Published by Macmillan on January 18th 2016
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Romance
Sexual Content: Explicit sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Kim
Superhero Vince “The Anvil” can take on knives, bullets, and bombs, but he’s not invincible. It was a hard hit when Kara, AKA “Snapdragon,” flew off after their explosive affair. And he’s especially vulnerable when she returns, looking for his help. Kara is new to the superhero game, and villain TechHead is too much for her and her teammates to handle. He’s determined to use their combined power to fuel his ultimate weapon. Her only chance to take him on is with Vince’s brutal skill. But bringing Vince into the fight leaves her exposed to the white hot passion that had scared her away in the first place. When TechHead captures Kara, Vince will stop at nothing to rescue her–even if it means sacrificing his heart.
IRONHEART has everything I want in a short story: steaming hot romance from the get-go, an easy to follow if dramatic plot, a limited cast of characters that I could love to hear more about, and super powers don't hurt either. Every since I read KARMA GIRL by Jennifer Estep, super hero romances have had a place in my heart, and IRONHEART has just been added to my favourite short story list.
Our heroes are, well, heroes. Vince "The Anvil" is a semi-retired strong man, whose Hulk-like destructive powers didn't really sit well with the goody-two-shoes team he was with, and who always got blamed for any destruction caused by the team's heroic actions. Still, he never used his powers of super strength and invulnerability to hurt anyone... Just little things, like buildings.
Kara "SnapDragon" is one of the WildFlowers, a team of four women endowed with magical energy-based powers given to them by an alien/cosmic guru. She has come in to her powers late in her life, and is still relatively new to the super-hero game. She's not even part of the union!
Short stories can make romantic development difficult, and many authors try to unsuccessfully give the characters have a complicated history, so that the flame can be rekindled. Nico Rosso makes it work. Vince and Kara coming to terms with why they split up before is super important to the story - they need to learn to trust each other, and themselves. The excellent character development makes them seem like real people, instead of cardboard cutouts inserted into a romantic plot.
I loved the cheesy villain, and the searing hot building-destroying sex. Although there isn't any more stories set in the same universe, Nico Rosso writes The Ether Chronicles with Zoe Archer, so I may have to check that out.More Reviews: