Type: Urban Fantasy
My Copy: Sent
They say justice is blind. But Justine isn’t.
Justine (Tina) Clancy is just an ordinary law student with a faulty arrest record, a part-time job in Baltimore’s radioactive Zone, and a family secret so bizarre even she doesn’t believe it. That is, until in a fit of fury she damns her boyfriend to hell—and it’s exactly where he ends up.
Much to her own surprise, Tina is apparently one of Saturn’s daughters, with the power to wield vigilante justice. But poor Max didn’t deserve to go up in flames, even if he did almost run her over with her own car. Tina’s convinced someone cut the brakes—and now a relentless nemesis is stalking her through the Zone’s back alleys, where buildings glow, statues move, and chemical waste exposure comes with interesting consequences. Tina’s usually a loner, but now she needs a posse like no other: a shape-shifting kitten, an invisible thief, a biker gang, a snake-charming private detective, a well-meaning cop, and her sleazy, sexy boss. But in between freeing Max from hell, saving her own neck, and solving a mystery that threatens the Zone and her newfound friends, how is she ever going to study for finals?
First off, that chick on the cover is way to thin….she needs a hamburger and a large milk shake b/c I’m pretty sure she has a Barbie waistline and that just ain’t cool. Having said that she looks pretty fierce and they did a decent job matching the girl to the book….though later in the book. You’ll understand in a minute, hold on.
Tina is your average woman with a limp, weird teeth and mousey brown hair who no one ever notices. She is working toward a law degree she’ll never get because of a sketchy past, including a cop and a riot and her now mangled leg. Even knowing it would take a miracle to expunge her record she plows ahead in her studies and works hard to pay her bills. She works in “The Zone”, a part of Baltimore thick with past chemical spills and a area normal people have written off as dangerous. Those that live there seem to enjoy being outsiders and aren’t stunned when strange occurrences happen. Tina lives nearby and while she certainly notices buildings changing color and money disappearing out of her bag, she has wrote it off as quirkiness until her loving boyfriend tries to mow her down with her own car. She screams about him burning in hell…and pouf, the car explodes. Wow. I need some of that power. I mean, not that the guy deserved to burn in hell because all things are revealed later but….with that power you could scare the crap out of people. I like to scare the crap out of people. I digress.
As Tina gets backed in to walls and damns people to hell she grows prettier. Which is equal parts horrible and awesome. Let’s face it, some of the people that attempt to hurt her deserve to lick the flames in the bowels of hell for all eternity. While she starts out looking like a frumpy unfashionable unattractive woman, she ends up looking….well like that unnaturally thin cover girl up there. Smoking hot and now everyone seems to be looking at her or for her. She goes from driving a crappy old car to hauling ass on a motorcycle. Her whole demeanor changes over the course of the book. Her anger management issues stir up trouble on a continuous basis and she often bites off more then she can chew, which allows for some pretty snarky dialogue that kept me laughing. I am curious to see what the consequences are for using her power as the books move forward. Nothing is free and I have a feeling that the price of her new body will be a steep one.
Boyfriend From Hell is primarily UF and so the love story in this one is light but just enough to keep those romance junkies happy. She’s able to communicate with her dead boyfriend through mirrors and it seems to be much stronger the closer she is to The Zone which adds to the speculation of what the area and Tina herself are. She misses him and though he was lying to her, wants to help him solve his murder and figure out the secrets to The Zone and it’s inhabitants. One of those inhabitants is her boss and he is equal parts strange and alluring. He’s tough, shadowy and surprises me with his spontaneous tenderness. I enjoyed their push and pull throughout the book as each tries to deny their attraction to each other.
Even with all the weirdness of The Zone, Tina and her rag tag group of friends know that can’t be all of it. Though they may all have their quirks Tina can damn people to hell and that’s not taken lightly. I can’t wait to read more about the Saturn’s Daughter lore because that was only touched upon lightly in this book. I would have liked more info on that but I will patiently wait for the next one and hope I have a better understanding then. Boyfriend From Hell gives more questions then answers and as a first in a new series I’m okay with that as long as I don’t have to wait forever for the next one. Filled with action, snark and darkness, I definitely enjoyed this one! Quaid’s remarkable storytelling is top notch!
I give Boyfriend From Hell by Jamie Quaid 4.50 stars!