Author: Jennifer Harlow

Review: Justice by Jennifer Harlow

Posted January 8, 2014 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 3 Comments

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Review: Justice by Jennifer HarlowJustice by Jennifer Harlow
Series: Galilee Falls Trilogy #1
Published by Devil on the Left Books on May 22, 2013
Genres: Fantasy Noir, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 284 pages
Format: eBook
Source: Author
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three-stars

It’s hard being a regular police officer in Galilee Falls, a city with the highest concentration of superheroes and villains in the country. It’s even harder watching your best friend, the man you’re secretly in love with your whole life, planning to marry another woman. Detective Joanna Fallon has to contend with both. When the vilest supervillain in the city’s history, Alkaline, the former crime boss who can shoot acid from his wrists, escapes from the maximum security prison, the whole city is gripped by panic. Leading the pursuit is Captain Harry O’Hara, Joanna’s boss and secret lover, and the city’s champion superhero Justice, who caught the villain last time, much to Joanna’s chagrin. Before her father was murdered in a mugging twenty years earlier, Joanna worshiped the hero, but when he disappeared and failed to save her father, that adoration turned to contempt for all supers. After Alkaline attacks too close to home and targets Joanna as his next victim, tough-as-nail Joanna has to contend with her increasing fear while struggling to choose between her life-long crush and her new-found love.

At turns vulnerable and fierce, equally mordant and winsome, Joanna is an earnest yet emotionally damaged heroine, who despite the tough breaks of her childhood sees the good in people and vow to protect her beloved city at all costs. An ass-kicking petite firecracker with no superpowers of her own, she charges after supervillains unflinchingly, never losing her wit even when facing her toughest fight. With a coy blend of whimsy and vivid imagination, she delivers both humor and thrills in an action-packed and edgy blend of comic book cool, fantasy-noir, and bitter-sweet romance.

Justice is my first foray into comic book novel world. But when I saw Jennifer Harlow’s name on it I knew I had to give it a go.

Some of you might see comic book and think it’s not for you. But really don’t let the term scare you off. And urban fantasy fan will enjoy the plot, world and characters that Jennifer Harlow has brought to life.

Justice has it all; mystery, romance, suspense, villains and …. superheroes. As in like Superman and much like Superman I can’t believe that the heroine didn’t know Justice’s true identity. I had it figured out pretty quickly but that’s true for a lot of books or TV shows I read or watch. There was still that point when I thought maybe it’s this person in still of that one. I like that Harlow had me seconding guessing myself. If it was too perceptible I would have been bored.

I didn’t know how thick the plot would be with the superhero angle and I was pleasantly surprised it was not the biggest element. Sure the supervillian sprays acid from his wrists and the hero wears a custom to hide who he is. But Justice is a normal guy that just happens to have powers. Throw some fur or fangs on him and you would have the same type of hero in any Urban Fantasy novel.

I must warn you that Justice has some dark sides to the plot. There’s a murder scene that stuck with me for most of the book like it did with the heroine, Joanna. But I feel like to was necessary have our hero and heroine really hit rock bottom in order to add to the depth of their characters. And it happens off-page and we only see the aftermath of it.

Our heroine, Joanna is a Detective on the Galilee Falls Police Dept. Joanna is a strong, smart ass, and emotionally messed up heroine. She’s great at her job and she loyal and takes no bull from anyone. But sometimes that’s her down fall as well. Jo is so used to not letting people in that she has missed out on some things in life by waiting on her best friend to love her the way she has loved him the last 20 years.

But that’s when her boss Harry comes in. They have been secretly dating for about 5 months but Jo knows that in order to make their relationship really work she must let go of her feelings for her BFF, Justin.

Jennifer Harlow has entertained me once again I’ll be continuing with book 2, Galilee Rising. Look for that review soon.

 

 

About Jennifer Harlow

Jennifer Harlow spent her restless childhood fighting with her three brothers and scaring the heck out of herself with horror movies and books. She grew up to earn a degree at the University of Virginia which she put to use as a radio DJ, crisis hotline volunteer,

bookseller, lab assistant, wedding coordinator, and government investigator. Currently she calls Northern Virginia home but that restless itch is ever present. In her free time, she continues to scare the beejepers out of herself watching scary movies and opening her credit card bills. She is the author of the Amazon best-selling F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad, Midnight Magic Mystery series and Justice, the first in the superhero thriller trilogy. For the soundtrack to her books and other goodies visit her at www.jenniferharlowbooks.com


Review: To Catch a Vampire by Jennifer Harlow

Review: To Catch a Vampire by Jennifer Harlow

Posted September 11, 2012 by Jennifer in Book Review | 3 Comments

Don’t let the cheesy cover fool you!! This a great second installment in the urban fantasy series by Jennifer Harlow. I really enjoyed the first book, Mind Over Monsters and knew I would be reading To Catch a Vampire. In case you’ve not read the 1st book let me clue you into a little about the world. The F.R.E.A.K.S Squad is a secret government group that works on supernatural cases. The team is made up of the leader, Will, a sexy werewolf, Oliver the uber sexy, playboy vampire, a few humans with X-Men type abilities and Bea the new comer that’s an ex-teacher. The F.R.E.A.K.S Squad is back but this time around it’s Oliver and Bea doing most of the work on this case. Will is […]


Review: Mind Over Monsters by Jennifer Harlow

Review: Mind Over Monsters by Jennifer Harlow

Posted October 19, 2011 by Jennifer in Book Review | 1 Comment

Mind Over Monsters is very well written with characters I love and can’t wait to read more about them. I’ve not read many books where the author titles each chapter but I really like it, cause it sets the tone for what’s coming up and with a chapter entitled “A Machete Is a Girl’s Best Friend” you know that the book is freaky funny. Mind Over Monsters is a great urban fantasy read with mystery, some gore (it’s going to get messy when you start cutting up zombies), and there is also a little romance, that looks like it could turn out to be a really good triangle between Beatrice, Will and Oliver. Think X-Men with paranormal creatures, where the guys are monsters too. The […]


Jennifer Harlow Interviews Special Agent Bea

Jennifer Harlow Interviews Special Agent Bea

Posted October 13, 2011 by Jennifer in Author Guest Post | 4 Comments

An Interview with Special Agent Beatrice Alexander By Jennifer Harlow Through some of my Pentagon contacts (thanks Daddy and Uncle George W.) I was given exclusive access to the clandestine branch of the FBI known as the F.R.E.A.K.S. or Federal Response to Extra-Sensory and Kindred Supernaturals. Their newest agent, former schoolteacher and telekinetic Beatrice Alexander, agreed to meet with me under the cover of night at a coffee shop somewhere in the Midwest. (It rhymes with “Ansas”) So, thanks for agreeing to do this. BA: It’s okay. <rolling eyes> Gave me an excuse to get away from a pest. As long as I’m home in time for The World of Henry Orient. I love Peter Sellers. I understand you just got back from your first case […]