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Sophie Lawson is a human immune to magic, which comes in handy for helping paranormal beings transition into everyday life. But fallen angel Alex Grace and his search for the Vessel of Souls is one curse she never saw coming. Suddenly an unexplainable string of killings and destruction has even San Francisco's demons fearing for their immortal lives. And Sophie isn't aboutSophie Lawson is a human immune to magic, which comes in handy for helping paranormal beings transition into everyday life. But fallen angel Alex Grace and his search for the Vessel of Souls is one curse she never saw coming. Suddenly an unexplainable string of killings and destruction has even San Francisco's demons fearing for their immortal lives. And Sophie isn't about to trust Alex's all-too-vulnerable charm or his secret agenda. Now their hunt is revealing dangerous secrets about Sophie's past, and malevolent power hellishly close to turning one irreverent human into the ultimate supernatural weapon....

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Number of Pages : 322 Pages
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Under Attack Reviews

  • Jilly
    2019-04-25 06:23

    The characters in this series are a bunch of morons. Truly stupid. I figured out every single thing going on within a couple of pages and they spent the whole book bumbling around like kittens chasing the red dot. Going nowhere, accomplishing nothing.Even cats wise up at some point, but these characters never seem to.But, also like the kittens chasing a dot, it is funny. There are some absolutely hilarious moments in this book. Like when Sophie and her roommate, Nina, decide to break into a house. Since they need to wear all black, Nina brings Sophie the only all black thing she had - an evening gown. Sophie also told Nina to bring gloves so their fingerprints wouldn't show up, so Nina hands her black cashmere elbow-length gloves with rhinestones up the sides. And, for binoculars, Nina brought bejeweled opera glasses. The male character, Alex, also shows up to break-in to this house:He grinned when he saw me. "I guess we both had the same idea here. Of course, my tux was at the cleaners...And that's the thing about these books, the writer does great funny moments and witty dialogue. I just wish that the stories were as good. Or, at least some mysteries that are easier to figure out than a Scooby Doo cartoon. I'd settle for that too.

  • Jenn
    2019-05-14 03:17

    Sophie Lawson is not your typical urban fantasy protagonist. She has a fondness for Pinwheels and sheath dresses, doesn't know how to fight, doesn't have powers, and is about as far from tough as you can get. When I read UNDER WRAPS, the first book in the Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles, it took me a while to get used to Sophie because the book cover depicted her as a fierce warrior when she's really more of a cutesy girly girl. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a cute protagonist but the covers really don't match the tone of the novels for this series, which is always jarring when you're not expecting it. So be forewarned: this is one case where you really can't judge the book by its cover. Yes, Sophie has a tazer, yes, she's a redhead, and yes, there are black feathers about, but there's definitely no bra and holster look in the book.In fact, f I had to choose one word to describe this series, I'd probably go with "fluffy." Let me be clear, this isn't a criticism. It's just quite different from the usual books I read, which tend to have a grittier, darker tone. Hannah Jayne's books have serious moments but the general tone is more playful than what you'd see in the series I tend to gravitate toward. That being said, I enjoyed UNDER ATTACK. In fact, I thought it was better than UNDER WRAPS. The plot takes us in all kinds of directions. We get to learn a lot more about Sophie and why she's immune to magic. We also get to see what happens to the UDA in the aftermath of Pete's disappearance and where Sophie fits into things. There are also some fun scene with Nina, Sophie's vampire roommate, particularly when she's at work.The one downside for me is that the villain of UNDER ATTACK was rather one-dimensional. Ophelia has some nice sneaky moments and she does an excellent job of messing with Sophie's mind but she didn't seem as fleshed out as the other characters in the novel, maybe because she's new and I'm more familiar with the rest of the cast from UNDER WRAPS.Fans of dark urban fantasy may find this series a little silly but UNDER ATTACK is an enjoyable read if you approach it with the right expectations. I think Sophie and the Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles will really appeal to fans of MaryJanice Davidson's Betsy books or Janet Evanovich's (non-UF) Stephanie Plum series so if you like those books, this may be the book for you!http://www.tyngasreviews.com

  • Shelley
    2019-04-22 02:08

    *Rating* 3.0*Genre* Urban fantasy*Full Review*Sophie Lawson has immunity to any form of magic, yet she remains human. She is the only human who works for the Underworld Detection Agency. With her former boss on the lame and pretty much stuck as a werewolf, Sophie’s job status at UDA comes under review and reconsideration.Sophie also learns more than a few secrets about herself in this book, including facts about who her real father is and what she is “carrying” within her. She even gets a visit from her long deceased grandmother who, it appears, is sitting in heaven playing games with famous celebrities yet knows all about Sophie’s secrets.Alex, the fallen angel who also plays an uncover FBI Agent who works with the San Francisco Police Department, is back from his sudden disappearance. He is still searching for the Vessel of Souls that he somehow allowed to be stolen away from him, and thus lost his wings and fell from Heaven. He will do just about anything to get it back. Funny thing about that.....Does anyone else besides me really not like Nina LaShay, Sophie's vampire roommate? I mean, she's just so annoying about everything from her crush on the new boss, to her obsessive behavior with cloths. Ok, I'll admit that there were some really humorous moments with Nina and Sophie, and Nina does experience a major beat down at the hands of Sophie's fallen angel sister who shows up looking for the Vessel of Souls. Oh and she and Alex had a relationship once upon a time as well. It’s basically called keeping it in the family sexually.Oh yeah, Sophie has a sister that she had no clue existed. They share the same father who may or may not be the Devil himself. Her name is Ophelia Szabo and she is a bad angel who wants the Vessel of Souls for herself to wreak havoc on the rest of the world while taking over Hell. Did I mention that she's crazier than Jack Nicholson in The Shining? Ah, just when you thought Alex was the only person in Sophie's life and in her heart, along comes Will Sherman into the picture. Will is a guardian who is supposed to protect the Vessel of Souls. And, guess who the vessel of souls is? Ayup!In the end, Sophie ends up with a new title and a new job and even more mysteries that she needs to solve….que the next chapter in this series which will be coming out May of 2012!

  • Cass
    2019-05-13 06:28

    3,5/5

  • Meigan
    2019-05-17 07:24

    Sophie Lawson. Never have I been more enamored with a female heroine. What sets Sophie apart from the hundreds of other leading ladies is her status of idiot. Bumbling idiot, village idiot, whatever works, she is one. It's not her fault she's better with a stapler than a gun (any weapon, really). It's also not her fault that the reason the book covers for this series make no sense is because they indicate how Sophie sees herself when she's daydreaming about "being on the case". It's cute, really. As is Sophie. Such a normal character and I can see why many people will fault her for this. Blame it on the hordes of knife-wielding, leather-wearing, whip-toting ladies that grace the UF genre. Administrative assistant Sophie Lawson isn't any of those, but she dreams she is :)Alex Grace is back and asking for Sophie's help in finding the Vessel of Souls. He was once in charge of helping guard the rather important item; because things kind of went to his head, not only did he lose the missing item, he was also stripped of his wings and earthbound. The Vessel of Souls is the one thing that can get him back in to Heaven and regain his wings. Needless to say, the Vessel is now his priority. The search is compounded by the fact that another member of the Fallen also wants the Vessel, only for much darker purposes. In this installment, Sophie doesn't become more powerful, she isn't magically enhanced and dangerous, she still doesn't kick ass. When she does manage to take down an opponent, it is purely through a mixture of happenstance and brash decisions. I would say luck plays a part, but our Soph isn't a lucky gal. Some light is shed on her past, she learns quite a bit about her dead mother and her deadbeat father. Oh, and Grandma's back and canoodling with also-departed Ed McMahon. There is also a new character introduced, Will Sherman, the British firefighter and potential new love interest. He brought quite a lot to the table and I am interested to see where he fits in in future installments. Bottom line - I recommend this series if you are looking for something quirky, fluffy, and different in the world of UF. This isn't the ass-kicking type of UF (as one would think from the covers), nor is it a serious series. It's more along the lines of MaryJanice Davidson where it's more fun and cutesy than anything. The old cliche about "don't judge a book by its cover" fits here nicely :)

