“Magically immune Sophie Lawson is the only human working for the Underworld Detective Agency. Her official title is Head of the Fallen Angel Division, but that doesn’t really keep her very busy. Good thing because Sophie has been having an interesting time lately. And by interesting I mean she’s...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.
“Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.
Quick & Dirty: Sophie Lawson is one of those rare humans who can see those things that most humans do not such as werewolves, vampires and fallen angels. Because of this she is the only “breather” who works for the Underworld Detection Agency helping to make sure that those who belong to the underworld behave themselves among the human population. Now she must use all that she knows about her work to save her old boss from those who want him dead.
Opening Sentence: You might think that after a visit from my dead grandmother, a run-in with my dead sister, and a rent-controlled apartment shared with an undead vampire fashionista, a visit from the undead wouldn’t be so unexpected.
Sophie Lawson is a normal human whose father happens to be a demon. As such she is the only “breather” who works for the UDA. Also, trouble seems to follow her wherever she goes. As such, it is no surprise when her supposed to be dead boss, Pete Sampson, shows up at her door asking for her help to get werewolf hunters off his trail. With the help of her ex-lover and fallen angel, Alex Grace, maybe they can figure out who hired the werewolf hunters and save Sampson’s life and reputation. I had mixed feeling about this book. One moment I couldn’t get into it and other times I couldn’t get enough. I do believe that reading the first books in this series might have made it easier but it is not completely necessary to read them in order.
Sophie was a character I could relate to. She wants to be this super cool detective chick but always seems to fail miserably. Even so she still tries. Throughout the series she is known for backing down, turning into a big cry-baby, scaredy-cat. In this one, that has started to change and she is trying to become a new woman. The only thing I didn’t like about her is her indecision on which of the two guys in her love triangle she actually loves. Pick one already or let them both go.
Will is her Guardian and is there to protect her from those demons and other creatures who would like to use her to cause problems. Unfortunately, he is horrible at his job. He is a good looking man who has blond hair, hazel eyes and is built like a “soccer god”. Sophie has a fling with him while she and her other lover were taking a break. The other guy in her life is Alex, a fallen angel who is a cop trying to do good so he may return to heaven someday. Alex is the complete opposite of Will but still a hunk. He has blue eyes, brown hair, and is very muscular. I get it, both guys are good guys and total hunks, but still it is not right when both care for her to let them keep hanging on. I can’t pick sides because in this novel of the series Will does not show up very often. Alex is in it a lot and he is your typical hero who swoops in and saves Sophie when she gets herself in way over her head.
The other person who plays a big role in the book is Pete Sampson, werewolf and Sophie’s old boss. He was supposedly killed by a mad man, in a previous book, but had managed to escape. Unfortunately, there were those who found out he had escaped and they hired werewolf hunters to finish the job. He comes to Sophie for help to save his life. Of course there may be more that he is not telling Sophie because when he returns to San Francisco a series of very brutal murders start occurring. Could he be a killer seeking revenge for what had happened to him?
This story did have its ups and downs. Some parts were so boring, I had a hard time wanting to continue reading. Then all of a sudden something would make me sit back and go what! Then I would have to just keep on reading to find out what happened. For those who really enjoy anything supernatural, this is a book for you. For those who need to be contently on the edge of their seats then maybe this one would not suit you as much.
Will Sherman is my Guardian. And no, I’m not under eighteen_far from it. I’m also not a trust fund baby a la Athina Onassis or Paris Hilton (pre-sex tape/ pantiless partying/ jail time). I’m simply the Vessel of Souls and Will is, simply, my Guardian.
Yeah, I really thought I could get that one past you.
FTC Advisory: Kensington provided me with a copy of Under the Gun. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.”
“Magically immune Sophie Lawson is the only human working for the Underworld Detective Agency. Her official title is Head of the Fallen Angel Division, but that doesn’t really keep her very busy. Good thing because Sophie has been having an interesting time lately. And by interesting I mean she’s been investigating some serious crimes that seemed to involve demons. And by investigating, I mean she’s been running around half-cocked, throwing about wild theories that end up being wrong before she finally figures things out and generally getting herself injured multiple times in some way or another.
