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Posted August 21, 2013
The fun and action-packed world of superheroes continues in Stephanie Beck's latest book release, Crypto Love. Though this is a novella a lot happens between the hero and heroine to bring them together in work and in play. Ms. Beck has introduced us to exciting new characters and brought back familiar faces to show us the behind the scenes lives of superheroes who are colorful with witty banter as they battle to bring down the bad guys who are closer than thought.
Penna is a rich supermodel tired of the jet set lifestyle who wants to do something meaningful, be someone special who others look up to. To do that she enrolls in superhero school and discovers that everything isn't as it seems as she gets to be the sidekick when her favorite superhero comes to visit and helps her unravel the mystery behind his mentor's latest endeavor. She's always had a crush on Crypto Man and is thrilled when he visits the school as it gives her the chance to seduce him....and seduce him she does. Amongst digging into the school's background there's a sexual tug of war between them that catches him off guard and makes her feel empowered. As he sets out to bring he bad guys to justice she's by his side kicking butt just like she always dreamed of.
Crypto Man (Chris) is a snarky superhero good with a verbal comeback but not known for his smarts. He had a difficult and lonely childhood and it was The Warden who saved him and made him the superhero he is today. Love is in the air which makes him feel left out as all his superhero friends have significant others. He finds love a distraction though but is immediately drawn to the sexy and confident Penna in her skintight jumpsuit. He's never been thought of as a leader but when he's told of his mentor's questionable acts he knows he has to act. He admires her intelligence and diligence and as they're compatible in matters of love he finds Penna to be the perfect choice as sidekick. The sparks fly from the moment they meet as their sexual tension increases and the witty sexual banter flies. Once in the heat of battle, as Penna comes close to being killed, he realizes the importance of love but will he ever act on it or will he let his ego hold him back?
This was an entertaining story with larger than life characters. Their personalities are colorful and distinctive and they add to the story's overall enjoyment. The sexual interludes are down and dirty with a bit of playfulness to them and they're nicely spaced throughout the story. From start to finish I found this an exhilarating roller coaster ride with a delightful blend of action and romance that sometimes seemed to be going too quickly. This can definitely be read on its own but with such a satisfying cast of characters why miss out on a single moment.