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When you’re near the top of the Underworld Detection Agency, the claws really come out…Quick thinking and loyalty have taken human Sophie Lawson a long way in the UDA—along with a healthy dose of magic immunity. But when her old boss Pete Sampson asks for help after a mysterious two-year disappearance, she’s determined to find out what high-placed demon has put two ruthlesWhen you’re near the top of the Underworld Detection Agency, the claws really come out…Quick thinking and loyalty have taken human Sophie Lawson a long way in the UDA—along with a healthy dose of magic immunity. But when her old boss Pete Sampson asks for help after a mysterious two-year disappearance, she’s determined to find out what high-placed demon has put two ruthless werewolf killers on his tail. Of course, sucking up to her icy vampire department head and negotiating a treacherous inter-office demon battle are the kind of workplace politics that could easily get a “breather” way worse than reprimanded. And sexy fallen angel Alex is doing whatever it takes to heat up Sophie’s professional cool and raise feelings she’s done her best to bury. Too bad their investigation is about to uncover the Agency’s darkest secrets…and powerful entities happy to sign one inquisitive human’s pink slip in blood…...

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Under the Gun Reviews

  • Paris
    2018-12-26 18:21

    I forgot how much I enjoyed this series. Sophie is hugely entertaining. Some of the things that came out of her mouth in this book had me laughing out loud. And then there was Nina and Vlad and the sunny days in San Francisco. I loved every time Sophie checked in with them…poor vampires and their aversion to sun. Although, I love how Nina entertains herself while stuck in the house.A lot happens in this book. Sophie has come a long way and is a little more kick butt than she was in the beginning. Although she sometimes missteps, I love her willingness to jump into the situation. I love seeing her with Alex. Will’s cool and all, but I don’t like him for Sophie, so I’m hoping we’ll see more development between Sophie and Alex, even if he doesn’t think he’s the right one for her. I’m so glad I got back into this series. I look forward to seeing what kind of nonsense Sophie gets into next. And I am crossing my fingers that we get more of Sophie and Alex, not just working together, but being together.Arc provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review

  • Cass
    2018-12-23 15:23

    3,5/5

  • Kt
    2019-01-19 16:22

    Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..After being gone for two years, her old boss, Pete, was the last person Sophie Lawson had expected to show up on her doorstep. It turns up that he has been on the run from werewolf hunters that would like nothing more than to see him mounted to their walls. It seems they think he is responsible for a path of brutal murders that make even seasoned cops lose their lunches. Determined to clear his name, Sophie sets out to solve the cases for herself. But this time, even her half demon nature may not be enough to keep her safe as she may just have bitten off more than she can chew.I have to say that I was scratching my head in confusion over the romance department in UNDER THE SPELL. In my review of UNDER SUSPICION I talked about the dreaded love triangle formation, and that while I'm not the biggest fan of them, I did like that Sophie seemed to be leaning in another direction. It's just that Alex has too many issues and isn't supportive enough for my tastes. So, I had been hoping for things to be continuing on with Will in this book. So, imagine my surprise when Will suddenly leaves town rather early on in the book and doesn't return for the duration. So of course Alex is back in the forefront, and Sophie has completely forgotten about Will saying there never was anything real there. I'm sorry, but I can't help wondering what was the point of even introducing Will as a romantic possibility in the first place if he was only going to be in the running for less than one book. I could have understood doing that if it had of made Alex wake up and realize that he would lose Sophie if he didn't start treating her better, but nope, Alex is the same old frustrating man he's been. I really loved the first book in this series, but it seems each new installment is a little less impressive than the last. With UNDER THE GUN things really seem to have settled into mediocrity. I'm not saying that the book was particularly bad or anything, it's just that nothing made a real impression on me. I mean, I was able to easily finish the book as it didn't drag, but there just didn't seem to be any point to the plot or the progression. I guess my biggest problem was that I'm a big fan of plots that serve to entertain for the current installment, but also further a long the overall plot. In UNDER THE GUN, I just felt like things were meandering along without any true path or guidance, and more than once I found myself wandering what was the point of it. Quite frankly I think the whole progression could have been greatly shortened and made into a side plot for this book, leaving room for something else to take the forefront. Something like Sophie's parentage, or her role as the Vessel of Souls as that would have tied into my burning questions for the series a whole lot more.Even though a lot of things in this series haven't exactly thrilled me, I do really like the uniqueness of it, and the hilarious moments involving Sophie's antics. In fact, I really think between her craziness, and of course Nina's (her vamp roommate) own hilarious moments, the two of them carry this series. To be honest, I probably wouldn't be continuing on with the series if I didn't want to see what craziness (Mostly Sophie) the two of them would get in to. Hopefully I'll get my wish that the focus return to Sophie's Vessel issues in the next installment. While I can't say that this was my favorite installment in the series, UNDER THE GUN is still a decent read full of rather hilarious moments that should please fans of the series.

  • Katie
    2019-01-06 16:09

    I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of this installment of the Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles, and it continues the tradition of Sophie Lawson's funny yet perceptive narration of harrowing Underworld events. While trying to protect her ex-boss, Mr. Sampson, Sophie decides to catch up with the turns her life has taken and starts learning a thing or two about self-defense--and she gets good at it. Meanwhile, Alex is back, Will is on vacation, and Vlad starts showing a disturbingly human side. Get ready for more fun and adventures from our favorite redhead!

  • Beth
    2019-01-12 17:12

    Sophie Lawson is in for the shock of her life. Her boss, Pete Sampson, was presumed dead for the last 2 years suddenly reappears and needs her help. Mr. Sampson is a werewolf and there are werewolf hunters hot on his trail. Using her position at the Underworld Detection Agency, Sophie tries to uncover who is responsible for the contracted hit on Mr. Sampson. But suddenly werewolf type attacks start happening all over the city and as far as Sophie knows her ex-boss is the only werewolf in town.While trying to stay ahead of the werewolf hunters, Sophie with the help of Alex (sexy fallen angel) investigates these gruesome murders. But she about to discover that treachery is closer than she thought.I simply loved Sophie Lawson’s character. Ok, she is quirky, funny and faints often but she is basically human in a world of supernaturals. Sure, her father is Satan but her only special ability is magic immunity. Taking the world on with a bass knife because she “peed myself little” the last time she shot the gun – yeah, you got to love her. She is living with 2 vampires trapped in her apartment because the sun is out, and one is going through a home shopping club addiction...and the fun doesn't stop there.Hannah Jayne created the perfect recipe for a wonderful book. She had just the right amount of funny, action, witty banter, gruesome mystery, sexual innuendos and great characters making this a entertaining, enchanting and enjoyable read.This ARC copy of Under The Gun was given to me by Kensington Publishing Corp. in exchange for an honest review. Publish Date February 5, 2013.

