Publisher: Carina Press
Date published: 8/20/2012
Obtained via publisher
Reviewed by Helen
TJ used to be a superhero, Dynama, but now she’s the mother of seven-year-old twins and does her superhero-type work from behind the scenes. Unfortunately her ex-husband has turned into a super-villain instead of a superhero, and he’s escaped from jail. So she hires a nanny to mind the kids while she tries to work out how to get him back behind bars.
The nanny, Annmarie Smith, has no superhero powers but is the child of superheroes. Her aim is to care for the children of superheroes and give them all the attention they need.
Ruth Diaz is a debut author, and I chose this book because of its promise to be different. A lesbian erotic romance. Comic book-style superheroes in a more-or-less real world novel setting. And twins straight out of a traditional sweet romance. I was eager to see how this new writer managed to combine three such completely disparate elements. The answer – very cleverly and with flair. I enjoyed this story. The lesbian aspect is erotic, but not hardcore. There isn’t a lot of detailed sex and what there is takes a more sensual approach, but it is both tasteful and fulfilling. The story is definitely a true romance. The twins are realistic, normal and engaging, and the way various characters interact with them is neatly used by the author as a way of showing, not telling, more about the characters.
And the comic book superhero aspect is awesome, full of life, vigor and fun. Ms. Diaz handles her characters well, with enough humanity to make them believable, and some nice twists in the superhero side of the story. The ending, in particular, is handled well.
Obviously, this book won’t be for everybody, but if you feel jaded by reading the same old, same old, it will truly brighten your day, make you smile, and is well worth trying, with a good mixture of romance, near misses, and drama.
THIS IS NOT AN ENDORSEMENT OF THIS BOOK. THIS IS AN OBJECTIVE UNBIASED REVIEW