This time Sophie’s former boss, werewolf Pete Sampson, shows up at her door. This is the Pete Sampson we thought was dead. Just as he shows up in town murders start happening. Murders that look like a wild animal attacked. Or was it a werewolf? Sophie needs to clear Sampson’s name and figure out who is murdering the humans, but she’s starting to wonder if it’s another werewolf or if it’s actually Sampson.
I think I’m starting to actually like Sophie now. She’s not as annoying as she was in the first three books. In fact, she appears to have some kind of natural ability when it comes to wielding a sword. I want to see more of that! We meet Mort who is an interesting, if not deranged, character. I’d love to know his story. Still not liking Alex. If he’s going to be Sophie’s love interest then I’m never really going to love this series. Nina and Vlad’s dilemma cracked me up. All in all the series is getting better and I look forward to the next book 'Under a Spell' due out August 6th.
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“I really need to start checking if the books that catch my eye at Netgalley are mid series or not. The blurb didn't alert me to the fact that Under the Gun is the fourth book in Hannah Jayne's Underworld Detection Agency series featuring Sophie Lawson.
I am a little sketchy on Sophie's past history past the basics - she is human, but fathered by Satan and a prized vessel of some sort. She lives with her BFF and her BFF's nephew both of whom happen to be vampires, and she works for The Underworld Detection Agency which is something like a registration and control agency for all of the supernatural creatures who reside in San Francisco which live alongside the human population, who are clueless. Her on again off again boyfriend is both a cop and a fallen angel and with startling regularity, Sophie finds herself in mortal danger.
Though I was lacking some details I found it mattered little as Jayne provided just enough back story to make sense of the world. In this installment Sophie is trying to help her old UDA boss, Pete Sampson, evade the attentions of two ruthless werewolf hunters while growing increasingly concerned he may be responsible for several grisly deaths in the city.
Under the Gun is a fast paced read with plenty of action, a bit of romance and mystery. I enjoyed the humour, sniggering at some of the more amusing scenes involving Nina's home shopping network addiction and Sophie's attempt to escape Alex's office while handcuffed to a chair.
I have to admit though I grew a little tired of Sophie's ditzy persona. She freezes when confronted with anything vaguely threatening, babbles incoherently in the company of a good looking guy, is hopelessly clumsy and has a tendency to overlook the screamingly obvious.
I doubt I will seek out the earlier books in the series but Under the Gun was a entertaining, quick read that provided the odd laugh and demanded little concentration. ”
“After being gone for two years, her old boss, Pete, was the last person Sophie Lawson had expected to show up on her doorstep. It turns up that he has been on the run from werewolf hunters that would like nothing more than to see him mounted to their walls. It seems they think he is responsible for a path of brutal murders that make even seasoned cops lose their lunches. Determined to clear his name, Sophie sets out to solve the cases for herself. But this time, even her half demon nature may not be enough to keep her safe as she may just have bitten off more than she can chew.
I have to say that I was scratching my head in confusion over the romance department in UNDER THE SPELL. In my review of UNDER SUSPICION I talked about the dreaded love triangle formation, and that while I'm not the biggest fan of them, I did like that Sophie seemed to be leaning in another direction. It's just that Alex has too many issues and isn't supportive enough for my tastes. So, I had been hoping for things to be continuing on with Will in this book. So, imagine my surprise when Will suddenly leaves town rather early on in the book and doesn't return for the duration. So of course Alex is back in the forefront, and Sophie has completely forgotten about Will saying there never was anything real there. I'm sorry, but I can't help wondering what was the point of even introducing Will as a romantic possibility in the first place if he was only going to be in the running for less than one book. I could have understood doing that if it had of made Alex wake up and realize that he would lose Sophie if he didn't start treating her better, but nope, Alex is the same old frustrating man he's been.
