Where There's Smoke

Where There's Smoke

by Cari Z.

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BN ID: 2940151383202
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication date: 04/27/2015
Series: Panopolis , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 966,629
File size: 799 KB

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Where There's Smoke 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
CoffeeBreakandaGoodBook More than 1 year ago
Panopolis is a city full of superheros and villains. Edward is tired of being just an ordinary human. Until he meets a villain, Mad Bombardier, and helps him escape during a bank robbery. Mad Bombardier is intrigued by Edward and seeks him out to get to know him better. Edwards agrees to meet him and sees more to Raul, aka Mad Bombardier, than anyone else can. They are instantly attracted to each other and a romance begins between them. I really enjoyed this story and the push/pull between the superheroes and villians. Raul and Edward were very likeable and easy to root for, even though they were seen as villians within the city. But, trouble eventually catches up to Edward because of his association with Raul just like with any other “bad” man. This was a very enjoyable story and a great start to this series. I especially liked the way each chapter begins (you have to read the story to understand). The author created a fun and fantastic world in which good vs evil isn’t always what it appears to be. *I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review
Sophia-Rose1 More than 1 year ago
A story set in a city where superheroes and supervillains live and do their thing amongst the average joes and guess what? The hero falls for a villain. Oh yes, this just had to be read. I had a good time reading this one with the fun, intriguing blog posts at the beginning of each chapter and the average joe telling the story of his life that goes from ordinary to more all at once. The story opens when Eddie is working his bank job and the Mad Bombardier shows up to rob his bank. He does the unheard of thing and aids the villain in escaping. Soon he accepts a date to have coffee with the man behind the disguise and it leads to something more. Eddie knows this is bizarre, but it works for the two of them. But they don't live in a vacuum and what happens when villains and heroes do what they do and his man is a villain? This was a quick read and its told first person perspective from Eddie's point of view. There is a passive quality to the telling at first as Eddie observes others and even his own life from a distance- even to the telling of the romance. Normally, this would distract me or bore me, but it didn't and near the end suddenly the story came up close and personal when Eddie was right in the thick of things. I'm not sure if the author did that on purpose, but that was quite the rush to suddenly go from distance to right in the middle. And wow, didn't see that ending coming. I really want to see what happens next for Eddie and his Mad Bombardier. I have a feeling those blog posts by the shadowy conspiracy theorist will become more significant as the series progresses. All in all, I had a good time with this quick story of comic book type heroes and villains brought to life. I'm not sure what genre to put this under whether fantasy or sci-fi m/m romance so I'll just recommend it to folks who like their gifted humans and are as intrigued by a villain romance as I was. My thanks to Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
With the growing popularity of superheroes in movies and tv I was immediately drawn to the unique premise of this thought-provoking and action-packed series starter. With its larger than life characters and intriguing dichotomy of good versus evil readers will find themselves quickly immersed in this compelling world seen through the eyes of a naive man learning hard truths way too fast. The city of Panopolis is the epicenter of a war between heroes and villains created through nefarious means enabled by pharmaceutical companies and condoned by the city's hierarchy. The police force has become merely a figure head as the citizens place their faith wholeheartedly in the growing number of heroes against the increasingly dangerous society of villains. Looking for adventure, and fascinated by stories of heroes and villains, the sweet and somewhat naive Edward has recently moved here and quickly finds himself caught up in the concept of good and evil from which he'll never be the same. At first Edward saw the heroes as the good guys with no imperfections but interactions with Freight Train (aka Craig) show a hero with a bit of an ego. Meeting the Mad Bombadier (aka Raul) as he's robbing the bank Edward works at shows a villain far more compelling and attractive than any hero inside and out. In a relationship that starts out very slowly there's lots of conflict revolving around the acts of violence Raul commits but it's clear he has a conscience and does all he can to keep Edward safe from his deeds. Edward's conflict is heartbreaking as their connection is deep and clear and it makes for a few rocky moments for the pair amidst some very sensual and steamy interactions. Just when it looks as if they're heading towards HEA someone close to Edward sets off their own explosion that puts him in danger and irrevocably changes him and his relationship with Raul in a very intriguing way. This story may have started out slow but quickly picked up its pace as readers discovered more about the creation of the heroes and villains and the unethical means by which it sometimes happens. It engenders lots of sympathy towards the villains when you're picturing them as lab rats. In comparison, the heroes take a backseat in this tale and seem bland when in the company of such colorful villains. Edward started off a bit quiet and naive but through his discoveries grew stronger which he'll need after the dramatic change forced upon him by the supposed good guys. Through it all Raul stayed by his side and in an heroic way saved him which further blurs the lines of good and evil repeatedly touched on throughout the story. Their romance was slow to build but culminated in some very steamy encounters that were nicely balanced with the action and suspense showing them as a formidable duo who I look forward to seeing avenge what befell Edward. This was an exciting start to a series that makes you question your beliefs and with its emotionally intense ending I'm excited to see where the story will go next and will be counting down the days until the next installment.