RT's Superhero Reading List
With The Avengers movie cracking the $1 billion mark in just over two weeks, superheroes are "super hot" right now. And if Iron Man, the Hulk and Thor have you wishing for more musclebound heroics, we are here to help with some great adventure romance stories featuring cape-d, sometimes spandex-ed and mostly masked heroes and heroines who will have you dreaming of extraordinary feats …
THE MIDNIGHT JUSTICE ANTHOLOGY BY SAMHAIN AUTHORS
Three fantastic authors contributed to this new erotic romance anthology, which was just released at the beginning of May by Samhain. (And because e-books are e-xtrodinary, you can pick up the complete anthology or buy each novella individually!)
by Vivi Andrews
Meet The Superhero: DynaGirl
Why You Need To Know Her: She’s “the Jessica Rabbit of crime fighters.”
Some Backstory: DynaGirl is looking forward to drowning her just-dumped sorrows in some good old fashioned crime fighting (and possibly taking out her anger on a stupid criminal). But when she catches Lucien Wroth, son of a supervillain, red-handed, she doesn’t expect him to be quite so red hot. The pair end up forming an awkward truce, but will it lead to a perfect union?
“Blade of Moonlight”
Meet The Superhero: Luminescence
Why You Need To Know Her: Mild-mannered court reporter Luna Masters turns into a moonlight-powered superhero by night.
Some Backstory: When a crime-fighting encounter without moonlight puts Luminescence in peril, the villainous Scythe decides to punish the superhero by making her submit to his will. It’s not long before his sexy domination leads them both to bliss. But will Luna be powerful enough to convince this dangerous man that they should explore their passion for the rest of their lives?
by Jodi Redford
Meet The Superheroes: Ruby Winston and Teague Younger, Light Guardians
Why You Need To Know Them: Everyone thinks that the Light Guardians are extinct, but two people are about to show the world that everyone is wrong ...
Some Backstory: Ruby Winston never quite fit in with her evil family, so when she learned that she’s not really a Winston, she decides to destroy her father’s empire built on a soda that controls minds. However, when Ruby is put in danger by the Shadow Czars, Earth’s evil rulers, Teague and reveal his own secret identity. But can they survive long enough to save the world — and make a future together?
Meet The Superheroes: Captain Olympus, Spark, Dr. Mentis, Typhoon … and in the eyes of heroine Celia West, basically everyone else important in her life ...
Why You Need To Know Them: Celia West’s tale of learning to live without powers (but surrounded by them), is a fully fleshed story that will appeal to romance, science fiction, urban fantasy and mystery enthusiasts alike.
Some Backstory: Celia West is the daughter of superheroes Captain Olympus and Spark, but she has absolutely no powers of her own. As a teen Celia struggled to find her place in the world. Now in her twenties, she wrestles with what it means to have power, especially as she tries to repair her relationships with her parents and decide whether to date the Mayor’s son or the sexy, and oh-so-off-limits, Dr. Mentis. Looking for a must-read superhero story? Head straight for this April 2011 RT Top Pick!
Want to learn more? RT’s Morgan and Whitney Dished about this book right after it came out. See what they had to say here.
THE BIGTIME SERIES BY JENNIFER ESTEP
This paranormal romance series introduced readers to the talented author Jennifer Estep back in 2007 and 2008. The series consisted of three full-length books and a novella that is now available online. All of the stories take place in Bigtime, NY, a city where superheroes duke it out against the forces of evil.
Meet The Superheroes: Carmen Cole, reporter extraordinaire, and a cast of superheroes and villains ready to be unmasked
Why You Need To Know Her: Carmen is on a mission to keep anyone from being hurt by the secrets being kept by the supervillains … and heroes.
