10 Romance Novels to Read if You Love Superheroes

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I don’t know about you, but I’m loving the flood of superhero movies and television shows. From crushing on Cisco Ramone in Flash to loving the Black Panther, I’m enjoying the wonderful and wonderfully flawed heroes as much as the action-packed plots and stunning special effects. So I’ve made a list of 10  romance novels for superhero fans. If you love the romance as much as the action in you superhero movies, then this list is for you.

1)  Karma Girl by Jennifer Estep

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.68 out of 5 stars

Page Count: 360 pages

Bigtime, New York, is not big enough for both Carmen Cole and the superheroes and ubervillains who stalk its streets. An intrepid reporter, Carmen’s dedicated her life to unmasking the spandex-wearers, all because her fiancŽ turned out to be a superhero, and a cheating one at that-sleeping with none other than his nubile nemesis.

Exposing the true identities of the nation’s caped crusaders and their archenemies has catapulted Carmen from her sleepy southern hometown to the front pages of the country’s biggest newspaper, The ExposŽ. Hobnobbing with millionaires and famished fashionistas is all in a day’s work for a woman on the trail of the Fearless Five and Terrible Triad. But when Carmen gets the scoop of her career, her life comes crashing down around her. And even Bigtime’s sexiest superhero, Striker, may not be able to save her.

This is an ideal romance novel for Lois Lane fans. After all, she’s a hard-hitting reporter covering superheroes. And it sounds like Carmen might find her Superman in Striker.

Get Karma Girl at your local bookstore today.

2) Even Villains Fall in Love by Liana Brooks

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.96 out of 5 stars

Page Count: 109 pages

A supervillain at the top of his game must choose between the world he wants and the woman he loves. 

If you believe the rumors you know that Doctor Charm, the wickedly sexy super villain, retired in shame seven years ago after his last fight with the superhero Zephyr Girl. The fact that the charming Evan Smith-father of four and husband of the too-beautiful-to-be-real Tabitha-bears a resemblance to the defeated Doctor is pure coincidence. And, please, ignore the minions. 
Everything is perfect in the Smith household until Tabitha announces her return to work as a superhero. Evan was hoping to keep her distracted until after he rigged the 2012 presidential election, but-genius that he is-Evan has a backup plan. 
In his basement lab, Evan has a machine whose sole purpose is keeping Tabitha hungry for him. But children and labs don’t mix. The machine is broken, and Tabitha storms out, claiming she no longer knows him. 
World domination takes a back seat to meeting his daughters’ demands to get Mommy back right now. This time his genius isn’t going to be enough-he’s going to need both his evil alter-ego and the blooming super abilities of his children to save his wife. But even his most charming self might not be enough to save their marriage.

This is obviously a book for those who like the sillier superhero works. Fans of Deadpool and Dr. Horrible’s Singalong Blog might enjoy a sympathetic supervillain put into a ridiculous situation.

Get Even Villains Fall in Love at your local bookstore today.

 

3) Being Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram

Average Goodreads Rating: 4.02 out of 5 stars

Page Count: 353 pages

An accident that should end in tragedy instead gives seventeen-year-old Jamie Baker a slew of uncontrollable superhuman abilities. To keep her secret safe Jamie socially exiles herself, earning the title of Rocklin High’s resident ice queen. But during a supercharged encounter with star quarterback Ryan Miller she literally kisses anonymity goodbye. Now the annoyingly irresistible Ryan will stop at nothing to melt the heart of the ice queen and find out what makes her so special. Unfortunately, Ryan is not the only person on to her secret. Will Jamie learn to contain her unstable powers before being discovered by the media or turned into a government lab rat? More importantly, can she throw Ryan Miller off her trail before falling in love with him?

This book is perfect for fans of the Avengers’ Scarlet Witch and X-Men’s Rogue.

Get Being Jamie Baker at your local bookstore today.

4)  Power Surge by E.J. Whitmer

Average Goodreads Rating: 4.16 out of 5 stars

Page Count: 388 pages

Anna Jennings is not having a good day. In a single morning, she’s caught with her pants down (literally), dealt with scalding coffee splashed across her lady humps and bathed a top client in a whirlwind of french fries. It can’t possibly get worse, right? 

Add in a group of superhero coworkers, a super hot, super off-limits boss, a side-kick named Carl with a spandex fetish and a supervillain named Captain Zinger, and Anna may have to admit defeat and hop the midnight train to Looneytown. 

Now Anna must join forces with her team of superheroes and an accident-prone Carl to save her boyfriend, her sanity, oh, and the entire world.

Fans of The Avengers and  Justice League will love Power Surge. The accident-prone Carl with a spandex fetish makes me think Deadpool fans will enjoy it too.

