Series: Bigtime #1
Published by Berkley on May 1, 2007
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Bigtime, New York, is not big enough for both Carmen Cole and the superheroes and ubervillains who stalk its streets. An intrepid reporter, Carmen's dedicated her life to unmasking the spandexwearers, all because her fiancŽ turned out to be a superhero, and a cheating one at that-sleeping with none other than his nubile nemesis.
Exposing the true identities of the nation's caped crusaders and their archenemies has catapulted Carmen from her sleepy southern hometown to the front pages of the country's biggest newspaper, The ExposŽ. Hobnobbing with millionaires and famished fashionistas is all in a day's work for a woman on the trail of the Fearless Five and Terrible Triad. But when Carmen gets the scoop of her career, her life comes crashing down around her. And even Bigtime's sexiest superhero, Striker, may not be able to save her.
I’ve been a huge Jennifer Estep fan ever since I started reading her Elemental Assassin series back in 2011. She has won me over with wonderful characters, fun and action packed plots and interesting world-building. I’ve found that isn’t just limited to to Gin and the gang, but also in two other series that I’ve read from Estep, her YA series, Black Blade and her new fantasy series, Crown of Shards. So, it is about time to try her Bigtime series, which features superheroes and supervillains.
This series is a bit different from the three series I mentioned above, but not in a bad way. I think with this series (or at least from what I can tell from the first book), Estep really had fun showing her love of comic books with this story. Carmen’s life is turned upside down when she finds out that not only is her fiance sleeping with her best friend, on her wedding day, no less, he is also a superhero and her friend is a supervillain. Now Carmen is determined to unmask all heroes and villains alike. She sees them both as liars.
This is a fun start to a series. I grabbed this ebook a long time ago when it was a freebie, but it has sat collecting digital dust as I’ve gotten to where I’m listening a lot more than reading. But while on vacation, I decided it was a perfect time to figuratively dust off this ebook and give this series a try. I’m really glad I did. I was very entertained by the story and I found I want to know where Carmen goes from here.
I started listening to audiobooks when a new book in a series was coming out and I wanted to get a refresher, but didn’t have time to read all the books (I think it was Anita Blake). I fell in love. I stayed with strictly re-reading books that I’d already read for a long time. I eventually tried an audiobook for something that I hadn’t read first and was hooked there too. Now, I listen to audio for both re-reads and first time. I have some series that I’ve given up reading and only listen. I try to get any many books/audiobooks from the library to help save on my budget. Books on CD and the newer digital downloads from the library really allow me to listen more. I then purchase my favorites (because who can wait in line for your favorite book??) and less mainstream books from Audible or some other online retailer.
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