Where There’s Fire by Cari Z. #AfternoonDelight #Review

Where There’s Fire by Cari Z. #AfternoonDelight #ReviewWhere There’s Fire by Cari Z.

Series: #2 Panopolis
Genres: M/M Romance, Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Riptide on July 12, 2015
Pages: 100
Format: eARC
Source: Purchased
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four-half-stars  

I had a good time with the first book in this series that introduced the unheard of thing of an ordinary joe falling for a villain and not a hero in a world where superheroes and supervillains are as common as grass. It wasn’t a big leap that I was going to keep going with the series.

This really should be read in order as the series follows the same characters and is a continuation story. Edward is still the sole narrator and this one picks up six months after the previous book.

Edward is slowly adjusting to his new circumstances. Life will never be the same. He is no longer an ordinary guy, but is considered a villain with superpowers all because he dated a nice guy who liked to blow up things and because he chose to escape the prison where he was being tortured by a vicious scientist whose experimentation left him with an odd powerful gift. He can give people emotions that control them.

Raul is content for Edward to be with him and share his home, but Edward doesn’t want to feel that he is a kept man. He plans to make his own successful robbery and be a villain in more than name. But robbery isn’t easy and now Raul has been kidnapped by a powerful villain who will stop at nothing to have his plans proceed. He needs Edward to infiltrate the lab and steal information from the company that ‘made’ all the supers and he will torture Raul until Edward gets the job done.

Edward realizes that Maggot must be stopped just as he realizes that he and Raul can’t be under this evil villain’s control. It’s time to see if his power is up to his daring plan.

Again, I found the story riveting. Book two jumps right in without the need of the set up and I was easily right back into things with Edward and Raul. The story got gritty and dark, but there is a touch of wry humor underlying it all. Edward’s outlook and his thoughts are engaging so I loved having him as the narrator. He may have this new power and he is resentful of all that happened to him, but he isn’t bitter and doesn’t get whiny. The relationship with Raul is there and it is cozy for them both, but it is still new and growing as they adjust to a domestic partnership as well as working partnership.

Edward’s villainy is a veneer at best and he ends up in situations that are not his doing when he must play the part of hero. I love the topsy-turvy way things come about through his misadventures. I like the mystery of the series arc as each book reveals a bit more of what is behind all the larger than life Supers, the experiments, and the shadowy figures controlling it all. I look forward to continuing with this unique series.

If you like comic superheroes and villains, then this series might be right up your alley.

My thanks to Riptide for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.

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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.
  • Yay a song

    • Had to do it. All that talk of heroes and villains.

  • I like books that have heroes and villains in them. Sounds interesting for sure.

    • It was fun to read comic book-like super heroes and villains.

  • I love his superpower! So he’s dating a vilian?

    • Oh yes, that all started in the first book. I enjoy the way this one goes and his attempts to be a worthy villain.

      • hmmm, now that is definitely different and I like it ;D

        So true, because whoever tries to be a worthy villian? this is really piquing my intrest ;D

        • Yep, it took my fancy for the same reasons.