Title: Trick of the Light (Anti-Heroes #1)
Author: Megan Derr
Release Date: January 10, 2016
Genre(s): Romance/Superhero/Alt Universe
Page Count: 66
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3 flame out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Karl leads a quiet life—quieter than he wants, especially since getting into a fight with one of the most powerful men in the city—but it could be worse. In a city where super heroes and villains can level a city block in a moment, it’s a good day when nothing is destroyed, especially for the man who sells super hero insurance.
After yet another date stands him up, Karl heads home for another night spent reading with only his cats for company. But a strange sound at the bus stop leads him to a shocking discovery: Trick of the Light, a notorious villain in possession of an impossible power, and currently the intense focus of a man hunt by the Grand Order of Defenders.
But Karl has never had much respect for the Order and its arrogant, cavalier super heroes. Whatever the risks, he’d much rather spend the night helping a villain, especially since once Trick is well enough to move Karl will probably never see him again…
A short, but entertaining read. Karl is an insurance adjuster in this alternate world where Superheroes and Supervillains exist. Karl makes sure normals, like him, get reimbursed for the damage done to personal property when the Supers are fighting against each other. An interesting concept for sure. The problem? It’s normally the Heroes doing the most damage, but the government is corrupt and controls the media. So the public is trained to believe in the Heroes.
Karl isn’t like the sheople and sees the reality of the damage of their world for himself. And then one night, he stumbles upon an injured Supervillain and can’t help but save someone in need.
This was really a cute story. I enjoyed the world-building, even as limited as it was in this novella. Derr managed to pack a punch. We got to see the beginning of the full story. And we get to see Karl and “Trick” fall into a relationship of sorts. How does one have steamy times with an invisible man? It was hot reading it played out – that’s for sure! Bravo for the steam from Derr!! And the reveal of the real-life identity of Trick? I had it figured out, but it’s nice to know I can figure these things out.
Derr plans to keep the world of Supers alive with a different couple in each story. I’m excited for the next installment.
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