Karma Girl (Bigtime superhero series #1) [NOOK Book]

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Investigative reporter Carmen Cole gets the surprise of her life on her wedding day when she discovers that her fiancé and best friend are sleeping together—and that the two of them are her town's resident superhero and ubervillain. Shocked and hurt, Carmen reveals their secret identities and then decides to devote her life to unmasking every superhero and ubervillain who crosses her path.

A series of successful unmaskings lands Carmen a job ...
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Karma Girl (Bigtime superhero series #1)

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Overview

Investigative reporter Carmen Cole gets the surprise of her life on her wedding day when she discovers that her fiancé and best friend are sleeping together—and that the two of them are her town's resident superhero and ubervillain. Shocked and hurt, Carmen reveals their secret identities and then decides to devote her life to unmasking every superhero and ubervillain who crosses her path.

A series of successful unmaskings lands Carmen a job at The Exposé, one of the biggest newspapers in Bigtime, New York, a city that's full of superheroes and ubervillains. Carmen is in her element—until she gets kidnapped by the Terrible Triad, Bigtime’s most dangerous ubervillain team.

The Triad orders Carmen to uncover the secret identity of Striker, the leader of the Fearless Five, Bigtime's most popular superhero team—or else they’ll drop her in a vat of radioactive goo. With that threat hanging over her, Carmen sets out to unmask Striker, but what she doesn’t count on is falling for the sexy superhero. But with the Terrible Triad lurking around, this is one story that just might be the death of her....
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Chick lit meets comics lit ... A zippy prose style helps lift this zany caper far above the usual run of paranormal romances." – Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012830791
  • Publisher: Jennifer Estep
  • Publication date: 6/9/2011
  • Series: Bigtime Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 103,360
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

Jennifer is the author of the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals—Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.

Jennifer is also the author of the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series. The books focus on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the gift of psychometry, or the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it. After a serious freak-out with her magic, Gwen is shipped off to Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors like Spartans, Valkyries, Amazons, and more.

Jennifer is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series. The books feature sexy superheroes, evil ubervillains, and smart, sassy gals looking for love.

For more information on Jennifer and her books, visit her at www.JenniferEstep.com. You can also follow her on Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter—@Jennifer_Estep.

Happy reading, everyone!
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2008

    Entertaining Read!

    I read this book in less than a week, while working a full time job and attending college. I have to admit, when I first read the book I didn't think it was my kind of book. But once I got through the middle of the first chapter I could NOT put it down! Very good read for people of all ages 'except for the very discriptive girl on guy action'. Other than that I so much enjoyed reading this book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2008

    AWESOME BOOK!!!

    I love all of jennifer estep books, i read all three in two weeks. I admit it, i am hooked and addicted!!! she better keep on writing these babies!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2008

    Kept me up too late!

    I thought this book was awesome. I was a little wary at first but I totally got sucked in and had to finish it right away. This is a great book and I would recommend it to anyone!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Interesting

    After two years of exclusively seeing one another Exposé investigative reporter Carmen Cole and construction worker Matt Marion are ready to marry today at the Forever Inn in Beginnings, Tennessee although she worries that her beloved seems distracted. However, at their room, Carmen finds Matt straddled by her best friend since fourth grade Karen Crush. As painful is that betrayal is she is horrified to learn he is superhero Machinator and she is his archenemy uber-villain Crusher. Irate by the betrayals, Carmen vows to expose the secret identities of all the superheroes and supervillains.--------------- On an obsessed quest, she travels home to Bigtime, N.Y. to begin her odyssey starting with Travis ¿Tornado¿ Teague of the Fearless Five after being outed he commits suicide. The Terrible Triad wants her to expose the rest of the Fearless Five make that Four so hey kidnap her giving her a choice to uncover the secret identities of Striker and the Fearless Five or being the subject of a horrific experiment. Carmen accepts the terms of exposing Striker, but agrees only to buy time. She tracks Striker and though vowing no more super orgasms in her life, she is falling in love, but first she must expose the Terrible Triad once she gets past her demotion to the society pages.-------------- This is a wild comic book romance starring a delightful heroine who finds vengeance quite sour tasting. The fast-paced story line never slows down as superheroes and supervillains make for a Bigtime of fun for readers who appreciate a zany over the top fantasy. What does one expect with super orgasms.---------------- Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2007