  • Dianne
    2019-01-15 16:15

    This is the first book I've read in the Underworld Detection Agency Series. I wondered if I would be able to follow the story without some background, so I read a few reviews, checked out the blurbs and found that this book was pretty well self-contained! There was just enough background thrown into feel right at home!Sophie Lawson, who works for the Underworld Detection Agency, is an unlikely heroine! Yes, she is determined, loyal, and hard-working, but she is also big-hearted, quirky, self-deprecating, a little clumsy and madly in love with a hot fallen angel, Detective Alex Grace. Oh, she is also the daughter of Satan!Pete Sampson, Sophie's former boss and werewolf, shows up on her doorstep looking for help. Big shocker for poor Sophie because Pete was presumed dead for two years! As soon as he shows up, a series of murders are committed and all evidence points to werewolf killings. But Sophie believes in her old boss, and is in a race against the odds to prove his innocence.Through some serious investigating and a comedy of errors, Sophie uncovers more than she could have imagined!I loved that so many of Sophie's supporting characters were all a little goofy with their own style and charm! Okay, Alex was just plain hot, but somebody had to be the hot guy! A fun read!This ARC copy of Under The Gun was given to me by Kensington Publishing Corp. in exchange for an honest review. Publish Date February 5, 2013

  • StrangeBedfellows
    2018-12-25 15:17

    When I picked this book out, I didn't catch the fact that it was the fourth book of a series. So I went to read the first book, Under Wraps, but I didn't enjoy it much. The characters didn't appeal to me enough. I am not interested in buying or reading the second and third books, but I thought I would try reading Under the Gun, anyway, because Sampson caught my interest in book one. However, with neither being a fan of the series or up to speed on all the backstory, I could not get interested in this book. I'll admit I didn't finish reading it.

  • (Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick
    2019-01-06 14:26

    While I enjoyed the first couple books of the series, I expect more from our heroine at this point. The non stop cheesy one liners and the heroine's constant "hand fluttering" just annoyed me. She still gives off a HUGE Mary Sue vibe. We are still battling with the lackluster love triangle; where innuendos are the foreplay and no one can seem to address the elephant in the room. We just hear a lot of whining about it. The plot, in my opinion suffers in here, because most of the attention is spent on making Sophie appear to be an accidental hero. I just couldn't take anymore.

  • SW
    2018-12-31 12:11

    I stil don't get why the covers don't match how Sophie is at all. Thankfully there was much less crying in this book. But like always I found the last chapter rushed and just crazy. Alex of course is hot and cold like normal playing with Sophie's emotions like a fiddle. Took me a long time to finish, I lost interest, it was just the same old Sophie being a victim, Alex saving her and miraculously Sophie is able to fumble her way to save the day. I was disappointed but I'll probably still read the next book just because the whole Will vs Alex thing is totally bugging me.

  • Ris
    2018-12-23 14:20

    funny

  • Dark Faerie Tales
    2018-12-30 11:59

    Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.Quick & Dirty: Sophie Lawson is one of those rare humans who can see those things that most humans do not such as werewolves, vampires and fallen angels. Because of this she is the only “breather” who works for the Underworld Detection Agency helping to make sure that those who belong to the underworld behave themselves among the human population. Now she must use all that she knows about her work to save her old boss from those who want him dead.Opening Sentence: You might think that after a visit from my dead grandmother, a run-in with my dead sister, and a rent-controlled apartment shared with an undead vampire fashionista, a visit from the undead wouldn’t be so unexpected.The Review:Sophie Lawson is a normal human whose father happens to be a demon. As such she is the only “breather” who works for the UDA. Also, trouble seems to follow her wherever she goes. As such, it is no surprise when her supposed to be dead boss, Pete Sampson, shows up at her door asking for her help to get werewolf hunters off his trail. With the help of her ex-lover and fallen angel, Alex Grace, maybe they can figure out who hired the werewolf hunters and save Sampson’s life and reputation. I had mixed feeling about this book. One moment I couldn’t get into it and other times I couldn’t get enough. I do believe that reading the first books in this series might have made it easier but it is not completely necessary to read them in order.Sophie was a character I could relate to. She wants to be this super cool detective chick but always seems to fail miserably. Even so she still tries. Throughout the series she is known for backing down, turning into a big cry-baby, scaredy-cat. In this one, that has started to change and she is trying to become a new woman. The only thing I didn’t like about her is her indecision on which of the two guys in her love triangle she actually loves. Pick one already or let them both go.Will is her Guardian and is there to protect her from those demons and other creatures who would like to use her to cause problems. Unfortunately, he is horrible at his job. He is a good looking man who has blond hair, hazel eyes and is built like a “soccer god”. Sophie has a fling with him while she and her other lover were taking a break. The other guy in her life is Alex, a fallen angel who is a cop trying to do good so he may return to heaven someday. Alex is the complete opposite of Will but still a hunk. He has blue eyes, brown hair, and is very muscular. I get it, both guys are good guys and total hunks, but still it is not right when both care for her to let them keep hanging on. I can’t pick sides because in this novel of the series Will does not show up very often. Alex is in it a lot and he is your typical hero who swoops in and saves Sophie when she gets herself in way over her head.The other person who plays a big role in the book is Pete Sampson, werewolf and Sophie’s old boss. He was supposedly killed by a mad man, in a previous book, but had managed to escape. Unfortunately, there were those who found out he had escaped and they hired werewolf hunters to finish the job. He comes to Sophie for help to save his life. Of course there may be more that he is not telling Sophie because when he returns to San Francisco a series of very brutal murders start occurring. Could he be a killer seeking revenge for what had happened to him?This story did have its ups and downs. Some parts were so boring, I had a hard time wanting to continue reading. Then all of a sudden something would make me sit back and go what! Then I would have to just keep on reading to find out what happened. For those who really enjoy anything supernatural, this is a book for you. For those who need to be contently on the edge of their seats then maybe this one would not suit you as much.Notable Scene:Will Sherman is my Guardian. And no, I’m not under eighteen_far from it. I’m also not a trust fund baby a la Athina Onassis or Paris Hilton (pre-sex tape/ pantiless partying/ jail time). I’m simply the Vessel of Souls and Will is, simply, my Guardian.Yeah, I really thought I could get that one past you.FTC Advisory: Kensington provided me with a copy of Under the Gun. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