Some Backstory: Carmen moves to Bigtime, NY ready to unmask supervillains and heroes alike. (Discovering on your wedding day that your fiancé is a superhero and cheating on you with your best friend — who just happens to be his evil nemesis — leaves a gal feeling a bit vengeful.) But when Carmen is captured by the Terrible Trio, some of the most evil criminals of Bigtime, have her burned superhero bridges come back to haunt her … and is there any chance that she can have a happy ending with her new boyfriend (who unbeknownst to her is the superhero Striker)?
Meet The Superheroes: Fiera and Johnny Angel
Why You Need To Know Her: Fiera can create and control fire, and this once-burned-by-love hottie has just decided she’s ready to start dating again.
Some Backstory: Fiona Fine, fashion designer by day, is superheroine Fiera by night. But when this sizzling heroine tries to juggle dating — there’s a sexy playboy named Johnny Bulluci and a mysterious new superhero Johnny Angel — with her crime fighting, something is going to have to give. Unfortunately, Fiera’s nemesis, the evil Intelligal, is ready to pounce on any sign of weakness and her latest fiendish plan involves hypnotizing all the citizens of Bigtime!
Meet The Superheroes: Bella Bulluci and Debonair
Why You Need To Know Her: Bella “Bad Luck Charm” Bulluci may just jinx you accidentally, but while she’s trying to stay out of trouble, she gets rescued (or is it kidnapped?) by Debonair “a teleporting art thief.”
Some Backstory: Bella is doing her best not to let her bad luck ruin the Bigtime Museum of Modern Art’s big night. But during the masquerade gala, not one but two art thieves hit the museum. When Debonair, one of the thieves that plagues Bigtime, whisks Bella to safety, she’s left wondering if it’s a kidnapping or a rescue mission — and if he can be trusted to help her safeguard the museum’s new prized sapphire ...
“A Karma Girl Christmas”
Meet The Superheroes: Carmen, aka Karma Girl
Why You Need To Know Her: Carmen has taken on a super identity and is now working as part of the Fearless Five superhero team.
Some Backstory: With all the drama behind her, Karma Girl (aka Carmen) is ready to guard the Christmas donations on their way to the needy families in Bigtime. Unfortunately, she’s not the only one watching this stash. Will her powers be enough to keep a Christmas Scrooge from ruining the holiday for everyone?
Want to learn more? The author answers a Q&A about the series that she calls “basically female-centered comic books without the art” on her website here.
Meet The Superhero: Nemesis
Why You Need To Know Him: He’s a masked vigilante who has just fallen for the wrong dame.
Some Backstory: Nemesis patrols the dark, doing his best to keep the city safe. But when he rescues Deborah O’Roake, she touches a hidden part of him — his hope. However, Deborah is a prosecutor who hates those that break the rules and turn to vilantism. Could there be any hope for this seemingly star-crossed couple? (This story was originally published by Silhouette in 1991 and most recently it was re-published by Penguin Group’s new digital imprint, InterMix.)
Want to learn more? This short read was originally released as a Silhouette Intimate Moments series romance in 1991. You can check out the book’s original cover art (and see reader reviews) on the book's Goodreads page here.
THE ELITE HANDS OF JUSTICE SERIES BY A.J. MENDEN
This series focuses on different members of a squad of superheroes who find love while trying to save the world in the city of Megalopolis. Both the first and second book in this series were nominated for RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards at the time of their release. Originally published by Dorchester between 2008-2010, these three books are now available as Kindle e-books!
Want to learn more? Be sure to check out A.J. Menden’s Facebook Page where you can stay up to date on all the Elite Hands of Justice series news.
THE METAWARS SERIES BY KELLY MEDING
This series pits two MetaHumans factions, the Ranger Corps and the Banes, against each other. Fifteen years ago, during a devestating war, the Rangers’ powers disappeared abruptly and the Banes’ leader was locked up. But now things are changing once again ...
Want to learn more? Take a look at the author’s MetaWars Pinterest Board here!
Did we mention your favorite fictional superhero? Have we missed someone who should be on this reading list? Let us know in the comments below! For more supernatural crime-fighters, check out our Everything Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Page.