Wendy Warner is a bit of an oddball. Raised in an orphanage, she has found solace and friendship by watching the television show, Space Adventures, and participating in fan clubs related to the show. Every month, on the second and third Friday, Wendy comes to work dressed in a costume from the show that she wears to charity events. This has earned her the disdain of many of her coworkers but not from her boss, the president of the company, Draco Powers, who rather likes the way the uniform hugs all her curves in the just the right places.
Draco Powers is a real-life Superhero who told the world that, yes, Superheroes do exist, but, no, we won’t work for free or without health insurance. Some people refer to him with derision as the “Capitalist Superman.” Draco is being hunted by an organization called the Organization, whose motives are unclear and yet still cause death and destruction wherever they go. The Organization has decided that Draco’s biggest weakness is the way he cares about his employees and has picked Wendy out as their next target. To save her, Draco will have to come to terms with his real feelings for Wendy and why it is that he has so long resisted complicated relationships. But he’s running out of time . . .
Superheroes and sex. Two of my favorite things. This particular romantic novel by Rebecca Royce is interesting in the way it straddles the line between genres. On the surface, it’s a typical boy meets girl relationship, about a successful handsome man beginning a passionate affair with his beautiful young secretary. But in this case, the man just so happens to be a superhero, with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men, so this story also enters the comic-book field. The setting of this story acknowledges that even superheroes need to earn a living, and getting paid for their services doesn’t make them any less heroic than police officers, fire fighters, soldiers, security guards, etc., who also do good things while earning a paycheck. So our superhero, Draco, has set up his own private company, where people can hire him to do things like, when this story, find a kidnapped child. Wendy is Draco’s Handler, a sort-of personal assistant, who helps him decide which assignments to accept.
As the story opens Wendy is happily going about her job, a job that includes the possibility of danger, as she is with Draco investigating a case when a bomb goes off that could have killed her, if not for Draco swiftly using his powers (he’s a Superman archetype) to rush her to safety. We learn that she’s a bit of a geek, in addition to wearing her own “superhero” costume, she obsesses over an old sci-fi tv show called Space Adventures, and plays superhero-centered video games online in her spare time. The video game habit becomes central to the plot when Draco decides to check out that video game, and starts secretly playing it too, not letting Wendy know that it’s him, and he begins cyber-flirting with her, which is sort of cute, and soon he’s really lusting after her, even masturbating in bed at night, while thinking about her. He then begins having trouble concentrating on work when he sees her back at the office. This is a nice change of pace from many romance novels, where it’s usually the main female character who is obsessed with the main male character, as opposed to the other way around. So Draco is fighting his feelings for Wendy, which she doesn’t seem to reciprocate, despite her obviously physical attraction to him. Unbeknown to Draco, the reason for Wendy’s indifference is because she’s under the mistaken impression that Draco is gay, and is having a secret relationship with his fellow superhero and business partner, Ace. But she doesn’t know that the reason Draco and Ace are so close is because they’re brothers, a fact they’ve chosen to keep secret from the public, including their own employees. Hilarity ensues.
Anyway, things get more serious when Draco is sent an anonymous video tape that shows his ex-Handler, the man who worked for Draco just before Wendy did, being decapitated, and now Draco knows that someone is going to be coming after Wendy next, to get to him. With Wendy’s life in danger, Draco is more determined than ever to protect her. You’ll have to read the book to see that turns out, but suffice to say there’s more than enough action and suspense to keep you interested until the mystery about whom is after them and why is resolved.
Now, let’s get to the sex.
The first sexual encounter between Draco and Wendy doesn’t even begin until Chapter 8, continuing all the way through Chapter nine. Before starting, Draco reveals to Wendy that he always has to be careful when he’s intimate with a woman, because he can’t afford to really lose control, as that could be dangerous for his partner, due to his super-strength and reflexes. And then Wendy reveals that she’s a virgin. That was a very odd development, I thought, considering that Wendy is a grown woman and, despite her “nerdiness”, was repeatedly described as being very attracting (with larger than average breasts). But perhaps the author’s intent was show how, during the sex, both of them were still extremely guarded, him due to his powers and her due to her lack of experiences. On that level, it does work, and Royce manages to write a rather hot sex scene, but then that’s it. The story moves forward with the case of the mysterious Organization that’s coming after Wendy and trying to destroy Draco’s company, but there’s no more sex. I found that quite disappointed. I mean, for a book that has the word screwing in the title, I don’t think it’s all that unreasonable to expect a lot more, y’know, SCREWING in the book. The overall story was good, but it could have been a lot better with more sex in it.So I have to knock off a couple of points for that.
3 OUT OF 5 STARS
Categories: EROTICA/ROMANCE NOVELS