Author: Andrea Speed
Publisher: DSP Publications
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/08/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Kaede Hiyashi is sick and tired of living in the shadow of his father, supervillain Doctor Terror. Brilliant but crazy, Doctor Terror sends his son to Corwyn, California, for reasons Kaede can’t imagine. Sent to accompany and protect him is Ash, a genetically modified supersoldier raised and trained by an infamous death cult.
Corwyn is lousy with superheroes, led by the obnoxious Dark Justice. Kaede finds himself dancing around Dark Justice as he digs into his father’s mysterious business and teaches his socially awkward—but physically lethal—bodyguard to acclimate to “normal” life. Can these two wacky supervillains figure out what Doctor Terror wants them to do, solve the riddle of the villain known as Black Hand, and keep Dark Justice from raining on their bloody parade? The course of love—and world domination—never did run smooth
Ages ago I read a free read from Andrea Speed about the son of a master villain and a genetically altered assassin, it was a little too short, and I really wanted to read a longer version. Then Hearts of Darkness arrived !
This is a light hearted and funny book, the story is most definitely tongue in cheek – and while the situation that Kaede and Ash find themselves in are most certainly reminiscent of a graphic novel, they never once loose the sense of being real people who react realistically.
Kaede’s dad is the baddest of all super villains- and they haven’y had the best of relationships- to the extent that Kaede isn’t convinced that he wasn’t manufactured in some way . Ash was raised to kill (by a bunch of death cult monks). So we have the classic meeting of two isolated and different people, who compliment each other and start to fall in love. Except the location is a town heaving with heroes !
As they battle with the heroes, work out why Kaede’s dad, Dr Terror, sent them to Corwyn in the first place – the pace is terrific in the main, the balance of the action and the science and the sweetness from the love story. I personally would have liked it to be a little longer (and I rarely say that!).
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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