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Death Takes a Holiday (F. R. E. A. K. S. Squad Investigation Series #3)

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by Jennifer Harlow
     
 

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CLASSIFIED: F.R.E.A.K.S. On Vacation

If anyone ever needed a holiday, it’s Beatrice Alexander. Crushing a forty-foot snake with her mind? Easy. Dealing with the drama that’s tearing apart the F.R.E.A.K.S? Not so much. Being used as a tug-of-war rope between a wounded werewolf and vain vampire has stretched Bea to her breaking point. So she

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CLASSIFIED: F.R.E.A.K.S. On Vacation

If anyone ever needed a holiday, it’s Beatrice Alexander. Crushing a forty-foot snake with her mind? Easy. Dealing with the drama that’s tearing apart the F.R.E.A.K.S? Not so much. Being used as a tug-of-war rope between a wounded werewolf and vain vampire has stretched Bea to her breaking point. So she travels home to the sunny beaches of California for Christmas.

Despite the welcome distractions of family, friends, and her seemingly normal ex-boyfriend, her mind and heart remain thousands of miles away with her knights in tarnished armor. But a F.R.E.A.K. can never really go home again. After helping a teenage vampire companion, Bea and her family find themselves in extremely hot water with the vampire Lord of San Diego, who gives her an ultimatum—leave the F.R.E.A.K.S. to become his concubine or die.

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“Wildly fun and funny, Harlow offers treats for every paranormal lover to relish, with plenty of action, thrills, and laughter.”—Leanna Renee Hieber, author of the Strangely Beautiful series

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A telekinetic crime fighter finds a visit home for the holidays just as dangerous as her day job. Since joining F.R.E.A.K.S., the Federal Response to Extra-Sensory and Kindred Supernaturals, Beatrice Alexander (To Catch a Vampire, 2012) hasn't seen much of her family, and usually, she's fine with that. Now that warring factions are developing within the house the F.R.E.A.K.S. share, however, Bea decides that the holidays provide the perfect excuse to head to California, if only for the fact that the time away may give her a chance to reflect on what's really been happening in the house. Although the team appears to be fighting about their latest operation in Dallas, Bea suspects that the arguments may be about something more. Oliver Montrose, the resident vampire, got closer to Bea in that last operation, and now, her werewolf sometime-boyfriend Will Price can't contain his jealousy. California sounds perfect to Bea, who can't wait to see her grandmother and her best friend, April. But trouble follows Bea out West, and soon, she's caught up in the vampire drama of Lord Connor McInnis. Now Bea needs a hero more than ever, and she doesn't know who'll be there for her: Oliver, Will or her ex-boyfriend Steven, the cop. Though the vampire and werewolf love triangle Harlow (What's a Witch to Do?, 2013, etc.) presents has recently become a familiar trope, her crime-fighting spin adds something new.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738727127
Publisher:
Midnight Ink
Publication date:
08/08/2013
Series:
F. R. E. A. K. S. Squad Investigation Series, #3
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
854,742
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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Jennifer Harlow (Atlanta) earned a BA from the University of Virginia in psychology. Her eclectic work experience ranges from government investigator to radio DJ to lab assistant. She is also a member of Sisters in Crime. Visit her online at JenniferHarlow.com.