  • StephanieG
    2019-05-15 05:09

    Sophie works for the Underworld Detection Agency. They have brought in some new management around the same time Alex, a fallen angel who Sophie is somewhat involved with, shows up at her door step. He tells her that he is on a mission to find the Vessel of Souls. If he finds the vessel before the evil fallen angels do, then he might get his wings back. Sophie happily agrees to help him find it, and so does Nina, her roommate and work pal. Sophie starts out light hearted and funny. I thought that she would be powerful, being the only human among the Underworld. I like a little change of pace, but her light hearted funny comments tend to pop up in situations that it isn’t called for. She can go from a weeping mess to a giggling woman in less than a second. I was also a little mystified by how she sees Alex. When he shows up the reader gets a re-cap on how he started some form of relationship with her, and then disappeared. He shows back up, and instead of refusing to see him, she lets him eat her food, and agrees to just about anything he wants. Alex lets her know a fallen angel that he used to be ‘involved with,’ is out for the vessel, and the ex-girlfriend soon targets Sophie. There is a scene where he tells her he can’t always protect her, after bring all hell to her door, and gives her a stun gun. Considering what happens when the ex-girlfriend first shows up, she might as well stun him with it for all the good it might do her. Alex also made jokes non-stop, and clinched his jaw when he was annoyed, thinking and bothered, or any reason. Other than his looks, which sounded very nice, I didn’t much care for him. I wasn’t really sure why Sophie did. The story wasn’t my cup of tea. Instead of being surprised by the plot twists, I was a little preoccupied with the whys’ and hows’. A lot of times I wanted to jump into the story and say, “I thought you said the vampires (angels, fallen angels, demons and most any other critters) could do this…” This made the characters seem dense. I understood that Sophie was a little bit of a ditz, usually I like that. The story is told in her POV, but we still figure stuff out before her. Most of the stuff she should have put together.There is a great deal of action through the most part of the novel. The action does keep the story flowing, but it slowed down for towards the end. The characters often seem too similar, and unrealistic. This is a second novel in the series, and it does give the reader brief descriptions of what went on before. -Beth (Guest Reviewer)

  • Joshua Burns
    2019-05-21 06:22

    As seen on Rabidreads.ca:Under Attack would be better, in some ways, as a weekly strip in the funny papers alongside Garfield, gorgonzola, and briefcase-toting cavemen.   The red head on the cover shares little to no athletic ability with the donut-craving klutz we are lead to believe must save the universe.   This "joke", the gun and stungun-toting red head on the cover is not who is roaming around L.A. under the cover, is one in a long line of deprecatory gags.   Six hundred year old vampire trapped in a teenager's body protests the wimpy depiction of vampires in the media?   Check.   Six hundred or so year old vampire obsessed with fashion?   Check.   Bleu-cheese smelling troll who thinks he is a pornstar?   Partial check.   There definitely could have been more of Steve the troll in this installment.   The reckless and relentless propulsion we once saw from this red head's world loses its push in character development.Unfortunately, the more that we learn about our titular character the less her surrounding silly ghouls, wizards, fallen angels, and werewolves appear.   If we might carry over the comic strip analogy, we receive too much of Garfield's backstory to appreciate his indulgence for lasagna.   Things get too personal for Sophie Lawson.   Previously in Under Wraps, Volume #1, her presence to the crime happenings always felt tangential like she were a careless bystander.   Excuse me.   Careless, unless it comes to the amount of grease streaming off her burger.   I may be just picking a straw because Steve the troll made such a "stunning" impression on me the first time around.   But you just cannot beat the hilarious image a troll moving company conjures.   The smoking English-accented firefighter somewhat makes up for the loss but not quite.

  • (Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick
    2019-05-12 01:15

    Re read to get ready for book three though if Sophie doesn't stop with her whining and generally dumbarse-ness, I may not read it.

  • Carrie
    2019-05-07 02:06

    I gotta say, I'm a little disappointed. After the first book and having enjoyed the last few of the series, I guess I just expected to really tear through these books without wanting to stop. This book was good, don't get me wrong, but after the first book, I didn't enjoy this one nearly as much.Sophie is still exactly who she started out as. She loves her job, surrounds herself with paranormals, and yet yearns to just be a normal girl. Oh, there's also the on-again/off-again relationship with fallen angel Alex Grace. While I didn't exactly love him in book 1, I found myself almost actively hating him in this one. The cocky attitude coupled with his inability to protect Sophie (she gets super beat up in this book!) made me wish Sophie could just quit him. The larger story, while very much leading into a bigger storyline, involved Sophie crying about 90% of the time while getting her butt kicked. The story of the vessel hunt and the big bad here in the form of Ophelia made for a story where we learned what may or may not be true for Sophie's family tree. I completely don't remember how this series ends, so I'm in for the full ride, eager to start the next book. I'll hope for Sophie hooking up with the new character and dump Alex Grace (which probably won't happen) and will hope for more Nina, who is sadly becoming my preferred female character in this series.

