Monday, December 19, 2011

Bigtime Series by Jennifer Estep

 Karma Girl (Bigtime #1)

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.
When I got a chance to review this series I jumped at it! I've been so curious and became even more so when I got a couple of quick references to "Karma Girl comics" in the Elemental Assassin Series and The Mythos Academy Series. So, the question remains... did I enjoy this book? Oh yes I did! It was a fun adult book with a couple of smexy scenes within. It was fun, campy without being over the top and completely entertaining. Yes you figure out the identities of the superheros and ubervillians way before the characters do, but quite honestly that was part of the point of the book. If you think about it, really, it is any different than what you get in comic books? Seriously... how many people were fooled by Superman's glasses? LOL

I give this book 5 stars. I recommend it to anyone looking for something fun to read that doesn't take itself too seriously.
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Hot Momma (Bigtime #2)

By day, Fiona Fine is a successful couture designer, catering to the high society players of Bigtime, New York. By night, she's Fiera, a member of the heroic Fearless Five who can create and manipulate fire with her bare hands.

Fiona's personal life, though, isn't so hot. She still misses her fiancŽ, who was killed by ubervillains a year ago. Still, men admire Fiona's smoking assets, and she decides to get back in the dating game- especially after she meets Johnny Bulluci. But this notorious playboy has plenty of secrets to go along with his sexy smile. And, with two new ubervillains in town who are intent on raising hell, Fiona's love life might just crash and burn.
This book takes place after the first one, but is more about Fiera (Fiona) and Johnny Angel. It still is campy and fun as the first, but I have to admit, I didn't "warm" (heh) up to Fiona as I did Carmen in the first book. I liked her well enough and enjoyed her story, but I think she is just a bit too much on the selfish side for me. Still, I would have missed this story if it wasn't told. I enjoyed seeing how she took her broken heart and mended it, kicking Johnny's ass and dealing with a new love. And despite what I said about her selfishness, she finds her heart as well within this story. How that all comes out you'll just have to read it to find out. I give this one 4 stars. 
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Jinx (Bigtime #3)
Thanks to her unwanted superpower, fashion designer Bella Bulluci may be the luckiest woman in Bigtime, N.Y. But luck can be good or bad, and it seems like just as many embarrassing things happens to Bella as do positive ones. 
Like when a charity event that Bella plans get crashed by Hangman, a deadly ubervillain who's after a prize sapphire that's on display. Hangman almost succeeds in stealing the jewel for his evil ubervillain boss, Prism, but Bella's luck helps her escape with the sapphire star along with some help from the suave and charming Debonair. 
Debonair's not an ubervillain, but he's not really a superhero either. Still, Bella can't help but fall for him, despite her personal vow to have as little to do with heroes and villains as possible. But with Hangman and Prism still after the sapphire, Bella's going to need every bit of her luck power just to survive ...
 This was another fun book. I really enjoyed Bella and her dislike of all things super. Either villain or hero. However, Debonair makes Bella reconsider things once he has her in his "den of seduction". She isn't the type to go after someone who seduces many women for the thrill... but something about him attracts him despite her aversion. This combo makes it for another fun book. One where we see if two very shy people can overcome their "press" and make a connection.

My only complaint was Bella's attitude with her body. She constantly complained and worried over nothing. However, it is resolved in the end and don't we all know someone like that? ;D I also wanted to kick Debonair in the @ss and liked him but didn't (if that makes sense) until he was fully himself. In other words, when he was neither Debonair or his alter identity but his true self to Bella did I enjoy and root for him fully. I really LOVED him then.

I give this book 4 1/2 stars and recommend this book to anyone who loves a fun campy book.
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All these books are currently $2.99 in ebook format. 
I was given all 3 ebooks from the author for my reviews and no compensation was given.


  1. I always think its strange the number of different covers there are for the same book - I blame Harry Potter as I can't remember it happening to any books before then.

  2. Ha, this looks so quirky! I definitely like the drawn covers better than the photo ones, though...

  3. I can't wait to start this series! I bought the first book a while back and am hoping to read it over the holidays when I have some time off:) Looks like I have a lot to look forward to with these, but then I should have already known that since I adore Jennifer Estep:)

  4. I was wondering if these books were any good. I mean, I do like Jennifer Estep, but all series are not created equal. Me thinks I'll give them a read! Love your minis Melissa! Also, sorry for my lack of commenting, I've been on a bloggy break for my sanity. :D

  5. I'm so glad you liked them all! I've karma girl in my TBR pile, I really need to read it. I must be nice to have all the books to read at once. Maybe I must be the same too.

  6. I love this series, but I really don't like the new cover for Karma Girl - I like the ones for Hot Mama and Jinx, though.

  7. Lots of reading material from you today :D I have heard good things and they do look know I am a sucker for fun

  8. @...Petty... I've seen several different covers. Used to only be for different ed. though. Thought you might like to see the other covers. :)

    @Sonia... I was a bit more drawn to them as well. I like cartoons. ;D

    @Jenny... Oh I really enjoyed the first. Hope you like it as much as I do. But then we are both fangirls of Jennifers! :D

    @Jen... Oh I understand. They are different than her other series. If you like camp, you'll like these. Oh, and I understand the sanity thing even though I've never been accused of being sane. ;D

    @Melliane... Oh do read it. I'd like to know your opinion! I enjoy having a whole series to dive into!!

    @Ricki... I like looking at all of them to see what people come up with for a cover. :)

    @Blodeuedd... I'm just a sucker. ;D Yes, they are so fun. :D

  9. Ooo those books have been on my TBR for a few years already, and now it seems like everyone is reading them, except me :( time to dust them off I guess. My books have the "drawings" covers, not the photo's.


    Seriously, I'm loving those covers. Just looking at the m is fun! And did you say there is a hint of smexy times? Well, then yes! I need to read these books. :)

  11. I really enjoyed Karma Girl - especially as it was the first Jennifer Estep book I ever read! I have the others including Karma Girl Christmas which I'm hoping to snuggle up with at some point...great reviews as ever! :-)

  12. I love this author! I need to start reading her adult books.

  13. These look and sound different from her other books (which I've come to be acquainted with because of your blog). Estep seems so versatile!

  14. Oh I do love the sounds of these! :D And to be your favorite author! :D Thank you for the amazing reviews.

  15. I think I really need to read this :) You gave it a 5? WOWZER! I lover J.E. though so I can see where this might be just fun to read :)

  16. I haven't read any of Estep's other books but I like the sound of these. I'll have to give the first one a try.


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