LOCAL GIRL SWEPT OFF HER FEET
Mild-mannered PR girl Holly Phillips doesn’t think much of costumed vigilante ‘Ultimate Man’ – and after his superpowered antics leave her hoisted over his shoulder and flashing her knickers in the newspaper the next day, she’s embarrassed beyond belief.
But when Holly’s fifteen minutes of fame make her a target for something villainous, she only has one place to turn – and finds the man behind the mask holds a lot more charm than his crime-fighting alter-ego.
Can Holly find love, or is superdating just as complicated as the regular kind?
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Resistance is Futile was one of my surprising fun reads last year. So when I found out that there was a new book coming out, I couldn’t wait to read it. Thankfully Spandex and the City is just as engaging and entertaining as the previous book.
Once again, Colgan has managed to mash together her knack of writing witty, fun rom-com’s, with a genre that isn’t normally joined together. While the previous book included Aliens, Spandex and The City has the Superhero genre added to the mix.
It followed a very similar pattern to Resistance is Futile, with Holly and Ultimate Man meeting under unorthodox conditions. Most of the first half of the book had me chuckling out loud. There was the slaptstick, rom-com elments to it that Colgan is known for. Yet, the book once again took a darker tone, much like the previous book.
From the beginning, Ultimate Man was set up to be the good guy, but as the book progressed I couldn’t help but sympathise with his Nemisis agenda for the city. Colgan holds up a mirror to society and the double edged sword or social media, the internet and fame can be. She also explores who everything isn’t black and white, but various shades of grey. It backed up my opinion that there is no good or bad, but it is all about that persons perception of good and evil. This runs through the book, right up to the last page.
Though I did enjoy the book a lot, the ending fell a bit flat and even now I’m still unsure about its conclusion. I get that Ultimate Man prevails over the villain and gets the girl, but it didn’t really “pop” like the ending or Resistance is Futile.
As for the characters, Holly was the most well rounded out of the characters, but this isn’t surprising as the book is through her eyes. I liked her a lot and saw how she developed over the course of the book. Holly was anything but a damsel in distress and even when she ended up in the crossfire, her actions were well thought out. Though some of her actions could be seen as retreating or actions that a damsel in distress would normally do, there was viable reasons for doing so.
While Ultimate Man is the leading man in the book, it was the villain of the book that I was drawn to more. He was so much more complex than Ultimate Man and I did have a feeling there would be a bit of a twist to the tale.
The other supporting characters served a purpose to the story but I never felt anything much more for them.
Spandex in The City is a good read and it had many great moments in the book, but it never met the high bar set by Resistance is Futile. However, Colgan is carving out a niche market for herself by combining sci-fi and fantasy elements with her natural flair for romance novels.
Regardless, I can’t wait to see what will come next.
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