I really loved the first book in this series, but it seems each new installment is a little less impressive than the last. With UNDER THE GUN things really seem to have settled into mediocrity. I'm not saying that the book was particularly bad or anything, it's just that nothing made a real impression on me. I mean, I was able to easily finish the book as it didn't drag, but there just didn't seem to be any point to the plot or the progression. I guess my biggest problem was that I'm a big fan of plots that serve to entertain for the current installment, but also further a long the overall plot. In UNDER THE GUN, I just felt like things were meandering along without any true path or guidance, and more than once I found myself wandering what was the point of it. Quite frankly I think the whole progression could have been greatly shortened and made into a side plot for this book, leaving room for something else to take the forefront. Something like Sophie's parentage, or her role as the Vessel of Souls as that would have tied into my burning questions for the series a whole lot more.
Even though a lot of things in this series haven't exactly thrilled me, I do really like the uniqueness of it, and the hilarious moments involving Sophie's antics. In fact, I really think between her craziness, and of course Nina's (her vamp roommate) own hilarious moments, the two of them carry this series. To be honest, I probably wouldn't be continuing on with the series if I didn't want to see what craziness (Mostly Sophie) the two of them would get in to. Hopefully I'll get my wish that the focus return to Sophie's Vessel issues in the next installment. While I can't say that this was my favorite installment in the series, UNDER THE GUN is still a decent read full of rather hilarious moments that should please fans of the series.”
“Not quite a 3 star, but I don't want to give it a 2 either. Not my favorite in the series. I just didn't click with it, so I feel no compulsion to read the next one. ”Kathryn wrote this review Saturday, February 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is the first book I've read in the Underworld Detection Agency Series. I wondered if I would be able to follow the story without some background, so I read a few reviews, checked out the blurbs and found that this book was pretty well self-contained! There was just enough background thrown into feel right at home!
Sophie Lawson, who works for the Underworld Detection Agency, is an unlikely heroine! Yes, she is determined, loyal, and hard-working, but she is also big-hearted, quirky, self-deprecating, a little clumsy and madly in love with a hot fallen angel, Detective Alex Grace. Oh, she is also the daughter of Satan!
Pete Sampson, Sophie's former boss and werewolf, shows up on her doorstep looking for help. Big shocker for poor Sophie because Pete was presumed dead for two years! As soon as he shows up, a series of murders are committed and all evidence points to werewolf killings. But Sophie believes in her old boss, and is in a race against the odds to prove his innocence.
Through some serious investigating and a comedy of errors, Sophie uncovers more than she could have imagined!
I loved that so many of Sophie's supporting characters were all a little goofy with their own style and charm! Okay, Alex was just plain hot, but somebody had to be the hot guy! A fun read!
This ARC copy of Under The Gun was given to me by Kensington Publishing Corp. in exchange for an honest review. Publish Date February 5, 2013 ”
“Sophie Lawson is in for the shock of her life. Her boss, Pete Sampson, was presumed dead for the last 2 years suddenly reappears and needs her help. Mr. Sampson is a werewolf and there are werewolf hunters hot on his trail. Using her position at the Underworld Detection Agency, Sophie tries to uncover who is responsible for the contracted hit on Mr. Sampson. But suddenly werewolf type attacks start happening all over the city and as far as Sophie knows her ex-boss is the only werewolf in town.
While trying to stay ahead of the werewolf hunters, Sophie with the help of Alex (sexy fallen angel) investigates these gruesome murders. But she about to discover that treachery is closer than she thought.
I simply loved Sophie Lawson’s character. Ok, she is quirky, funny and faints often but she is basically human in a world of supernaturals. Sure, her father is Satan but her only special ability is magic immunity. Taking the world on with a bass knife because she “peed myself little” the last time she shot the gun – yeah, you got to love her. She is living with 2 vampires trapped in her apartment because the sun is out, and one is going through a home shopping club addiction...and the fun doesn't stop there.
Hannah Jayne created the perfect recipe for a wonderful book. She had just the right amount of funny, action, witty banter, gruesome mystery, sexual innuendos and great characters making this a entertaining, enchanting and enjoyable read.
This ARC copy of Under The Gun was given to me by Kensington Publishing Corp. in exchange for an honest review. Publish Date February 5, 2013.”