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"A fast paced and fun romantic fantasy read"

As if finding her fiancÚ and her best friend in bed together on her wedding day was not enough, Carmen Cole had discovered their secret identities as well. Beneath their shredded clothes are the spandex suits that reveal that Matt is the superhero known as the Machinator and Karen is his nemesis, the ubervillain, Crusher. From that moment on Carmen had made it her mission rid the world of all the lying superheroes and ubervillians by using her reporter's instincts and deductive reasoning to expose them to the public. Carmen had traveled from town to town, newspaper to newspaper doing just that. It had finally landed her a job at the Exposẻ in Bigtime, NY where she had unmasked the identity of Tornado a member of the elite superhero team known as the Fearless Five.

Unfortunately the popular superhero had committed suicide as result of her feature and Carmen had gone from hero to zero overnight. Talk about bad Karma. Busted down to doing fluff pieces for the society column, Carmen's sleuthing days are over, or they were until she was kidnapped off the street by the Terrible Triad, the F5's archnemesises.

Faced with a fate worse than death for failure Carmen is released with a mission, to discover the secret identity of F5's leader, Striker, and report back to Malefica. Carmen's hopes to umask the ubervillians instead using her usual method of finding their connection to the superheroes. To do so she must first discover the identities of the Fearless 5. Ironically Carmen has grown close to Striker, who had recently saved her from a near rape. She fantasizes about him, and when she discovers his true identity she finds she cares about him even more. Once she identifies his alter-ego the rest of the pieces fall easily into place.

Unfortunately the identity of Malefica comes as a complete shock and more shocking still is how Carmen has played right into her hands. Now the Fearless 5 are facing extinction and the only way Carmen can redeem her Karma is to rescue them herself ... or die trying.

Quite different from the numerous dark urban fantasies that have taken the genre by storm, this story has a genuine comic book quality, sure to please the younger reader and fans of lighter paranormal fare. The characters are larger than life, but also very human. The members of the F5 are still reeling from the death of their comrade and each deals with it in a different way, which also affects the way they deal with Carmen. Carmen learns a valuable lesson, that exacting revenge doesn't make things better but only causes more pain. Luckily the Fearless 5 are big enough to give her a second chance and one of them will give her his heart. KARMA GIRL is a fast paced and fun romantic fantasy read.

Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted June 23, 2008

SUMMARY

Someone has to pay for what happened to Carmen Cole ...

Bigtime, New York is not big enough for both Carmen Cole and the superheroes and ubervillains who walk its streets. An intrepid reporter, Carmen's dedicated her life to unmasking the spandex wearers, all because her fiance 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 sleep southern hometown to the front pages of one of the country's biggest newspapers, The Expose. Hobnobbing with modelizing millionaires and famished fashionistas is all in a day's work for the 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 ...

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Karma Girl
(Big Time: Book 1)
by Jennifer Estep

Berkley Pub Group
July 1, 2008
Available: July 1, 2008
ISBN #0425222829
EAN #9780425222829
384 pages
Paperback (reprint)
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