Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Jinx by Jennifer Estep

Bigtime, Book 3
Jennifer Estep
Berkley Sensation
September 2, 2008
ISBN# 978-0-425-22062-7

From the back cover:
She never wanted to be a superhero. Too much danger. Too much spandex …

Bella Bulluci’s big passion is the arts. Her big pain is being born into a family of superheroes. Bella might feel differently if her own superpower was one she could control – or at least get some use out of. Instead, hers is one of capricious luck – supercharged telekinesis. In other words, static electricity. Bella knows that’s not a power – just a jinx.

During a gala fund-raiser for the local art museum, Bella comes upon two things no Bigtime supergirl should be without: an ubervillain of her very own who plans to steal a priceless gem, and a dashing – if slightly shady – stranger named Debonair. He may have a reputation as a notorious playboy, but the real sparks are going to come from Bella, who’s finally going to learn just how well love and danger mix…

My thoughts:
She’s a talented fashion designer, and like many of her family and friends in Bigtime, Bella Bulluci has a superpower. Being part of a family filled with superheroes isn’t easy, but finding that your out of control talent is a jinx makes life around the people Bella cares about that much more difficult.

Helping with a fundraiser at the local museum has Bella working with some beautiful and expensive pieces. When a thief shows-up to steal the most extravagant piece being shown, Bella finds herself battling ruthless killers and being rescued by a superhero of her own. It’s too bad she doesn’t date superheroes, not even Debonair with his gift of teleportation, because this one could be perfect for her.

This is the third installment of the Bigtime superheroes series and a very entertaining read. Bella spends much of her time trying to do damage control when her gift causes more trouble than it’s worth, but when a masked superhero comes into her life she may have to admit that bad luck isn’t the only luck she has. Ms. Estep pens a wonderfully humorous tale and charms readers with a cast of characters that will keep you smiling from the very first page. Jinx is pure fun with a bit of mystery, a whole lot of action and a sweet romance that turns scorching. This book can easily be read as a stand-alone.

To learn more about Jennifer Estep and her books, please visit the author’s website: Here

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews


Tia Nevitt said...

Very nice. I'll be posting my own review in the next day or so.

Kimberly Swan said...

Thanks Tia! I'll be watching for your review. :)

jessewave said...

I love superheroes and this one seems right up my alley.

Kimberly Swan said...

So I've noticed. *grin* I really enjoyed this, especially seeing so much of their 'human' sides as well. :)

Unknown said...

Oooo I saw this review cross posted over on Vampire Wire and added the book to my wishlist. Now I have been over here and read the whole review I realised this isn't the first in a series...better go update that wishlist again!

Kimberly Swan said...

A few books in, but it was easily read as a stand-alone. I'd like to go back sometime and read the first two as well. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review! So glad you enjoyed the book. :-)

Kimberly Swan said...

Hi Jennifer...It was my pleasure! Definitely a fun read. :)