Title: Hot Air: A Villainous Love Story
Author: T.J. Land
Release Date: February 18, 2017
Genre(s): Bisexual Romance, Fantasy
Page Count: 181 pages
Reviewed by: Natalie
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5
Bluster is the most incompetent supervillain around. He’s a klutz. He’s forgetful. His schemes never work. He never remembers to plan his escape, which doesn’t matter given that most superheroes don’t even bother sending him to prison anymore. Hardly anyone takes him seriously. That’s why he decided to retire a while ago. It had nothing to do with the fact that his handsome nemesis, Judge Justice, was forced to hand in his superhero license after finally breaking one too many rules. And Bluster’s decision to give up his retirement on the same day Judge Justice gets his license back is purely coincidental.
Judge Justice is the toughest superhero around. He’s edgy. He’s grim. He wears a lot of leather. As far as he’s concerned, supervillains are criminals, nothing more and nothing less. They deserve everything that’s coming to them. Sure, maybe he’s got a reputation for being harsh. So what? His methods work. When you’re dealing with a town full of caped crooks, no amount of force is excessive…except maybe when it comes to Bluster. That guy’s hopeless. It’s not that the Judge has a soft spot for him, but anyone can see that Bluster’s a bigger threat to himself than to the city. Which isn’t to say the Judge isn’t outraged when Bluster comes out of retirement the same day he gets his license back. He’s furious. Not even a tiny bit thrilled, because he’s not one of those imbeciles who actually likes his nemesis. He’s a professional. That’s why, when the Judge learns that Bluster’s in danger, he immediately appoints himself his guardian. After all, it’s a hero’s duty to protect the weak.
Bluster, however, has other ideas…
I adore the world TJ Land has created! Superheroes and villains with a lil bit o’ kink.
This is my second read by the author. Read my review for The Amateur: A Villainous Love Story.
We’re in Mercy City, and Judge Justice is back in action after being put on suspension by Lady Glory (head of the Remarkables). The Remarkables are the good guys. Judge Justice took a fight with his nemesis Bluster a little too far. Bluster was almost killed in their battle, and it was all because of something he said to Judge Justice that made him question his sexuality. Harmless but when you’re not exactly sure where you stand on the sexuality spectrum panicking is the go-to reaction. Now that the year is up, Bluster is ready to pick up where they left off and resume their fight. Despite the fact that he almost died. Despite the fact that he has said numerous times that he’s not a fan of dying. He keeps coming back. Masochist! He’s like the roach, you spray with Raid and just keeps on surviving! Persistent lil bugger. Bluster is the bottom of the barrel when it comes to villains, and no one has ever taken him seriously as an adversary aside from Judge Justice.
Bluster has some serious self-esteem issues.
This story didn’t capture me as much as The Amateur. I liked it, but I think because Bluster was always so hard on himself, it took away from me wanting to cheer for him and at times, Judge Justice was a quite an unlikeable dick. Characters I wanted to throttle often make for a hard reading experience.
The bright side is there’s a possibility of a poly dynamic in their future, and I think I can be persuaded to read more about these two if they get another book because hello, POLY DYNAMIC. It also doesn’t hurt that Bluster has this auto-erotic asphyxiation fetish and a fascination with rope bondage. This series is fun. I like it lots. My rating for Hot Air falls between 3.5 and 3.75 stars.
I do recommend this story if you’re looking for a series that portrays superheroes in a very different light than what we’re accustomed to reading. TJ Land remains an author I look forward to reading when I want a pick me up. The dialogue between the characters always gets a few chuckles out of me.