Series: Superpowered Love, #5
Author: Katey Hawthorne
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Superheroes & Supervillains
Length: Novel (248 pages)
Publisher: Loose Id (August 16th, 2013)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: Malory Claremont was born and raised to be the villain in someone else’s story, complete with fire-based superpowers. But then his cousin and former partner-in-crime, Brady, led him into a trap, and he’s been in superpowered lockdown ever since.
When he gets out on parole, he meets Theo McCracken, a cold-superpowered ex-offender. Theo has a modern Hamlet-style past, dangerously pretty eyes, and a hunger for affection that even Mal’s best defensive efforts can’t deny for long.
They’ve paid their debts to society, but society doesn’t care–from blackmailing coworkers to suspicion from the neighbors, it’s hard to catch a fair chance. Pile that on top of their dark family pasts haunting their every step, plus all the leftover abandonment issues and paranoia, and it feels like just a matter of time before they’ll be shoved right back into prison.
After all the people he’s hurt, Mal isn’t sure he deserves a chance to live his own life, to choose his own labels, to be his own man. But maybe having someone like Theo, someone who can love him and be loved, scars and all, could make the whole endless struggle worthwhile.
Review: How on the ever-loving earth did, I miss this series for so damned long? No, really? How come no one told me there was such a series out there and I have to stumble on book five of the series, book five for crying out loud, to get the bulb on, and make me scream with the frustration of not having read and re-read the others so far. Yeah, it was that good. I am in love (again) and get this, book five is about the bad guys, the super-powered villains, and I absolutely adored them. But seriously, get this series in order. It is not fun knowing there are four other books out there and you’ve been oblivious of them, when you literally get swiped off your feet so far in the series. Frustrating as hell.
Now back on this book, as I said there are no good guys here, just the badies and their attempt to go on with their life after being caught. You think it’s easy? Not a freaking chance in Hell, and that’s exactly what makes this story rock. Well, that and the hot, freaking steamy sex. It made my head spin. Yes, it was fascinating.
So let’s see if I can get this right for you. Mal was raised by his creep of a father, practically brainwashed, made to resign in his life as a villain and suffer a slow soul crush from his father’s abuse, until his cousin betrays him and he gets in jail for the awakened. Not a fun place to be, but when was jail fun in the first place.
So now, he’s out on parole after two and a half years and damn if surviving in the outside isn’t harder than being locked in. His personality is not making things easier either since Mal is practically a sociopath, so he can’t understand Theo’s persistence, a fellow parolee who seems Hell bent of being his friend, and more.
So you get into this book and everything you read, see, experience is in the form of Mal’s voice. Trust me when I say this, you will adore Mal’s voice. You will freaking love him and his point of view. I just couldn’t stop reading once I started and was taken so much by surprise I found myself finishing this book in the early morning hours, exhausted, yet screaming in my head because it ended. Malory is a fascinating character. He’s funny without meaning to be, and perhaps that’s why he is so much funny anyway, he is oblivious to his merits, his anger is thrilling and his control even more so. His fuck-you personality is beyond charming but what will probably make you go all aww on him is the way he slowly submits his entire being to Theo. No, by submit I don’t mean anything close to BDSM, though if you really look hard into things there might be sparks of d/s in there somewhere, but this book is nothing of the sort. Damn it, I digress. What I wanted to make clear, as crystal, is that I loved Mal.
As much as I loved Mal, though it was Theo that made this book alive. That damned character is so nerve wrecking, so beautiful, so intense and thrilling, even a little bit scary, that made the entire story come alive. He is the reason that everything dark and ugly turned shiny and gorgeous. Cold to Mal’s hot, Theo is the balance of Mal’s universe, and the missing piece and his grounding point, even as he’s the worse influence one could have. He’s risky and loves to break the rules (and you wondered why I loved him), but he’s also so adorable and agreeable and well, just plain hot. Mal often describes him as porn star material and he definitely is not wrong in that.
So here, we have a story of two criminals trying to make it on the outside, trying to face their bad choices and make do with what they have, even as society is not forgiving and making it even harder than it already is. Here we have two lost souls finding beauty in the middle of ugliness and clutching hard on it, because it’s the only thing they got. Here we have penance, guilt, and self-doubt trying to raise their ugly heads and an amazing attempt to battle these feelings with so very few weapons to do it.
So if you’re a fan of the series, know that this was a great installment, if you’re not and this is your first time (as it was for me) you’re in for a treat, but unlike me, go and start this series from book one. I feel it’s going to be one of the most fun read marathons ever. I definitely plan to do so myself. Strongly recommended!