Monthly Gem: ‘Supervillainess (Part Two)’ by Lizzy Ford

 

Title:  Supervillainess (Part Two)

Genre:  Fantasy-esque/Urban Fantasy

Age category:  Adult

Release Date:  June 9, 2016

Descriptive Blurb:  Doctor Kimber Wellington has returned home to Chicago with nothing to his name, not even enough money for underwear. Accompanied by his adopted nanny, Igor, he’s convinced he’s hit rock bottom, and his year in Sand City was a delusion of some sort.

Until he hears the city wants him back. Not as a physician – but as a superhero. Unable to forgive himself for his past mistakes, and convinced no one else who knows the truth about him will want him around, he nonetheless returns to Sand City for the sake of those he cares about.

His newest challenge: allowing himself to become the man he needs to be in order to heal the city and win over the beautiful supervillainess running it.

If anyone can do it, the Doctor can. All he needs is a cape and a little help from his sidekicks.

 

Review

“Evil has a new name….Fun!”

My Impressions:  Slow start, but once the engine got revved up, the story purred like a kitten.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Kimber…he’s well-written and interesting and has some complexity to his personality…yet, still, the story just doesn’t pop until Reader comes on the scene.  The interplay between them is golden.   She’s the ying to his yang.

The Romance Angle:  Aw yeah, payoff time Baby!  All that mutual attraction and sexual tension built up in part one gets ignited here…and it burns hot despite the behind-closed-doors nookie.  Seriously, this story has the funnest, spiciest pre-sex, non-sex scene I’ve ever read.  Reader and Kimber made me laugh and sigh all at the same time.  The sweetness hit a melting point when Kimber finally stumbled upon a weakness in Reader (before this there were none apparent).  Ahhh…Reader’s not made of stone after all.  And then when Reader gave him the “Weak vs. Weakness” speech…perfectly nuanced and deep, by the way.  With a hint of history to it…like Reader herself had learned this same wee bit of wisdom but at a much higher price.

The Real Lowdown:   The second half of this comic book tale is a bit of a Soapy Superhero story…with nice forays into humor to lighten the mood.  The backstory for the way the super hero thing works…logistics-wise…is both logical and amusing.  There’s a whole, Super Hero/Supervillain governing infrastructure with counsels, rules, treaties and agreements.  Kimber is endearingly pathetic in the realization of his role, his subsequent training….and oh Lawd, his first rescue/crime-fighting attempt!  The entire scene left me giggling like a hyena.  During the training sequences Reader’s acidic commentary was on-point and appropriately biting.  Kimber’s own self-loathing thoughts caused some snickers too.  At one point he lamented being…a superhero who has to take a cab/bus to the crime scene???  *tee hee hee*

Minor Beefs:  1. I’m all for taking the time out to do a little soul-searching after making a few catastrophically bad life decisions (eh…self-medicating…overdose), but Kimber is the mostly guilt-ridden ex-drug addict who actually got his life back together that I’ve ever run across.  Dude, get over it.  You screwed up your life…and then you fixed it.  Forgive yourself move on already!  I was glad when Reader finally banged some sense into his head.   2.  I really would have loved a more detailed description of what exactly Reader’s lesser evil supervillainess agenda for Sand City was.  So, was it like…Just petty crime and thievery that she promoted after dear old dad bit it?  Did she shut down the drug dens and stop running guns after Kimber laid down the law and made her promise not to kill anyone or no more nookie?  I find the whole idea weirdly amusing that they could exist on opposite sides of the law and still maintain an obviously fulfilling relationship…to the point where I want to know exactly how it works.  I’m just morbidly curious that way.

Random Thoughts:  Poor Kimber seems a little slow on the uptake…eh, you’re ripped apart a car with your bare hands, and that seems normal to you?  Yeah, O…K.

Cliffhanger:  Nope.  Just the opposite actually.  This is the second half which mopped up after the sharp cliffhanger left at the end of Supervillainess (Part One).  And I’m happy to report that…All’s well that ends well.

The Verdict:  Two thumbs up.  Yep, I’m lovin’ it!

D. Alyce Domain

Related Reviews:  Supervillainess (Part One)

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