  • Jeannie Zelos
    2019-01-13 13:19

    Under the Gun Hannah Jayne. I receieved this book free in exchnage for an honest review. I haven't read the earlier books in the series and wondered how difficult it would be to pick up the story. Fears unfounded, Hannah explains enough to make the story and characters clear but not so much that a loyal reader who's followed the series will get put off. Sophie works at an organisation called the Underground Detection Agency, who are tasked with sorting and cleaning up crimes by supernatural creatures and keeping them out of the public eye. There's a nice tangled romantic conflict between Sophie who is half human half demon, Alex – a luscious fallen angel ex boyfriend who she still hankers after and Will, her Guardian – good-looking, charming English guy. He's actually guarding the vessel of Souls contained with Sophie and as she has a penchant for seeking out trouble that is dangerous and hasn't any helpful superpowers to defend herself she needs someone like that. He's not much in evidence in this book though being recalled to England which gives lovely Alex a home run...if he's interested and if Sophie still wants him. They tiptoe round a bit to begin, and get very defensive of each other, its very will they - won't they? Its all part of the magic of this book. Between trying to save lives, sort crimes, keep out of danger ( that's a joke!!) and hiding her ex boss who's life is in danger does she even have time for romance? I just love Sophie – its great to have a heroine we can relate to, one who doesn't have miraculous powers to get out of trouble, who's chaotic and falls headlong into perilous conditions as she doesn't think problems through, who's sometimes dangerously loyal to her friends, in short someone just like one of us. Will; well I don't know much about him but he seems an attractive, good guy, not sure how he and Sophie ended up together although it seems to have been a one off, Alex – oh I’m team Alex all the way :) but then is he right for Sophie will the whole fallen angel drama and redemption going on? Then there's Sophie's flatmates, a couple of snarky vampires. I just love Nina’s TV shopping addiction...and a host of other characters that all play their part in the story. Its quite roller coaster with what seem to be different problems for Sophie becoming intertwined in the main plot. I didn't guess who was the bad guy, couldn't tell if Sampson was good or bad, wasn't sure about a couple of other characters that kept me guessing which side they were on. I loved the whole story and the way it played out that kept me guessing, laughed at poor Sophie's mishaps, shared her embarrassment when she said or did things wrong ( yep – I'm just like her, if it can come out wrong and embarrass me it does) I would love to read the earlier novels as the quality of writing is excellent and I’d get more I think from this story if I understood the background clearer but never the less it can be read as a standalone although its clear its a series and I’m keen to read more of Sophie's adventures and romance. I love books with a supernatural slant and a bit of troubled romance thrown in, and to have a heroine I can relate to rather than one who has the power to just Zap out of danger, who has to think as we would in same situation is a real treat. Its so much easier to empathise when we know we'd face the same scenario were we in that position. And of course she's a great sense of humour and makes me laugh whether intended or not ( getting out of trouble by missing the shot but hitting that bad guy in the rear – getting stabbed by a pair of scissors and worrying about the germs as the guys house was a tip...that’s the way my mind would work too ) Well, Stars: the book is excellent value for money as it will join my re read collection, 321 pages for £3.91 so a nice decent length read. Well edited, with plots that flow and jon each other and no gaping holes, kept me entertained and guessing right to the end, accurate spelling and grammar etc. Has to be five stars!

  • Kristen
    2019-01-06 17:13

    GENRE: Urban FantasyTHEME: Werewolf/Romance/AngelRECEIVED: AuthorBLOG: http://seeingnight.blogspot.com/REVIEW:Once again I’m sucked into the exciting world of vampires, angels, werewolves and a “human” trying to survive a “normal” life. Hannah Jayne has out done herself in the fourth book of the UDA series, the readers will not only get their fill in romance, humor and action but see Sophie starting to hold her own more and more with out any special powers.Under the Gun follows Sophie Lawson the only human that works at the Underworld Detection Agency. She has a surprise at her door in the shape of her supposedly dead former boss, who is very much alive. He needs Sophie’s help, with hunters after him as well as him hiding something from her; she’s determined to find out what is going on. But then strange deaths start to point towards him, bringing the fallen Angel Alex and Sophie to investigate and keep her boss safe and herself alive.Sophie is absolutely fantastic in Under the Gun, she really holds her own among all the dangers that head her way. I feel like being surrounded by so many supernatural that it’s hard to stand out, but she does it and most of the time hilariously. Sophie is definitely the humor of this series and she gets in some sticky situations. But most of all she gets tongue-tied around the good-looking men in her life, which there is many. My only hope for the upcoming book is that we get to find out more about Sophie being the vessel of souls, it didn’t get mentioned much and I couldn’t wait to find out more. Plus I’m hoping to meet her dad sometime soon, since well he’s Satan and all.Sampson’s back!! That’s pretty much what I said over and over again when I read the blurb in book 3. I adored him in the first book and was doing the happy dance in having him back and getting the hilarious crazy moments with Sophie. I like that even though he’s a hot werewolf, that he and Sophie have a great friendship instead of being another romantic interest. We get some backstory on him and of course find out where in the world he went and why.The boys! I love Will and Alex, especially Will and Alex in a scene together glaring at each other while Sophie gets stuck in the middle. Sadly we only get a bit of Will, but there was so much going on that it was nice to get more into the mystery of the plot. Alex on the other hand is very involved in the random murders that are happening and Sophie tags along hoping to help out her friend while trying to keep a secret. Alex and Sophie have lots of great scenes together and of course chemistry that just sizzles, guess I'll have to wait and see when Will gets back what happens next.Nina just makes me smile, Nina gets stuck inside while the sun is blaring and turns into a home shopping network addict, adding to the humor. Even though Sophie and Nina are pretty opposite, not only with one being dead and the other alive, but also in the end they are the greatest together as best friends that are there for each other.Overall this was my favorite book in the series and really brought to life all my favorite characters, but also had a mystery that had me guessing and trying to solve along with Sophie. If you’re looking for a female lead that you can relate too, romantic tension, humor to the max, and lots of mystery then Under the Gun is a perfect fit. I look forward to the next adventure with Sophie and the gang in Under a Spell coming out this August.RECOMMENDATION:This is an adult novel with humor, action and all the right stuff that everyone wants in the Urban Fantasy genre. Fans of authors Ann Aguirre and Jennifer Estep will be captivated by Hannah Jayne’s novel Under the Gun.

