Book Reviews

Saving the Day by Jambrea Jo Jones at Pride Publishing

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Superpowers / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 01-August-2017

Book Blurb

Superpower—check. Worldwide fans? No thank you!


Kent Laine and his twin brother Jimmy have superpowers in a world where most people don’t believe. Sure, comic books and movies make it seem so entertaining, but for them it isn’t. The brothers were raised to keep their powers hidden. To only use them when it’s absolutely necessary.

 

The struggle is real for Kent. He can heal people, but at what cost to himself? He envies his brother’s ability to speak with animals. If only he’d been given a non-active gift because the urge to help everyone is always strong.

 

In walks Albert Ott. His sister is dying. Will Kent be able to let her die? Or will he help the man he is coming to love?

 

Stay tuned…

 

 

 

Publisher's Note: This book has previously been released as part of the I Need A Hero anthology with Pride Publishing.


Book Review

Superheroes come in many shapes and sizes, but they don’t usually have issues all their own – at least not with the ways their power works. In ‘Saving the Day’ there is a price to pay every time the main character uses his powers – very similar to the way some magic talents seem to work, at least in fiction. It made the story more interesting, and I liked the fact that Kent (LOL about using that name!) had to think about what he was doing and how he was using his powers. It made him more human and the story slightly more “realistic” – if there is such a thing in the world of superpowers. It also increased the suspense!

Okay, so Kent has healing powers, but the more severe the sickness or injury he heals, the more serious are his “side effects”. He has learned to be very careful about using them, but there are some situations where he just can’t help himself – he has to follow his “call” to help. I guess that is similar for all superheroes – this need to use their powers, pretty much never mind the consequences. Like many of us, Kent is pretty impulsive, even though he fears the consequences of discovery. And the repercussions of helping a stranger’s sister, which automatically means discovery are potentially disastrous.

It was interesting to see a version of superpowers that not only have consequences if they are used, but that also mean the man who has those powers leads a pretty secretive life. Kent has to be careful not to tell anyone, not even to let anyone suspect what he can do. Living like that is not easy, and as for romance? Pretty much impossible, you’d think. I was happy to see that the author found a way for Kent to find a boyfriend in Albert – who is just as deserving of someone to love him as Kent is.

If you like stories about superheroes who are as human as the next person, if you want to see someone deal with an ability that has great potential for good – but even greater potential to hurt its owner, and if you’re looking for an entertaining read with a different take on superpowers, then you will probably like this short story.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 50 pages/14217 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-August-2017
Price $0.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/saving-the-day