The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point).
Kindle freebie on June 13, 2019 (currently still free as of writing this post)
Overall rating 4.33 with 1,127 ratings and 184 reviews
Ethan by Dale Mayer
Series: The K9 Files #1
on April 9, 2019
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple
Ethan was lost after a major accident abruptly shifted him from a military life to a civilian one, from working with dogs to odd jobs … In that time, he’d spent months healing from his physical injuries. When he connects with Badger and the rest of his Titanium Corp. group of former SEALs, Badger offers Ethan an opportunity he can’t refuse. A chance to do the work he used to do … with a twist.
Cinnamon works from home as a project manager plus is heavily involved in global dog rescues—dogs of all kinds. When Ethan walks into the next door’s vet’s office with an injured shepherd in his arms, she sees another lost soul—just like the canine ones she helps.
Ethan knows he’s about to take a dangerous step, but he’s on the job, and no one—on the job or not—hurts animals while he’s around. This poor shepherd has taken enough abuse, and Ethan fears she is only the tip of a nightmare he’s determined to uncover. But he knows she’s going to lead him in the right direction.
So I have read this author before and didn’t like that work very much but this was a new K9 Files series so I had to give it a try. I’m really glad I did.
While the world building and character development were not as much or complex as I might like, this was a very enjoyable read. It is a relatively short read so it could have been longer and have added more details. For example, even the “scene” changes were a little rough and could have had more detail. The chapters alternate between Ethan and Cinn’s point of view.
It wasn’t clear to me that Ethan had been a SEAL until I read the blurb so either I missed it or it wasn’t clear in the beginning. I looked to see if any of these are at the library and a bunch of SEAL books are with names of characters briefly mentioned in the first chapter. So it looks as if this is a loosely related spinoff series.
I did like the characters very much. The romance was slow burn and the sexy times were few. Of course, they were busy with the suspense part and that mystery. The amazing thing was how well the dogs and their training were included. They were really part of it, key to the action and that was wonderful.
I definitely want to go on with this series! It looks like there are 7 books which all came out in April of this year.
These are only Kindle freebies I get, or ones through author newsletters which anyone can sign up and get for free. I don’t include things like Kindle Unlimited or Prime Free Reading (I do have it). Both Tantor and Audible have occasional free audios (to anyone) and I do include those. Since I one-click on 1-2 freebies a day or probably at least 5 a week, I came up with this feature to make sure I start reading them.
So I have thought about doing a Thrifty Thursday Challenge someday. For now, what I think would be fun is if you have read and reviewed a freebie, link up to your review (Goodreads, blog, facebook or wherever) below.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
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I’ve got a couple of her books as freebies. One of these days I’ll actually pick one up. Too bad about the slighter development and rough transitions, but glad the characters were appealing.
I really liked this one. Much better than the other one of hers I read and I would like to go on with the series. I recommend this one. It’s fast and fun.
what a fun post. i have a lot of thrifty reads but keep forgetting about it. i have read some dale mayer and enjoyed it, so i’m glad to see you are too
Sherry, I would love to have you read one freebie a month and link up here! It’s an effort to actually read those freebies I get. I do this at least once a month, sometimes more.
It’s great to have a good new series like that!
yes, it’s not outstanding literature but it’s a fun read. I like the dogs. (Most of what I read isn’t outstanding literature, it’s for pleasure)
This sounds good! I like slow burn romances and dogs always seem to make a romance better 🙂 I am going to grab this one while it’s free.
I did like it quite a bit and free makes it easy to choose. It’s a shorter read too.
I do like K-9 unit books as you can see by today’s review on my blog. LOL I need to read the books on my Kindle. I went to buy one yesterday and discovered I bought it a year ago. For shame!
It happens to me less often than it used to that I already bought it, partly as I am much pickier about which freebies I take. But it’s still probably 4-5 a week. I read them at my pleasure and that’s ok.
I haven’t read any K-9 books yet, but they appeal to me, as I LOVE dogs. and I love that this book highlighted the dogs and their training so well. May have to give it a try. I’m glad that giving the author another go worked out for you 🙂
It did. Her books don’t have grammar issues or that kind of thing but the character / world are just a bit less well developed than I prefer. This one was really fun though.