  • Emily Alburns
    2018-12-29 19:03

    For those of you who are just learning of Hannah Jayne's Underworld Detection Agency series, UDA for short, this is the fourth book in the series. While you can read this and still enjoy a great book, there are ongoing story lines and back story that won't be fully explained.Once again we join Sophie Lawson as she sleuths her way through another mystery. Someone is killing Sophie's clients. But no one, not even Dixon, the Head of UDA, seems to be doing anything about it. So, of course, Sophie decides to investigate for herself. Add to that the return of her old boss, Pete Sampson. The same boss that Alex told her was dead. Never one to turn her back on those in need, Sophie is soon up to her neck in trouble that even Alex or Will may not be able to rescue her from.Sophie Lawson is an oddity in the Underworld Detection Agency; she's human. Working with vampires, centaurs and trolls, and assisting clients that may eat your brains or breath fire on you may sound daunting, unless you have immunity to magic, like Sophie. Sophie lives with her co-worker and best friend Nina, who just happens to be a vampire, and her nephew, Vlad...no, not Dracula, also a vampire. Alex Grace is a fallen angel who was charged with protecting a sacred amulet that holds all souls still in judgement, or purgatory. After failing to keep it safe, his wings are removed and entrance to Heaven barred until he returns with the amulet. He's also sexy as sin and Sophie's number one man...if he would stop leaving her and not communicating with her. As if she isn't confused enough, she has her guardian angel, Will, also a good looking British chap who happens to be a San Francisco firemen during the day...yowza! Stuck between hotter and, well hotter. Decisions, decisions. Sophie's not the typical bad-ass heroine who seems to know all the right moves in a fight and has uber-strength or magic spells. What she does have is heart, and sarcasm, and the ability to proceed even though danger is imminent. I like that you see progression in Sophie's character in the series, growing from whiny and intimidated to a strong and determined character. While she might not be ready to handle a gun all the time-she peed herself a little when she shot someone in the last book-Sophie is attempting to protect herself better. To ward off the boredom of two vampires stuck inside when San Francisco experiences a heat wave, she has Vlad show her how to fence. And surprisingly, she is quite good at it. While dealing with Nina's borderline hoarding of the Home Shopping Network purchases, Vlad's teenage whining, Alex and their unresolved relationship issues as well as Will's charm, Sophie is able to keep her wits about her and solve this mystery and be the heroine of the day! Whew! Sophie's sarcastic and witty inner dialogue, her determination to keep going even when others, like Dixon, pat her on the head and say "There, there little lady, let us handle it," and her relationship with Nina, keeps me coming back for more. Very enjoyable read, can't wait for the next installment. If you haven't read the other books in the series, I strongly suggest you do. I tried not to spoil any back story for those who haven't read the series yet! Requested this e-ARC on netgalley.com for review.Hannah JayneUnder the Gunhttp://bookbroads.blogspot.com/2013/0...

  • Sapphyria
    2019-01-20 19:00

    Reviews of Books 1, 2, & 3:Under Wraps: http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/201...Under Attack: http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/201...Under Suspicion: http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/201...The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles is a series and as such, I would highly suggest you start by reading Books 1, 2, & 3 prior to picking up Under the Gun. This review will most likely contain spoilers for the first 3 novels....Turn back now....it's not too late.....Ok, I'm going to assume that because you have continued to read this that you have either already read the first two books or you don't care about spoilers. Too each his/her own!Book 4 begins with a very nice surprise ~ One that I don't mind putting here since the synopsis on the back of the book spills the beans anyway. Sophie's former boss, Pete Sampson is back on the scene very much alive. He brings with him a ton of baggage and requests secrecy about his being back in the city from Sophie - except - Sophie doesn't hide secrets very well, especially being employed in a place where her mind and body language can be read by the Underworld creatures around her.As per the usual in this series, Sophie is put on a case with Alex (this was only different in Book 3, since Alex was largely absent) - actually, Sophie puts herself on a case with Alex, much to his protest. This time, instead of Underworld creatures being killed, there is a rogue creature out indiscriminately killing humans and leaving them out in the open to be discovered. Plus, whoever/whatever is doing this is leaving inhuman evidence implicating one race of creatures. Someone is setting someone else up to take the fall for these killings. But why and who? Sophie also learns that there's a contract out on Sampson's life. One that can be ended without the death of Sampson, but Sophie needs to find out who holds it, ordered it, or where it's at so she can destroy it. I was surprised to find out exactly who was behind the goings on in this novel. I really like Sophie's feistiness and go-get-em attitude. I do sometimes wish she would tone things down a notch and ask for help more often - it would save her a lot pain and injury, but then again, she wouldn't be Sophie - human among the demons - if she wasn't a bonehead.In Under the Gun, San Fran also has a surprising stint of hot weather and sun. This forces all the vamps, Nina and Vlad included, to stay indoors or risk burning to a crisp. This causes both Nina and Vlad into whiny bloodsuckers that are pretty funny. I just love the Sophie-Nina-Vlad roommate scenario The intensity of the situations involved in this installment and the well written characters and dialogue made Under the Gun a fantastic fourth book. If you were disappointed with Book 3, as a lot of people seemed to be, Book 4 more than makes up for it. I, myself, have found all of the books to be great reads and have had very few complaints about the content of any of them.There is always humor mixed in with tragedy, which is a lot like reality. I know many people who toss humor into situations to lighten them or change a focus to something less traumatic/dramatic. There's nothing wrong with this and makes the tension melt a bit. If you felt like giving up after book 3, I really encourage you to grab Book 4 anyway and give it a whirl. I think you'll really like Under the Gun.Review Copy Courtesy of My Local Library!

