Fantastically funny, flirty and fabulous, Spandex and the City by Jenny T. Colgan was a witty and sassy story that had me hankering after my very own superhero from the moment that Ultimate Man stepped on the scene. Colgan's clever way with words and even cleverer imagination made this an exciting and wholly refreshing book that really stood apart from my usual choice of reads, and I'm rather surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Novels based on superheroes and villains aren't my usual "thing" but after having sat and thought about it for a while, aren't those what we find in any other genre, just beneath a different name? Putting that little bit of food for thought aside, Spandex and the City was an entertaining and robust book with plenty of KAPOW! & ZAP!
In Jenny T. Colgan's Spandex and the City readers are introduced to Holly Phillips. Holly isn't really on the look-out for romance but after numerous nudges from her friend Gertie while out together at a bar one night, Holly sets eyes on a rather dashing gentleman and decides to give it a whirl. After all, what exactly has she got to lose? Things take a rather out-of-the-blue turn though, when their evening is gate-crashed by villain Frederick Cecil, and Holly has to turn to Centerton's superhero, Ultimate Man, to save her from harm. It seems, though, that these two are destined to be reunited more than once and each time they do, the chemistry sparks like firecrackers. It was totally delicious and I was so intrigued as to how the relationship between these two would progress, or even if it would at all.
What I really loved about this story was how vibrant each of the characters were. Holly was hilarious, and for the leading lady of this novel, I felt that was important. Some of the comments she came out with, and sometimes just simply how she spoke, had me giggling away to myself, and the situations she managed to find herself in were, also, hilarious. Holly's brother, too, was a character who I warmed to immediately. The focus on social media taking over our lives was a fascinating one, and one which I felt was all too real in today's society. It seemed even the villain had some truth to tell which, although he was technically the bad guy, made me like him just that tiny bit. But Ultimate Man was the man I swooned for. Beneath the mask and the purple costume, he was just as vulnerable as the next person, and that spoke to me.
All in all, Spandex and the City by Jenny T. Colgan was a fantastically entertaining novel that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. As I mentioned previously, not the sort of thing I would usually read but in this instance, I'm so glad I chose to take a chance on something new because it was fabulous! With thanks to the publisher for the review copy of this book.