  • Kristin
    2019-04-22 01:06

    I won a copy of this book from Literary Escapism (www.literaryescapism.com). Thanks guys!This review has some spoilers from the first book in the series and I do talk about some plot points, without spoilers, so if you don’t want to know anything at all about this book, don’t read this review!Under Attack takes place about six months after the end of the last book, Under Wraps, and Alex has yet again gone MIA, Mr. Sampson is apparently still dead (boo!) and a new vamp boss is about to take over the Underworld Detection Agency. There’s also the matter of the missing Vessel of Souls, the one thing which could give unlimited power to the one who holds it and the retrieval of which could help Alex get back into heaven. Added to the mix is an ex-girlfriend of Alex’s named Ophelia who torments and wants to kill Sophie, as she believes she’s protecting the Vessel. And she’s jealous as hell of Sophie for being with Alex.Before I get into the review, what the hell’s with the woman on the cover? First off, it doesn’t look anything like the girl from the first cover (which kinda doesn’t matter ‘cause Sophie isn’t described as looking like either of them). Secondly, she sort of looks like the mother of the girl on the first cover (not that she looks old, but she looks a bit older than the first one and like she’s had mega-botox and airbrushing). And the freaking clothes?! Sophie doesn’t wear anything that even slightly resembles that outfit, which is worse than the outfit on the cover of the first book. And I’m pretty sure that if Sophie had a gun in one hand and a taser in the other she and someone near her would wind up mortally wounded. I really see why people feel misled by the covers because she’s basically a wimp with zero fighting abilities, which is fine, but don’t portray the main character as a badass on the cover if she’s nothing like that. However, if you read more than one page of the book, you'll realize this immediately. These books are definintely more chick-lit set in the supernatural world.Some of my complaints about the first book carried into this one. The wagging of the head. The-sau-rus!!!! Though I must admit, it wasn’t nearly as bad as it was in the first book. And while she’s definitely less sex crazed, Sophie seemed to be breaking down every other page. Granted, if I found out that my ex’s ex was trying to kill me and (view spoiler)[that I was potentially Satan’s daughter and the chick who was trying to kill me was my sister (hide spoiler)], I’d be a mess as well, but I’d also be pissed and want to learn how to fight back. This time around, one inconsistency in the book was glaring. While Sophie says more than once that she’s thirty-three, it’s stated in the book that she was born June 27, 1982, which would only make her twenty-nine. And I’m not a fashion person at all, but even I know how to spell Manolo Blahnik.While we do find out where the Vessel is hidden and there is somewhat of a resolution regarding the bad guys in this book (view spoiler)[What I mean by this is that while Ophelia’s gone, daddy’s still roaming around out there and may or may not be the devil. (hide spoiler)], which I like, sometimes the same person coming after you over and over and over becomes boring and unbelievable, nothing has really been resolved about what to do with the Vessel, though I’m sure more people will be coming after it. I hope we learn more about this object, it’s history and so on, and we find out more about Sophie’s parentage.And I have to say, even though I know it won’t happen, I wish Sophie would be spending more time at People’s Pants because I found those scenes to be pretty amusing.I loved Nina in this book as much as I did in the first one. Vlad wasn’t in it as much but he and his VERM friends do pop up every once in a while for a bit of comic relief (I’ll never get tired of Sophie referring to him as Count Chocula). Sophie’s dead grandmother also makes an appearance in this book, and while I’m fine with her appearing on shiny surfaces, I thought the idea of her turning up on someone’s bald head or in a cantaloupe fairly ridiculous. And it’s obvious that Will is being introduced as a possible rival for Sophie’s affections since the whole “we can’t be together” thing is still going on with Sophie and Alex. As an aside, raise your hand if you didn’t know Sophie and Alex had had sex, ‘cause I didn’t. I kept expecting them to in one of the books and just thought that the author was just building major tension, then something happened that made me ask myself if they just did it. Then I read something else that led me to believe they might’ve hooked up in the last book. Now, I don’t need graphic sex scenes in my books, but if the couple in question are getting it on and I’m not even aware of it, I think I need a bit more than Sophie thinking of her naked shoulder against his or something!There’s a lot thrown at Sophie and us, the readers, about her family background. I almost feel like I should be annoyed because there’s so much stuff going on with her which should be kind of unbelievable, even for fiction, and, as I stated, she’s crying practically non-stop, but I’m not and I can’t figure out why. Maybe because I like the characters and it’s a very fun, light paranormal read.I’ll definitely be picking up the next installment in the series, Under Suspicion, due out next year. I’ll also be trying to figure out who is on the cover (because it’s sure not the same chick from either of the other covers) and why the hell they keep putting Sophie in those damn outfits!

  • Mary Hartshorn
    2019-04-21 02:10

    Sophie and Alex have proven that Sampson was innocent of the murders which were in fact done by the police chief. Unfortunately, there is no sign of him anywhere and no way to contact him. Now the UDA is under new management who want nothing to do with Sophie because she is human. In this book Sophie learns more about her heritage, and what Alex is.

  • Dark Faerie Tales
    2019-04-24 01:06

    Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: A sequel quite like the first book, with a bit more danger and a lot more confusion.Opening Sentence: It’s nearly impossible to get hobgoblin slobber out of raw silk.The Review: The second book in this series finds our much beloved Sophie in more trouble than before, and this time it’s very personal. This time, the scary evil is coming directly for her, and only her.You see, not only does Sophie have a bit of mystical powers, but it also appears she is some sort of theological holy object that everyone wants to get their hands on. All these things are made only better when Sophie finds out in which direction her family tree’s roots really do grow.Following Sophie’s journey is, as always, her hunk of fallen angel love, Alex. Man on a mission, he is, and we reluctantly find out exactly what role Sophie plays in his end goal.Also joining us on today’s trip is a man named Will, full time fireman, part time guardian of mystical objects. Will comes complete with hot fireman calendar looks and an English accent. His latest job is keeping Sophie alive and out of the hands of fallen angels just like Alex. And Sophie, being Sophie, makes his job all that much harder.And there in the middle is poor Sophie. I actually found myself saying, out loud even, “Would you please just let this poor woman have sex already?” I mean, really, when the gorgeous, unattached male you have the hots for — and who wouldn’t — literally jumps into your bed with you, you take him up on his oh-so generous offer. Also, by the end of this book, she has two love interests, and fawning over two dudes at the same time — like talking with one while thinking of the other — is just rude. This paints a really horrible picture of a female’s mind, all wishy-washy while trailing two guys on a line. Also, I kind of found her whole stuck on sex thing to be a little off putting. Wanting to have sex with a person is fine, but to be the way she is through a lot of the book is…I don’t know, I guess you can add your own adjective here. It just wasn’t my style.Anyway, Sophie manages to take out the threat to her life with her own two hands. Way to go. But I’m not altogether sure this should qualify her as one of the UDA’s best like it says in the synopsis. Throughout most of the book, Sophie is a bumbling ball of ineptitude — she keeps her gun in the freezer, for example. Her triumphs are more blind luck than skill.I am afraid to say that I do have to agree with my fellow reviewer’s take on this series. Though urban fantasy may have been this author’s intention, this book and the others in the series fall quite a bit short of the line. Urban fantasies are not made by simply taking a character, a city with some paranormal elements, some danger, a hot counterpart and a vampire or two, throwing them in then turning the crank on the salad spinner.Notable Scene:It was the raspy sound of sneakers on concrete coming to an abrupt stop. The sound of heavy breathing—distinct, though barely audible on the late-night breeze.“Maybe it’s just—“My words were cut off by the sound of a blade slicing through the air. I felt a body make contact with mine; then the wind as it left my chest when I made contact with the cold, damp concrete. I only knew Alex had been hit when I heard the strangled sound of his groan.“Sophie, run!”Everything seemed to be happening in slow motion and Alex’s command didn’t even sound like him. It was higher, more menacing, and I kicked my feet, sliding on the concrete until I got some traction, then stopped dead, seeing the dark figure in front of Alex.Our attacker was dressed entirely in black and stood a half-head taller than Alex, his face obscured by a black knit ski mask that only revealed sinister hooded eyes that remained fixed on us. He held his blade aloft once more and I heard my own scream when I saw the blood—Alex’s blood—dripping from the cold steel.FTC Advisory: Kensington Books provided me with a copy of Under Attack. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

