Hallowed Ground ROCKS
To me, Julie Collins is a cross between Anita Blake and Stephanie Plum. I love her voice. It's well done first person, and I don't want to leave Julie at the end of the book. She's troubled, irreverent, makes mistakes, and can be funny as heck.
Kevin, her best friend and partner, didn't have a big role in this one but the chemistry is there between the two. I like Kevin *G*.
But then, there is Martinez. OMG. He leaped off the page, grabbed me around the neck and made me adore him in this book, even though I *know* he's a bad boy. You can cut the sensual tension with a knife between Julie and Martinez.
Armstrong did what few authors can do. She surprised me in quite a few places with actions the characters took.
For me, Julie was rescued one too many times, but the storyline, characters, and voice more than made up for any flaws.
I suggest, run out get Blood Ties and Hallowed Ground by Lori Armstrong. Before November when the third, Shallow Grave, is being released. I myself can't wait until November.