Get Power Surge at your local bookstore today.

5) Sky Ghosts: All for One by Alexandra Engellmann

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.65  out of 5 stars

Page Count: 380 pages

For centuries, Sky Ghosts have been hiding their differences from humans, living among them in secret. Their powers, skills, and the gift of flight made them the best protectors the human elite could ever have. But for every one of them who believes in fair work and duty, there are ten more who use their power to prey on the weak and avoid justice. They’re called Sky Beasts, and the war between them and the New York Sky Ghosts Headquarters has reached a fevered pitch.

Patricia aka Pain is known as the “kill first, ask questions later” kind of girl. An urban legend at twenty-one, she helps to secure the Headquarters’ future in her own way – by slaughtering Beasts in between working bodyguard jobs.

Until they show up. The two human boys who turn the life at the Headquarters upside down. Suddenly, they have a chance to destroy their oldest enemy, and the boys are the key. Pain would’ve been fine with that if it wasn’t her and her sister Jane who’ve been assigned to protect the annoying humans.

For those who liked Brunnhilde, the Valkyrie warrior from Thor: Ragnorak will enjoy this story about a hot-headed female urban legend meant to protect.

Get Sky Ghosts: All for One at your local bookstore now.

6) Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.66 out of 5 stars

Page Count: 378 pages

Being a superheroine is hard. Working for one is even harder.

Evie Tanaka is the put-upon personal assistant to Aveda Jupiter, her childhood best friend, and San Francisco’s most beloved superheroine. She’s great at her job—blending into the background, handling her boss’s epic diva tantrums, and getting demon blood out of leather pants.

Unfortunately, she’s not nearly as together when it comes to running her own life, standing up for herself, or raising her tempestuous teenage sister, Bea.

But everything changes when Evie’s forced to pose as her glamorous boss for one night, and her darkest secret comes out: she has powers, too. Now it’s up to her to contend with murderous cupcakes, nosy gossip bloggers, and supernatural karaoke battles—all while juggling unexpected romance and Aveda’s increasingly outrageous demands. And when a larger threat emerges, Evie must finally take charge and become a superheroine in her own right… or see her city fall to a full-on demonic invasion.

A sidekick for a superheroine you’ve known since childhood? Sounds amazing! And perfect for fans of Trish from Jessica Jones.

Get Heroine Complex at your local bookstore now.

7) The Origin by Wilette Youkey

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.37 out of 5 stars

Page Count: 295 pages

He may have super powers, but his is no hero’s story… 

For someone who has no idea how he acquired his special abilities, all Daniel wants is to live a simple, emotionally detached life. He has a quiet day job, a solo night job and no social life to speak of, and that’s just the way he likes it. 

That is until Olivia King, a woman from a past he’d rather leave behind, talks her way back into his life and he discovers that he is neither strong nor fast enough to fight off the attraction. Just as he finally accepts that she could be a permanent fixture in his life, Olivia disappears and he upends New York City to try and save the day. 

But when being honorable doesn’t get him results, Daniel yields to the dark pull of his powers, committing unspeakable acts in order to rescue the only person he’s trusted with his secrets. And just when his life could not possibly get more complicated, a psychic delivers some damning news that will pit his own happiness against the safety of those around him. 

Daniel has never considered himself a hero, but in the end, as he looks at the blood on his hands, he wonders if he isn’t the villain of the story after all. 

Fans of The Punisher will enjoy The Origin.

Get The Origin at your local bookstore today.

8) Seductive Powers by Rebecca Royce

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.87 out of 5 stars

Page Count: 164 pages

Wendy Warner is a bit of an oddball. Raised in an orphanage, she’s found solace and friendship by watching the television show, Space Adventures, and participating in its fan clubs. Twice a month, Wendy comes to work dressed in a costume from the show that she wears to charity events. She’s been able to ignore the looks of disdain from many of her coworkers, but when the president of the company gazes at her with something more, she knows she’s in deep.

Draco Powers rather likes the way the uniform hugs all her curves in the just the right places. He’s also a real-life Guardian who told the world that, yes, some people had superhuman abilities, but, no, they wouldn’t work for free or without health insurance. Some people refer to him with derision as the “Capitalist Guardian.” While Draco doesn’t care what he’s called, he’s also being hunted by a group called the Organization, whose motives are unclear and yet still cause death and destruction wherever they go.

The Organization has decided that Draco’s biggest weakness is the way he cares about his employees and has picked Wendy out as their next target. To save her, Draco will have to come to terms with his real feelings for Wendy and why it is that he has so long resisted complicated relationships. That is if he can get there in time…

Anyone who thinks superheroes should get paid (somehow) would like this book.

