Junkyard Dog by Bijou Hunter
Published by Self-published on March 11, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Angus Hayes is as mean as a junkyard dog. Well, that’s the rumor Candy Wilburn hears before taking the job as his assistant. Hayes doesn’t disappoint. He’s a giant man with a big mouth and a bigger ego. In the town of White Horse, what the gorgeous and dangerous Hayes wants, he gets. Now he wants his sassy assistant.
Candy has no doubt Hayes will make a great lover, but she doesn’t want to be her boss’s booty call. At first anyway. Once he shifts from boss to friend and lover, Candy falls hard. Now she can only hope the filthy-mouthed outsider she loves will open his heart and learn to trust.
Junkyard Dog is a standalone romance with adult language, violence, and sexual situations.
Scrolling along my Goodreads update feed I saw there was a new Bijou Hunter book out. My first thought was “How the heck did I miss that?”, my second one was “Yay!” It was definitely a moment worthy of celebration since I was in between books and it was bedtime which means uninterrupted reading time. Ms. Hunter is absolutely brilliant at writing real characters with definite character flaws but whom you end up loving anyway. She doesn’t pull punches or romanticize anything.
I’m constantly mentally cataloguing real people I know who would fit the characters in these books. I even know a few men who are rough around the edges and basically assholes to the world, but if you’re brave enough to take the time to get to know them, you realize the absolute teddy bears they can be to the people they care about.
Does she already have a man in White Horse? Who is he? I’ll find out and scare him off. And if he doesn’t scare? I’ll beat him with a bat. I’ll take an ax and chop him into tiny pieces. No, drag him behind my truck until he’s mush.
The inner dialogue of both main characters had me in stitches. Hayes with his singular focus on how to get Candy in the sack was particularly hilarious to me. Hayes also lives up to the title of the book. King of his town, he was mean, grumpy, scary as hell, and trusted no one. When Candy walked into his office and immediately called him on his bullshit even though she was applying to be his assistant, he knew he was in trouble. Wanting her, but not wanting her because of how it would upset his carefully controlled life, he was at a loss as to what to do. He did know he didn’t want anyone else to have her, which confused him even more.
We’re asshole magnets. The only way to survive is to call an asshole an asshole and face life alone rather than as someone’s bitch.
Candy is another heroine who sees history repeating itself over and over again in her family dynamic. Determined not to fall into the same trap of being a victim as the rest of her family, she sets out from a young age to break the cycle. She decided to turn the tables and be the asshole rather than the victim. She calls it how she sees it and doesn’t care what people think about that. The single mother of twins, she’s raising them with the same philosophy which had me raising my eyebrows at the bluntness of her parenting style but there is no doubt her kids were not pushovers.
Fortunately, or unfortunately, Candy is genetically disposed to being attracted to assholes, and since Hayes is one hot jerk of a man, she wants him something fierce but knows banging the boss probably isn’t a good idea. I’m not usually a fan of the books where the MC’s fight hard against their attraction but this one worked in a big way for me. When you put two self-declared assholes in a room together who have no problem saying what they think, it makes for some great reading. The good news is they enjoyed the verbal combat they constantly had going on. As the attraction grew, the battles became less combat and more like foreplay. For two strong characters, I found them both seriously insecure about their feelings for each other. At times it almost read like a new adult book but with two grumpy main characters with foul mouths. It’s good I found this funny as hell.
Overall, I loved the book. My one complaint is that it was relationship driven with no outside conflicts so it felt slow at times. Since Hayes had no problem getting violent to keep his throne, there was a little grit to it but I wanted more. Even so, the snark-fest aspect of it meant I read this cover to cover in one sitting.
Spice’s Rating: 4.5 I Love Snark Stars
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