Review: High Moon by Jennifer Harlow

High Moon by Jennifer Harlow
Series: A FREAKS Squad Investigation (# 4)
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: self-published
Pages: 364
Source: book provided by the author for review

 

 

CLASSIFIED: A F.R.E.A.K.S. LOVE STORY

Telekinetic Special Agent Beatrice Alexander has fought hordes of zombies, psychotic vampires, and even a troll. But now she faces her greatest challenge: love.

Fully recovered from her holiday from hell, Bea has returned to the F.R.E.A.K.S. with a mission, to gain the love of her werewolf teammate, Will Price. Of course nothing is ever easy when it comes to love and war. And when the killing fields of a pack of murderous werewolves is discovered in the wilds of North Carolina, the situation goes from complicated to deadly. Because though Bea always seems to get her man or beast in the end, this time she isn’t sure she will survive with her love intact. Or with her life…

 

Review:   I’ve been a fan of this series for years.  I stumbled upon the books when I was asked to be a part of a blog tour to promote book 1.  Since then I’ve rather stalked Ms Harlow as I anxiously awaited the next release.  Then our blog started to plan our anniversary celebration and went we decided to have a week featuring mysteries, I knew we had to have Ms Harlow guest with us.  And part of that guesting gig, I got to read High Moon!

I’m going to start out by saying that this review is going to be a little vague.  Quite a lot happens in this book and I don’t want to give much away.

I strongly recommend reading past books in the series before tackling this one.  Those books set up the relationships between Bea and her co-workers, especially the dynamics with Will and Oliver.  The book does stand alone, but having that extra background will just enhance the story.

That said, during the first three books there is a love triangle of sorts developing between Bea, Will and Oliver.  Bea is attracted to Will, who gives her the cold shoulder.  Oliver wants Bea but is settling in as the best friend.  And in High Moon, everything comes to a head.  Relationships change… big time.  I’ll admit that I really didn’t have a preference on which man Bea would choose.  I just wanted her to commit fully, which she did.

While all this relationship stuff is going on, there is a mystery too.  The FREAKS are called to North Carolina to investigate a mysterious murder with werewolf written all over it.  Since werewolves are supposed to register with a pack and there are no known wolves in this area… and it also stinks of magic, the team is stumped.  And it doesn’t help that the team is torn in half and distracted with the love triangle coming to a head.

As much as I love a good romance, I was actually more interested in the mystery than the love triangle.  I enjoyed the twists and turns that Ms Harlow presented.  And I was completely shocked by the ending.  As much as I hate to say it, it felt much like the conclusion of a series.  However, I sincerily hope that Ms Harlow has something up her sleeve and continues with the FREAKS.