Banging the Superhero by Rebecca Royce
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (124 pgs)
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum
Ace Hudson has worked for his brother, Draco, at Powers, Inc. since it opened. Spending his days trying to balance his job with taking care of his teenage brother, Lael, he uses his nights to overcome the overabundance of adrenaline in his body that makes him lose control. He also has a secret crush on a celebrity chef who makes home-cooked meals look sexier than anything he has ever seen.
Alice Styles runs an empire based on her ability to make people want to eat what she cooks. When she is nearly killed on live television in a situation straight out of one of her childhood nightmares, she reluctantly asks Ace Hudson to help keep her safe.
Starting out with instant dislike and finding their way to mutual pleasure, Ace and Alice do not have an easy path to love. But their egos and personal barriers are nothing compared to the looming threat just waiting for a moment to possess Alice.
When snark turns into honey and a hero grows up and becomes the man he’s destined to be is when romance is at its finest.
Banging the Superhero turned out to be better than the previous book and I thought that one was really good. Ms. Royce made this story even more romantic and adorable and funny, and I had a ball reading it.
The very first time a reader meets Alice it’s like a skit from “When Good Toasters Go Bad”. You know, like in Toy Story where the toys come to life except here it’s appliances. Unlike that Disney movie, the blender and stove are not sentient; they’re just very cool tools being used to scare the panties off of the heroine. It is serious stuff for her but for me the reader, I found it darkly hilarious.
Alice is a hard person to fathom because I both liked her and was irritated by her sometimes in the same scene. I guess she can’t help it. Her personality has a quirk that rears up every time she’s scared which pushes people away at the time she actually needs them the most. She’s contrary and a challenge to anyone who ends up falling in love with her. She also thinks “family’ should be a four letter word and a reader finds out why during the course of the book. I have to say they were interesting conflict dynamics.
Enter Ace. He’s a true hero who goes around pointing at televisions and they turn on. No more locating the hidden remote for him; no clapper needed. He’s a handy hero to have around which is a good thing for Alice. At least Ace thought he would be until she opened her mouth. What a great moment in the story. He thinks she’s going to be one way and reality smacks him aside the head – poof goes his fantasy. In its place is a real woman with real issues and Ace has his hands full because getting to know her makes him face his own faults and internal conflicts. I knew of one of his issues because of the previous story but it really gets explored and explained a bit more here so this tale stands on its own just fine.
What I found most beautiful and touching about this story is that it clearly has overtones of one of my favorite stories, The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. I can’t get any clearer than that – sacrifice for love is the true measure of their commitment.
As for the external conflict and villain, well one is a wuss and the other a complete shock. I liked that I was surprised. Also Lael, Ace’s brother has some nice scenes which show his growth as a character. I expect someday to read about a story with him all grown up and finding his own HEA. As it is, the happily ever after between Ace and Alice is well written, delightfully romantic and hard won.
If a reader is looking for an entertaining romance with excitement and humor, grab a seat and curl up with Banging the Superhero because it delivers the goods. The characters are likeable once you get to know them and the couch practically combusts from their passion. I had a fun time and look forward to the next adventure from Ms. Royce.