Genre: Paranormal Romance
Published by: Samhain Publishing on June 12, 2012
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Kiss your powers goodbye.
Kidnapping a super-powered suspected felon from a Vegas bachelor party is another day at the office for Jenny Ray, alias Temptress. With one kiss, any naughty supe’s powers are hers. Except this time she’s caught by her mark’s boss, who’s no ordinary superhero.
It’s Thinktank, leader of the toughest hero crew around. One destroyed men’s room and near-toilet-drowning later, Jenny’s forced to steal an innocent hero’s powers.
For a super brain, Tank’s feeling pretty idiotic. First, he let Jenny close enough to get to him. Second, he’s helpless against the tide of desire that rises in him every time he kisses her. Which he’s doing a lot, since she’s trying to give him back his power—only it’s not working. As he shadows her on her various freelance casino security jobs, he realizes she’s no she-demon—she’s a time bomb. Her acquired powers are shredding her, body and soul.
As they give in to desire, a shadowy figure from Jenny’s past surfaces with a kidnapping plan of his own. Jenny will do anything—even level Las Vegas—to rescue the man she loves. But there may not be anything left of her when the dust settles.
Product Warnings: Contains high-stakes poker, high-end cocktails, and high-flying over Las Vegas skies. Never drink and fly!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Lola Dodge pens a fantastic and colorful world where the superheroes are celebrities and takes us into their lives when they’re not in the spotlight. They date, party and sometimes get in a little trouble that requires the assistance of the lovely Temptress. Jenny aka “Temptress” works as a freelance bounty hunter of sorts in Sin City, using her special ability of stealing a super’s powers with a kiss on anyone who breaks the law.
To avoid her cover from being blown while on a mission, she accidentally steals the powers of sexy Thinktank, one of the infamous Manhattan Ten. When Temptress tries to right her wrong, she finds she cannot undo her mistake and give back what she’s stolen…no matter how hard she tries. The tables of seduction are soon turned when she realizes she’s stuck living with an irresistible, hunky superhero who refuses to leave her side until she returns his powers, Temptress meet temptation!
“Good girls weren’t supposed to open hell dimensions.”
Jenny “Temptress” Ray is a fun and sassy heroine. Even with her special abilities she’s just a regular girl at heart who loves to stay in, watch TV and indulge in sushi. I found myself sympathizing with the loneliness and pain her power has brought her, but admire her strength. Sure, she might use her good looks to her advantage when it comes to work, but she never comes off as the “yeah I know I’m hot” type…I loved her from the first page!
“Wherever he was, I’d get him back. We had unfinished business, and I wanted my kiss.”
What superhero story is complete without the dashing leading man? Enter Thinktank (real name Jason). He’s a powerful superhero with mind reading abilities, a leader and I dare say somewhat of a romantic! Thinktank is well aware of Temptress’ reputation and while he tries his best to stay away her charm wins him over, it’s great to see this sexy superhero give in to his emotions. He’s the perfect alpha, protective but doesn’t compromise the heroine’s independence, it makes him yummier in my eyes.
“If I didn’t keep it together, this girl would own me. She already had my powers. I couldn’t afford to give her more.”
The chemistry between Thinktank and Temptress is off the charts and Ms. Dodge does a phenomenal job of incorporating the romance in a subtle, but steamy delivery. Temptress also introduces the rest of the Manhattan Ten in small glimpses, I’m definitely interested in getting to know those charming personalities a little better! With a gripping plot, ongoing action and delightful characters, this is one impressive debut that will keep you turning the pages. If you need help getting out of a romance slump or want to try something new in your reading repertoire, take a chance on the Manhattan Ten!