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Monday, July 22, 2013
Reality Hero by Ashlynn Monroe
Another intense heart-rending, seat-gripping, sexy fantasy romance from the fantastic Ashlynn Monroe! I've always adored the way Ms. Monroe can take a concept, regardless of how serious, scary or silly the premise is, and turn it into a work of art!
In Reality Hero, we meet an actual Superhero who goes by the name "Mind Man" in his hero persona and by Zane Blair in his everyday life. The incredibly sexy Zane seems to have it all. He's a superhero, saving lives & leaving women everywhere wanting him... But in his real life, it's just an everyday hum-drum job and his dreams of wanting the woman who seems to not want him back..
The gorgeous, intelligent Dina Dell spent many years of her life as a youth, trapped in cages with Zane, Dina's sister Ella & some other friends, being experimented on in the most horrific ways so the scientists were able to "awaken" the children's super powers. It was a horrifying childhood & something that no one wants to relive. Dina was the only one who walked away without super powers.. Dina & Zane had a beautiful relationship, regardless of their differences until Dina realized in one moment of clarity, that she was a danger to her family & friends, because people would use her human weaknesses to exploit her family & friends, so she did the only thing she could think of doing.. She left Zane to protect them all..
Flash forward a few years & Dina is struggling to make it as a TV producer in a dog-eat-dog world.. Not a day goes by that she doesn't think of Zane.. However, her programs have been less than expected lately & she heads for a last-minute save to keep her career on track.. She offers up a date with a Superhero, ala The Bachelor style.. The superhero she asks? None other than Zane..
Zane agrees to participate in her show, rather unwillingly, because of his past with Dina.. Can Zane show Dina that the only perfect woman for her is him? Or will her stubborn nature not allow it? Before Zane even has a chance to start winning Dina back, her worst fears are realized when monsters from the past end up surfacing in reality & try to tear away Zane & her sister Ella.. And some don't care if Dina herself lives or dies.. But a former stalker wants Dina very much alive and has nefarious plans.. Can Zane, Dina or Ella escape before all hope is lost, along with their lives? Or is this one instance where reality wins and the good guys go down?
Ashlynn keeps readers on the edge of their seat in this fantastic page-turner.. It has fantasy, drama & horror aspects yet she never lets us down with her trademarked steamy sex scenes, either.. Yum! This is another compelling, dramatic & oh-so-sexy novel by Ms. Monroe that you MUST add to your collection.. Another reason that I love Ms. Monroe's writing so much is that she knows how to take us to new worlds, yet she always keeps it real, with everyday instances & she never forgets to add in that beautiful love story that she is so incredibly adept at doing.. Definitely a book that will stay in my collection for years to come..
Well done, Ashlynn! ~ Vicki Rose
Platinum Gives Ashlynn & "Reality Hero":
4.5 Platinum Rings!
Content Warning: graphic sexual content
Can reality TV handle a reluctant superhero bachelor, ten attention-seeking women, and one evil villain?
Dina Dell's career as a television producer has hit bottom. Desperate to save her job, she comes up with the idea for a reality show called I Want to Date a Superhero. But the only superhero bachelor she knows is the only man she's ever loved—Zane Blair.
Zane was once a normal human, but a traumatic childhood incident mutated him, along with Dina's sister and their friends. Dina was the only one who escaped without any superhero abilities. And while she might be the "normal" one, that only left her feeling like more of an outcast.
Her lack of powers put Zane in danger. Knowing that it was only a matter of time before someone used her to get to him, she left, breaking both their hearts in the process. After all the pain she caused him, will he be willing to help her now?
Then an old enemy emerges, putting Dina's plans on hold. When her superhero friends are the ones who need help, Dina just might learn that sometimes little Miss Average can be a hero too.
(Note: This book was previously published under the title Reality Stinks, but it has been substantially revised and expanded.)
Heat burned in Dina's cheeks. Zane had no idea just how much those old feelings still lived inside of her.
She opened the door—this time he didn't get it for her—and ran up the stairs and into her building like the chicken she was. Her inner voice made clucking sounds the whole time she fled. Nothing terrified her quite like her longing for him. She wondered if he knew it and hoped he didn't.
She'd never get any rest and she had a mountain of work so she sat down and started going over everything. There was a lot more to putting on good TV than just turning on a camera. The phone rang and she jumped. Her hand slapped around on top of the papers on the desk until she found her cellphone buried under them. Her eyes were so blurry that she didn't even bother to look at the caller ID.
"Hello," Dina said.
"I've never been ashamed of you until today. Dina, how could you? You know Zane would never let you down. You used his feelings to abuse his good heart. I'm so angry with you that I don't even know the right words to express it. If you needed something, why didn't you talk to me first? I could've helped you. We could've come up with something different."
There was a pause. Dina didn't know what to say. It was a small relief when Ella continued.
"He hates the media, and now he'll not only just be on your show, but the tabloids will eat him alive too. They'll do all they can to find out his secret identity. You know the lies those rags print. This will start a feeding frenzy."
Dina knew she deserved the tongue lashing, so she said nothing. She had no defense, because her twin sister was right.
"Call this off. Please, as my sister, do this for me and save the best man in the city from this horrible mistake. I know how you feel about him, and you know how I feel about him. We both know how he feels about you."
There was another pause. Dina's throat closed. She knew, and it tore at her heart.
"Are you still there?" Ella sounded annoyed.
"Yes," Dina whispered brokenly.
"When you left, you ripped out his guts. Don't destroy his life. He still loves you."
"I know." That was what made asking him to be on the show so damn hard.
"I don't know why you turned your back on us, but you owe him. We all do. He's the best of us. We've lost Aaron. Don't take Zane away too. If he's exposed, God only knows what will happen to him—us. Don't do this, Dina."
She bit her lip. She wanted to tell her sister she'd come to her senses, but it was too late.
"Ella, I'm so sorry. I hate myself, but it's too late. They're already airing the promos on the network, and the casting call went out. In the morning, I'm going to have dozens of women begging me to be on this show. Zane and I have been over for a very long time. We both know which one of us is in his life. You should be with him, not me. I'm his Achilles heel."
"Being in his life isn't the same as being in his heart, sis. He's always loved you, and while we look alike, I'll never be you. He wants you."
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