Audio Review: Where There’s Smoke by Cari Z, Narrated by Nick J. Russo

Audio Review: Where There’s Smoke by Cari Z, Narrated by Nick J. RussoWhere There’s Smoke by Cari Z.

Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Series: #1 Panapolis
Genres: M/M Romance, Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Riptide on February 4, 2017
Length: 2 hours 8 min
Format: Audiobook
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‘Average Joe’ Edward falls for a Super Villain and his life becomes anything, but ordinary.  I love ‘Super’ stories and comic book plots so this was a load of fun.  There is intrigue and an unlikely romance to give it some depth for all that it was a quick read and beginning of a series.

Where There’s Smoke begins when Edward is a teller at the bank when a robbery happens.  The Mad Bombadier is in the process of robbing the bank.  For all his curiosity about the supers that make Panapolis home, this is the first time he’s seen one up close.  He is fascinated by the polite villain, but then things get a bit tense when superhero, Freight Train arrives.  Edward couldn’t explain what made him do it, but he provided the means for the Mad Bombadier to halt Freight Train and make his escape.

This leads to him meeting up with Raoul and deciding to date a super villain.  Edward knows that Raoul might be The Mad Bombadier, but he is careful with people’s lives and doesn’t act like the others.  But then things get real when a robbery goes wrong.  Edward lashes out and then ends up complicating matters when Freight Train is interested in him.  The truth comes out and consequences are huge for Edward.

So this went by quickly and I enjoyed an average guy as the central figure of the story.  He’s in awe of the supers, but then learns the real guy inside the villain costume and comes to love him.  I did love Edmund’s story, but I confess my favorite part were those blog posts at the beginning of each chapter by a conspiracy reporter that were apropos to what was going on behind the scenes.  I love the wry wit and broad hints of intrigue.

I had an audio edition and one of my favorite narrators, Nick J Russo made the world and characters of Panapolis come alive.  I enjoyed his range of emotion and grasp of the story tone.

So this is the beginning and after that stunning ending, I can’t wait to see what comes next.  M/M Sci-fi and Comic Book Superheroes fans will get a kick out of this one I think.

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #38 SFR
Literary Pickers #37 coffee table
New Release #19
Audio #8
Bad Boys #7

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • That sounds good. I haven’t read this author before and it’s different from what I usually read.

    • Yes, that was the fun part for me, Mary. It was different and gave me a ‘back to childhood comics’ vibe.

  • This one looks like fun and I think I’d also like the superhero part as well. I’m also very curious about it on audio. Will have to bug my library to get it. 😀

    • Might be a perfect book date for you, Melissa. 🙂 That would be cool if your library can get this trilogy. They’re all novella length so easy reading. Nick Russo’s narration just added a good layer.

  • I have to admit this sounds pretty wacky but in a good way. Stunning ending huh? You have me wondering. And I do like that the main character isn’t the super hero. When you say that the freight train guy is interested in him, do you mean as someone that might be a criminal or interested as in someone to date? Very interesting review!

    • Yes, it was wacky in a good way, LOL, Lorna. Freight Train wants to date him. It makes things get even more interesting when that comes up.

  • Debbie Haupt

    Glad you liked it Sophia Rose

    • LOL, yes, I had a good time with this one- superheroes and villains took me back to childhood. 🙂

  • I have not tried narrator Nick J Russo Sophia and will check him out. Great review, I am so glad you enjoyed this one.

    • I enjoy how his way of narrating invites the listener to have some fun with him and the story characters for a cozy experience.