  • Meigan
    2019-01-02 13:59

    Best of the series so far. Sophie is back working with her (and my) favorite sidekick, Alex, and dear old Soph is showing some growth, both physically and almost mentally. Luckily for fans of this series, there isn't too much mental growth. She's still a dunderhead :)In this installment, Sophie reconnects with a favored character from the previous books. Sampson shows up unexpectedly after being on the run for a little over a year. Along with his return, mysterious murders are cropping up in various places in San Francisco - grisly ones at that, complete with shredding and dismemberment. Sophie and Alex would like to believe that humans are behind the murders, but all signs seems to be pointing in the wolf direction. Since Feng and Xian have been quite busy with their quest to eliminate weres in the city, there really is only one left. Thanks to Krav Maga classes (that Sophie never attends), and piles of self-defense DVD's (that Sophie never watches), she is becoming a bit more confident in the defense department. Of course in true Lawson fashion, it's pure luck. Or the result of one too many losing ends of fights, her mind is probably kicking in with "Enough is enough!" and propelling her to finally show some uncharacteristic ass-kickery. She still cries, she still blushes at every chance she gets. Baby steps. At least she managed to shoot a gun in the last installment and in this book, she may have found her niche with sword fighting. Who knew? That's the weapon that takes the most skill. As long as you can ignore the fact that now she, Neens, and Vlad have a new and very unique door hook for displaying holiday decor :)As is the case with what seems every Sophie Lawson book, this one not only had the humor that I expect, but it had it in heaps. So many memorable laughable scenes, but my personal favorite is the "sex" scene between her and Alex. Sadly, there weren't any Snuggies, but there was QVC, hospital bunny hats, "sex tapes" (and 4, at that), and quite a nice little showdown between Alex and Will. Aside from the humor, there were a few sad moments I wasn't expecting. Alex and Sophie's relationship really hasn't moved past the stage where they left off in past books, but a few revelations have been made. It will certainly be interesting to see how their relationship will play out in the books to come. I recommend this series if you like urban fantasy with mostly humor. And pay no attention to the covers, as this series isn't that type of UF (in fact, the covers are clearly based off of Sophie's musings when she's on the case - that's how she imagines she looks when she's kicking ass and driving a motorcycle. But then she ruins her tough girl daydream by remembering motorcycles "hurt her privates" :) )

  • Miki
    2019-01-16 15:21

    This Review was first published on my blog Lecture toute une Aventure When I started this book I hoped to like it better than the last but unfortunately it didn’t happen. Oh yes the investigation was more entertaining and had some interesting twists that had me keep reading. However I was really disappointed by Sophie.Until now Sophie was a character that showed a lot of loyalty and trusted her friends all while being often underestimated even if she is far from powerful or strong willed… I wanted her to improve with the time, to mature and learn. She did learn to fight and she is standing more for herself and what she thinks that’s true. However that was accompanied by her loosing her trust, her faith… Seeing her lying to those she call friends, doubting them again and again wound me.Sophie is stronger physically, perhaps psychologically as well in a sense but she isn’t the same good heart as before.Seeing her doubting others like that disappointed me a lot, it even got irritating after half of the book. She couldn’t make her mind about her loves interests either. That added to the fact that this book was a tad darker than the rest with a lot of violence and deaths of characters , which I wasn’t fond of but still, didn’t help me to enjoy it as much as the first one even if the focus was on werewolves.I took a long time to write this review because I perhaps felt too angry at first to really put my opinion into words, after a moment I see that I did like this book, mostly thanks to Vald and the sword teaching part^^ funny and just coming at the right time. Simply it wasn’t what I hoped for ( and I’m still angry at Sophie^^). I still want to continue the series and I do think I have the next book ready somewhere but it’s not my favourite series of the moment at all.I guess that what I liked less in fact was all the political aspects, secrets, manipulations etc that we discover. I prefer honestly so learning that so many things went behind the back of the characters and that’s is far from finished and we are starting to be unsure of who are the really good ones ( and if we hesitate, that Sophie does as well is more understandable ) I can only hope next book will have a good investigation part and some cleaning the staff of bad elements because some really need to be taken out. So a good book that fit the series but must be read in order, if you love suspense, investigation and supernatural creatures this is a series that should please you.

  • Joshua Burns
    2019-01-20 15:07

    As seen on Rabidreads.ca:Under the Gun supports my running hypothesis concerning this series, i.e. the lower the stakes, the greater the pleasure.   No fates of any world are thankfully entrusted to Sophie not because she can't handle them (we know very well she can't) but sensibly enough because it is far more enjoyable to watch her bungle the most simple homicides and romances, just your typical Californian fare.A shining moment, one that shines so much I just have to pick it out, would be a cleverly written "activity" that really brings Alex and Sophie together.   I appreciate when risks such as these are taken, when it feels as if a strong tangent is being born and the ground is coming out from under me reading, i.e. "this can't be happening".   If this paragraph comes across as incredibly vague, it is only because I cannot give away either what I thought was happening or what was really happening for fear of truly spoiling a free-floating moment.An appreciable B-plot in which San Francisco heats up -so out of character- and forces Sophie's vampire roommates, Vlad and Nina, indoors, one to play videogames and the other to shop madly QVC style, lights up the A-plot just the way I like it.   And let me be clear.   This A-plot is a big grey cloud, gory scenes that, thank goodness, are not described in detail, but, nonetheless are communicated handily in Sophie's near-bodily responses.If anything the werewolf hunters, Feng and Xian, deserved far more characterization/quirks.   Their Chinese-ness felt very normal/borderline-stereotypical in a series that so frequently throws curveballs and monkey wrenches into the proverbial grinder.   Of course, all the baddies, across all the books so far, suffer from too-late introductions and god-awful reasoning.What should I expect, however, since Sophie's biggest enemy will always and forever be herself, whether it be in delivering marshmellow pinwheel after pineapple bun into her stomach or sketching up another gun-toting, bad-ass persona for her frazzled ego?   To errors!

