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Superheroes Walk Amongst Us! (A Review of “Beneath the Cape” a NA anthology)

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“Superheroes. Save the world and protect mankind.

But what’s beneath the cape? Behind the mask? Under the steel-plated façade?

Eight bestselling New Adult romance authors have come together to bring you seven stories about superheroes and what it takes to win their hearts. From the skies, to the cities, to the ocean, our superheroes face death, fight villains, conquer evil and—

Find love.

The world is full of heroes. Every-day men and women who risk their lives for the sake of others—for life, liberty, freedom, and justice. Often these men and women are wounded—physically or mentally—in the line of duty. Therefore, we have created this anthology with the sole purpose of benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project.

Because heroes should never be forgotten.”

I received an Advanced Reader Copy for an honest review.

This anthology is freaking fantastic!!

Beneath the Cape is a wonderful celebration of all types of superheroes from all walks of life. Some of the heroes were very obvious (decked out in superhero garb) and others not so much.

All of the authors in this anthology are strong writers with a proven history of intriguing books populated with great characters. This collection doesn’t disappoint. It’s probably rare to like every story in an anthology. I can honestly say I loved all the stories even the cliffhangers–my only complaint about the collection! I’ve contacted the authors who didn’t have a completed story. Those stories are going to be released as novels. Trust me, you’ll be happy to re-read the details!

The seven stories in the collection are unique and thought provoking. The variety of characters is the best part of the anthology. They are all well-developed and very interesting.

“Reaping Angels by Laura Thalassa:
Laura is the author of the paranormal The Unearthly series, the sci-fi new adult The Vanishing Girl series, and the dystopian new adult The Queen of All that Dies series.

The Executioner’s touch can kill.
Angel’s can heal.
A villain and a hero. One who stood for death, and the other for life. Mortal enemies until the impossible happened.
A touch.
A kiss.
And now, a manhunt.

Laura Thalassa wrote a compelling tale about the power of touch. Just one touch can heal, kill or transform a person. Her characters are strong and complex. I just loved Angel and X.
“Cat Love by Sunniva Dee:
Sunniva is the author of the paranormal Halos series and the new adult/erotica Deepsilver series.

A sexy thriller about the animal in all of us. Aidan uses his superpower to stabilize minds at the Hollyreed Specialist Hospital. Ulani uses hers to chase rats on rooftops. Until she’s caught and deposited in Aidan’s care.
At the hospital, Aidan finds Ulani’s room empty—save for a cat, whose fur retracts in favor of silky skin and a vamp-gorgeous femme fatale.
Aidan’s obsession with Ulani grows, while patients go missing. Making the couple use their powers to bring criminals to justice.”

Sunniva Dee provided readers with a male protagonist overly concerned with self-control and an intoxicating female shapeshifter. I honestly couldn’t put the story down.
“Gypsy Love by Angela McPherson & Lynn Vroman:
Angela is the author of the new adult Distraction series and the paranormal Hope’s Decree. Lynn is the author of the young adult fantasy The Energies series, the young adult lesbian Summer Confessions.
For two hundred years, Adrian vowed to seek revenge against the Gypsy woman who bound his spirit for eternity.
Until her.
The one man Mia wants only exists in dreams.
Until he doesn’t.
The curse may be broken, but not without a price.” 
One love must end for another to begin.”
Authors Angela McPherson (she was on the blog last week!) and Lynn Vroman teamed up with a unique gypsy tale. It was a modern take on the movie “Ghost”. I loved Adrian! He’ll make you want to hurt the gypsy he crossed.

“The Only Difference by Magan Vernon:
Magan is the author of the new adult short series Forever Wild, the young adult The Only series, the new adult My Paper Heart series, and the sci-fi My Alien Romance series, and the contemporary Life, Love, and Lemons.
The Only Difference between a hero and a villain is what they do with their power.
Leonel “Short Stack” Garcia-Shapiro’s life changed the night he decided to stop one of his fraternity brothers from taking advantage of a girl. Now he can’t stop thinking of that girl and how he can save her.”
I had never read anything by Magan Vernon. I enjoyed her story about a good guy as hero. Short Stack and Cali were very memorable. Vernon reminds readers that heroes come in all shapes and sizes with all types of strengths. Powerful!

“Heroes by Christine Zolendz:
Christine is the author of the paranormal Mad World series, the new adult Beautiful series, and Triple X.

Kelly Black can’t believe she’ll be the new teaching assistant to Alexander Masters. The Alexander Masters—the head of the entire biology department. As soon as they begin to work together sparks fly and danger swirls around them.”

Another new author for me is Christine Zolendz. She wrote a strong and very capable character in Kelly Black.

“Breaking Through by D. Nichole King:
D. Nichole is the author of the paranormal Spirit trilogy, and the new adult Love Always series.

Two years after her brother Nate died during a Navy operation, aquator Nautia Olson’s nightmares began, and her ability to manipulate water became erratic. Anger, fear, joy, desire—they all trigger disaster.
Now, the Navy wants her for a top-secret mission, but Captain Riley Barton has his reservations. He’s read her file. He knows the damage she’s capable of, and yet—
If he can harness her ability—break through her walls—
She’ll be unstoppable.”

Author D. Nichole King had an interesting story with a unique plot and amazing characters. I loved Nautica, Riley and Kray. Their roles were so clearly defined along with their strengths and weaknesses.

“Villain by Cheryl McIntyre:
Cheryl is the author of the new adult Sometimes Never series, Dirty, Infinitely,  the paranormal Dark Calling, and the erotica Hard.

How can you tell a hero from a villain?
If you’re Ember Willis and the villain is Lanely Frost, you can’t.
How can you tell a superhero from a delusional young woman?
If you’re Lanely Frost and the woman is Ember Willis, you don’t care.
For both, finding the balance between right and wrong and love and lust are not the only battles they’ll face.”

And, finally Cheryl McIntyre gave readers an ingeniously crafted story. I absolutely loved how each chapter in her novella started with a quote from a superhero. Her characters were fantastic…a superhero and an anti-villain. Genius!

Beneath the Cape’s greatest strength is the subtle reminder that superheroes walk amongst us. Everyday brave men and women protect our country, our rights and our freedoms with no regard to their own safety. They return to our country in all types of conditions. It is up to citizens to do their part and say thank you for their service. Purchasing your copy of Beneath the Cape is such a small action. Proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Please pick up a copy today! It’s a great read benefiting our country’s superheroes!

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