Nobody’s Hero (Superpowered Love #3)

Title: Nobody’s Hero (Superpowered Love #3)
Author: Katey Hawthorne
Cover Artist: P.L.Nunn
Publisher: Loose Id
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Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance / Paranormal
Length: Short Novel
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 rating stars

A Guest Review by Raine

Summary Review: A hot but slow growing romance of the opposites attract flavour set in this writer’s fascinating superpowered but everyday world – though I did have to overcome a personal hangup with one of the characters.

The Superpowered Love Series

Blurb: Jamie Monday lives in two different worlds. With his family, he’s the golden child of awakened superpowered society. He’s meant to do Great Things and pass on his powers — with the appropriate girl, hand-picked by his mother. He’s already failed at the former, so he can’t bring himself to tell her that the latter isn’t happening, either. With his friends, he’s the social director and life of the party. He’s also an out gay man with an appetite for the quick and easy lay. It’s tough to have a relationship when you’re hiding off-the-charts electrical powers, but Jamie doesn’t mind.

Not until the prickly, paddy rocking, geeky-hot new guy at work shows him what he’s been missing, anyhow. Kellan Shea’s singular combination of dirty mouth and pure soul makes Jamie spark right from the beginning. To break through Kelly’s defensive front and get to the gentle heart inside, Jamie will have to reconcile his split life: come to terms with his past, his family, his powers, even his nightmares.

Easier said than done, but if Jamie doesn’t step up and own the truth, he could lose his love before it gets off the ground.

Review:

** This review may contain spoilers **

I just reread the excellent blurb to this book and realised that something I was going to write about is actually not mentioned so I am putting the spoiler warning up.

I wasn’t going to review this book. My main reason was that I’d read and reviewed the first two with great enthusiasm and feared I’d begin to sound like a Katey Hawthorne cheerleader. However overworked Wave asked me if I’d like to and reassured me about the pom pom thing………

I actually found this book grew on me quite slowly, my first read, for reasons I’ll explain, left me a little disgruntled. Thankfully once I got over myself, I very much enjoyed the close focus on the ups and downs of this relationship between two very different guys.

Once again the music playlist provided adds another element to Katey Hawthorne’s books. This time it not only displayed what different tastes the guys had. Jamie’s theme song, Mika‘s Grace Kelly with it’s the addictive pop hook “I can be anything you like…..” translates to emphasize Jaime’s conflict as he has to pretend to be someone else to both win approval and more seriously keep his superpowered society hidden. So there he is a very attractive socially shallow butterfly with a deep, deep secret and of course he has to be attracted to ‘code monkey’ Kellan displaying all the social skills of a stinging nettle, but who is at heart genuinely open and vulnerably honest. His song is Your Pure Soul  by The Charlatans!

My slight personal problem with the book came into the open as we got to know more about Kellan. The relationship is very cleverly set up to mimic the real getting to know you scenario of two people gradually teasing out stuff about this person they are attracted to. It sort of followed this path for both Jamie and me; mmm…cute new guy at work ….not easy …….prickly clever nerd…….cute & hot …..flirting…..sport, beer, music, comics, beer, cats…….and then oh God …..God as in the Catholic Church and then Jamie and I both stalled. Now Jamie got over this a lot more quickly than I did but then he had a greater incentive…… superficially at least, a dirty mouth and hot sex. By the way I thought the closely detailed intimate descriptions of both guys and their relationship was beautifully done. The sex is outstanding, hot and tender,……..and he moaned softly, his stomach curving over my head like a fucking cathedral ceiling…..

Reluctantly getting back to the point. So, this a purely personal reaction which effected my growing attraction to a difficult character. I have huge problems with organised religions. I think the late often great Christopher Hitchens said, “Faith is the surrender of the mind; it’s the surrender of reason……” Suddenly Kellan seemed less rather than more. It took me a while to reconnect with him, but this was my reaction- possibly not other readers. I did like the way Jamie came to terms intellectually and emotionally with what appeared to be an initial problem, but then Jamie ” I’m a slut for flattery “, is very much my favourite guy in this book. Likewise Kellan’s acceptance of Jamie’s powers was delightfully expressed,

” I believe in God. You think some lightening I can actually see is going to shut my brain down? “

The fundamental differences between Jamie and Kellan- not surprisingly- provides the main conflict within the building relationship and the story. However the added tension of the sub plot concerning the strange selective breeding ideals of the Cleveland superpowered society didn’t quite cut it. I totally believed in Jamie’s misplaced sense of noblesse oblige but his mother, his predetermined partner Mae and her very disturbed mother troubled me. Even though the writer acknowledged the insanity of this plot within the book, this agreement wasn’t quite enough to convince me.

This was a sweet slow burn of a read for me and while I did have a private moment over the God question, I was gradually won over by the lovely and heartfelt relationship that the characters built for themselves.

Recommended

12 comments

  • Ooooo I loved the first two and was already looking forward to this one, but now I’m eyeing my TBR, figuring out how to bump it way up! I’m glad to go in forewarned about the religion stuff, though, as I feel similarly about organized religion. 😀

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    • Hey Jeayci,

      another KH fan yipee!

      The religion thing was weird, as it is rare character’s opinions have that amount of resonance with me but Kellan’s vulnerability and integrity did really come through on my second read.

      Hope you enjoy it. 🙂

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  • Thanks Raine, your review peaked my interest so I went and bought Equilibrium last night.
    Loved it, great writing. Katey is a new to me author and I’m thrilled I found her stories. Off to buy the next book 🙂

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    • Oh that is so pleasing mrb, Equilibrium is in my opinion the most perfect of the books, but I love Riot Boy for the characters, the Rimbaud and The Clash links!

      Thank you very much for letting me know you enjoyed it. 😀

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  • Squeal, you are back :). Awesome review and thanks for introducing me to this book. See see we can have slow development of the attraction sometimes. Soooo tired of all things Insta :). Welcome back.

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    • Thank you Sirius, yes this story was all about the getting to know you……

      By the way….that was it……….review number 100 for Jessewave………not that I’m counting!

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  • Raine, thank you so, so much for giving it a chance–a second chance, even. This is such a great, thoughtful review. I can’t even tell you how much I appreciate it.

    Kelly’s a difficult character, as you say (perfect description, ha!), without the religion thing. Believe it or not, I totally feel you there. I’m the big loud atheist in my own family, what can I say.

    I’m really glad the soundtrack thing adds to it for you. I’d be lost without them for writing. But, I mean, The Charlatans make everything better.

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    • Hello Katey,

      Thank you, I really get so much from your books…….not least new music to explore……….The Tossers…….fun music.

      I’m looking forward to your new Loose Id one, though I understand it’s not superpowered. :bananadance …….oops

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      • Oh man, the Tossers. They make me so happy. <3

        Bwahaha, how I love the dancing banana. Yeah though, the new thing is a bit different, for sure. Hopefully in a fun way!

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  • Gah I can’t remember if I read the previous books are not (which is not a good thing) but I am certainly intruiged! Might just have to look into this more!

    Thanks for the review 🙂

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    • I love both Equilibrium and Riot Boy, they are rereads for me on my favourite for ever shelf!

      I particularly love KH’s writing- especially about sex as she uses those scenes to reveal character quite beautifully. It took me longer to get it but this one is a great read too. 😀

      Thanks Larissa.

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