Early Review: Under Suspicion by Hannah Jayne

, by Kt Clapsadl

Under Suspicion by Hannah Jayne 
Underworld Detection Agency #3

She’s the new head of the Underworld Detection Agency’s strangest division. What a nightmare…

Being a human immune to magic helped Sophie Lawson get promoted. It’s also made her a major, very reluctant player in a game that stretches beyond even the Underworld. Having handsome buttoned-down Englishman Will as her new guardian is one tempting blessing, especially since sexy fallen angel Alex is mysteriously MIA lately. But as a frightening number of demons start disappearing around the city, Sophie suspects that an Armageddon-level prophecy is about to become everyone’s nightmare. And her investigation is testing her bravery — and Will’s unexpected vulnerability — in ways neither could predict. Now Sophie and Will are fast running out of time as an unstoppable evil prepares to lay waste to demons and humans alike…

Sophie not only got her job back at the Underworld Detection Agency, but a promotion to head of the fallen angel division. So life is looking up, at least  until her clients start disappearing that is. Sophie instantly suspects that there is some nefarious plot going on despite everyone else having doubts. Regardless, she is determined to get to the bottom of things, and lucky for her she has an oh so yummy guardian to help protect her while she sticks her nose into trouble. Things start heating up between the two much to Alex's dismay, but his absentee behavior has just about met Sophie's breaking point. Relationship woes aside, Sophie may have bitten off more than she can chew in her investigation as a powerful force seems determined to annihilate anything and everything demonic, and Sophie may have very well placed herself right in the cross hairs. 

A love triangle forms in Under Suspicion, and I'm not really happy about it. It isn't that I have a problem with love triangles, in fact ones where either choice is equally appealing can make for a great read. However, in this case, the two of the men cannot be described as anything near equal in terms of deserving Sophie. Granted I did get my wish that some sparks would start between Will and Sophie, but I had intended for Alex to be then completely pushed out of the picture. Unfortunately, that just didn't happen and it really frustrated me. I just don't understand what Sophie sees in Alex. All he does is string her along, and it just isn't right. On the other hand, Will has been nothing but supportive of her and while he does chuckle at her antics, he never once patronized her unlike Alex does. Hopefully she will wise up quickly, but I have a bad feeling that none of this will end well, and poor Will will probably end up being hurt the most. 

Sophie's rash and crazy behavior continues in Under Suspicion, making for another hilarious read. However, I've noticed that her friends (Will being mostly the exception) are becoming more and more patronizing and rather condescending as time goes on. It just infuriates me how they treat her considering just how much she has been through lately. Yes, her methods may be a little unorthodox and almost insane at times, but she gets the job done. She doesn't let anyone or anything hold her back from doing the right thing, nor does she ignore any problem just because it would be easier. No one else can say the same, all they see is a quirky and ditzy red-head, but she is so much more than that.

Once again, there is a slight disconnect between the look of the cover and the actual content of the book. Even so, this one is definitely a step in the right direction compared to the last one. As far as the story itself, despite my frustrations with some of the characters behavior, I'm still really enjoying this series. Sophie is just so very different from the hard case heroines typical in the urban fantasy genre, and it definitely makes for an enjoyable read. In fact for anyone who is a little jaded with the similarities in the genre, The Underworld Detection Agency series may just be the breath of fresh air they need. As for me, well I can't wait to see what happens next!

(Received a copy from the publisher)


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