Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Beneath the Cape—The Superhero Anthology by Various Authors

Title: Beneath the Cape—The Superhero Anthology
Author: Angela McPherson, Cheryl McIntyre, Christine Zolendz, D. Nichole King, Laura Thalassa, Lynn Vroman, Magan Vernon, and Sunniva Dee
Series: N/A
Genre: New Adult/ Anthologies/Romance
Publisher: Amazon publishing
Publication Date: July 1st 2015- October 1st 2015
Source: Gifted by one of the authors
Purchase: Amazon US
My Rating: 4.5/5

Created with the sole purpose of benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.
Only available July 1st - October 1st.


Save the world and protect mankind.

But what’s beneath the cape? Behind the mask? Under the steel-plated façade?

Eight bestselling New Adult romance authors have come together to bring you seven stories about superheroes and what it takes to win their hearts. From the skies, to the cities, to the ocean, our superheroes face death, fight villains, conquer evil and—Find love.

The world is full of heroes. Every-day men and women who risk their lives for the sake of others—for life, liberty, freedom, and justice.

 Often these men and women are wounded—physically or mentally—in the line of duty. Therefore, we have created this anthology with the sole purpose of benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project.

Because heroes should never be forgotten.

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Reaping Angels by Laura Thalassa:
The Executioner’s touch can kill.
Angel’s can heal.
A villain and a hero. One who stood for death, and the other for life. Mortal enemies until the impossible happened. 
A touch. 
A kiss. 
And now, a manhunt.

Cat Love by Sunniva Dee:
A sexy thriller about the animal in all of us. 
Aidan uses his superpower to stabilize minds at the Hollyreed Specialist Hospital. Ulani uses hers to chase rats on rooftops. Until she’s caught and deposited in Aidan’s care. 
At the hospital, Aidan finds Ulani's room empty—save for a cat, whose fur retracts in favor of silky skin and a vamp-gorgeous femme fatale. 
Aidan’s obsession with Ulani grows, while patients go missing.
Making the couple use their powers to bring criminals to justice.

Gypsy Love by Angela McPherson & Lynn Vroman:
For two hundred years, Adrian vowed to seek revenge against the Gypsy woman who bound his spirit for eternity. 
Until her.
The one man Mia wants only exists in dreams. 
Until he doesn’t. 
The curse may be broken, but not without a price. 
One love must end for another to begin.

The Only Difference by Magan Vernon:
The Only Difference between a hero and a villain is what they do with their power. 
Leonel "Short Stack" Garcia-Shapiro's life changed the night he decided to stop one of his fraternity brothers from taking advantage of a girl. Now he can't stop thinking of that girl and how he can save her.

Heroes by Christine Zolendz:
Kelly Black can’t believe she’ll be the new teaching assistant to Alexander Masters. The Alexander Masters—the head of the entire biology department. As soon as they begin to work together sparks fly and danger swirls around them.

Breaking Through by D. Nichole King:
Two years after her brother Nate died during a Navy operation, aquator Nautia Olson’s nightmares began, and her ability to manipulate water became erratic. Anger, fear, joy, desire—they all trigger disaster.
Now, the Navy wants her for a top-secret mission, but Captain Riley Barton has his reservations. He’s read her file. He knows the damage she’s capable of, and yet—
If he can harness her ability—break through her walls—
She’ll be unstoppable.

Villain by Cheryl McIntyre:
How can you tell a hero from a villain?
If you’re Ember Willis and the villain is Lanely Frost, you can’t.
How can you tell a superhero from a delusional young woman?
If you’re Lanely Frost and the woman is Ember Willis, you don’t care.
For both, finding the balance between right and wrong and love and lust are not the only battles they’ll face. 


Reaping Angels by Laura Thalassa

I really liked this story. It was funny and the two characters were evenly matched. The way their attraction grew into something else was fairly believable, though still really fast. I would love to read more about these characters.

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Cat Love by Sunniva Dee

This was an interesting story. I liked that it was told from a Male perspective, they are fairly rare. I was a little sad when I realized that it was only half the story. I hope she is able to finish the other half soon. I would love to know how the story ends.

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Gypsy Love by Angela McPherson & Lynn Vroman

This story took me a little to get invested in. But once I did, it became a really interesting story. Very few stories out there that use Romani mythology and magic. It's not a finished short story, so I am really interested in finding out what happens next.

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The Only Difference by Magan Vernon

I think this is the only one that isn't something paranormal, it was nice reading about a guy who was just a nice guy. Though the implication that most college girls and Frat brothers are mostly sex craved fiends was a bit of an exaggeration and a pretty common plot used in 90's college movies. But I did like reading about a guy who was just trying to be a decent person. I wouldn't exactly call him a hero, but maybe he was to Betsy.

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Heroes by Christine Zolendz

It took me a few pages to get invested in this story, but I never completely got there. It was a little cliche. Some of the characters were a little boring, or their importance wasn't really explained. It seems that this is a prequel maybe to a full book that will explain things better. I'd be interested in reading that story.

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Breaking Through by D. Nichole King

I could tell about half way through that this wasn't going to be a full novella. But that's fine. I know how hard it is to write a full length story in less than 150 pages. This was a really interesting story. It was kind of like Xmen if instead of the mutants being discriminated against, they were inducted into the milatary. I am interested in reading the rest of this story. The mystery of why her brother died, and the clue as to who might be responsible is really intriguing.

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Villain by Cheryl McIntyre

An instant favorite, but that's to be expected since I love McIntyre's book so much. I want more of these characters, I want to know where Ember's power comes from. But it was wraped up nicely. These characters, like all her characters, are really addicting. 

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I hope you give this collection a look. It certainly is going to a good cause. 

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