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Hero for the Holidays by Charles Payseur

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Book Info

Book Series
Spandex and Superpowers, Book 4
About the Author
 Charles Payseur lives and writes in the frozen reaches of Wisconsin, where he enjoys the craft beer and excellent cheeses of the area a bit more than is strictly healthy. Along with his partner and growing herd of pets, he avoids doing household projects by reading and writing, and his short fiction and poetry has been published or is forthcoming at Strange Horizons, Nightmare Magazine, and Lightspeed Magazine, among others. 
Publication Date
December 01, 2018
Available Formats
epub, mobi, pdf
 Cody travels from Metro City to the Caribbean island lair of Dr. Devious to look after the place while the supervillain is in space for the holidays… and maybe to mend his broken heart. With Christmas fast approaching, Cody is desperate to avoid reminders of his recent disastrous breakup, and a few weeks of sun and relaxation sound perfect—until a drunk (but very cute) superhero crashes the party by literally crashing onto the beach. 

And that’s just the start of Cody’s problems—angry shark-men, mysterious lava creatures, and a malfunctioning AI all make his holiday getaway anything but relaxing. Amid the chaos of his adventures in lair-sitting, though, Cody might find just what he needs—a new chance at love. 

Editor review

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 Spandex and Superpowers is one of those really cute short-story series that gets better with each book. I felt like book 1 was missing a little something I couldn't quite pinpoint, but each book after that has managed to meet my expectations and give me what I was looking for. 

 Hero for the Holidays is exactly what it says on the tin. Cody is set for a Christmas season on the beach, lair-sitting for Dr Devious and Sanjay (the MC's from book 1), after being dumped by his boyfriend. He just wants to get away from everything familiar, and he gets more than he bargained for. The story absolutely stands on its own, while continuing to feature previous characters in a way that doesn't imply you've missed something. And I do love the commentary on All My Werewolves, the TV show that has been a running feature throughout the series. 

 Cody and Sonny, the MC's, were great characters and were nicely fleshed out for a book of only 49 pages. I really felt and enjoyed their chemistry and the playful banter between them. Yes, I would have liked more at the end, maybe their first date or Dr Devious' reaction to the Aubrey situation, but the story that was here was super cute. I'd definitely read more installments in this series, or even better a full length novel featuring all the characters so far. And maybe a full novel following the All My Werewolves plot? Maybe? 


 Favourite Quotes 

 “Sanjay pointed to a large metal door. “That's the robotics and central processing lab. It's just been rebuilt, so there shouldn't be any reason to go in there.” 
 “Rebuilt?” Cody asked. 
 “Gravity kinda destroyed it when Rex tried to build a computer program to transform digital currency into cat pictures.” 
 “Aww, that's almost sweet.” 
 “I know! I think I'm having a positive effect on him.”” 
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