Under Wraps and Under Attack by Hannah Jayne (Underworld Detection Agency #1 & 2)

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Kensington

My Copy: Bought

Sick of wrongful-death lawsuits every time a full moon comes around?
Call the Underworld Detection Agency.

As a human immune to magic, Sophie Lawson can help everyone from banshee to zombie transition into normal, everyday San Francisco life. With a handsome werewolf as her UDA boss and a fashionista vampire for a roommate, Sophie knows everything there is to know about the undead, the unseen, and the uncanny. . .

Until a rash of gruesome murders has demons and mortals running for cover, and Sophie finds herself playing sidekick to detective Parker Hayes. Dodging raging bloodsuckers, bad-tempered fairies, and love-struck trolls is one thing. But when Sophie discovers Parker isn’t what he seems, she’s got only one chance to figure out whom to trust. Because an evil hiding in plain sight is closing in. . .and about to make one wisecracking human its means to ultimate power. . .

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Welcome to the Underworld Detection Agency where the goal is to seamlessly integrate San Fransico paranormals into an everyday human lifestyle. Leading the way is Sophie, a human immune to all things magic. When murders start surfacing Sophie finds herself sidekick to one sexy detective, Parker Hayes, and trying to piece together the puzzle pieces that will lead to a vicious killer.

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Under Wraps is the beginning of an urban fantasy series where nothing is really as it seems. If you’re a human that is. Seems under the San Francisco police department runs another kind of enforcement office, a paranormal one. Where things that go bump in the night come to stand in line, file paperwork and  deal with the everyday woes of being “different”. Sophie Lawson knows all about being different too. As the only human that works for the Underworld Detection Agency she has the ability to be impervious to all paranormals. None of their tricks work on her, which comes in handy when your daily conversations are with demons, dragon and werewolves. Raised by a psychic grandmother and now living with a vampire as a room mate means Sophie knows all about being different.

A string of murders leads a local detective, Parker Hayes, to her office door and as the UDA’s secretary to the top man, Mr Sampson, means Sophie is paired with him to figure out what exactly is going on top side. Sophie finds working with Parker both difficult, and easy on the eyes. Though dealing with the death churns her stomach, as the only human that can see through paranormal charms, makes Sophie an invaluable resource for the detective. The sexual tension between them is strong but Parker is hiding something. The murders are only the beginning in a plot that is set on taking down the Underworld.

Hannah Jayne writes a lot of witty dialogue. All the characters have a snarky underbelly that makes this an easy book to get through. I enjoyed the fact that it wasn’t too heavy or too dark instead it was almost fluffy…you know, unless you start counting all the death, blood and sinister plot of the baddies.  Nina, Sophie’s blood-sucking room mate is just awesome. She is a couture loving, habitual date having, off the wall vampire that has Sophie’s back no matter what. The addition of Nina’s nephew, Vlad, gives the book a mysterious feel because you can’t really tell what his deal is. As a member of a vampire movement society he comes off as slightly racist and I liked the parallels between his movement and the KKK in the human realm.

The weird thing about this book is the cover. Check out that chick with her sword. A backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge and a lightning filled sky. The chick looks like she could kick some ass and take names later. Leather pants and a leather, corset-like top makes her look hot…very urban-fantasy-ish. Love the cover. Too bad it doesn’t go with the book AT ALL. Sophie is NOT kick ass. She is a bumbling human thrown into a murder mystery where she is in way over her head. She gets her ass kicked a lot in fact. The sword only comes into play in the last 1/4 of the book and even then Sophie isn’t killing paranormals willy nilly with it. More like she is trying to avoid the point end ending up running her through. That chick on the cover is more like Sophie’s alternate personality or something.

Being an urban fantasy there isn’t a ton of romance. Sure the tension between Sophie and the detective is thick but don’t expect any resolution once the detective comes clean. You’ll be disappointed if you do. It will ensure you come back for the second book.

I give Under Wraps by Hannah Jayne 3.50 stars!

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Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Kensington

My Copy: Bought

Sophie Lawson is a human immune to magic, which comes in handy for helping paranormal beings transition into everyday life. But fallen angel Alex Grace and his search for the Vessel of Souls is one curse she never saw coming. Suddenly an unexplainable string of killings and destruction has even San Francisco’s demons fearing for their immortal lives. And Sophie isn’t about to trust Alex’s all-too-vulnerable charm or his secret agenda. Now their hunt is revealing dangerous secrets about Sophie’s past, and malevolent power hellishly close to turning one irreverent human into the ultimate supernatural weapon.

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Sophie Lawson is back and now she has time on her hands since she just got fired to help her sometimes boyfriend Alex find his Vessel Of Souls and get back into Heaven. Conflicted on whether she wants him to go or stay she decides to help for the greater good of mankind. Finding the Vessel proves to be problematic even for a human immune to magic and as another fallen hell-bent on finding it to comes into the picture to challenge her, Sophie will have to use her wits to make it out alive. She’ll also have to come to terms with her shadowy patronage and family secrets best left unknown.

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With Mr Sampson supposedly dead, a new boss is being brought in…..a vampire. Dixon is bent on shaping up the UDA and that includes letting go of the only human employee, Sophie. After saving the world in Under Wraps, Sophie figured her job was safe, it now appears she was mistaken. Jobless, the last thing Sophie needs is more drama. Of course that’s when Alex shows up again after leaving her at the end of the last book. Alex, really a fallen angel, claims that to get back into Heaven he has to find the Vessel Of Souls. Also looking for the Vessel is Ophelia, another fallen who isn’t quite as nice as Alex is. Since the Vessel is hidden in plain sight, finding it proves to be a problem and Ophelia knows more about it then anyone else seems to. Her constant attacks on Sophie feel more personal than just her association with Alex.

Sophie’s family heritage comes to light in Under Attack and believe me it isn’t all puppies and rainbows. A dead mother and absentee father are both fueling the events that happen within the pages and poor Sophie is caught in the middle. Ophelia is a vicious opponent that isn’t opposed to mental suggestion to get what she wants or beating down Sophie. The arrival of a guardian to the Vessel Of Souls brings Will into Sophie’s life as well as giving Alex a run for his money. Is Alex being truthful or is his fierce protection of Sophie a cover for his ultimate plans to get back into grace?

Once again the cover is completely off base and Sophie spends much of the book banged up by random attacks both from Ophelia and other sources. She’s a magnet for bruises and bumps. Though she tries to save herself, she constantly requires help from her vamp room mate and her nephew who is hell bent on the vampires rising against well, everyone. I can’t figure Vlad out. Just a crazy mis-informed teenager (cough 117 year old teenager cough) or man who needs to be watched because he may just be a little crazy?

I’m ticked at Alex for bringing the destruction to Sophie’s doorstep too. He can say he’s sorry all he wants but I have to wonder at his motivation. When push comes to shove and he has to make a decision on whether to bring the Vessel Of Souls home so he can get back in to Heaven or staying earth bound….I just don’t know what he’ll choose. Which worries me for Sophie’s sake.

I again enjoyed this series with its fluffy,funny and engaging characters making it a worthwhile read. Lovers of urban fantasy with a softer edge should like this series and it’s got a recommendation from me!

I give Under Attack by Hannah Jayne 3.50 stars! 

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