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I Belong

Review: Galilee Rising by Jennifer Harlow

Galilee RisingTitle: Galilee Rising

Author: Jennifer Harlow

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Galilee Falls Trilogy (Book #2)

Publication Date: December 10, 2013

Format: Paperback, 283 Pages

ISBN-10: 0989394433 (Devil on the Left)

ISBN-13: 978-0989394437 (Devil on the Left)

Reviewed by: Kristie


Love in the time of superheroes…

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” -Confucius

The year since Galilee Falls lost its reigning superhero Justice has not been kind to Joanna Fallon. She’s lost her best friend, her boyfriend, her badge, even her mind. The city of Galilee Falls hasn’t fared much better with supervillain related crime skyrocketing to cataclysmic proportions. Deliverance for the city arrives in the guise of The Royal Triumvirate–King Tempest, Lady Liberty, and Lord Nightingale–who vow to be the heroes the city needs. Salvation for Joanna appears in the brilliant form of Dr. Jem Ambrose, another lost soul in need of saving. But salvation comes with a high price. When Emperor Cain, an old nemesis of The Triumvirate, decides he will stop at nothing to make sure there is no city left to defend, it is up to Joanna to rise not only for her city, for her new love, but for herself as well…

Quick & Dirty: An action-packed thriller filled with bad decisions, deception and hope.

Opening Sentence: God, how I love this city.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Last year, I had the pleasure of reading Justice by Jennifer Harlow. It was the first book in the Galilee Falls Trilogy and I absolutely loved it. Justice was one of my favorite books of the year. Galilee Rising is the sequel to Justice and while it didn’t quite live up to what I loved about Justice, it was still an incredible sequel with heart stopping action and some heartbreak.

Joanna Fallon is not the same girl that we saw at the end of Justice. She is no longer a crazy “suicidal” cop who does just about anything to get the bad guy caught. We now find her heartbroken since the love of her life had just died with just a little amount of hope that maybe things will be alright in the end. A year has passed since the events of Justice and one of the big surprises is that Joanna now runs Justin Pendergast’s billion dollar corporation. She lives in Justin’s house. She is also close to being one year sober since she went on a binder and cheated on her wonderful cop boyfriend Harry. Needless to say they are no longer a couple so know she is sober in more than one way. (She quite often has sex on the mind.)

With the major superhero, Justice now being dead, Galilee Falls has been almost taken over by supervillans and just plain bad guys who don’t have to worry about any superheroes taking them to jail. So when the Royal Triumvirate comes to town seeking to help Galilee Falls, they aren’t exactly welcome with open arms, especially by Joanna. King Tempest, Lady Liberty and Lord Nightingale show up at Joanna’s hoping to have the use of a computer system that Justin had installed to catch crime happening throughout the city. Joanna doesn’t want to be left out but she doesn’t entirely want them there either so she agrees if they let her help solve crimes with the computer too.

In the meantime, Joanna is making friends and feeling better about her life after Justin. She meets Dr. Jem Ambrose, a man that a friend had tried to set her up with in the first novel, and they begin a flirtatious friendship. She also strikes up a quick friendship with a model that hates all the fundraising parties almost as much as she does. With her new friends, Joanna is finally coming out of her shell and having a little bit of fun. She is in her own way she is a little bit happy. But soon all that changes because Emperor Cain, the mortal enemy of the Royal Triumverate, rises from the dead and seeks to create massive destruction to Galilee Falls.

Even though Joanna is not the “crazy cop” with a death wish like she was in the first novel, she still really tries her hardest to stop crime any way she can by feeding the information to the police. She takes more of a sideline role but yet the crime still manages to come to her. Joanna still has a hard edge that some might find abrasive but all she really wants is to find someone to love who will love her back. For Joanna that happiness will be fought with tears and deception.

Overall, Galilee Rising was another action packed book in the Galilee Falls Trilogy. Joanna had to do some growing up and it really showed in her actions. After this novel, I can’t wait to see where Joanna and this superhero world go next.

Notable Scene:

The gunfire begins again, moving closer. Time progresses slowly. The few people still on the street sprint inside for cover. My driver starts praying again and ducks down as a man in full tactical SWAT gear and balaclava lays covering fire behind himself as he rounds the corner. Coming right for us.

I don’t think. I just do. My hand reaches inside my purse, pulling out the Taser and pearl handled .22 I carry for just such emergencies. I have to time this just right. I peek through my shattered side window. With the gun now in my waistband and Taser in hand, as the shooter runs beside the front passenger door, I throw mine open with all my might. It hits home. He smashes right into the door, chest and legs first. Dazed, he drops the Uzi and falls to the cement with a groan. The moment he wipes out, I zap his leg with the Taser. His body convulses, then grows still when I release the button. I know from experience how scrambled the bastard’s brain is now. Good.

On shaky everything, I manage to climb out of the car, training the .22 on the stunned man. The Uzi has skidded out of reach but not the Glock on his belt. Breathing heavily, I crouch down and retrieve it, throwing the .22 into the town car. I keep the Glock on him as I Taser him again. I’ll just keep zapping until the cavalry arrives.

“Holy shit.” My gaze whips up toward the man who steps out of the store in front of me. More people follow him. That’s when I realize the gunfire around the corner has stopped.

“Everyone get back ins—”

Quick movement to my right startles me enough to turn the gun that way. As if materializing from thin air, a tall man in a black and white costume with “WN” on his broad chest appears. My gun is trained right on his completely masked face where only the eyes are visible. They lock on mine, and he’s suddenly breathing as heavily as I am, gasping even. The man raises his hands in surrender. “Please lower your weapon,” he whispers for some reason. “I’m one of the good guys.” That voice literally sends a chill down my spine as if someone walked over my grave. Why—

“Lower your weapon,” another man shouts. I glance left to find a bleeding police officer approaching, pistol right on me.

I toss the Glock near the Uzi. “You guys are welcome,” I say cattily.

The, I’m assuming, hero lowers his hands as the officer steps beside me. “Got this?” the hero asks in that same low tone that can barely be heard over the oncoming sirens.

“Yes, sir,” the officer says, pulling out his cuffs.

The hero nods, then looks back at me, eyes burring on my face. He stares but when I try to meet his eyes, he gazes down. “I…” His mask moves where his mouth should be but no more noise comes out. Instead he grabs me by the shoulders hard enough to hurt, giving me one quick shake. “Never do that again.” He releases me, and disappears as fast as he came.

I roll my eyes. Sometimes I really hate superheroes.

Galilee Falls Trilogy:

1. Justice

2. Galilee Rising


FTC Advisory: Jennifer Harlow graciously provided me with a copy of Galilee Rising. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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