  • Fangs for the Fantasy
    2019-05-07 01:26

    Sophie’s life is going miserably – what with a shakeup at work forcing her to find new employment and creating a rift between her and MinaAnd into this comes Alex, the Fallen Angel, looking for the Vessel of Souls which is mega shiny and powerful and vital. He needs it now because Ophelia, also Fallen Angel only much much much more evil is looking for the vessel.That’s a quest that puts Sophie firmly in the middle – and directly under threat. Especially as we learn more about exactly who Sophie is and who her family are.I think this book improved on a few elements of the first one……and lo it was damned with the very faintest of praise. Especially since it was even worse with some others.Many of the problems of the first book continue – one of the most annoying is that it’s still like that guy at the pub who thinks he’s funny but really isn’t. There is so much of this book that is hammered in for comic relief that isn’t even slightly amusing – Vlad and Nina’s main purposes is to be a constant source of hilarity which I’m sure is meant to have me cracking up and falling from my chair. I did not crack a smile – and find both characters so ridiculous to the point of being intensely irritated whenever they appear. And now they’re joined by pointless-cantaloupe-grandma-ghost. No, that isn’t a typo. No, it isn’t funny.This book is also rammed with pointlessness and “twists” that I neither understand nor care about. They just fill space – and this is a flaw that is even worse than the first book. Sophie had work trouble – added nothing to the story. Changed job – added nothing to the story. Sophie’s sister – nothing added to the story, nothing about the story changed. Sophie’s father – not followed up enough to make it relevant to the story. Ghostly grandma – added nothing to the story – not even clumsy exposition. Will the Guardian… who doesn’t do much guarding. There’s just all of this stuff crammed into the book that doesn’t really do anything – and it’s not just these elements added, there are a lot of scenes as well. Like Sophie deciding to go to her boss and give him a piece of her mind – it doesn’t DO anything, she doesn’t even really see it through. Or Alex giving Sophie a stun gun – we have a whole scene about it but there’s no real reason for it. Or Sophie being arrested to then have that whole plot line pointlessly fizzle into nothing. This book is lost in Chekhov’s junkshop.Which is another element that fails dismally – Sophie is supposed to being tormented by Ophelia through telepathy. But she never sees anything through! So the arrest… fizzles out. Her food being made disgusting… only happens once. The rest of the time it can be summed up with “Ophelia’s being mean” which is apparently sufficient to turn Sophie into a snivelling wreck of weepiness and despair.On the plus side, Sophie is less completely useless in this book – marginally. But only because no-one actually expects her to do anything about anything. She’s not useless merely because she’s not really given any tasks to fail. She spends most of the book sobbing, wailing, angsting, worrying or fighting with the voice in her head; usually all of this angst and drama is about those excess, unnecessary elements that have been squeezed in the book just because. This woman is supposed to be in her thirties, she’s ridiculously childish (almost as childish as Nina – who is supposed to be centuries old). And, of course, when she actually does drag herself into actually doing something she decides to ditch all her helpers and run off alone for… no, there’s not even an ATTEMPT to explain it. She’s just Sophie, and abject foolishness is what we can expectRead More

  • Crystal (Kris)
    2019-04-24 07:06

    When Sophie opens up the novel talking about hobgoblin slobber, you know you're in for another treat. (NOT the hobgoblin slobber. YES, Sophie and co.) One of the things I love most about Sophie is her quirky sense of humor that comes out even in the most dangerous of situations. Along with the humor comes the tendency to ramble on, and then maybe delve into a sexual fantasy or two. While it does make the plot less streamlined and tight-knit as it could be, I love this trait of Sophie's. It keeps the story light-hearted and fun to read. And, sometimes, one needs to be able to coast through a story that isn't wrought with tension, suspense, and ominous clouds.I adore the scandalous conversations between Sophie and Nina. They remind me of the insults some sisters at heart will exchange in a way that really means to say, "I love you" and "BFF 4Ever." They're such girls like that. And the way they'll talk about delicious men they can just eat up! The story never lacks for humor and entertainment be it Sophie's own narration or her interactions with others. Okay, Sophie can be a bit of a drama queen at times, and when she's down and doesn't get the comfort treatment that she wants, she'll lash out at people, but I can't stay annoyed at her for long. Her personality is just so vibrant and compelling.The supporting cast is as fun as ever. I'm glad to see some familiar faces return along with references to occurences from the first book, such as Steve and his new love life. (Who knew that one could get fond of a stinky troll?) Vlad is another character that I love and am glad to see return. He's the perfect image of an angsty teenager who, inside, is really a big softie with a good heart. Alex is as sexy as ever, if a bit antsy and overprotective of Sophie in this novel, and Will is a charming addition to the group. He isn't around much though, so I don't have much to comment on—only that I look forward to seeing more of him in the future.Still, I have to confess that I liked the first novel more. I liked exploring the demon world much more than the fallen angel side. The whole specter part was weird, especially as it didn't really seem to have anything to add to the plot other than bizarre conversations with the specter. There didn't seem to be much keeping the plot moving, as Sophie doesn't know enough about the situation to take the initiative to investigate. She can only live life and respond to changes in the situation. Also, unlike the first novel, this one doesn't do a good job standing on its own. Going into the final pages, many plot threads were still unresolved, and it felt rushed at the end. Even then, some things remain to be addressed in future installments in the series.Overall, this is proving to be a fun series filled laugh-out-loud humor, sexiness, and heart-pounding action. I love Sophie and her friends and am looking forward to reading Under Suspicion, the third installment in the Underworld Detection Agency series!--For more of my reviews, visit my blog Imaginary Reads.

  • Ruby
    2019-05-02 07:30

    This review was first published on http://www.rubysreads.com.I was delighted when Hannah Jayne first contacted me to offer a review copy of Under Wraps, and even more delighted when I discovered that it was a gem of a novel. Part Urban Fantasy and part humorous suspense, Under Wraps and I were a perfect fit. Then, to put the icing on the cake, I was lucky enough to be sent a review copy of the sequel--Under Attack--without a murmur of begging on my part! So, I want to thank Hannah Jayne for the review copy. I was exquisitely kind of her. When we last left Sophie, our heroine, her world had been turned upside down by the loss of her boss, and the entrance of an angel into her life. When we pick up her story, it's some time later, and the sexy angel--Alex Grace--has up and disappeared. On top of that, the UDA is getting a new boss--one who doesn't appreciate Sophie's less-than-paranormal nature. Things aren't looking up for Sophie. And that's when her life gets even more complicated. Not only does Alex return, but he brings a whole mess of trouble and revelation with him. Sophie continues to be a sweet, slightly hapless heroine. She's a familiar, friendly sort of character, which is kind of refreshing amidst the many kickass heroines currently dominating Urban Fantasy. I don't mean to imply that Sophie is spineless, but that it's nice to meet an MC who can battle the paranormal without suddenly "discovering" a power of some sort. I don't know about you, but when I read about Katana-wielding Merit, I find myself thinking, "Well, if Ethan turned me into a vampire, I could do all that too." With Sophie, this isn't necessary, and that's what makes her so wonderful. I mean, it's unlikely I'll ever have to face down anything worse than a irate parent, but Sophie makes me feel it could happen. There's also a delightful, equally humorous cast of supporting characters. In fact, f you're looking for angst, this isn't the series for you. Hannah plays on paranormal lore, which I love. Her vampires are more funny than scary, which makes me laugh especially when I compare them to, say, the Dark-Hunter variety. There are lots of little, chuckle-inducing details and personailties that make the Underworld Detection Agency books total comfort reads for me. Especially when I'm craving a break from the uber-angst of most Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy these days. However, despite all these things to recommend it, Under Attack did not delight me as much as Under Wraps. I spent the first part of the book confused and trying to build the bridge from the events of the last book to this new one. Even now, having read it from cover to cover, I'm still not clear on what happened with Alex and Sophie. Also, because of the way Alex has been dangling Sophie along despite his desire to "go home" makes me want to kick him in the shins. Or someplace more painful. I'm hoping the next book moves away from that relationship because Sophie definitely deserves better. On the other hand, I'm not looking forward to yet another love triangle. In all, Under Attack was a solid sophomore performance, but didn't live up to book one. I'm looking forward to re-experiencing intoxication with book three.

