Booked for Murder by R. J. Blain

A lead character, Janette was born with a high percentage of magic, but not to the right family. She wanted to help her parents and was young, so she signed a contract for life with an adept, to bodyguard him. 

Then in the line of duty, she got into an accident. She was in a coma for several months and still has a botched ankle. None expected her to recover, but with full stubbornness, she gained the ability to walk. She took on a new identity, false rating, and works now in a library. Her old life crashes with the new one, when the senator is murdered in front of the library she works at and her ex.boss is investigating the murder. Ans soon her old life crashes with the new one.

 The story starts out slow, we see quite a lot of backstory in the first few chapters. It slowdown the flow a bit, but you need the info to understand what happens next.

I like the Janette, I love the way she handled things after the accident and how she found a new purpose. She is stubborn to a fault and very resilient. I love the friendship between Janette and Beatrice, the whole love/ hate thing was very entertaining. :) And then there is Bradley, her ex.boss, who she has to work with once more. However, the start of the book was the cat... :) (I might be partial, I love cats in books :D)

I love the mystery and the magical system, it's very unique. :) But my absolute favorite was the dynamic between Bradley and her.  😁

I wasn't the biggest fan of the dialog. It was too long and a bit info-dumpy at times and I felt like it staggered the flow of the story.



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Vigilante Magical Librarians #1


adult, urban fantasy


August 18th, 2020
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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.

happy reading,




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