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Expected Release Date: July 7, 2012
Publisher: Self-Published
Imprint: N/A
Author’s Website: www.viviandrews.com
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Superlovin’
Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone
Steam Level: Steamy
Pet Peeves: None
Favorite Tropes: Mental Defect or Disorder, Misunderstood Villain

Official Blurb:

When your mind is a prison, love can set you free.

Ever since her supervillain father experimented on her as a child, Mirabelle “Mirage” Wroth has been able to project unbreakable illusions into the minds of those around her. But when a run-in with an evil Mind Bender snaps a delicate thread in her psyche, she loses control of her gift and can no longer tell where reality ends and illusion begins. Only sanctimonious superhero Captain Justice is immune to her gift and can help her find the truth again—if Mirage can trust another man to define her reality.

Justice is sick of saving damsels in distress–he just wants someone to look beyond the cape to see him— but he can’t turn away from the hauntingly vulnerable Mirage. Suddenly Justice is helping her hide from the police, willing to be downright villainous to be her hero. But as they work to save Mirage from herself, other forces are circling to threaten them both. Tangled in illusions and mind games, can love be real?

What Worked For Me:

  • loved Mirage. Everything about her appealed to me from her tenuous grasp on sanity to her conviction that most supervillains were simply misunderstood due to their powers.
  • What surprised me most about this book was how much I liked Captain Justice. He seemed such a caricature at first, with his cliche name, past relationship with an intrepid reporter, and an almost unconscious devotion to helping people. And yet, I loved him. He was so gentle with Mirage when she needed it, and still hot as all get-out, especially when things between him and Mirage started to get a little more serious.
  • Speaking of which, I loved the chemistry and the heat — it was definitely a hot little novella!
  • loved that Mirage wasn’t in control of her powers at first, and that she often forgot that she was even in treatment. The confusion and vulnerability that stemmed from her amnesia as well as the uncertainty of what was fantasy and what was illusion was wonderful.
  • I also enjoyed the action element. For such a small word count, there is a lot going on in this story, which helped to make it pack a bigger punch.
  • I also appreciated that even though this was obviously not the first installment in the series, I never felt as though I’d missed anything vital to this story by not having read the other books first.

What Didn’t Work For Me:

  • I wish it had been a little longer. As with most novellas, there’s a bit of a whirlwind element, especially since Captain Justice had a bit of baggage from his very recent previous relationship to deal with.  Still, this was a rather minor issue, as my disbelief had already long been suspended since this is a story dealing with Superheroes after all. 

I’ve always been a sucker for superhero novels — they’re a rather secret Guilty Pleasure of mine — and what I love more than superheroes? Supervillains!

I was surprised by how much I liked Captain Justice, and I adored Mirage’s power of illusion as well as her vulnerability that came from not being in full control of her powers.

With action, drama, and a delicious amount of steam, this was such a fun story.

04starsA very solid 4/5 Stars