I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Justice 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
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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.