Hero for the Holidays (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: Hero for the Holidays (Spandex and Superpowers #4)
Author: Charles Payseur
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2018
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Holidays
Page Count: 49 Pages
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


Cody travels from Metro City to the Caribbean island lair of Dr. Devious to look after the place while the supervillain is in space for the holidays… and maybe to mend his broken heart. With Christmas fast approaching, Cody is desperate to avoid reminders of his recent disastrous breakup, and a few weeks of sun and relaxation sound perfect—until a drunk (but very cute) superhero crashes the party by literally crashing onto the beach.

And that’s just the start of Cody’s problems—angry shark-men, mysterious lava creatures, and a malfunctioning AI all make his holiday getaway anything but relaxing. Amid the chaos of his adventures in lair-sitting, though, Cody might find just what he needs—a new chance at love.

FYI: This is the fourth book in the Spandex and Superpowers series, but I read it as a stand-alone and thought the story worked well without having read the other books in the series.

Even supervillains and their boyfriends go away for the holidays, so Cody is lair-sitting for Dr. Devious and Sanjay with the help of Audrey, their AI assistant. Well, actually Audrey is splitting herself into two entities so she can go along on vacation while still being at the lair to help Cody with the little details. What could go wrong? Well … a superhero crashes onto the beach, shark-men attack the lair, Cody finds a mysterious lava-like entity in the cellar, and Andrey’s clone isn’t quite … right. AND Sonny, the really good looking superhero, is stuck in a glassed-in containment cell that does absolutely nothing to help their romance. Let’s just say while there is a will … there’s just no way.

I love the snark, the quirkiness, the weird asides (there’s a running gag about a soap opera called “All My Werewolves”?) and although “urban fantasy” really isn’t in my wheelhouse, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. 4.5 stars.

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Galley copy of Hero for the Holidays (Spandex and Superpowers #4) provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


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My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh … not in my wheelhouse, but I’m a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre.

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