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(Aces & Knaves – Book 1)
by Helene Gadot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Slow Burn, Super Hero RH
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited
Down & Dirty
Reverse Harem gets a Super Hero makeover in this inventive offering, free on Kindle Unlimited.
What is it about?
(Blurb from GoodReads)
The first in a reverse harem fantasy series filled with superpowers and crime fighting and romance.
Ridley Pierce doesn’t believe in justice.
She didn’t find any when she was a child, and nothing she’s seen since has changed her mind. She makes her home as far away from her dark past as she could find, spending her days restoring motorcycles and her nights handing out her own brand of justice to abused women, using her powers on the people who aren’t big enough villains for the Legion of the Guards to worry about.
When a team from the Legion interrupts her take down of an abusive creep masquerading as a hero and arrests her, she’s thrust into the world she’s long avoided. A world of heroes and villains.
Ridley has no interest in being a hero or joining the Legion.
But the villain the team is after is just the sort of scumbag she loves to take down and the four guys after him want her help.
She has to decide if she’s ready to step out of her shadows and nightmares or remain trapped by her past.
This is a reverse harem novel where the leading lady doesn’t have to choose between love interests. The series will have MM themes and is intended for mature audiences due to graphic content.
**Crash has A Trigger warning for abuse and assault**
My Thoughts on Crash
Most non-contemporary Reverse Harem Romances land strictly in the Paranormal or Urban Fantasy side of life, yet Helene Gadot plays a bit different – offering up a Super Hero centered tale shadowed thickly by multiple romances. It’s unique, albeit sans lycra.
Ridley is a bas@ss Female Main Character with just enough talent to back up her sass, though at times her mouth plays fast and loose with her intentions. She is running from a past that could see her killed, along with everyone around her. So what better way to live life on the down low than by being blackmailed into helping the very organization determined to end her? Oi Vey, it’s a set up that promises drama, intrigue and potential – and even pulls it off, for the most part.
There were moments that the main players annoyed me, or offered explanations that road the edge between pointless and useless – and the level of emotion went from non-existent to intense far too fast for my liking. Aside from those peeves, Crash is a decent offering that lays the foundation of what promises to be a softly satisfying series – a finished series, btw.
Third Person, Multiple POV
Episodic, Almost To Be Continued
MMFMM (M/M present)
Character Age Range:
My Final Verdict on Crash
Overall, this was an entertaining addition to the Reverse Harem Sub-Genre. It has a few issues, but nothing that hinders the enjoyment of the narrative, and the entire, completed series, is free on Kindle Unlimited.
Published May 24th, 2018
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What are you reading today? Have you read this book yet? Have you enjoyed other works by Helene Gadot? Leave a comment, I would love to talk!
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