Black Dog Blues (Kai Gracen #1) by Rhys Ford

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Black Dog Blues: by Rhys Ford
Series: Kai Gracen, Book One 
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Pages: 246 • Format: eARC
Published By: DSP Publications
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Ever since being part of the pot in a high-stakes poker game, elfin outcast Kai Gracen figures he used up his good karma when Dempsey, a human Stalker, won the hand and took him in. Following the violent merge of Earth and Underhill, the human and elfin races are left with a messy, monster-ridden world, and Stalkers are the only cavalry willing to ride to someone’s rescue when something shadowy appears.

It’s a hard life but one Kai likes—filled with bounty, a few friends, and most importantly, no other elfin around to remind him of his past. And killing monsters is easy. Especially since he’s one himself.

But when a sidhe lord named Ryder arrives in San Diego, Kai is conscripted to do a job for Ryder’s fledgling Dawn Court. It’s supposed to be a simple run up the coast during dragon-mating season to retrieve a pregnant human woman seeking sanctuary. Easy, quick, and best of all, profitable. But Kai ends up in the middle of a deadly bloodline feud he has no hope of escaping.

No one ever got rich being a Stalker. But then few of them got old either and it doesn’t look like Kai will be the exception.


So I originally read this in 2015 and gave it a 3 stars. Back then I was super hesitant to read any Urban Fantasy. I didn’t like all the world building and lack of romance in it. Well 2016, has been my year for Urban Fantasy, thanks to Ilona Andrews “Kate Daniels” series. I love it, and am so wrapped up in UF. I’ve read a few uf series to date. When I saw that Rhys was coming out with a book two in this series, I knew I needed it give it another shot.

I gave it another shot, and loved it the second time around. I love Kai’s sarcasm and super smart mouth. Even through all the hell that he’s been put through, he does right by what Kai standards are. Rhys always provides the guys in her story with some semblance of a role model. Dempsey might not be the best, and he for damn sure ain’t no Claudia but he’s the only father that Kai has. I loved their relationship. Their dynamic is a sure win.

I had the patience this time around to go slow with the world building. It’s not my favorite part of uf stories, but I actually thought the world was another character. I’m not a fan of the fae either. It’s my least favorite out of the cast of characters that can exist under this branch, but Rhys wrote it a way that I understood and appreciate it. I liked the characters alot. Of course I’m team Kai & Ryder. I mean, Kai is an equal opportunity person, so him and Dalia might be super hot together.

As far as the plot went, it was a tad okay for me. I get it, but something felt off. I did feel like the ending was rushed. The entire scene with them in the forest at the end pissed me off big time! They all went in together, and Kai is the only one who suffers. Where was Alexa & Ryder? That made me really mad. It was like a quick 3 day trip for plot wise. I mean the focal point was picking up Shannon and even then this didn’t feel right. Either way, I enjoyed this book the second time around and look forward to book two!

About Rhys Ford

Rhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain.

Rhys admits to sharing the house with cats of varying degrees of black fur and a ginger cairn terrorist. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and an overworked red coffee maker.