  • Beth Dawkins
    2019-01-02 15:26

    Sophie’s dead ex-boss appears on her doorstep. Apparently he isn’t dead, but in a heap of trouble. Someone has put a contract on his werewolf self. He asks that Sophie tell no one he’s alive. The next day Alex takes her to the sight of a homicide where it looks like an animal ripped two apart two girls.This isn’t a series I usually read. I have read book two, Under Attack. It wasn’t for me. So when the fourth book showed up, I didn’t have high expectations. Yet I will say that the writing is a lot better from book two, though it still suffered some of the same character flaws. The book is short and easy to skate through.The main character, Sophie, has grown a little since the second book. She is still in love with fallen angel Alex. In the second novel he showed up on her doorstep and made chaos. In Under the Gun Alex is a little more helpful, and has some redeeming qualities. On the other hand Sophie is ditzy. While sometimes I don’t mind when a heroine produces these qualities, she tends to be a little dense. I don’t like when I can’t figure out how or why the main character can’t figure something out.Anything with the side character, Nina, I love. This vampire roommate might have the most going on as a character, or at least it feels that way. She isn’t a central character, but she does add to the story.The plot is kind of cut and dry. Dead boss shows up, who isn’t dead and murders pop up that look like he could be guilty of. Sophie wrestles with her own guilt, letting him hide out, while he could be a murderer. There is one of those moments at the end when the bad guy is caught, and has a Scooby-doo moment and spills the beans.I thought Under the Gun was developed a lot more than a previous installment to the series. I haven’t read them all in order to this point, and I do get the feeling I have missed some important details. Out of the ton of urban fantasy novels out there I don’t think this one stands out of the crowd. This series is still not my cup of tea.

  • StephanieG
    2018-12-24 13:17

    Sophie’s dead ex-boss appears on her doorstep. Apparently he isn’t dead, but in a heap of trouble. Someone has put a contract on his werewolf self. He asks that Sophie tell no one he’s alive. The next day Alex takes her to the sight of a homicide where it looks like an animal ripped two apart two girls.This isn’t a series I usually read. I have read book two, Under Attack. It wasn’t for me. So when the fourth book showed up, I didn’t have high expectations. Yet I will say that the writing is a lot better from book two, though it still suffered some of the same character flaws. The book is short and easy to skate through.The main character, Sophie, has grown a little since the second book. She is still in love with fallen angel Alex. In the second novel he showed up on her doorstep and made chaos. In Under the Gun Alex is a little more helpful, and has some redeeming qualities. On the other hand Sophie is ditzy. While sometimes I don’t mind when a heroine produces these qualities, she tends to be a little dense. I don’t like when I can’t figure out how or why the main character can’t figure something out.Anything with the side character, Nina, I love. This vampire roommate might have the most going on as a character, or at least it feels that way. She isn’t a central character, but she does add to the story.The plot is kind of cut and dry. Dead boss shows up, who isn’t dead and murders pop up that look like he could be guilty of. Sophie wrestles with her own guilt, letting him hide out, while he could be a murderer. There is one of those moments at the end when the bad guy is caught, and has a Scooby-doo moment and spills the beans.I thought Under the Gun was developed a lot more than a pervious installment to the series. I haven’t read them all in order to this point, and I do get the feeling I have missed some important details. Out of the ton of urban fantasy novels out there I don’t think this one stands out of the crowd. This series is still not my cup of tea. - Beth

  • Lisa Elizabeth
    2019-01-01 13:16

    When Sophie Lawson's former boss, werewolf Pete Sampson, shows up (not dead!) and asks for her help in finding out who put a bounty on his head, she says yes - after sticking her finger up his nose in classic Sophie fashion. Of course, helping Pete means hiding Pete and when you work with mind readers, that can be rather difficult.Along with werewolf-like killings that cause her faith in Pete's goodness to waver, Sophie also has to deal with a sexy fallen angel/cop, her equally yummy British guardian, bizarre, anime-loving werewolf hunters and a heat-wave that sends her vampire roommate Nina into seclusion and Home Shopping Network addiction.This book contains all the elements that fans of the series have come to expect: humour, romance, betrayal and Sophie being a complete idiot - but we love her for it.The twist ending was really nice (and had me shouting 'I knew [evil doer] was evil all along!' like I'd just won the bingo.I've noticed that some people have criticized this series for not being serious or dark enough for true urban fantasy. But my take on it is that there are so many different urban fantasy series out there, why would you want them to be the same? Some truly great series, such as Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files or Kim Harrison's The Hollows manage to bring incredible humour and intense, soul-searing pain on Joss Whedon-type levels. Not all series do that, nor should they.I think there is a place for the humour and yes, the silliness of Sophie Lawson in the Urban Fantasy genre, just as there is a place for the self-destructive, drug-addicted heroine of Stacia Kane's Downside Ghosts series. It's a big sandbox, and everyone can play.So if you're a fan of Hannah Jayne or you like a lighthearted, healthy dose of humour with your vampires and other supernatural creatures, you'll definitely enjoy this installment in Sophie's adventures.[Review copy generously provided by Kensington]

