Monday, April 30, 2012

Review: Breaking Bad by Jodi Redford

Breaking Bad (Midnight Justice) by Jodi Redford
Synopsis (Goodreads):
It’s been twenty-five years since the last Light Guardian was wiped out. Or so it’s believed. Ruby Winston is about to blow the lid off that theory, even though it’ll bring every Shadow Czar minion down on her ass.

She’s always known she was different from the rest of the evil-dictators-in-training Winstons. Uncovering the secret half of her gene pool proves it. Now she’s out to bring down her late father’s mind-control soda empire—and break the Shadow Czars’ hold on Earth.

Problem is, becoming a superhero overnight isn’t as easy as it looks.

Teague Younger has his own secrets to keep: his heritage, and his fierce determination to exact revenge on his friend and mentor’s murderer. So far he’s kept his cover—until he’s forced to use his Light Guardian powers to save Ruby from a sticky situation.

Thrust together and on the run, Teague and Ruby form a wary alliance as they desperately fight their circuit-blowing attraction. With an army of Shadow Queen minions hot on their tails, they might have a hard time surviving the night, much less ignoring their hearts.

Product Warnings: This book contains mind-controlling beverages, evil dictators and minions, excessive use of spandex, and enough electrifying sex to melt an ice train.
My Thoughts: Oh, Jodi Redford. Your capacity to entertain me is limitless, isn't it? This time, you had me at mind-controlling beverages*. Who can resist mind-controlling beverages? NO ONE, that's who! Speaking of which, I've never been happier to be a non-soda drinker than while reading this book.

Let's start with Teague, shall we? Sexy, sexy Teague and his superb control over his Light Guardian powers. *sigh* At least, he normally has control. There might have been that one instance with the train. Oh, dear! I've said too much! *ahem* I really did like how cynical he was. His infiltration into Ruby's father's empire had nothing to do with helping those less fortunate and everything to do with revenge. Ruby, on the other hand, is gung-ho to stop the mind control and save the little people. This is in part due to recently discovering her Light Guardian heritage and finally understanding why she had never fit in with her villainous family.

I loved Teague's living-off-the-grid friends something fierce. They had me at the Star Wars references, guys, because I'm really just a big sci-fi geek at heart. Oh, and the mention of "uncomfortable boners in the room" might have knocked a hearty guffaw out of me. Ha! Yep, I'm still laughing over that.

Jodi's ability to write characters that sparkle, shine and otherwise glimmer (I actually didn't mean to make an allusion to Teague and Ruby's Light Guardian abilities, but I think I'm going to pretend that I did!) is one of her strengths and she worked her magic here. Well played, Jodi. I salute your creative use of mind-control soda and creepy minions who are brought down by strong men and women who aren't quite the norm! Bonus points for the Chewbacca references.

*Please note: Previous things she's had me at include redneck werewolves, puffer fish who do not have sex, tentacled aliens, and her really creepy ability to climb three stories and suck the thoughts out of my head.

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Breaking Bad was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.


  1. I have officially added this to my wishlist. Jodi does good.

    Also, considering the main character's name is Ruby, I submit that we make our own Ruby read this book, too.

    1. I think the tipping point of awesome with this book is... "This book contains mind-controlling beverages, evil dictators and minions, excessive use of spandex, and enough electrifying sex to melt an ice train."

      For the record, ALL THE ABOVE IS TRUE!