Author: Alex Gabriel
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Ethirial
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Superheroes. Evil minions. And one hell of a conflict of interest.
Being related to a supervillain isn’t a big deal to Pat West. So what if his mom occasionally tries to take over the world? All Pat wants is to finish university and become an urban designer. That he moonlights as an evil minion sometimes – that’s just a family tradition.
Then Pat accidentally sleeps with superhero Silver Paladin, otherwise known as reclusive billionaire Nick Andersen. It’s a simple misunderstanding. Pat never means to impersonate a prostitute, honest. But soon Pat is in way over his head, and threatening to fall for the worst possible guy.
When Pat’s mother returns to bring the world to its knees, Silver Paladin races to stop her… and all of Pat’s secrets threaten to blow up in his face. How can Pat reconcile being a minion with wanting a hero? Will Nick’s feelings for Pat overcome what keeps them apart? Or will they both lose everything?
“Love for the Cold-Blooded” is a light-hearted jaunt through a world of superheroes and villains, android dolphins, mind control rays, eldritch artifacts stolen from the tombs of ancient gods, and young men loving not wisely, but well.
I had this review all planned out. I was going to start off by telling you that I picked this one up simply because I fell in love with the title. And then I was going to tell you all about how this was my first experience with Alex Gabriel as an author so I did not know what to expect. And then I was going to quote a few of my favorite passages to show you just how funny this one turned out to be.
But you see, I have this dilemma. The more I read of this book, the more I fell in love with the characters and the world. And before I knew it, I had basically highlighted the entire book as potential quotes for this review. How am I supposed to choose when I LOVED THE ENTIRE THING? How am I supposed to write a review when I can hardly form a proper sentence to tell you how much I LOVED THIS ENTIRE THING?
This was one of the most well written and funniest books I have read in this genre in a very long time. The writing style and editing was supurb. The plot was well thought out and well executed. The visuals were well described without being overly wordy. The author spent some time making sure each character was well design and it showed. Even the lowliest of minion had a distinct personality.
I really loved this twist on the superhero vs. Villain saga. I love the way the author framed the villain events as everyday occurrences covered by the media. And that these events were not simply heroes stopping villains from taking over the world, but events where the heroes and villains looked forward to fighting. They got excited when they fought their favorites because when fighting a worthy opponent, the hero or villain was forced to be the best they could be. That the hero or villain actually became better at their role.
I also love that the villains were so far from evil it was beautiful. I mean come on! They really just want to rid the world of poor fashion, eliminate incompetent politicians, and stop big chain stores from putting the indie stores out of business! And I love that the biggest bad of them all deferred her quest for world domination so that she could stay close to home and help raise her children. And how funny is it that the big bad gives up her quest for world domination yet again when she discovers her son is dating a hero. She then invites the hero to dinner and practically throws her son into his arms so that he can be happy. Yeah…totally evil!
I also loved the interactions between Pat and Nick. Their personalities were so different in such a way as to make their time together naturally funny without the author having to force it. Pat was so snarky and yet the reader could sense his need to love and approval. Nick was such a standoffish and snobby guy but the reader could see it was simple because he did not know how to interact with other people. I loved the random questions each man delivered to the other. It was a fun and unique way for the author to show the reader that this relationship was about more than sex, that these men were getting to know each other. For being two completely different types of people, Nick and Pat made one of the most naturally fitting couples I have read in a long time.
And what surprised me the most? This was a long novel. I usually grow bored with more than a short novel or a novella. But this author held me captive the entire book AND I would not mind reading another novel set in this world. I would love to see more from these men as they carry out their plans to turn the other to the “dark” side.
I could easily see this being made into a Pixar style movie or even performed as an audiobook. I would totally listen to the audiobook if the right narrator got a chance at it.I don’t know if you can tell or not, but I loved this book. It is my favorite read of 2015 thus far and is being added to my re-read list. I will also be investigating more of Alex Gabriel’s works. Fabulous book, Alex, just fabulous!
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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