  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    2019-01-14 15:15

    I really need to start checking if the books that catch my eye at Netgalley are mid series or not. The blurb didn't alert me to the fact that Under the Gun is the fourth book in Hannah Jayne's Underworld Detection Agency series featuring Sophie Lawson. I am a little sketchy on Sophie's past history past the basics - she is human, but fathered by Satan and a prized vessel of some sort. She lives with her BFF and her BFF's nephew both of whom happen to be vampires, and she works for The Underworld Detection Agency which is something like a registration and control agency for all of the supernatural creatures who reside in San Francisco which live alongside the human population, who are clueless. Her on again off again boyfriend is both a cop and a fallen angel and with startling regularity, Sophie finds herself in mortal danger.Though I was lacking some details I found it mattered little as Jayne provided just enough back story to make sense of the world. In this installment Sophie is trying to help her old UDA boss, Pete Sampson, evade the attentions of two ruthless werewolf hunters while growing increasingly concerned he may be responsible for several grisly deaths in the city.Under the Gun is a fast paced read with plenty of action, a bit of romance and mystery. I enjoyed the humour, sniggering at some of the more amusing scenes involving Nina's home shopping network addiction and Sophie's attempt to escape Alex's office while handcuffed to a chair.I have to admit though I grew a little tired of Sophie's ditzy persona. She freezes when confronted with anything vaguely threatening, babbles incoherently in the company of a good looking guy, is hopelessly clumsy and has a tendency to overlook the screamingly obvious.I doubt I will seek out the earlier books in the series but Under the Gun was a entertaining, quick read that provided the odd laugh and demanded little concentration.

  • Dianne
    2019-01-19 13:16

    2.5 starsIn this fourth installment of Hannah Jayne’s series, we find that Sophie has not grown one little bit. I’ve read them all and I just don’t get it. She is still that annoying, non-kick butt, fainting, crying, multi-male lusting heroine (and I use that word loosely!) that she was the last few books. As an aside, the covers are STILL annoyingly wrong!Ms Jayne is making the same mistake that several other fairly well known authors have done. She has found a style for the heroine which readers loved -at first - but are getting annoyed with when it goes on too long. I initially LOVED the idea that Sophie was not a ‘Mary Jane’ character, that Sophie made mistakes and fumbled her way through the past installments, but now it has gone on too long. Think of the books by MaryJanice Davidson and her Queen Betsy or Janet Evanovich and her Stephanie Plum series. Think of how far these authors got with never allowing their characters to grow, to mature, to change.In this book we see her boss the werewolf Pete Sampson come back from the supposed dead. Now there are killings that appear to be committed by werewolves and supposedly she only wolf around is Pete, who hasn’t been being chained up at night. So we have ourselves a huge mystery.Sophie still has mixed feelings on the male issues and that may be getting a bit old. It certainly isn’t going to wash after very many more books.While the book was mildly amusing, it did not have the hilarity that the first two books held for me and I wonder if I will even bother with the rest of the series. I don’t want Sophie to change too much, but the fact that she is so self-depreciative and clumsy still should change. She is getting better with weapons and with having two hotties hot for her you would think that she could think a little better about herself!In this novel, I think that the secondary characters really make this book worthwhile and the mystery…not so much.

  • Star
    2019-01-11 19:08

    Sophie Lawson is the only human who works at the UDA – Underworld Detection Agency. This means things aren’t always made easier for her at work. Now her old boss, Pete Sampson, who is a werewolf is back from wherever he disappeared to and needs Sophie’s help. At the same time, people are being gruesomely murdered by a werewolf and two unstoppable werewolf hunters are after Pete. Sophie believes the best in people and is working diligently to help Pete beat the contract on his life and prove his innocence in regard to the grisly murders. Yet, she’s not doing herself any favors by keeping secrets from Alex Grace, police officer and fallen angel. She just might not make it out of this one alive…‘Under the Gun’ is a fun and exciting continuation of Sophie’s story. She’s quirky and lighthearted, but she cares very deeply for her friends and will do anything to help them. When her old boss, Pete, shows up at her door, she’s going to help him the best she can. Even if helping means having a face-to-face with the scariest werewolf hunters ever – the Du sisters. In this case, however, what Sophie doesn’t know can kill her and she isn’t ready for who the true mastermind behind these events is. The Underworld Detection Agency series reminds me a lot of the “Stephanie Plum” novels, but with a serious supernatural twist. Sophie’s courage in the face of challenges never ceases to amaze me and the dialogue is absolutely hilarious. I laughed out loud at many points, especially at Sophie’s descriptions of people and events. Never underestimate Sophie, even if she does seem naïve and non-threatening! ‘Under the Gun’ is a great, fun, and exciting book in the Underworld Detection Agency series! Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles: Under Wraps (1), Under Attack (2), Under Suspicion (3), Under the Gun (4)

  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    2019-01-06 18:16

    Review Courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyThe tough as nails, take no prisoners biker chick portrayed on the cover of UNDER THE GUN, the fourth book in the Underworld Detection Agency series, isn’t quite the same character we meet in these pages, but that’s not necessary a bad thing. As a human surround by all sorts of supernatural beings, Sophie is a very relatable heroine, and the murder mystery she has to solve is just as engaging as she is.Beyond enjoying Sophie with her endearing perpetual ‘foot in mouth’ syndrome, and her poor attempts at keeping secrets from everyone which made her super paranoid and antsy, the supporting cast was a hoot. Sophie’s co-workers, including horny trolls to mean girl fairies, and her vampire roommates, like Nina the tv shopping addict, provided plenty of laughs.On the romantic side, Sophie’s relationship with fallen angel, Alex is cute and, while their relationship status is complicated in UNDER THE GUN, I’m hoping they work it out so they can team up more often in the next book. There is also further potential romantic entanglements courtesy of Will, her Vessel of Souls guardian (which didn’t end up getting explained very well, but maybe the Vessel concept will make more sense in the next book or was explained in one of the previous two books).Overall, UNDER THE GUN was a fun read with a relatable heroine and an engaging paranormal murder mystery. Whether this is your first foray with the Underworld Detection Agency series or you are a seasoned veteran, after this you’ll probably be keeping an eye out for UNDER A SPELL, the fifth book in the Underworld Detection Agency series when it comes out on August 6th 2013.Sexual Content: References to sex

