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

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

by Jennifer Harlow


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

About the Author

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

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Death Takes a Holiday 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
3monstersmom More than 1 year ago
A highly addictive series that you will devour! Third time is still the charm with this entertaining return to the F.R.E.A.K.S. squad. For this installment we find ourselves following Beatrice Alexander home for Christmas. The constant bickering between her best friend Oliver, and her crush Will has become too intense and is endanger the team. Bea decides what she needs the most is a trip back home to San Diego for some low time. Of course this is Bea and drama must follow her everywhere, que the entrance of her ex-cop boyfriend, and the surprisingly charming Lord Conner. Complications ensue and quickly Bea’s break away from relationship drama is thrust back to the surface with the arrival of Will and Oliver. At this point I have to admit that the charm has completely left Will for me. His scenes with Bea make me twitchy and frustrated. Oliver on the hand is saving the series for me; I love watching him poor his heart out and provide steady support for Bea no matter what her actions and behavior are. I’m looking forward to continuing this story and spending more time with these quirky characters. This is a series that needs to be read in sequence and not as a standalone to fully appreciate the characters and their continuous storyline. Recommended for fans of Angie Fox, Margaret Acosta, and Molly Harper.
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, 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.