“Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales
“Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales
Quick & Dirty: Women superheroes, where do I sign up?
Opening Sentence: Eight hours out of Aukland, the plane’s temperature controls fizzled.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but there is just something about a superhero that fascinates and charms me. The question often gets asked: What super power would you choose? Invisibility? Super strength? Immortality? Teleporting or Flying? But I think this misses the basic charm of superheroes, which is how they deal on a day-to-day basis with this power. Some of them hide their gift, which is exactly what our heroine, Val, does until a flight over the Pacific Ocean cements her as Ivory forever.
Ivory is put in a situation in the first chapter of this book that is an essential turning point for all superheroes, and this is one of the reasons I was charmed by this novella. Ivory’s struggle to control her power, and use it for the betterment of society. Trying to protect an entire airplane passenger jet is one heck of a way to be introduced to this book, series and this author.
Now our stalking Panther is our irrepressible hero, and makes me long for a restaurant that makes an amazing curry stir fry. The heat radiates from his entire being, and I’m not sure how Ivory holds out as long as she does. I kept wanting her to jump Panther’s bones as soon as possible. Thankfully she does, eventually.
As I often say, novellas are tricky. The author must give readers enough to solidify a story, but has so few words in which to provide back story, character development, worldbuilding, and the list goes on. However, when it is done right and the world is as self contained as this one most definitely is, then it works. This was my first introduction to this world and I want my passport stamped with all access to the Manhattan Ten.
I was on the edge of my seat from the beginning, frustrated and near tears in the middle and joyous at the end. There is not much more that an author could possibly have done to make a novella this good and yet Ms. Dodge threw in super powers. Just a tiny little detail but adored it.
This is an amazing read, especially if you are waiting at a doctor’s office, sitting in the airport or just need to kill an hour and a half because of its length. However, if you are a fan of superheroes and girl power with a hint of ice or a panther that will melt you down, then purchase this novella immediately.
I knew the feeling. I stood straighter – a foot taller than him – and lifted my hands. I had to stop him before he hurt anyone, but as my fury rose, I sensed how close I was to the edge of insanity. “You need to calm down, sir.”
He was past the point of talking. As I reached for him, he reached behind his belt for a second gun. Was there no airport security?
My spear should’ve been instantaneous, but I was slow and out of practice. As the ice stretched in my hands, he raised his arm.
I couldn’t let him get the shot off.
Charging, I hip-checked him. We careened into the curtain, but he didn’t let go of his gun.
FTC Advisory: Samhain provided me with a copy of Ivory. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.”
“Originally reviewed on Romancing the Dark Side: (4.5 stars)
Another sexy superhero adventure for the Manhattan Ten! Anxiously awaiting the next installment!
This second installment in the Manhattan Ten series continues with the sexiness of the heroes we enjoyed in Temptress, but is actually set before making it a sort of prequel. The book is appropriately named for its heroine, Ivory (real name Valdis). She’s a sassy flight attendant who has the ability to manipulate ice. Valdis tries her best to live a “normal” life but gets herself into a little trouble on a flight from Europe to Los Angeles. When the air conditioning system fails onboard, Valdis uses her powers to keep the passengers comfortable, but to her surprise she encounters a dangerous man who discovers her secret and attempts to kill her.
Left with no other choice, Ivory is forced to silence her attacker for good, setting her in the sights of one of the mebers of Manhattan Ten, the sexy shifter Panther. When he learns Val’s attacker is the same man he was tracking, things get a little complicated for them both. To save her from public ridicule and jail time, Pan claims Val as a member of the Manhattan Ten. Now Ivory, Val must work with Pan and the Manhattan Ten to find the villain killing off superheroes. Can this icy temptress keep her cool while working alongside the smoldering beast or will he melt her heart in the process?
Ivory and Panther are a force to be reckoned with! I love when the heroine is just as fierce as the alpha hero and that’s exactly what I got from this couple. Ivory is a strong, independent woman with a sensual side but who knows how to kick some ass when the need calls for it. She has a colorful past and struggles with her special abilities while trying to blend in. Heroines like her can sometimes put up a fight when it comes to an alpha male, but Ivory is a great balance of strength and femininity. I enjoyed the cat and mouse game with Panther, their flirty banter and obvious sexual attraction, but I was blown away by her ability to let him take the lead every once in a while. A tip of the hat to Ms. Lola Dodge for developing some admirable heroines!
Panther was a perfect match for Ivory. He’s a true alpha with a tender side under all that muscle. Pan is the right dose of bad boy, he’s dangerous with a little mystery and sexy as hell! I’d usually want to keep him for myself but I approve of Ms. Dodge’s matchmaking with these two. Panther and Ivory heat up the pages with their romance and will leave you in need of a cold shower by the book’s end!
Ivory is a stellar addition to the Manhattan Ten series that I did not want to end. With equal parts action and sexy, it’s a must read for any action junkie! Not a fan of superheroes you say? I dare you to try this series, you’ll be glad you took me up on that dare once you’re introduced to this magnificent world and its superb characters.
*eARC courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review.