All kindergarten teacher Peyton Pearson wants is a nice, quiet life. Unfortunately, quiet isn't something she's had a lot of after tainted medicine turns her into a superhero. She's single, and saving the city from criminals—which is increasingly dangerous as the anti-superhero movement in St. Louis gains traction. Then there's her hot next door neighbor who makes her think super-dirty thoughts, and has no idea who she really is.
Police officer Dylan Wilson is trying to make the world safe by working to unmask all superheroes. When his sexy neighbor, Peyton, is evicted, Dylan offers her his spare room, unknowingly opening his home—and his heart—to the city's most reluctant superhero.
Can love survive when the masks come off?
A little fact: Less than a fifth of superheroes are female (in the media that is). Superheroines are underrepresented, so when I saw the title of this book, my inner Wonder Woman donned her tiara, indestructible bracelets and did a happy dance.
Yes, I have a huge love of the superhero genre, and Peyton Pearson has ingratiated herself by entering the realms of loveable kick-ass women who save the day, despite the fact that she would rather be flying under the radar. Selfless and sweet, this lady can hold her own as herself or her alter-ego.
Iron Man has Pepper, Thor has Jane, Superman has Lois and now Fantastigirl has Dylan. Or does she, as Dylan Wilson - cop, single dad and sexy shirtless mower of his lawn, doesn't like superheroes and is a member of the group who want them outed. And if Peyton's secret is revealed, bang goes any chance of romance with the man who's about to save her from homelessness and whose daughter she adores.
"You want me to go bowling with Superheroes. That's like asking George W. and the Taliban to get together for a pig roast."
It's like The Incredibles for grown ups; let's put it this way, Elastigirl didn't have bionic gun breasts (want!), and Patricia Eimer has done a superb job in bringing action, romance, misunderstanding and detailed descriptions to enable the reader to visualise the superheroes in their finery. If you're expecting some between-the-sheets action, you won't find it here; it's intimate in the respects of attraction, feelings and discoveries, but Peyton and Dylan don't venture beyond that. It didn't bother me, but I thought it may include a little more than build-up-it certainly seemed to be heading that way with their inner thoughts on each other at the start.
But the whole storyline held me captive throughout; our couple have a wonderful chemistry, their journey isn't a bed of roses, I loved them both and with fight, explosions and bad-guys combined with sweet heartwarming moments and humour (mostly courtesy of Dylan's partner Jimmy), His Secret Superheroine was an enjoyable read. And with plenty secondary characters, I can't wait to see who's next and what forces they're up against. My inner Wonder Woman is already twirling her lasso in anticipation.
Release Date: August 25, 2014
Book Length: 238 pages
Reviewed by: Nicola
Reading Format: Available only in eBook
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