  • Nikki Brandyberry
    2019-05-11 07:35

    Sophie Lawson is back and now she has time on her hands since she just got fired to help her sometimes boyfriend Alex find his Vessel Of Souls and get back into Heaven. Conflicted on whether she wants him to go or stay she decides to help for the greater good of mankind. Finding the Vessel proves to be problematic even for a human immune to magic and as another fallen hell-bent on finding it to comes into the picture to challenge her, Sophie will have to use her wits to make it out alive. She’ll also have to come to terms with her shadowy patronage and family secrets best left unknown.With Mr Sampson supposedly dead, a new boss is being brought in…..a vampire. Dixon is bent on shaping up the UDA and that includes letting go of the only human employee, Sophie. After saving the world in Under Wraps, Sophie figured her job was safe, it now appears she was mistaken. Jobless, the last thing Sophie needs is more drama. Of course that’s when Alex shows up again after leaving her at the end of the last book. Alex, really a fallen angel, claims that to get back into Heaven he has to find the Vessel Of Souls. Also looking for the Vessel is Ophelia, another fallen who isn’t quite as nice as Alex is. Since the Vessel is hidden in plain sight, finding it proves to be a problem and Ophelia knows more about it then anyone else seems to. Her constant attacks on Sophie feel more personal than just her association with Alex.Sophie’s family heritage comes to light in Under Attack and believe me it isn’t all puppies and rainbows. A dead mother and absentee father are both fueling the events that happen within the pages and poor Sophie is caught in the middle. Ophelia is a vicious opponent that isn’t opposed to mental suggestion to get what she wants or beating down Sophie. The arrival of a guardian to the Vessel Of Souls brings Will into Sophie’s life as well as giving Alex a run for his money. Is Alex being truthful or is his fierce protection of Sophie a cover for his ultimate plans to get back into grace?Once again the cover is completely off base and Sophie spends much of the book banged up by random attacks both from Ophelia and other sources. She’s a magnet for bruises and bumps. Though she tries to save herself, she constantly requires help from her vamp room mate and her nephew who is determined that the vampires rise against well, everyone. I can’t figure Vlad out. Just a crazy mis-informed teenager (cough 117 year old teenager cough) or man who needs to be watched because he may just be a little crazy?I’m ticked at Alex for bringing the destruction to Sophie’s doorstep too. He can say he’s sorry all he wants but I have to wonder at his motivation. When push comes to shove and he has to make a decision on whether to bring the Vessel Of Souls home so he can get back in to Heaven or staying earth bound….I just don’t know what he’ll choose. Which worries me for Sophie’s sake.I again enjoyed this series with its fluffy,funny and engaging characters making it a worthwhile read. Lovers of urban fantasy with a softer edge should like this series and it’s got a recommendation from me!I give Under Attack by Hannah Jayne 3.50 stars!

  • Kt
    2019-05-16 09:09

    Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..Sophie may be invulnerable to magic, which is essential to surviving her job at the Underworld Detection Agency as the only breather (human), but that also means she doesn't have any powers of her own either. Considering the trouble she keeps finding herself in, any little bit would help. Her latest mess involves Alex's unrelenting quest to find the Vessel of Souls. Sophie isn't sure whether she can trust him, especially as hidden secrets are revealed about her past. Even so, she still finds herself completely drawn to him despite her better judgement. She'll have to decide whether to follow her head or her heart as much more is at stake than she ever realized.I loved the dynamic between Sophie and Nina in the previous installment. However, in Under Attack things really aren't the same. Well, I guess that isn't completely true as in the beginning they were still a crazy duo. However, once the new management walks in, Nina loses all high functions and turns into a drooling mess as she moons over the head boss. We are talking lust of epic proportions to the point where she loses all higher function. From that point on, she really got on my nerves, and I just wanted to smack some sense into her. So, by the point where she royally betrays Sophie, I was completely fed up with her. Then considering how fast Sophie's initial anger faded into forgiveness, I just about washed my hands of the pair of them.I'm not one to give up on the objects of affection for the narrators of the story, but at this point I am quickly losing interest in Alex. I mean he has made it clear that all he wants is to return to heaven, but then two seconds later he is mooning over her and telling her how he doesn't know what he would do if anything happened to her. Also, the guy keeps disappearing for long stretches of time and expects her to just jump right back into things. (Which of course she does to my never ending frustration.) I guess I'm just not sure what she sees in him. So here's to hoping she moves on soon especially since we are introduced into a new and very yummy character in Under Attack who shows a lot of potential. I guess only time will tell. If I thought the last cover didn't fit the story, well this cover is ten times worse. Sophie would not be caught dead in that outfit, and she's more likely to tase herself than use one of those weapons on someone else. I mean come on what were they thinking? Sigh. Anyway, getting back to the actual story, while I didn't enjoy Under Attack as much as the previous installment, it still was a decent addition to the series. Regardless of my issues, Sophie's quirky and rather hilarious behavior more than carry the story, even if she is criminally naive at times as that only makes things even more amusing. So, don't let my frustrations scare you away from this installment, as if you enjoyed the first installment, you won't want to miss Under Attack and a huge dose of hilarity.

  • Amber
    2019-05-15 03:31

    Sophie irritates me. I really like the idea behind the story. I even like the idea behind Sophie. I am not averse to a heroine who doesn't have physical training and doesn't know where she belongs in the paranormal world. There are a lot of series that do this fairly successfully. What I can't stand, is when the character is weak. You can not know a lot of things or be a physical fighter, and still be a strong character. I feel like Sophie lets too many people (ahem... ALEX...ahem...NEW BOSS) walk all over her. Like the scene with her new boss, Dixon (spoiler alert). At the end, when he comes to offer her a new job/her job back. Come on, they fired you for really no reason less than a week ago when you have been there for such a long time and you do such a good job. But she barely made them grovel at all. No, "we made a huge mistake" or "we understand we were jerks, here is a salary raise", no, just accept whatever bone they will throw you.Which is the exact same thing (bone and all) that Alex is doing! She just takes whatever meager offerings that he is willing to give and keeps drooling over him. I hate the trope of "well, we are crazy about each other, but we can't be together for reasons beyond our control but in the end, we are going to try and make it work anyways" usually found for situations involving angels or nephilim or similar situations. If there is absolutely no way it is going to work, stop trying. Or at least stop letting the dudes get away with that excuse but still keep leading you on!! PET PEEVE! "Oh, I could never commit to you as I am trying to get back to heaven, but allow me to seduce you and take you to baseball games and tell you I love you, but we can't be together". Stab me in the eye with a fork.There is another series, by R.L. Naquin (Monster Haven series) with a silly redhead who gets in over her head and doesn't understand the paranormal world she has been thrust into or isn't trained to deal with the dangerous situations, but it is so much better because her character, Zoey, evolves! And tries and learns and doesn't just whimper in a corner whining about her situation. She is kooky and silly, but grows throughout the books.I am giving UDA series one more book, one more book to sway my opinion. Oh, and as an addendum...the cover for this one is awful. It does not match the character or the story at all. Sophie barely handles guns at all, let alone crouching while handling two while in her leather pants and bra.

