Thank you to Josie Jaffrey for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.
Book: Judgement Day (Seekers 2) by Josie Jaffrey
Release Date: May 6th 2021
Tags: Adult | Urban Fantasy | Vampires | Blood Bar | Friendship
Content/Trigger Warnings: Explicite Sex Scene | Mentions of Rape | Violence | Gore | Blood Drinking through Biting
Other books in this series I reviewed
Vampires don’t get happily ever afters.
Jack Valentine finally has her shit together. She has a great job, great friends (well, one at least) and a girlfriend whom she loves, even if she can’t work up the courage to tell her that yet. Unfortunately, she also has an archnemesis who’s about to punish her crimes in the worst possible way: by making her spend time with him.
Which she could cope with, maybe, if she didn’t have problems at work as well. When the body of a human judge is found in a locked library, there’s no denying that she was murdered by one of the Silver – by a vampire – and the evidence points worryingly close to home. If that wasn’t bad enough, some of Jack’s least favourite people are opening a new blood bar in Oxford with questionable motives. For Jack and her team, it’s becoming increasingly hard to separate allies from enemies.
With conspiracies on every side, the simmering tensions in Silver society are about to come to a head. As usual, Jack intends to be right in the middle of it. She does like it when things get messy.
Judgement Day is the second installment of the Seekers series. Seekers are vampire agents who try to keep the word about vampires spreading to the human population. They help clean up messes and figure out murders by vampires.
The book starts off a little bit after the ending of May Day. Jack is happy with her lovely girlfriend. Or she wants to be. But the jealousy her girlfriend is skyrocketing at the mention of Killian Drake, Jack archnemesis who she is attracted to that came to a heading in May Day. I really wanted Jack to be happy with her girl but it was just way too obvious what was going on.
In the midst of her very personal problems there is an opening of the first blood bar in Oxford and a body found by a human judge, clearly murdered by one of the vampires. I found this plot interesting because a lot of things started to fall into place. From the first book as well. Things that didn’t seem to fit or weren’t quite wrapped up got some kind of an answer in this book. I do like it when books keep carrying things over like that.
I enjoyed Judgement Day because of that. I felt lke I was fully wrapped into this world, easy to settle back into and be dragged along the story while there still being enough room for my own thoughts of what was going on. It was a strong installmen. A lot of the questions marks I still kind of had at the end of May Day I did not have. I knew exactly what I was getting into.
As always it was a pleasure to follow Jack around. She might not always be the easiest person but she genuinely cares about the people around her. Like with what happens to her drinking buddy in this book. Still supporting her best friend even though he’d love to join the elite that she hates. She cares about them so I as a reader care.
Jack and Killian had less hot scenes in this book because Jack kept the walls up and Killian actually respected that. Sort of. But instead of sexy sniping at each other we got taking each others stuff so the other had to come after them. Ah young love, haha. It sounds childish but it just fits so well for the kind of relationship they have with each other. And Jack is just naturally incredibly petty like that.
All in all Judgement Day was a fun and solid sequel to May Day, that solidifies the characters and a bigger plot that is coming.