    Great book, a Must Read

    Amazing... I couldn't put the book down. It's funny and sexy, and I was pulled in the 1st chapter. Keeps you wondering for the most part because, of course, nothing turns out the way you'd expect it. You gotta read this.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2013

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    Karma Girl was a surprise to me. I don't know exactly what I exp

    Karma Girl was a surprise to me. I don't know exactly what I expected when I wone this book. It literally kept me in stitches. I could not put the book down once I started reading.
    Carmen Cole is a delicious character and keeps the story alive. I do recommend this book for Adult readers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Meh

    I love her elemental assassin series better than this book. Maybe its cause it had growth in the characters. This series' characters weren't as loving as Gin amd her family was. Just wasnt connecting with Carmen and Striker like i wanted to. I like the story idea but no exciting developement and action seemed a little bland. No scenes that really just hit me with strong emotions or make me want to stop and just reread the pages again. I really really wanted to love this series...maybe Ill get the next book and hopefully its better for me. In the meantime, Im excited to read more of Gin!

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  • Posted June 24, 2013

    Dare to be different! When I discovered he Bigtime series, it

    Dare to be different! When I discovered he Bigtime series, it was as if someone blended my childhood love of comics with my guilty pleasure romance books. They all make for fun reads and the characters are amusing at times in their handling of superpowers and daily lives. This is the first book in the series and you will LOVE the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Mildly Entertaining Superhero Romance

    Karma Girl is a fun -- if repetitive and overly-long -- superhero romance. While I enjoyed the character interactions, I had difficulty buying into the romance between Carmen Cole and Striker/Sam Sloane.

    Estep's use of stock phrases throughout the story, as well as repeatedly referring to how "hot" and "perfect" Sam is, *and* repeatedly referring to characters by both their names ("Sam aka Striker Sloane") grew increasingly annoying as the story progressed. And while the story never bogged down, it took a loooong time to get anywhere.

    Overall, not a bad story, but not an especially good one either. -- lyradora

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    YOU MUST CHECK THIS BOOK OUT!!!

    Want a good book! a good read that doesnot take allnight?its a good book,without alot of sap,but love,hate and good over evil.Read all the books you can't go wrong

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    SUPER!

    SUPER cute! SUPER funny! SUPER sexy! Very fun read if you are up for some lighthearted easy reading.

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

    Fun fun fun and fast reading

    Love the series

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Bigtime Fan!!

    I have read all three bigtime books love them all but Karma Girl is still my favorite I really wish miss Estep would write more novels in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    In the process

    First try

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2011

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    I was hooked from the first pages!

    Review by Jen: Back in November, Jennifer Estep visited the blog (click here to go to the post) to tell us about the last book in her Bigtime series. After that visit, I decided to get a copy of the first book, Karma Girl. Since Jennifer will be back with us this coming week to talk about Spider's Bite, the first book in her new series, I thought I'd read and review Karma Girl for you.

    Carmen Cole is getting married. Yet on her wedding day, she feels something is terribly wrong, so she goes to talk to her husband-to-be. But she's in for the shock of her life when she not only discovers her best friend and fiancee' in flagrante delicto, but also that he is a superhero and she is his arch nemesis. Carmen uses her career as a reporter to unmask the two and begins a crusade to expose the identities of other caped crusaders and their arch enemies. Her exposes earn her a job at one of the largest newspapers and her assignment is to discover the identities of the Fearless Five and Terrible Triad. But when she reports on the identity of one of the town's most beloved superheros, her world comes crashing down around her...

