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Under Attack (Underworld Detection Agency #2)

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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 about...more
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Published November 1st 2011 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published January 1st 2011)
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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 cover...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*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...more
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...more
Paranormal Haven
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...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
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 Mina

And 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...more
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...more
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 t...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & 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 app...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
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 b...more
Lucy Dosch
This was my first official “Urban Fantasy” book so maybe I don’t understand the genre. I have noticed some not so flattering reviews of this story and personally I don’t understand it. I thought the characters were so much fun that by page 21 I downloaded the first book Under Wraps. I spent this whole book either giggling or laughing out loud. Sophie and her friends are a bunch of smartasses (my kind of people). It was full of one liners and little zings that came out of no where.

From the cover...more
I want to like this series; it’s a paranormal version of the Stephanie Plum books, which I do enjoy. The problem with this series is that it tries too hard to be what it is. It’s overly silly, overly forced into the goofiness that is the Plum books. The author even mentions reading Janet Evanovich books at one point, which is either a nod at the reviews that I saw before I read the first book in the series or it’s a nod to the fact that the author is really trying to make her books like that ser...more
Beth Dawkins
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...more
Oh man, I thought the first book was just so hilarious. This one fell flat in the comedy for me. Sophie started to get annoying in the first book, this book she was absolutely irritating. Every other chapter she was either getting beat up or she was getting possessed OR she was crying. And it was more crying than anything. The whole relationship with Alex is like crazy annoying and complicated and then the author introduces Will? I mean really a pretend Cop and a pretend Fireman? Jezus. But over...more
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Sophie Lawson manages demons for the Underworld Detection Agency in San Francisco. Her best friend Nina is a vampire, and her on-again, off-again boyfriend is a fallen angel. Despite her intimate relationships with the minions of hell, she thinks she's just a normal "breather," a mortal human with no special abilities other than the fact that she's immune to magic. But then Alex comes back into her life, and he's looking for something called the vessel of souls. Whoever controls the vessel contr...more
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
Sophie Lawson is a human, a ‘breather’, with no extraordinary powers working in the world of demons. Unless you count being human and being immune to magic as extraordinary. But in the world of dragons, vampires, trolls, banshees and various other demons those superpowers aren’t very impressive. But that doesn’t stop Sophie from trying to solve a mystery that is causing death and destruction in her town of San Francisco. However, in her attempt to solve this case she finds out a few things about...more
Jessica  Sinn (Chick Lit Cafe)
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...more
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 ar...more
Ghadeer A
Seriously ....seriously...??

She cried almost in every fucking page of the damn book..what is wrong with that woman ...or should I say little girl...

And WTF is wrong with authors .. I am trying really hard to be as respectful as I can ..but it is kinda hard when they think that writing a sex scene or the F word is bad but murder and violence is ok...really !
Because the world is being ripped apart by people having sex and talking shit !

Honestly I can be ok with no sex if the love story is strong a...more
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 th...more
Under Attack
By: Hannah Jayne
Copyright: November 2011
Publisher: Kensington Books

She'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 fearin...more

The first book, Under Wraps I found it interesting but I had some doubts now completely overcome in this second book. The plot is more complex and articulated and the fast pace that I was involved in many adventures of the protagonist that follow page after page, finding myself often scream to be careful and not to trust "that." And then I laughed a lot, pure humor, jokes and hilarious original language in this comedy that does not neglect the melee fights, explosions or fire.E then there are th...more
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...more
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 w...more
**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 hum...more
Casia Courtier
Honestly, if I had read this book before the latest book in this series, I probably wouldn't touch this series. As such, I am hesitant to continue on with it. This isn't a bad book. I'm just not feeling the characters or the issues they get into.
The main character, Sophie, doesn't seem to be a gung-ho as the cover would suggest. Sure, she's spunky, but not enough spunk to really be an action hero. She kind of just is. Everything seems to happen to her and she doesn't seem to deal with it well....more
I really liked Under Wraps, and I was looking forward very much to the sequel. I...didn't like it nearly as much, and I'm not sure how much of that is the book's fault and how much of it can be blamed on the fact that it might not have been quite the book I was in the mood for at the moment--I finished it in a hurry to get the book back to the library, which is not always the best state of mood for a book.

That said, I really did feel like this was a letdown from the first volume. Not that the st...more
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...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this 2nd installment in the UDA series. Sophie's back w/her friends like vamp Nina & co-workers along with goofy, laugh-out-loud funny clients at the UDA. If that's not enough, there's a familial ghost, new boss & creepy co-workers, along with even creepier baddies - & Alex, of course. I won't go into the plot, because others have, but here's my opinion on why you should get this book:

San Francisco in all of it's big city, smug, edgy but funkiness makes the perfe...more
Nikki Brandyberry
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...more
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Hannah is the author of the UNDERWORLD DETECTION AGENCY CHRONICLES from Kensington books and the upcoming young adult thrillers TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY and SEE JANE RUN available from Sourcebooks, Inc. When she's not battling the demons of the Underworld or tackling a murderer at Hawthorne High, Jayne kicks her feet up in her San Francisco bay area home and attempts to share couch space with two enor...more
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