Holding Out for a Hero by Christine Bell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
GENRE: Fantasy Romance
RECEIVED: Entangled Publishing
As a huge comic book lover I’m always on the look out for superhero stories and wish their were more out there. I was thrilled to hear about this anthology Holding Out for a Hero, meaning I get multiple hero stories all in one book. This was by far my favorite anthology and introduced me to authors that I’ll be looking out for.
Holding Out for a Hero consist of four short stories that are action packed with fantastic superheroes and lots of heart pumping romance. Scarlett Fever follows a young superhero who straight out of the Superhero academy is assigned to a rural area with a new partner that she just cant stand. Together they try to solve an unusual occurrence as well as fight the spark that they seem to have. Scarlett Fever was my favorite story out of all four. The characters have a great love hate relationship and really had to build that trust between them. The mystery of this town was a great plot twist, bringing more challenges for both Scarlett and Blade. Plus it was fun watching them both try to keep their identities a secret with such colorful towns people.
Ironheart follows Vince who is known for his destructive side and tough exterior has tried to live a life out of the superhero spotlight, His heart was broken by the one woman who could soften his steel heart. But when she suddenly steps back into his life along with a villain trying to capture her, he has no choice but to help her. I adored this romance; both characters are so very powerful and really know how to show their affections in a “tough” and hot manner. They were a great team, who seriously had one heck of a villain that they needed to crush while protecting each other.
Playing with Fire follows Fiona a woman who has fire in her blood literally. Her ability to control fire…well isn’t under control just yet. She took a serum that gave her this new superpower but she cant have any contact with humans. When one of her fire incidents bring her face to face with her past crush, she cant seem to keep her ability a secret. He also has some secrets of his own and now is trying to figure out if Fiona is guilty for the many Fires that have been happening and are getting more destructive. I had a bit of trouble getting into this story, as much as I liked Fiona and her very colorful and interesting past. I couldn’t connect with Ian as much as I would of liked. He treated Fiona a bit harshly sometimes, as did his partner. I really rooted for her to stand up for herself and loved when she finally did against the main villain.
From the Ashes follows Tobias a young university student who has always followed his fathers orders. But his father is a villain and someone who only wants more power, which he uses his son to do some of his dirty work. While on assignment for his father, Tobias meets Sean Archer one of his professors and someone who finds Tobias very intriguing and cant resist. Tobias has to choose if he wants to follow in his father’s footsteps or follow his heart. This was my second favorite story, these two guys had such fantastic chemistry and I loved them together. Definitely a story of good and evil falling in love, Tobias’ character is a bit lost and really doesn’t want to follow his father and Sean shakes up his life a little.
Again this was a thrill to read and each story had bits pieces that I just loved. Each author wrote a story that captivated me right from the start, adding in such wonderful characters that each had a love story that developed nicely. I hope that all these authors, either writes a story based on these characters again or set in the same world; I would love to continue their adventures and romances. I highly recommend this to superhero fans and fantasy lovers who enjoy a great romance story with well-developed plots and exciting characters.
This is an adult book with some sexual content for a mature reader. Comic book fans should get their hands on this anthology asap! And if you love romance this is the right book for you!
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