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February 13, 2013

Review: To Catch a Vampire by Jennifer Harlow

Series: A F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation #2
Format: Paperback
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Release Date: September 8, 2012
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Source: Jennifer Harlow
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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CLASSIFIED: F.R.E.A.K.S. Do Dallas

Beatrice Alexander, telekinetic special agent, is still adjusting to life among the F.R.E.A.K.S. while wiping out zombies and other supernatural threats. When Bea learns about her "special assignment" investigating a series of human disappearances with Oliver Montrose, her gorgeous but annoying vampire co-worker, she reluctantly agrees to go undercover. Disguised as a married couple, they infiltrate the gothic vamp scene in Dallas. While sniffing out clues, Oliver's convincing public--and not so public--displays of affection have Bea swooning in her bustier and fishnets. Between contending with her fake husband's ex-lover Marianna and feeling guilty for hiding the mission from her werewolf crush Will, Bea discovers she's not the only F.R.E.A.K. keeping secrets. Clubbing with the undead turns bloody when Oliver's old enemy, the Lord of Dallas, decides to seek his revenge. Caught in the crossfire, Bea is up to her neck in blood-sucking trouble.




TO CATCH A VAMPIRE by Jennifer Harlow is so much wacky fun! It actually reminded me of the early Sookie Stackhouse books, you know, back when The Southern Vampire Mysteries are still great and fun to read and not the boring, dragging tomes it's become of late. JHarlow reminded me why I used to love reading about the undead. They're predatory, seductive, manipulative and mostly ridiculous and so full of themselves they make for really great stories. 

This little investigative adventure Bea and Oliver went to is packed with fanger action topped with the usual snark that is signature Bea. Well at least as far as Oliver is concerned. The interesting development is Bea finally gave in to Oliver's charms! Pretending to be a married couple did it's number on her and slowly she's getting emotionally invested not only on their little farce but Bea is actually getting jealous over Oliver's flirtatious nature. Those moments where Bea is acting all possessive over Oliver was both a surprise and  definitely a game changer. Bea just found herself in a love triangle, torn between a vamp and a werewolf, and even I am not sure which team to root for! Oliver really did a number on us with this one, revealing the other parts of his personality and I must admit he grew on me.

I really love this series not only because the blood, gore and humor are well balanced but also because of how vulnerable her characters are. They hide behind their smiles, attitudes and snark but they are not invincible and immune to human fallacy. They love, get hurt, bleed and die. In both books so far a member of Bea's team bit the dust and I appreciate character deaths in series. It helps keep the storyline from going stagnant. The humor on the other hand is infallible! I read that JHarlow is or used to be a DJ and I wish I got to listen to one of her radio shows. Not only that she also used to be a crisis hotline volunteer, I bet she saved a lot of lives just by using her sense of humor.

So if you want some good, 'ol fun Urban Fantasy series, I highly recommend you read Jennifer Harlow's A F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation. It's funny, filled with action, a pinch of romance and a boat-load of hilarity you will definitely enjoy! 





Personal Note:

To all my blogger friends. I'm sorry if I've been in absentia, visiting your respective blogs this week. I've been down with the flu and try as I might, I can't handle the glare of both my computer and tablet for long. It gives me headaches so inasmuch as I want to go over my subscriptions and leave my usual one-liner notes in your posts, I'm mentally and physically unable to. I either try several times to get the words right or I end up writing gibberish words. This post alone took me twice as long to write because I'm not right in a lot of places... on top of the usual.

I promise to get back to normal programming as soon as I'm in tiptop shape! 





4 comments:

  1. Oh, I'm so glad you liked this book too! I can't wait for the third one. Hopefully there will be a third one.

    And I hope you feel better!

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  2. Yay, I'm so glad you loved this book!! I absolutely adore Jennifer Harlow's writing--she's freakin' hilarious! Also, I love me some Oliver and I'm completely rooting for him, especially after this book. Fantastic review! =D

    P.S.- I'm sorry to hear that you're under the weather, I hope you feel better soon, Braine!

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  3. Aw I hope you feel better! Take your much needed break!

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  4. Ugh. Having the flu is the worst. Get lots of rest, and feel better soon, Braine!

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