Release Day Review: Death Takes a Holiday (A F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation #3) by Jennifer Harlow

August 8, 2013 Review 0

Release Day Review: Death Takes a Holiday (A F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation #3) by Jennifer HarlowDeath Takes a Holiday by Jennifer Harlow
Series: A F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation #3
Published by Midnight Ink on August 8, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 280
Source: NetGalley
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: Real life kissing, references to sex, imaginary sex scenes
Reviewed by: Kate
4 Stars

A supernatural love triangle + one indecent proposal Beatrice Alexander can crush a sixty-foot snake with her mind, but she can't take any more of the drama that's tearing apart F.R.E.A.K.S. Should she give it all up -- her job as a secret agent and the possibility of a relationship with Will, the gorgeous werewolf? Bea's hoping to get it all figured out on a trip home for Christmas. But soon her hunky ex-boyfriend wants to rekindle their romance. Then, a powerful (and super hot) vampire lord offers Bea an impossible ultimatum: leave San Diego and her family forever -- or become his lover.

DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY has mayhem, humor, and a psychokinetic heroine, which was enough to keep me hooked- I read it all in one sitting! DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY is a bit goofy, and as such, has a mystery and lots of action without taking itself too seriously. Though it’s the third in the F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation series, I don’t think a reader would be missing out on too much by starting with this one, I think it would be best enjoyed by somebody who has been with Bea through her whole F.R.E.A.K.S. experience.

Bea is amazing in DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY. She’s getting to the point where she’s trying to come to grips with her abilities and what she does, and even though she wants to throw in the towel, when faced with a situation where she can be of help, she doesn’t back down. She’s brave, and sometimes a bit reckless, but she’s also a genuinely good person without being obnoxious about it. Plus, she’s got quite the sarcastic sense of humor! She’s an easy character to get to like, and it’s enjoyable being inside her head. My second favorite character has got to be Oliver. He’s developed so much from the first book, when he basically came off as slimy and trying to get into Bea’s pants, to a good friend who always manages to have a witty one-liner handy.

I do have a few issues with DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY. The twist at the end was a bit ridiculous and seemed a bit contrived. There was a little foreshadowing but it definitely did not go in any direction I was expecting. Plus, we’ve got the F.R.E.A.K.S. love triangle, soon to be a love pentagram (is that even a thing or am I making stuff up again?) with Bea home in San Diego, meeting a new man and seeing an ex-boyfriend. Now I’m for multiple choices of hunky men, but there is a point where it gets a bit ridiculous. I’m going to go ahead and say that four interested men may be that point. Bea spends a bit of time vacillating between her various options, and that got old after a while, too.

Regardless of any issues I had, DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY is a solid installment in the F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation series, one that leaves me anxious for the next one. Since I read the first three one right after another, I’m a bit miffed that I now have to wait for a fourth. I absolutely can’t wait to see Bea’s return to the F.R.E.A.K.S. after her vacation, and follow her as she continues to develop her talents and her relationships.

Series Titles:
  1. Mind Over Monsters
  2. To Catch a Vampire
  3. Death Takes a Holiday
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