Life as a bodyguard and driver for the rich, famous, and powerful is dangerous on a good day, and after sustaining a crippling injury while on duty, Janette's left with few options. Having signed a 'for life' contract but unable to work, she uses her skills to disappear.
Her new life as a librarian suits her. Nobody cares she limps and sometimes requires a cane to walk. She's wanted for her knowledge, not her lethal magic. She's surrounded by books, a woman's best friend.
But when her former employer's best friend is murdered on the steps of her library, old loyalties and secrets might destroy her—or set her free.
Teaming up with her co-workers to find the killer might keep her from being booked for murder, but unless she's careful, she'll find out exactly how far her ex-boss will go to reclaim what is rightfully his.
Her. For life.
Blain (The Flame Game) launches the Vigilante Magical Librarians series with this fun but overloaded urban fantasy. Former bodyguard and exsanguinator Janette has been living in hiding as a librarian, faking a lower magical aptitude rating than she really has. It's a quiet, humble life until a senator is killed on the steps of the library where she works. The murder brings her old boss, Bradley Hampton, back into her life, reopening old wounds and spurring family and friends who thought Janette dead or missing to her doorstep. Now Janette must partner with Bradley to solve the murder before she becomes the prime suspect. It's a promising premise and the caste-like, rating-based magic system is a fascinating concept, but the story is bogged down in dialogue-heavy scenes explaining the world and the characters' backstories rather than showing them at play. Readers hoping for a fast-paced, action-packed adventure will be disappointed in the slow, exposition-laden buildup, but the endearing, wisecracking characters and witty dialogue will appeal to fans of Shelly Laurenston. (Self-published)\n