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Death Takes a Holiday 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jen Book provided by NetGalley for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book I’m going to start by saying that I highly recommend that you don’t start this series with this book. Not that it’s not good. But more that there is so much alluding to events that happened in the first two books in the series, that you’ll likely feel a step behind if you start here. I suppose I should also warn that I may end up with some spoilers in this review IF you’ve not read the earlier books. Page one of this book throws Bea in danger facing a mythological creature. Since it’s her story, you know she survives, but things just go downhill for her. She’s caught in between the man… er, werewolf, she’s lusting over but who isn’t talking to her and her vampire best friend. The two men don’t get along and the whole F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad is taking sides. Bea decides she needs to escape and run home to grandma for a Christmas vacation. Too bad the vacation wasn’t all that relaxing. I’ll admit, I have some mixed feelings on this book. In the end, it was a very enjoyable read and once I got reading it was hard to put it down. But there were just some times that I wanted to throw my ereader across the room when it came to Bea’s emotional roller coaster. While I totally understand the conflict that she was going through, I got tired of reading the same arguments with Will and internalization. In fact, seeing as the “mystery” or “suspense” part of the book didn’t really happen until about two thirds of the way through the book, I think what would have made this better for me would have been less emotional stuff and more mystery. On to that mystery… as this book is marketed as a mystery, I found it very interesting that it didn’t appear until so late in the story. Much of the first chunk of the book is about Bea’s relationships with her grandmother, brother, best friend, ex boyfriend, Will and Oliver. And even when we get to the mystery, there isn’t a lot of mystery. I mean, outside of a chapter or two of being in the dark, it’s quickly revealed what’s going on and then it’s about how Bea and her squad are going to remedy the problem. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the problem… just wish it had been explored more. I liked this story, it just fell a little short of a great story for this reader. I am rather curious to read the next book in the series to see where Bea’s budding relationship and of course what new adventure Bea and her co-workers find themselves in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great one in the FREAKS series!! Couldn't wait for this one to get out on Nook & wasn't let down. Give us another in this series!!
mbWA More than 1 year ago
This third book in the FREAKS Squad books continues the action and love interests in the first two books. The twist at the end is great. I was left wanting another book.
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Nadina85 More than 1 year ago
I'm always a little wary as I delve deeper into a much beloved series because my expectations usually get the best of me in the end. Fortunately, this isn't the case with this one. Though there's less to be found in the action department (when compared to the first two books at least), it's quite heavy on Bea's personal development and character growth. We get to learn more about her family, friends and past which gives us more insight into why she is the way she is. As much as I love her snarkiness, it becomes evident that it's a defense measure. She's in a very vulnerable position, and at this point in the books, she's been put through the ringer. The traumatic death of one of the team members results in Bea's subsequent ostricization from the F.R.E.A.K.S. Plus, she's got two incredibly hot supernaturals vying for her affection which only makes matters worse. Basically, the F.R.E.A.K.S. are on the verge of WWIII and it isn't pretty. So naturally, a vacation is in order. Can you blame her? You'd think that slipping back into your old life would be a piece of cake, but Bea finds out even that isn't as easy or safe as it sounds when you're a F.R.E.A.K. From deadly conspiracies to hungry trolls and the vampire mafia, Bea's time at home isn't the relaxing vacation she hoped for. And to top it all off, she's got hunky exes and vampy proposals to contend with as well. What once was a love triangle between Bea, Oliver and Will suddenly morphs into this weird love polygon. I know! But where that usually turns me off in a book, Harlow makes it work. This may or may not have something to do with a sexy Irish vampire. Don't get me wrong, I will always root for my main man, Oliver, but Connor sure does give him a run for his money! So yeah, Bea has a lot to contend with. But despite all the drama, Bea manages to still be a bad ass. Even after being shot, chased, body broken and nearly sacrificed, she's capable of saving herself with a witty retort and all. And that's why I love these books so much --- we've got one BAMFY MC, lots of swoonage and tons of supernatural action. It really doesn't get any better than this, friends. I devoured Death Takes A Holiday just as quickly as i did the first two books in the series. While it isn't as high on the action, it more than makes up for it with the character development and introduction of some super sexy super freaks! If I have only one regret, it's that I didn't pace myself while reading it because I NEED MORE! If you're a fan of the paranormal genre but aren't familiar with this particular series, I highly recommend you get aboard this freaky train because IT SERIOUSLY ROCKS!
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Beatrice Alexander's life is in turmoil. She is caught in a triangle of drama involving supernatural creatures and is looking forward to some R&R. She has decided to return home to her grandmother's house for the holidays. Bea hopes that she can work things out by taking herself away from the situation...but the supernatural world has other plans. Bea is sucked into a situation where she must use her F.R.E.A.K.S. position to help a young woman. This gains her the notice of a very sexy vampire Lord who gives her an ultimatum, leave SanDiego and never come back or become his concubine. I really enjoyed this story. Bea shows outstanding heroine qualities and tries to make the best of difficult situations. I am a huge fan of San Diego so I found the home coming for Bea to be a wonderfully sweet return for me as well.  Incredibly sexy alphas, a kick but heroine, unexpected plot twists and a fantastic loving grandma make Death takes a Holiday a terrific read.  This ARC copy of Death Takes A Holiday was given to me by Jennifer Harlow - Midnight Ink Books in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication on August 8, 2013. Written By: Jennifer Harlow Series: A F.R.E.A.K.S.Squad Investigation #3 Paperback: 312 pages Publisher: MIDNIGHT INK  Publication Date: August 8, 2013 ISBN-10: 0738727121 ISBN-13: 978-0738727127 Rating: 4 Age Recommendation: 16+ Genre: Mystery Thriller Suspense
ldosch More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored this book and the characters in it.  This is the kind of book that just makes reading fun! I finished this book in one day and quickly ran to my computer to pick up books 1 and 2.  Don't ask me when I'll have a chance to read them...eh, I said don't ask, but I will make the time. Beatrice is wonderful; Will is lickable, sexy; and Oliver is flirty fun.  This book takes place while Beatrice leaves her team and goes home for the holidays, but Bea seems to be the type that trouble never takes a holiday from her.   I am looking forward to even more action from the first two books and I can't wait to see what Book 4 has in store.