have been sent from hell to clean up the mess that has happened. he is running in his hellhound form when he is hit by a car the isn't the first sighting of this large dog. Charlotte a lo#cal park ranger comes out to the scene of the accident and tries to track the dog to see if it is hurt By this stage Alex is in his human form along with his broken ribs, he sees Charlotte and is instantly attracted. As she tries to tempt the wild dog with food and water she has no idea that the man that is also attracting her attention is one and the same Meanwhile Alex is battling between doing the job that he has been sent to do and falling for the won that is calling to his heart. Do these two have a future together or will he return to hell
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    Unusual Romance

    Junkyard Dog, the first book in the Hellhounds Series is also the first book I have read written by Katja Desjarlais. I am of dual opinions about the novel so this review is somewhat difficult. I didn’t much like the style of writing but the plot was so interesting that I still read every page staying up until 2:00 am to do so. The reading so late is extremely rare for me to do. The whole concept of the hellhounds on earth hunting was fascinating, along with some of the mythology to go along with it. The glimpses into hell itself and the author’s take on Persephone is certainly original. I also liked the characters for the most part, though Max was far past annoying throughout the story. Still Alex and Charlotte were likable as well as Hades, believe it or not, and Persephone. I did wonder do all national park rangers do on their off time is bar hop drinking or is this just the writer’s opinion of immature single twenty-something adults. I say this because I didn’t see many of the characters do much more than work, drink, and look for hookups. When the story focused on Alex and the relationships in his life, the story is captivating which is what kept me reading. My problem with the style is that it is sparse in the description part, like Hemingway sparse. Which means you will either love or hate this style. Nevertheless, I would be interested in seeing if Bo is able to handle earth life and more about the loyal Ryan. An ARC of the book was given to me by the publisher through Net Galley which I voluntarily chose to read and reviewed. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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    4 Star Junkyard Dog

    When there’s third sighting of a large dog in the Joshua Tree National Park, Park Ranger Charlotte interest is piqued and she sets out to find the beast. Alex returns to scene of the accident, scouring for prints he left behind when encounters Charlotte and the attraction is undeniable but he’s on a mission from Hades and can’t afford the distraction. This ‘Hellhounds' novel is a thrilling read that is has an original story line and a star-crossed romance. The characters are strong, bold and easily captivate readers from the very beginning and the chemistry between Charlotte and Alex sizzles with lots of heat but the relationship has a bit of an obstacle. Alex is has a secret and his time is limited. But the attraction is undeniable and that doesn’t stop Alex and Charlotte from engaging in a bit of ‘friends with benefits’ passion which is quite hot. This story is about a powerful love worth breaking the rules for. The author has created a fascinating and unique spin on a bit of Greek Mythology regarding Cerberus and the Underworld and surprising elements that adds flair and intrigue to the story. The plot is fast paced with lots of suspense and excitement building throughout the story with bodies and secrets piling up. Unexpected twists and surprises keeps readers on their toes and glued to the pages of this fascinating read.
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