Newlywed Tori Lewis wants nothing more than a quiet life with her hunky new husband. She doesn’t expect to walk into a robbery right after her honeymoon. But even more shocking is her discovery that she stopped the gunman with a super power! How did that happen?
Undercover superhero Joe Clarke and his team are investigating a string of missing children. When the father of a lost boy turns up dead, the team must decide if the death is related to the disappearances - or to the super-villain group The Nine.
...to super power!
Meanwhile, Tori decides to try out this superhero thing. She needs a mentor, so she asks Superhero X to help, the only superhero she’s ever met - and the only one she’s ever kissed. As they work together, Tori worries that the superhero is getting too familiar. How can she be attracted to one man when she’s wildly in love with another?
Will she have to choose between her husband and her destiny? No one warned her that love would be so complicated!
©2013 Kathleen Bucholtz (P)2014 Kathleen Bucholtz
I mostly likes me some sword and sorcery, not really in to sifi but theirs a place in my library for anything from John Scalzi.
Don't take this the wrong way but there was to much God, you can be religious without putting him/her in every conversion. And you can have faith without praying over every little thing. Seems everyone in the book (all but the bad guy anyway) wanted God to control every part of there life to keep them from taking any responsibility.
The base of the story was good but to took to long to get any meat.
Bull, he was the only guy who didn't seem to take him self to seriously.
Maybe I'm still not sure.
There are some messages I'm not sure i like in this book;It's OK to drug your children to keep them in linePeople always putting there spouse over there childrenThe hero's having a blanket if your not with us your against us policy on any one who has powers, unless organized big evil. Then you ignore them till they mess with you first.There are others but there the ones that stuck with me.
Scifi, mystery, thrillers - all welcome here.
*Possible Spoilers ahead in discussion*
Summary: Tori Lewis discovers she has a superpower. Meanwhile, her new husband, Joe Clarke, also has a secret identity.
- I love the pop culture references. There’s mention of or reference to Spiderman, The X-Files, Superman, and much more in here.
- The limited first person perspective slipped into stream of conscious a few times. That took some getting used to. In general, the amount of arghs and grrs should be kept to a bare minimum in books, especially audios.
- Tori’s idea of research is comic books.
- The main character has about the worst luck with muggers ever.
- It was on the long side. I think it would have been a smoother ride if it lost a few hrs in the middle.
What I couldn’t connect with … :
- This is one of the severest cases of genre hopping I’ve seen in a while. It’s mostly a lighthearted romantic comedy set in a mildly urban fantasy setting. In addition, there are elements of Christian romance, Harlequin romance, mystery, and scifi. I happen to like most of those, but I’ll admit the blend is not always pretty. Odds are very good that either you’re going to be offended by the amount of intimate scenes described between the newlyweds or you’re going to be offended by the amount of times Tori prays or somebody brings up a Bible verse.
- Content warning: contains curse words, contains what I’d qualify as “moderate spice adult scenes”
- There’s a fair amount of very slow build … I clocked it. It took Tori 7.5 hrs to tell Joe the truth, and it took him about 9.2 hrs to tell the truth. That’s weeks upon weeks in their time. I’ll tell him soon, I’ll tell him later, etc. vs. I’ll tell her soon, I’ll tell her later, well maybe … It got maddening.
- The plot threads aren’t really all wrapped up at the end. Most of them are acknowledged at the end but they’re brushed off in a “that’s not really our focus as super heroes” vibe.
What I liked:
- The narrator fit the character well. Overall, it was a solid performance.
- There are a ton of really cool threads in here. (The scifi and mystery aspects could have definitely been expanded upon.)
- I enjoyed Kane (sorry about spelling, I heard the audio) as a villain.
- The last hr and a half was excellent. Once they leveled with each other and finally got to the exciting stuff including the showdown, it was awesome.
Conclusion: If you can handle the “heat level” and don’t mind genres flipping all over the place, it’s an intriguing tale.
The way the team came together to rescue Ben.
Tori. Her quirky personality was very refreshing.
What happens next?
The premise is good. The supporting characters work. The narration held my attention. Unfortunately, the main characters eventually overcame the remainder of the positives. Sorrowfully, I couldn't bring myself to finish the last few chapters. Perhaps someone else would enjoy it.
This was not what I expected at all. For some reason I thought there would be more back and forth and build in the romance. It kicks off with the leads already married. Not a bad angle, just not what I thought was going to happen. I might have misread the blurb to begin with.
This reads more like a sci-fi than a romance. There are cozy moments but it is more about the overall story and the realization of super powers. There are a lot of intricate elements in the family life and supporting characters as well.
I really liked Tori and Joe's dynamic. They were practically strangers who fell o=in love and married very quickly. Personally, I might have discussed a few things before jumping straight to the "I do's", that's just me!
Sorry kids this is a closed bedroom door sort of romance. It would fall into my Christian romance category as well, plenty of praying and God talk. Not heavy handed, just noticeable.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Catherine Gaffney, who does a great job with all those voices. Kudos on the swift pace and smooth tone. She is fabulous at adding just the right amount of energy and emotion to her voice to fit every situation. I would definitely look for more of her reads.
This is a mixed narrative, which I really enjoy. It helps you get a full perspective on what is going on all around. There are more than the leads POV, many of the supporting cast chime in throughout. It is not always the smoothest transitions when listening. While the voices were distinct, there could have been something to indicate a change in the narration. I am not a big fan of changing voice in the middle of a section. POV changes should be chapter to chapter in my opinion. It helps keep things clear and less choppy.
I loved the world building here, there is so much potential for more of the series. Great supporting characters who deserve their own HEA stories. Her sister Lexy and a certain strong silent hero, her BFF Haley and her own smexy fella. Please let this be a series!!!!!!
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, ratings and opinions are my own.
I fell in love with the lead role, her loyalty to her sister, her shifting confidence in her new marriage, her stubborn independence and her obsession with M&Ms.
The scene where the main character discovers a dead body underneath her desk was my favorite. I couldn't help but laugh at the way she was worried that she thought she'd be suspected of committing murder by the prints her shoes left on his back.
New Husband. New Family. New Powers?
I am looking forward to getting deeper into the series as the story-lines continue. The main character grows from a timid temp employee to a woman who settles into her new role non-traditional role as wife and superhero. I would recommend this story for any young woman seeking an empowering story full of a very real portrait of what it means to find home.
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