  • A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
    2019-01-07 12:04

    Magically immune Sophie Lawson is the only human working for the Underworld Detective Agency. Her official title is Head of the Fallen Angel Division, but that doesn’t really keep her very busy. Good thing because Sophie has been having an interesting time lately. And by interesting I mean she’s been investigating some serious crimes that seemed to involve demons. And by investigating, I mean she’s been running around half-cocked, throwing about wild theories that end up being wrong before she finally figures things out and generally getting herself injured multiple times in some way or another. This time Sophie’s former boss, werewolf Pete Sampson, shows up at her door. This is the Pete Sampson we thought was dead. Just as he shows up in town murders start happening. Murders that look like a wild animal attacked. Or was it a werewolf? Sophie needs to clear Sampson’s name and figure out who is murdering the humans, but she’s starting to wonder if it’s another werewolf or if it’s actually Sampson.I think I’m starting to actually like Sophie now. She’s not as annoying as she was in the first three books. In fact, she appears to have some kind of natural ability when it comes to wielding a sword. I want to see more of that! We meet Mort who is an interesting, if not deranged, character. I’d love to know his story. Still not liking Alex. If he’s going to be Sophie’s love interest then I’m never really going to love this series. Nina and Vlad’s dilemma cracked me up. All in all the series is getting better and I look forward to the next book Under a Spell due out August 6th.*Book source ~ Many thanks to Kensington for providing me with a review copy. Please see disclaimer page on my blog.

  • Nora-adrienne
    2019-01-22 13:09

    Under the GunBy Hannah JayneCopyright February 2013Publisher Kensington Urban FantasyWhen you’re near the top of the Underworld Detection Agency, the claws really come out…Quick thinking and loyalty have taken human Sophie Lawson a long way in the UDA—along with a healthy dose of magic immunity. But when her old boss Pete Sampson asks for help after a mysterious two-year disappearance, she’s determined to find out what high-placed demon has put two ruthless werewolf killers on his tail. Of course, sucking up to her icy vampire department head and negotiating a treacherous inter-office demon battle are the kind of workplace politics that could easily get a “breather” way worse than reprimanded. And sexy fallen angel Alex is doing whatever it takes to heat up Sophie’s professional cool and raise feelings she’s done her best to bury. Too bad their investigation is about to uncover the Agency’s darkest secrets…and powerful entities happy to sign one inquisitive human’s pink slip in blood…What would you do if your former boss, who everyone thinks is dead shows up at your apartment? If you are Sophie Lawson you will be looking for a way to help him, and at the same time find out who is killing supernaturals . This is the fourth book in the Underworld Detection Agency series, and each adventure gets better and better. Sofie and her friends have to use all their wits and any and all luck they have to stay alive long enough to solve multiple problems. I love this series and have been following it from the first book. I hope you will pick up a copy, enjoy it as much as I do, and share it with your friends.FTC Full Disclosure: I received my ARC of this book from the publisher who only requested a fair and impartial review.

  • Nikki Brandyberry
    2019-01-09 14:23

    Hannah Jayne returns to her quirky paranormal/urban fantasy series with the fourth book featuring Sophie Lawson. I have had lukewarm feeling for this series from the beginning and after this one, I think I’m done. Sophie Lawson, on the cover of these books has never been the Sophie Lawson inside the books. She’s not kick ass in really any way. She’s more of an average, everyday woman who happens to know supernatural beings exist and she works amongst them daily.By the fourth book in any series I would hope that the main character, in this case Sophie, would have grown some. Unfortunately I’m not seeing that growth in these books. Sophie in book four is no different then Sophie in book one and while the story line keeps going, I’m not finding myself drawn to it.In addition to the lacking plot line, the love triangle is getting pretty old. Both fallen angel Alex and her guardian Will pull Sophie in opposite directions and yet neither of them will step up to the plate. There is a ton of sexual innuendo and stilted conversation but no one seems to want to actually express any true emotion. I’m tired of the game and needed someone…anyone…to truly and honestly deal with the situation.I want more from Sophie. I want her to become the crazy bad ass looking woman who graces the covers of these books. I want her to be happy and grow and get a chance to love furiously. I just don’t see it happening and I don’t think I can stick around any longer to find out.I give Under The Gun by Hannah Jayne 2 stars

  • Latte
    2018-12-29 12:10

    I understand wanting to keep books in a series self contained so a reader doesn't necessarily have to have read the previous books in the series to understand what's going on. But I've found it very frustrating in this series. Sampson was introduced, briefly I felt, earlier in the series. Then he disappeared. Now he's back. But I don't feel as if he's really more than a plot device for Sophie to once again, have incidents befall her. Their interaction here is brief overall. And this is the issue I have with the storylines. Sophie's relationships with the main characters, Sampson, Alex and Will are so seemingly superficial that you question "why?". Why should I, the reader, care about this? What is Sophie's motive for caring enough to help Sampson? So he was her ex-boss. It was hinted she had a crush on him in the first book. So what? I don't get it. Neither does Nina or Vlad.I've commented before about the continuity aspects of the storyline and still do here. Did Grandma abandon Sophie? She popped in a few times in the last book but is strangely absent here. Will departs. Alex is back in the picture. Sophie is still the Vessel but what does that really mean? No one is after her because of it. Mort recognizes her for who she is and who her father is but what does that mean other than its a scene device for Sophie to visit ER once again? Nothing really ties together in this series for me.

  • Kat
    2019-01-02 17:58

    Basic Plot: Pete Sampson (werewolf) is back in town and Sophie has to help figure out who is framing him for murder.I, unusually, don't have a lot to say about this book. The pacing was decent. Sophie is not a terribly intelligent character, which is getting a bit frustrating. Her back and forth between Will and Alex is also tinged by her lack of ability to read the clues she is getting from them and sort of makes me want to hit her with a clue-by-four. There weren't any terrible plot holes, though it seems as though the author has an overplot that is only being hinted at, never overtly addressed. At this point, Sophie being the Vessel of Souls almost has no point. There is no seeming effect of this status, and it doesn't affect any of the plots beyond the second book, so I'm honestly wondering why the author keeps mentioning it. The only reason seems to be to keep Will around.This review seems quite a bit more negative than the one I was originally intending to write. Really, it wasn't that bad. I just don't know that I'm going to remember much about it in a week or two.