By Amanda Meuwissen
Genre: Gay Romance, Urban Fantasy, Superhero
Heroes aren’t meant to act like their villains—or fall in love with them.
The elements touch everyone on Earth—Fire, Water, even Light—but every so often someone becomes more attuned to their elemental leaning and develops true power. When an evil Elemental known as Thanatos arrived in Olympus City, it saw the rise of its first hero—Zeus. But the death toll caused by defeating Thanatos changed Zeus, who by day is young detective Danny Grant.
It’s been six months since Thanatos terrorized the city at the start of Lovesick Gods. Danny should be used to his duty behind the mask, but the recent past haunts him. His girlfriend left him, he snaps at the barest provocation, his life feels empty—he needs an outlet, any outlet to pull him out of his depression.
Enter notorious thief Malcolm Cho, the Ice Elemental Prometheus. There was a time when Danny welcomed a fight with Cho, filled with colorful banter and casual flirtations that were a relief compared to Thanatos. Even as a criminal, Cho had recognized the threat Thanatos posed and promised to help Danny stop him, but the day Danny needed Cho, he never showed. Cho was the reason so many people died that day—including Danny’s mother.
Danny decides to teach the man a lesson and fan the fire of their attraction into something more. At worst, he’ll get some no-strings-attached sex out of the deal and finally blow off steam; at best, he’ll get Cho to fall in love with him and then break his heart to spite him. Danny doesn’t expect to fall for Cho in the process, and he certainly can’t predict the much darker threat on the horizon.
About the Author
Amanda Meuwissen has been writing and posting online for many years, including maintaining the website and blog for the software company Outsell. She is an avid writer and consumer of fiction through film, prose, and video games, and is the author of the paranormal romance trilogy The Incubus Saga and young adult novel Life as a Teenage Vampire. Amanda lives in Minneapolis, MN, with her husband, John, and their two cats.
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The long game, Danny thought as he accepted the hand Cho held out to help him from the sofa. Cho couldn’t have any fun with a blubbering mess, so of course he’d want to cheer Danny up. It didn’t mean anything. It just felt nice that Cho didn’t pry the way the others did. He’d never look down on Danny. He was a liar, a criminal, a scoundrel—he was the reason Danny had been forced into that position with Thanatos to begin with—but while the rest of his life felt like an open wound, somehow Cho was a balm.
Danny made a show of changing out of Cho’s clothes and into his Zeus costume right there in the living room. Leaving the sleep pants and T-shirt folded on the sofa, he started to put on his boots at the door.
“Interesting choice of work clothes.” Cho crossed his arms with an amused eyebrow raise.
“I’ll change when I get to the precinct. And next time I’ll call. Or text. Promise. Thanks for breakfast.” Danny made to walk toward Cho off the rug, then gave an abortive gesture like oops, stuck now with my boots on.
Cho rolled his eyes, but he still moved closer to accept the kiss Danny pulled him into. And let linger. And linger… Maybe a little longer than necessary.
“Have a nice day at work, dear,” Cho said, sickly sweet in his familiar drawl.
Danny found himself smiling—and meaning it.
Cho was a bad man. He was. He…he was. But he made things lighter. And easier. And even though Danny knew that soon he’d have to end this or risk getting in too deep, for now he could enjoy the lie for just a little longer.
Rating: 5 stars
*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review*
By day Danny Grant is a detective with the Olympus City Police Department but by night he’s the city’s first elemental superhero Zeus. Traumatised by being unable to prevent his mother’s death at the hands of evil elemental Thanatos and then the cost of finally defeating him, Danny spirals into a dangerous cycle of depression and blame. Wanting to hurt someone as badly as he has been hurt, Danny targets Malcolm Cho, known better as the thief elemental Prometheus. Despite their rivalry he promised to help Danny in his battle against Thanatos but when Danny needed him Malcolm didn’t show up. And when Danny realises that there is more to their banter and casual flirting during fights he decides to make Malcolm fall in love with him before breaking his heart. The trouble is Danny didn’t intend to actually fall in love with Malcolm in the process.
I absolutely loved this novel. The author has clearly taken great care to research depression and anxiety properly. Danny’s experience of it comes across as very realistic and you cannot help but have empathy for him and what he is going through. Tormented by what he sees as his own failings, Danny is slowly being consumed by them and in the process cannot see that his revenge plan and coping mechanisms aren’t right or healthy. His family and friends try repeatedly to reach out to him, but all Danny does is push them away.
Danny thinks that he knows who Malcolm is and that the thief is without feelings and doesn’t care about anyone else other than himself. But he quickly finds out that he’s very wrong. Malcolm – Mal – has his own dark past and emotional trauma because of this. He has built this persona around him in order to protect his own network of close friends and his sister, but in reality he’s has a kinder side. Danny begins to see this as their relationship starts to develop more meaning for the both of them.
The characterisation is superb. Both the main and supporting characters are fully fleshed out right to the most intimate details. I love how they interact with each other and with such a rapport. The romance between Danny and Mal isn’t rushed and unfolds at a steady pace as the novel progresses. As Danny spirals down further into self-destruct, a new villain appears to terrorise the city of Olympus. A villain who has vendetta against Danny for reasons unknown to him.
Lovesick Gods is a real page turner. It has everything; superheroes, villains, action, drama, angst and romance. If you love all of those things then I highly recommend it and cannot wait to read the second book in the series.