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

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

Series: #1 Panopolis
Genres: M/M Romance, Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Riptide on April 25, 2015
Pages: 78
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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four-stars  

A story set in a city where superheroes and supervillains live and do their thing amongst the average joes and guess what? The hero falls for a villain. Oh yes, this just had to be read. I had a good time reading this one with the fun, intriguing blog posts at the beginning of each chapter and the average joe telling the story of his life that goes from ordinary to more all at once.

The story opens when Eddie is working his bank job and the Mad Bombardier shows up to rob his bank. He does the unheard of thing and aids the villain in escaping. Soon he accepts a date to have coffee with the man behind the disguise and it leads to something more. Eddie knows this is bizarre, but it works for the two of them. But they don’t live in a vacuum and what happens when villains and heroes do what they do and his man is a villain?

This was a quick read and its told first person perspective from Eddie’s point of view. There is a passive quality to the telling at first as Eddie observes others and even his own life from a distance- even to the telling of the romance. Normally, this would distract me or bore me, but it didn’t and near the end suddenly the story came up close and personal when Eddie was right in the thick of things. I’m not sure if the author did that on purpose, but that was quite the rush to suddenly go from distance to right in the middle. And wow, didn’t see that ending coming. I really want to see what happens next for Eddie and his Mad Bombardier. Eddie had to figure out the whole ‘I’m dating a villain’ bit and that was interesting alongside getting Raul’s history and why he is the way he is. I have a feeling those blog posts by the shadowy conspiracy theorist will become more significant as the series progresses.

All in all, I had a good time with this quick story of comic book type heroes and villains brought to life. I’m not sure what genre to put this under whether fantasy or sci-fi m/m romance so I’ll just recommend it to folks who like their gifted humans and are as intrigued by a villain romance as I was.

My thanks to Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to read 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.
  • Sounds like this one was an interesting read, and dealt with a more submissive hero and a more aggressive villain!

    • Oh yes, the dating the villain by an average joe hooked me in.

  • Riptide has good m/m romances. The ones I’ve read doesn’t feel cheap or dirty. I also like that this crosses genre, at least the broadened spectrum adds interest to the story.

    • Those are good observations. I remember when there were just a couple of authors that I really liked who came together to begin Riptide. They are very careful who they bring into the stable, I think. Definitely quality stuff!

  • oh I do need to read this one, especially since I have been looking for some good m/m romance lately. Sounds like this author did a great job with it.

    • Its a good one for dipping your toe into the genre since the focus is on the over all story and a slow build romance

  • Lindy Gomez

    I love the setting of the story and how it’s a city filled with superheroes and supervillians. Plus, a superhero and villain falling in love sounds awesome! I love comics, and this one sounds super fast and fun. Awesome Review 🙂

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    • Yeah, him falling for the villain instead a of superhero was what grabbed my attention, too, Lindy.

  • This sounds fun and you had me at superheroes and villains

    • I know..I don’t read that type of character usually and it sounded fun.

  • This sounds like a fun book, I haven’t read a lot of superheroes and villains books. I like the sound of a normal Joe as main character who falls for a villain and his life turns updside down. And it sounds like you get to see what happens around them and how it impacts their life as well. I wonder if the author did that change in writing style from distcnaced to up close on purpose or not. Great review!

    • I was wondering about the change in style, too. And yes, it was a fun story concept with the average joe and the villain. I look forward to the next part of their story after the twist at the end of this one.