Friday, December 28, 2018

Hero for the Holidays by Charles Payseur – Warmest Wishes

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.

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Advent Calendar Day 28

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Having read The Werewolf before Christmas as part of last year’s advent calendar, I was better prepared for Payseur’s writing style and the over-the-top characters in the Spandex and Superpowers series. With that said, I enjoyed Hero for the Holiday and found the broken-hearted Cody impossible not to like. Hoping that time and distance away from the painful reminders of his ex, Cody jumps at the chance to lair-sit for his best friend’s supervillain boyfriend for a month while they take an off-world vacation for the holidays. See? It’s an over-the-top setup that just gets more and more ridiculous as the story progresses, but in all the ways a comic book inspired, Saturday morning cartoon should. I really hope that if the author reads my review that he doesn’t take offense at my inadequate frame of reference of comparison for potential readers because, despite my badly worded comparison, Hero for the Holiday is a gem of a read. It’s not my typical fare, which makes its inclusion in the Advent Calendar perfect because it gives me just enough story to entertain me and make me grin as Cody rescues an inebriated superhero, bests a group of shark-men, befriends a lava being, and defeats a power-hungry AI program, all while becoming enamored with the mender of his heart. I’ll admit, I’m a bit curious about the other stories in this series and suspect they’ll be joining my library soon.

CHARLES PAYSEUR currently resides in the frozen reaches of Wisconsin, where his partner, a gaggle of pets, and more craft beer than is strictly healthy help him through the long winters. He works an incredibly boring day job so that his nights can be filled with spaceships, magic, and attractive men kissing (and maybe a bit more than kissing…). His work can also be found at Less Than Three Press, Lethe Press, Circlet Press, and in Lightspeed Magazine’s Queers Destroy Science Fiction!

When not writing fiction and poetry, he contributes to a number of blogs and review sites, and runs a home for his thoughts on short speculative fiction at Quick Sip Reviews. On Twitter, he annoys the internet with far too many cat pictures and cocktail recipes.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Warmest Wishes: Hero for the Holidays (Spandex and Super Powers) by Charles Payseur to read and review.

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