  • Beth Dawkins
    2019-05-21 08:20

    Sophie works for the Underworld Detection Agency. They have brought in some new management around the same time Alex, a fallen angel who Sophie is somewhat involved with, shows up at her door step. He tells her that he is on a mission to find the Vessel of Souls. If he finds the vessel before the evil fallen angels do, then he might get his wings back. Sophie happily agrees to help him find it, and so does Nina, her roommate and work pal.Sophie starts out light hearted and funny. I thought that she would be powerful, being the only human among the Underworld. I like a little change of pace, but her light hearted funny comments tend to pop up in situations that it isn’t called for. She can go from a weeping mess to a giggling woman in less than a second. I was also a little mystified by how she sees Alex. When he shows up the reader gets a re-cap on how he started some form of relationship with her, and then disappeared. He shows back up, and instead of refusing to see him, she lets him eat her food, and agrees to just about anything he wants.Alex lets her know a fallen angel that he used to be ‘involved with,’ is out for the vessel, and the ex-girlfriend soon targets Sophie. There is a scene where he tells her he can’t always protect her, after bring all hell to her door, and gives her a stun gun. Considering what happens when the ex-girlfriend first shows up, she might as well stun him with it for all the good it might do her. Alex also made jokes non-stop, and clinched his jaw when he was annoyed, thinking and bothered, or any reason. Other than his looks, which sounded very nice, I didn’t much care for him. I wasn’t really sure why Sophie did.The story wasn’t my cup of tea. Instead of being surprised by the plot twists, I was a little preoccupied with the whys’ and hows’. A lot of times I wanted to jump into the story and say, “I thought you said the vampires (angels, fallen angels, demons and most any other critters) could do this…” This made the characters seem dense. I understood that Sophie was a little bit of a ditz, usually I like that. The story is told in her POV, but we still figure stuff out before her. Most of the stuff she should have put together.There is a great deal of action through the most part of the novel. The action does keep the story flowing, but it slowed down for towards the end. The characters often seem too similar, and unrealistic. This is a second novel in the series, and it does give the reader brief descriptions of what went on before.

  • Sapphyria
    2019-04-28 02:35

    **Please Note: There will be Book 1 spoilers in the following review.Sophie is still reeling from the events in book one: 1)The loss of her boss, Pete Samson; 2)The realization that Parker Hayes is actually Alex the Fallen Angel; 3) The possible mystery surrounding her lineage, etc.The loss of her boss Pete Sampson is taking its emotional toll of Sophie. Things get really bad when the UDA hires a new director - a mobster vampire with a mafia of his own. Not understanding why UDA would hire a human unable to really fight or protect herself, and lacking magical abilities, said new vampire boss has her friend, roommate, and co-worker Nina terminate her employment.Alex is back in the human realm trying to locate the Vessel of Souls so that he can redeem himself and get back into Heaven. Unfortunately, for Sophie the search becomes a multi-fold problem bringing a curse to her doorstep, revealing her parentage, and reminding her that the man she loves is trying to earn his way back into Heaven, leaving her behind.Alex isn't the only one seeking the Vessel of Souls, putting Sophie in an extreme amount of danger, especially from another Fallen that Alex had formerly been involved in. As various immortals are being killed, questions arise regarding the Vessel and the Seven Guardians trained to protect it. The closer to an answer Sophie and Alex get, the more dangerous the situation becomes. Sophie also learns the identity of various family members which may or may not surprise readers. Her deceased grandmother also appears in mirrors and other reflective surfaces - including a sliced melon, which adds a bit of sadness (she's dead) and silliness (a fruit, really?) to various parts of the novel.Under Attack still has the humor, sarcasm, and snark that Book 1 had. Sophie's character matured a bit more in this book and handled each situation that was thrown at her as best as anyone can expect. I enjoyed the multiple plot twists and unexpected revelations. The author did a great job weaving everything together and making is interesting. The book pulled me in and didn't let go. I was fully engaged in the story, unable to put it down.I've already checked out books 3 and 4 from the library and will begin them soon!Funny Quote I Enjoyed:"When I woke up, my bedroom was blanketed in a warm canary yellow. It was comforting, until I realized it was a Post-It note stuck to my forehead" (Jayne, H., 2011, pg. 113).Review Copy Courtesy Of: My Local Library

  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    2019-04-30 06:19

    Once again, there’s a bit of a disconnect between the cover and the content of the latest Underworld Detective Agency book. Despite the fact that Sophie has both the stun gun and the gun pictured, she was much more likely to leave these weapons in her locker than wield them in such a kick butt fashion. Still, Sophie and her pals made it very easy to jump into UNDER ATTACK as my first book of the series. Accessible and engaging mythology coupled with characters that reminded me of the Jane True books, when it comes to hilarity and magical hi-jinx, mean that I'll definitely go back and pick up UNDER WRAPS so I can enjoy more of Hannah Jayne.I’m also eager to pick up UNDER WRAPS to assuage my curiosity. My copy of UNDER ATTACK was an uncorrected proof, and I wonder if some of the pacing and character issues I noticed would have been smoothed out in a final draft. While individual scenes were well constructed, there were clunky transitions between them. Also, Sophie's final confrontation with the fallen angel Ophelia contained some magical inconsistencies that bothered me as well. These issues were minor overall, but were noticeable enough to take me out of the action and knock the world experience down a peg for me. Within each scene, the interactions between characters were tight and snappy. Alex was seductive, Nina and Sophie were a two woman comedy team, and Vlad was a pleasantly non-sullen, sullen teenager. My affection for Nina and Sophie made their interaction over the new UDA boss an annoyance. I kept expecting some magical explanation for Nina, normally so fiercely devoted to Sophie, to not support her best friend at work. If there was a reason, it wasn't resolved in UNDER ATTACK. Maybe book three will reveal some detail that will redeem Nina's betrayal in my eyes.While I expect the transition issues to be resolved before the final printing, the minor character issues will probably be a part of the final story. All together they knocked the story down a bat, but I'll definitely be reading UNDER WRAPS to tip my verdict on book three one way or another. For those who have read UNDER WRAPS and enjoyed it, I'd say UNDER ATTACK will be a good bet for you. For others new to the series, feel free to join me in reading book one to decide if this fun, fluffy series holds up overall.Sexual Content: Sexual daydreams, references to sex.

