Thank you, Ms Rardin
Last week, I was greatly saddened to hear that Jennifer Rardin had passed away. As with most book-related news, nowadays, I found out on Twitter. The shock and sadness moved in waves, among authors, readers/bloggers, and publishers. In sharing our feelings about Jennifer Rardin the author, the woman, and about the wonderful series she had created, a few of us bloggers wanted to recognize the enjoyment she brought to us through her books. So, this post is my contribution to this memorial. Each of us will also be giving away books by Jennifer Rardin. Please visit the participants listed on the right to read more about her series.
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When I first started heavily reading author blogs and sites in late 2007/early 2008, I found Jennifer Rardin’s blog, and was charmed by her humor and grace. I had just read the first book in her Jaz Parks series, Once Bitten, Twice Shy and it was apparent that the wit with which the book was written, was a reflection of the author.
The Jaz Parks series is a great blend of urban fantasy, CIA action-suspense, and romantic comedy. I don’t read a lot of military-ops books, but this series sucks me in every time. The action is fast-paced, yet the story never becomes just a succession of break-ins and shoot-outs. There are a few reasons for this.
First, is Jaz, herself. The series is told in first person pov, and her voice is smart, and a little bit snarky. She’s still dealing with the horrifying death of her fiance, but has found some comfort in making sure that others are safe from rogue vampires.
The stories flow, as if Jaz is looking out at the book, and right at the reader, making observations about her life. That is, when she isn’t giving assorted bad guys a hard time with Grief, her Walther PPK or negotiating her complicated relationship with one of the sexiest vampires in urban fantasy, Vayl.
Which brings me to the second reason I love Jennifer Rardin’s series: the sexy vampire himself, Vayl. Not only does he have great chemistry with Jaz (in their scenes together, their unresolved sexual tension can be cut with a knife), but he is a great character in his own right. Like Jaz, he has a dark and tragic past that regularly comes back to haunt him.
But, what makes Vayl so irresistable to me is how much he truly cares for Jaz. Yes, he’s all smoldering, lusty, sexiness too, but it’s the love he shows for her that really gets to me.
The last reason I enjoy this series is the great ensemble cast. Flirty PI Cole, seer Cassandra, tech-guru Bergman, and even Jaz’ blustering dad, Albert are a colorful cast of characters that add a sense of stability and place, even though the stories take place all over the world. With each book, I’m eager to catch up with Jaz’ Spec Ops crew almost as much as I am to see what will happen with Jaz and Vayl.
So I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Ms Rardin, for the hours of enjoyment she has given me through her books. I am so sad that the book community will miss out on the stories she could have written over the next few decades, but will be grateful that I can still spend time with the wonderful stories she gave us.
Book 7, Bitten in Two will be released November 2010. Book 8, which concludes the series had already been written, and will be released next year.
✰ GIVEAWAY ✰
One commenter will receive their choice of book from the Jaz Parks series. In the comments let me know if you’ve read Jaz Parks, and which book in the series you’d like to win.
Leave your comment by 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time) Friday, October 1, 2010 to be entered. Winner will be posted Saturday, October 2nd.
This contest is open internationally.