The Superheroes Union: Dynama by Ruth Diaz
Acquired how: bought ebook
TJ is a superhero and single mother of two kids, working a day job and saving the world. Annmarie is the nanny she hires to help out at home. When TJ’s supervillain ex escapes from prison they draw closer together as they both protect TJ’s kids in their own way.
I often like to read romance novels with a bit of a fantasy element – sometimes that gives the book an extra bit of spice, and sometimes that means that the book is enjoyable even if the romance is less convincing. This is a case of the latter.
The superhero plot is grounded in every day concerns. Even a superhero mum has to balance her job with childrearing and makes mac and cheese from a packet. The ramp up of tension with the supervillain plot is entertaining, as are the action scenes. Her background and Annmarie’s background are both convincing. The issue is that the relationship between the two leads goes too fast, ramping up from meeting to love within a matter of days, and the chemistry isn’t particularly convincing initially. Once the characters are in a relationship, their interaction seems believable, but until that point they seemed awkwardly manoeuvred together.
Released three years ago, this seems to be the author’s only book before vanishing from the face of the internet. That’s a shame because this novella shows potential. It would have been interesting to see how she would have improved her skills with further books.