  • Erin
    2019-04-24 05:35

    Under Attack by Hannah Jane-I admit that I was worried that the characters would not be the same when I started this book but I was very happy to see that they are the same! The reason I was worried was because off the front cover. I did not want Sophie to suddenly be super woman, I was very excited when she was the same as she was before! I also have another favourite character, cha cha. That little dog is the best little guard puppy ever! She hides so well. This book does take place a little while after the end of the first book and you learn this from Sophie, so if your the reader that does not like time jumps between books than this is not the book for you. However if you like a writer that keeps the characters true to themselves in every book then you will not be disappointed in this book. Sophie still does things that crack you up and Nina is still Nina...Poor Vlad is still Vlad (he need's a new hobby) And t least on piece of property gets totalled. Please note that this time it is not her car. Now if you wanted to know more about Sophie than look no further because this book tells you a lot about Sophie. You learn More about her Mother, her Father, Her Grandmother... and some other family history that i wont be giving away in this review. After all if you really wanted to know then you would be reading this book and laughing! Now for you Alex fans... all I am going to say is, yes he is in this book.This book is written to be read smoothly just like the first one, the writer makes it easy to fall into the story and make the reader want to know what happens without having to put the book down to take some time away from the story like some books do, this book is one of the ones that you will find it hard to put down once you have started reading it, and when you do have to put the book down because of work or something coming up you will find yourself wondering what is going to happen next and think of a time that you will be able to read the book again!Now if you are a reader that likes series that don't jump all over the place than you have found one that does not throw in side plots to take over the main plot and once again the writer has found a way to make you want to read the next book without not ending the one that you just read but by leading the reader into a new way. So If you liked the first one that I say go read this one because you will not be disappointed in this one.

  • Kristen
    2019-05-01 04:34

    GENRE: Urban FantasyTHEME: Angels, Werewolves, Vampire, SupernaturalRECEIVED: Received for ReviewBLOG: http://seeingnight.blogspot.com/REVIEW:I did a total happy dance when Hannah Jayne contacted me about getting an ARC for her awesome Underworld Detection Agency series. Under Attack is the second installment following a human named Sophie that is immune to magic. She works for the UDA and gets involved in some supernatural secrets that seem to be connected to her. Hannah Jayne did it again, drawing me into her series full of action; suspense, romance and humor that made me wish it were May already so I can read the third book.The whole gang is back from the first book Under Wraps, Sophie, her best friend and vampire Nina, the very drool worthy on again off again boyfriend and Angel Alex, plus some great new face. This time around the UDA is undergoing some changes with the loss of the head of the UDA, someone new is taking over and things get a little shakier for Sophie concerning her job. Even though I miss Pete I was excited for the new addition of the head honcho Dixon and look forward to reading more about him.Sophie goes through a lot more craziness in Under Attack, what excited me most was learning about her past. Who her family is and was, plus getting some insight into why she’s immune to magic, I especially loved all the twist and turns in the family and having some family show up. Alex is of course back, the Angel who stole Sophie’s heart but seems to keep a nice big distance from her when he can. He needs her help in locating a Vessel that could give him the chance to return to heaven and sadly leave Sophie, which she’s not too excited about. I loved their chemistry and bickering, it made for some humorous moments. There is a new male addition that I’m dying to know more about, but not going to say much more since it would be too much of a spoiler.Overall this was an action packed and exciting read, I couldn’t get enough and I love an Urban Fantasy with humor. There were many surprises this time around especially with the main villain that was down right awesome and crazy all mixed in one. I can’t wait to read what happens next!RECOMMENDATION: This is an adult Urban Fantasy, recommended for fans of author Devon Monk of the Allie Beckstrom series and Jennifer Estep of the Elemental Assassin Series.

  • JessicaSinn (Books and Trouble)
    2019-05-04 08:12

    As a human immune to magic, Sophie is somewhat of an anomaly at the Underworld Detection Agency, a beurocratic office that helps paranormal beings blend into San Francisco society. As the executive assistant to the agency’s director, she uses her magical force shield to her advantage while dealing with disgruntled trolls, vamps, weres and pixies. But after a brush with evil at – where else – Starbucks, she realizes her resistance to magic is no match for Satan’s Spawn.On a quest to retrieve the Vessel of Souls, a mysterious artifact filled with the souls of the recently departed, Satan’s minion (in the form of Elle Woods) plans to tip the balance and control both worlds. And when she discovers Sophie is the key to the divine vessel, all hell breaks loose – literally!To save the world from Satan’s wrath – not to mention a slow, painful death – Sophie teams up with her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Alex, and her vampire best friend to find the vessel before it lands in the wrong hands. As they piece together clues, they unearth some dangerous secrets about Sophie’s family. And the closer they get to the vessel, the more they learn about her unusual ability.As if being stalked and tortured by the devil incarnate isn’t bad enough – Sophie gets the boot from the Underworld Detection Agency after a new micro-managey director takes over. With no other prospects, she ends up working at a re-sale pants shop called People’s Pants. I don’t know what’s worse, having to save the world from an impending apocalypse or working at store filled with polyester pants and embroidered capris. Ick!Things really get complicated when Sophie discovers Alex, a fallen angel, may have an agenda of his own. Should she trust him to use his powers for good? Or is he just using her in order to restore his fallen wings? You’ll have to read to find out! But you’ll have to wait until it’s released on November 1.Needless to say, I’m a big fan of Hanna Jayne’s new series. Sophie’s sassy first-person narrative is as charming as it is hilarious. She keeps the quips coming without overdoing it. While the tone is generally light, there is an undercurrent of danger. If you’re a fan of Molly Harper, Richelle Mead, or Charlaine Harris, you’ll love this new series. My advice: Get it, read it, share it!

  • Nora-adrienne
    2019-05-18 06:18

    Under AttackBy: Hannah JayneCopyright: November 2011Publisher: Kensington BooksShe's one of the Underworld Detection Agency's best. But her job is really starting to bite . . Sophie Lawson is a human immune to magic, which comes in handy for helping paranormal beings transition into everyday life. But fallen angel Alex Grace and his search for the Vessel of Souls is one curse she never saw coming. Suddenly an unexplainable string of killings and destruction has even San Francisco's demons fearing for their immortal lives. And Sophie isn't about to trust Alex's all-too-vulnerable charm or his secret agenda. Now their hunt is revealing dangerous secrets about Sophie's past, and a malevolent power hellishly close to turning one irreverent human into the ultimate supernatural weapon. . . After a long day at work, dealing with all the monsters and their problems, Sophie is in desperate need of a nice relaxing bath. Unfortunately she is invaded in said bath by none other than Fallen Angel Alex Grace. Alex only appears in Sophie’s life when he needs something from her. This will not bode well for her. Alex talks her into “helping” with his investigation into the deaths of a number of demons in the S.F. area. So you then add in the fact that Sophie is totally loved by everyone she works with, and unfortunately her new boss Dixon Andrade is not one of those people. He’s been sent in to replace Pete Simpson and he’s going to make HIS changes from day one. As the only mortal in the company (even though she is the best customer svc. person there) Sophie is afraid for her job.Between these two opposing sets of problems you can add the fact that when she is let go from the agency that she’s been at her whole working life you can see that Sophie is not in the best of shape. What she finds out about herself and how her friends stand by her while she’s doing this make for a fantastic second book in the Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles series. Hannah Jayne has constructed an Urban Fantasy world where the Demons and Monsters are registered and monitored in our world. It’s different and has me staying up all night just to finish it in one sitting. FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher who only asked for a fair and impartial review.

