I recall in college a friend of mine would compare whether it was a "good movie" or a "good time," meaning it was either truly a good piece of cinematic art or just an enjoyable movie to watch. The Jaz Parks series is definitely a "good time," it's not epic literature, it's just a fun read. It's an action-oriented urban fantasy with a strong female lead (one of my guilty pleasures). I loved it.
With the holidays, this one took me a while to read, but it was one of those I wished I didn't have to put down. The heroine, Jaz, and her love interest, Vayl, are pretty well developed in this first book and I look forward to some of the other side characters like family members, co-workers and friends being fleshed out a bit more throughout the series. Author Jennifer Rardin debuted this series well with Orbit Books. They immediately booked her for two more in the series and she has since published a total of 7 in this series.
The action and character development progress in parallel well, without dropping one or the other for two long. The story progresses well and (sometimes more importantly) ends well, but still leaves you wanting to see what's next for the characters.
I've been known to drop a series or two after the first book if I don't truly enjoy it, but this will not be one of them. This urban fantasy series fits the bill for those who love characters like Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake and Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan.
PS: Looking for a virtual book club? Check out Life as Mom's, I'll be joining in.