Where There’s Smoke by Cari Z ~ Audiobook Review by Queue

Title: Where There’s Smoke
Series: Panopolis Book 1

Author: Cari Z

Narrator: Nick J. Russo

Publisher: Riptide

Cover Artist: L.C. Chase

Story Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 02/02/2017

Length: 02 hours 08 minutes

Genre: Action/Adventure, Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Apocalyptic/dystopian, Gay Romance, Urban Fantasy


Panopolis is a rough place to be an average Joe. I came here looking for adventure and excitement, but nobody cares about one more normal guy in a city filled with super-powered heroes. The closest I’ve come to glory is working in a bank that villains often rob.

But then I maybe accidentally-on-purpose helped a villain escape the hero who was trying to save the day. Imagine my shock when, a week later, that villain asked me out for coffee. One date turned into more, and now I’m head over heels in love with Raul.
Falling in love with the guy dubbed the Mad Bombardier isn’t without its downsides, though. I’ve had to deal with near-death encounters with other villains, awkwardly flirtatious heroes who won’t take no for an answer, and a lover I’m not sure I can trust. It’s getting to the point where I know I’ll have to make a choice: side with the heroes, or stand fast by my villain.

Either way, I think my days as a normal guy are over.

Story Review:

I’m a big fan of super heroes so I was really looking forward to this story.

The POV comes from a regular human by the name of  Edward Dingus, an employee of a bank that is robbed by a villain by the name of the Mad Bombardier. A hero steps in but the villain gets away, thanks to Edward. I liked that the romance was between Edward and the villain. The Mad Bombardier aka Raul tracks Edward down and they begin a relationship.

There was some decent world building here but there’s not a lot of relationship building. I think the length of the story factored into that. While I like the romance between the men I could’ve used more bonding time between them. I wasn’t absolutely convinced they were meant to be together.

I especially enjoyed the ending because it wasn’t what I was expecting.

Overall, an enjoyable read worth your time.

Narration Review:

Nick J. Russo did a decent job here. He was best as Edward while his Raul voice didn’t quite work for me. It wasn’t bad. Russo’s a talent narrator and I always know he’ll do a satisfactory job.


Where There’s Smoke on Goodreads
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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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