  • Waverly
    2019-05-03 02:16

    When the Underworld Detection Agency undergoes a change of management, Sophie finds her life turned upside down. Not that her life was run of the mill before that; it's pretty much impossible to be normal when your clients include a family of dragons and you have a centaur as a co-worker. Her best friend and roommate Nina is a chic vampire, with the hots for the new boss, another vampire, who looks down on human "breathers" like Sophie. Meanwhile, the man who makes Sophie's pulse race is an angel cast from heaven, who wants more than anything to go home. Though Alex is on probation, he has an opportunity to regain his state of grace: if he can find the lost Vessel of Souls, and return it to heaven, he can leave the moral plane -- and Sophie -- behind. Fallen angels like Alex have another option, and we discover just how dark and powerful a fallen angel can become when Olivia, Alex's ex-girlfriend, turns up in San Francisco, determined to seize the heavenly artifact for her own ends. She's killed six of the seven Guardians appointed to watch over the Vessel leaving just one, Will, with the responsibility of keeping it safe. Despite this, he and Alex are somehow never around when Olivia corners Sophie, who spends most of the book fending off violent attacks even as she tries to solve the mystery.Humor lightens the storyline much as it did in Under Wraps, the first novel in the series, and the friendship between Sophie and Nina is a key element in the story. Alex remains more of a crush for Sophie than a romantic interest with long-term potential. He came across as a sexist jerk in the first book, left town for six months, and comes back in the second novel with an agenda that puts his wants ahead of Sophie, which makes him not really a villain per se, but the kind of guy who can break your friend's heart every time he shows up again. If you care about her as a friend, you really want her to get over the guy and move on to a healthy two-way relationship.So, I'm not a fan of the fallen angel, even though I'm a reader who usually wants the heroine to have her happily ever after with the guy she came with in the first book. I'm not a fan of love triangles, either. But here's hoping the next book moves Sophie in a positive direction.

  • Julia
    2019-05-18 02:10

    Despite this being my first book in the series, I had no trouble jumping in with Sophie and her pals. Accessible and engaging mythology, characters that reminded me of the Jane True series when it comes to hilarity and magical hi-jinx, I'll definitely want to go back and pick up UNDER WRAPS so I can enjoy all the available books in this series.While individual scenes were well constructed, the uncorrected proof I was reading had some continuity issues between scenes. Sophie would be home, for no reason, then get run off the road, then be back in the office... the transitions were clunky and took me out of the action. Those issues may be fixed before the final copy, though Sophie's final confrontation with the fallen angel Ophelia contained some magical inconsistencies that bothered me as well. These issues were minor over all, but knocked the world experience down a peg for me. The characters didn't let me down in general, but I did not enjoy the atypical interaction between Nina and Sophie over the new UDA boss. I kept expecting some magical explanation for Nina, normally so fiercely devoted to Sophie, not supporting her at all at work. If there was a reason, it wasn't resolved in UNDER ATTACK, maybe book three will reveal some detail about the new boss that will redeem Nina's betrayal in my eyes. While I expect the transition issues to be resolved before the final printing, the minor character issues will probably be apart of the final story. While they knocked the story down a bat overall, I'll definitely be reading UNDER WRAPS to tip my verdict on book three one way or another. For those of you who have read UNDER WRAPS and enjoyed it, I'd say UNDER ATTACK will be a good bet for you. For others new to the series, feel free to join me in reading book one to decide if this fun, fluffy series holds up overall.Full review at

  • Maria_Love_For_Books
    2019-05-19 09:09

    If you want to read a great urban fantasy book with an even greater sense of humor then “Under Attack” the second book in the Underworld Detection Agency series by Hannah Jayne is the perfect book!A non-stop adventure and funny like no other it is the perfect read. In this book, we continue reading Sophie’s story, a few months after the events from the first book. Sophie still lives with the fashionista vampire Nina (I love her!) and her nephew Vlad. But now, she loses her job and Alex returns to her because he has a favor to ask. But this favor, puts everyone in danger. And then, Sophie, learns many things (hidden secrets) about her family. How many things a woman can handle?Sophie is the most hilarious character ever! I love her! She’s witty, clumsy and very funny. All the time something strange happens to her but she always finds the way out even from the most difficult situation. She’s a great person and friend. Her life isn’t easy but she finds a strength like no one else does.Alex is a great guy. He’s mysterious, funny and he loves Sophie. But sometimes that’s not enough because although it wasn’t his intention he has break Sophie’s heart. In this book, he puts her above his personal gain but with a cost. He wants her but sometimes that isn’t enough.Will is a new guy in the series. I loved him from the start! I think that we will see more of him in the future because I think he’s a great rival for Sophie’s affections. He’s at first mysterious but then we learn his purpose (no spoilers here!).Nina is a goddess! I love her even if she’s selfish sometimes! She’s great! With great humor and excellent taste in clothes she isn’t what you expect from a vampire. An her lines in this book are simply the best!I loved the book and I’m looking forward for the next one!

  • Jenni Ebba
    2019-05-11 05:36

    In Jayne's underworld though demons are not always evil and fallen angels are neither all bad or all good, but a mixture like mankind. This is certainly an urban fantasy that I think any reader of the genre would love to add to their collection. The main character is not always likable, nor is she always the intelligent sophisticated being of most heroines today, but she is real and down-to-earth (well as much as someone who lives in a world full of the fantastical can be).This is the second installment in the Sophie Lawson Underworld Detection Agency series by Hannah Jayne. The first novel was one I accidentally stumbled across, and I never regretted picking it up. Sophie is a character that brings you into the story and makes you want to cheer for. In this novel, Sophie finds out exactly what, or should I say who, the Vessel of Souls is and we finally find out just how Sophie became the way she is- immune to magic in a world full of everything from angels to demons.Sophie is in love with a handsome fallen angel, Alex, but their relationship seems impossible when he's looking for a way back to Heaven; meaning he will be leaving in the foreseeable future. Then in comes Hunk #2, William Sherman- guardian to the vessel and heartbreak isn't so daunting when he can help pick up the pieces! I was still holding out for her ex-boss, Pete, to take that role- for she only heard that he had died in the first one. I guess it was not meant to be; I just found it strange that every time he is mentioned in the story she gets weepy and nostalgic. I still have hope, what can I say?The novel ends with a definite bang and I cannot wait for Sophie's next adventure in May 2012.

  • Kat
    2019-05-20 06:36

    Basic plot: Sophie goes through hell as she tries to deal with the hunt for the Vessel of Souls, her fallen angel boyfriend, the evil Ophelia, joblessness, and a dead grandmother who seems to only want to talk when Sophie is naked in the bathroom.By now, we readers know that the cover art depicts how Sophie sees herself in her fantasies, not how she is in reality. This amuses me. She is really NOWHERE near as BA as the covers. At least she doesn't throw her gun at someone in this book, though. Boy, does she get her butt kicked a lot in this book, too. It reminded me a bit of the early Dresden Files books that way.The cast of characters doesn't change much in this volume. Ophelia is a suitably creepy/insane villain. Alex continues to be hard to read. The introduction of Will Sherman adds tension to the already beleaguered romance between Alex and Sophie. I'm not typically a big fan of love triangles, but I'm reserving judgement on this one until I see what happens next. I've read so many PR books lately that I've almost forgotten what it's like to read a more traditional UF book. I'm pleasantly surprised by the fact that I'm not disappointed by a lack of steamy scenes.I liked the book, but it did seem to be a bit scattered. There were a lot of elements introduced in this volume of the series, and it felt more like a first book than a second. Maybe I'm being too nitpicky, but I just didn't like it as much as I wanted to. Hopefully the next book will utilize more of the elements I like and maintain its focus a bit better.