Get Seductive Powers at your local bookstore now.

9) Elemental Man by Summer Devon

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.96 out of 5 stars

Page Count: 106 pages

Caleb’s an ordinary guy…except for his bizarre ability to adapt to any situation. Really. Any. Fire and water are no problem for Caleb.

Someone is shoving innocents into dangerous situations. Again and again, Caleb is forced to act–until he decides he must stop the person who’s trying to draw him out.

He already suspected his attractive neighbor is his stalker and then she demonstrates the rare ability to see him as he adapts. After Caleb confronts her, he has another problem on his hands. He’s told the innocent civilian Melinda far too much about himself and she apparently has some extraordinary skills herself.

Her extraordinary skills might make Melinda a target of the nuisance who’s stalking Caleb. And, thanks to his mistake, the nuisance of an agency that controls his life has been alerted to her existence as well. Caleb decides he has to protect and hide her from his friends and foes. Maybe she won’t notice he’s pretending they’ve got a future together.

An adaptable superhero sounds almost invincible. So fans of Superman will like Elemental Man.

Get Elemental Man on Smashwords. 

10) A Damsel’s Guide to Destruction by Vivi Andrews

Average Goodreads Rating; N/A

Word Count: 25, 420 words

To keep her out of trouble, he’ll have to hold on tight.

Intrepid reporter Kim Carruthers is done being the damsel in distress, waiting for some superhero to save her. Now that she finally has superpowers of her own, the bad guys had better watch out. It’s payback time. Provided she can get past the sexy superhero determined to stop her quest for vengeance. 

Unfortunately, the hero on her tail is none other than Frost Nightwing, the enforcer even supers fear and Kim’s ex-lover, whose icy touch always set her on fire. Tall, dark and deadly Frost is the one love she could never forget and the last person she wants to face… especially now that he’s playing for keeps.

For those who loved Golden Glider in Flash, you’ll love A Damsel’s Guide to Destruction.

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Book Review: In Debt to the Enemy Lord

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.62 out of 5 stars

Genre: Historical

Page Count: 288 pages

Anwen, bastard of Brynmor, has fought hard to find her place in the world. But she’s forced to rethink everything when she’s saved from death by her enemy Teague, Lord of Gwalchdu. Instead of releasing her, he holds her captive. 

Teague trusts no one. So, which ominous messages threatening his life, he must keep Anwen under his watch, no matter how much her presence drives him wild. 

And when passionate arguments turn to passionate encounters, Teague must believe that the strength of their bond will conquer all!  Continue reading “Book Review: In Debt to the Enemy Lord”

The Ultimate Indie Book Reading Challenge

I’ve talked to many people who want to read more indie books (books published independently of the Big Five publishing companies) this year, and that’s excellent. There are a lot of indie authors writing high-quality works but remain relatively invisible in the book world. In fact, one-fifth of indie authors never get any income from their writing at all. 

If you want to read more indie books but you’re not sure where to start, then this challenge is for you.

This challenge will help you discover some new reads and maybe even some new favorite authors.  Remember to leave reviews for the books you read. It takes two minutes and helps authors get more visibility.

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Girl Doesn’t Take Her Mate’s Crap in this YA Fantasy Romance Novel

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Word Count: 86,170

Average Goodreads Rating:  3.75 out of 5 stars

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Faith thought she was a normal human girl. Then she turned 18 and started developing abilities. Around the same time, a mysterious girl named Belle showed up and explained to Faith that she was really a Halfling, who belonged to an alien planet. Not only that, but she had the powerful ability of Forewarning, a skill that was highly coveted, especially by the Loverias and the Wincrests, two rival royal families on the brink of going to war with each other.  Things get even more complicated when Faith forms a mated bond with Prince Davio Loveria– right before finding out her long-absent father is  Prince Alexo Wincrest, Davio’s sworn enemy.

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How to Read More During Your Daily Routine Without Sacrificing Sleep or Ditching Work

The benefits to reading books are countless. Reading provides mental stimulation which will improve cognitive function and fight diseases like Alzheimer’s. It’s also great for gaining new knowledge and skills, reducing stress, and getting exposed to new cultures.

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Bland Characters Gun Each Other Down in Gunning For Trouble

Genre: Contemporary

Page Count: 217 Pages

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.79 out of 5 stars

My rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Caleb was in a dead sleep until his phone alerts him to a break-in to his apartment. Immediately his defensive instincts — honed by his dangerous work of tracking missing persons and protecting witnesses — surface and he springs out of bed with his gun to tell the would-be burglar they have chosen the wrong apartment. But he ends up pointing the gun at Avery Walters, his former boss and ex-lover.

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