    I was hooked on the story from the first pages. I loved the concept that Jennifer created; it was my first superhero romance (yes, there is romance). And I'm eagerly anticipating getting my hands on copies of Hot Mama and Jinx. In fact, I enjoyed this story so much, I recommended it to my sister when I was only halfway through it.

    I'll admit that I figured out the secret identities of all the characters that were revealed before Carmen. But it didn't diminish my fascination of where the story was going. There are a few twists and turns along the road and more laugh out loud moments than I could count. Karma Girl is a page turner from beginning to end.

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

    Love it!

    I have read comic books since high school. Jennifer has created my perfect read. A comic book that lasts pages and pages.

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  • Posted July 16, 2010

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    Carmen, reported extraordinaire

    Hell hath no fury than a woman scorned.

    On Carmen's wedding day she found out that her fiance and her best friends were entangled in a very shocking way. She literally caught him with his pants down while her best friend moan with pleasure, after her heart shattered into million pieces, the shock did not end there, in the throes of undressing, she caught a glimpse of another clothing underneath, and found out that her fiance was a superhero named Machinator (controls machines with his mind) and Crush (freakishly super strength). So what do you do if you are an investigative report scorned and heartbroken? You take a picture and turn your humiliation into a headliner. And that was exactly what Carmen did, she made it her personal vendetta to expose superheros and ubervillains so nobody won't feel cheated like her ever again. And more months / years she was successful at it, people are fascinated by her skills on uncovering who is behind those mask and spandex until one of the superheroes group member called Fearless Five committed suicide after being exposed.

    Booed and threatened by the public, Carmen was forced to write the society page of the newspaper. But her life got even more complicated when she was kidnapped by the ubervillain nemesis of Fearless Five called the Terrible Triad. She is of course being black mailed and was given some nasty image of how they are going to torture her but then she met Striker (leader of the Fearless Five) and she never thought a superhero can be so good looking with a spandex. Conflicted with the past and stressed out by what is happening in the present, Carmen still did what she does best, nosy, sarcastic, funny and impressive on everything.

    I love the story the plot, the humor, the characters and the ending. I haven't read much of a superhero vs. villains book but every time I do, I always end up wanting more and Jennifer Estep's is no exception.

    I wish Big Time series could be all about Carmen and her superheroes... a girl could dream

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    Super-hero hijinx

    Supernatural and paranormal themes are now popping up in almost every fiction genre. Just a few years ago, the idea that a detective would solve a crime by psychic means would have been considered cheating at best and total nonsense. Most readers would have cringed at a historical romance where the duke turned out to be a werewolf. Now vampires seem to dominate the best-seller lists and established writers are adding a ghost or ghost or two to their books, if not a vampire, demon or werewolf.
    Author Jennifer Estep has put a fresh face on this trend with her Bigtime series, setting her stories in a world where costumed super-heroes and super-villains are a fact of life. Still, it comes as a shock to Carmen Cole to discover-on her wedding day, no less!-that not only is her fiancé a superhero but he's having an affair with the woman who is supposed to be his biggest foe.
    In a classic case of woman spurned, Carmen turns her considerable talents to unmasking those with super-abilities. Her many successes lead her to a job reporting for the biggest newspaper in Bigtime, NY until an unfortunate revelation leads to a death. In an instant she goes from ace reporter to scum. However, her talents haven't gone unnoticed: now a group of baddies wants her to find the secret identities of their good-guy arch enemies or else they'll give her a fate worse than death.
    Karma Girl is an entertaining, tongue-in-cheek novel filled with fiends, radioactive goo, heroes and spandex-lots of spandex. A spirited heroine, fast pace, romance and snappy dialog combine to make this a great beach book. Other books in the series are Jinx and Hot Mama.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2009

    Good Book

    I had never read anything by this author and tried this book on a whim. It paid off! This was an excellent book and was a good one-day read. I'm going to start looking for more books by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2011

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