Review: Temptress by Lola Dodge
Author: Lola Dodge
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publication Date: June 12, 2012
Format/Source: eBook/From author for review
Age Group/Genre: Adult/Science Fiction, Paranormal, Romance
Kiss your powers goodbye.
Kidnapping a super-powered suspected felon from a Vegas bachelor party is another day at the office for Jenny Ray, alias Temptress. With one kiss, any naughty supe’s powers are hers. Except this time she’s caught by her mark’s boss, who’s no ordinary superhero.
It’s Thinktank, leader of the toughest hero crew around. One destroyed men’s room and near-toilet-drowning later, Jenny’s forced to steal an innocent hero’s powers.
For a super brain, Tank’s feeling pretty idiotic. First, he let Jenny close enough to get to him. Second, he’s helpless against the tide of desire that rises in him every time he kisses her. Which he’s doing a lot, since she’s trying to give him back his power—only it’s not working. As he shadows her on her various freelance casino security jobs, he realizes she’s no she-demon—she’s a time bomb. Her acquired powers are shredding her, body and soul.
As they give in to desire, a shadowy figure from Jenny’s past surfaces with a kidnapping plan of his own. Jenny will do anything—even level Las Vegas—to rescue the man she loves. But there may not be anything left of her when the dust settles.
Contains high-stakes poker, high-end cocktails, and high-flying over Las Vegas skies. Never drink and fly! (From Goodreads)
My Kind of Action…
I was super excited when Lola Dodge contacted me and asked if I would like to review her recently published novella, Temptress. Her description of the book was something along the lines of, “It’s a superhero book, but you don’t have to love superheroes. It’s geared towards lovers of Paranormal Romance.” She had me at “superhero.” I was the girl in the comic book store when I was a kid. I read X-Men and Superman (and Archie) like they were going out of style. I think I even collected cards. And as an adult, some of my favorite movies are ones that are adapted from comic books. (No, I still haven’t seen the new Batman yet, but hopefully soon! I do have a young son so going to the movies isn’t as frequent as it used to be.)
Anyway, Temptress had me excited right from the beginning. In this world, there are tons of superheroes and they’re not in hiding. People see them out in the grocery store or in the bar and they know who they are, which superhero they are. And I love how Dodge describes the things the superheroes do in a nonchalant way, as if they’re common, everyday things. For example, at one point it says, “I hovered up to the ventilation panel in the ceiling and heaved it open.” The word “hovered” is so subtle that I almost missed it completely. But I just love how she just states it, without any explanation as to how she was able to hover. She just hovers, period. And Dodge does this a lot throughout the book.
Also, I just kind of love this plot: Temptress is basically the only superhero still trying to maintain her secret identity, and while other superheroes think she’s a villain, she’s actually working for the police, as a sort of bounty hunter/supercop because she has the ability to steal other superheroes’ powers with a kiss. It’s like Stephanie Plum kicked up a notch, although Temptress seems to have a lot more luck with the whole bounty hunter thing than Stephanie Plum does. And I really like how, even though Temptress can steal other heroes’ powers, she can’t use them as well as the original hero, and they often make her very tired or injured.
I also really enjoyed the humor, especially Temptress’s sarcasm. And I could totally see this book being turned into a TV show. I’d watch it for sure! And I’d love to read some more about this world and these characters, so I’d love for this to be a book series as well.
A Bit Misleading…
I do think that the title and the cover, however, are a bit misleading. Sure, the superhero’s name is Temptress, and her power seems kind of like seduction because she can steal others’ powers with a kiss, so she does wear seductive clothing. But I think the title and the cover put together almost make this book look like an Adult Erotica novel. This can help the book, or it can hinder it. For me, if I just saw the cover, I probably wouldn’t read it, simply because I’m not a fan of Erotica. But once I read the synopsis I knew I wanted to read it because it’s all about superheroes. And yes, there are some steamy scenes in Temptress, but they’re not a huge percentage of the book, and it really falls more under the heading of Adult Paranormal Romance than anything else. And I’m really glad that I read the synopsis because Temptress ended up being a really great read!
Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Temptress: