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A maximum-security supervillain prison plus a new colleague with a reputation for attracting trouble. What could possibly go wrong? Calvin Kant is what anyone would want in a reporter—an excellent typist, a dogged investigator, and an upstanding citizen. Oh, and a superhero. At least, his alter ego, Maxim, is. Fleeing a messy situation at his last job, Cal arrives in Capit A maximum-security supervillain prison plus a new colleague with a reputation for attracting trouble. What could possibly go wrong? Calvin Kant is what anyone would want in a reporter—an excellent typist, a dogged investigator, and an upstanding citizen. Oh, and a superhero. At least, his alter ego, Maxim, is. Fleeing a messy situation at his last job, Cal arrives in Capital City without much direction—until fellow reporter Liang Lu sweeps him into a dangerous assignment. A supervillain prison break leaves them trapped and in peril, with Cal juggling his growing attraction to Liang with his need to protect his secret identity. And that mess Cal’s running from could catch up with him at exactly the wrong moment, leaving him vulnerable. Luckily Liang’s got more than good looks going for him, and together the two men might just save the day—and each other—and find their own comic book romance.


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A maximum-security supervillain prison plus a new colleague with a reputation for attracting trouble. What could possibly go wrong? Calvin Kant is what anyone would want in a reporter—an excellent typist, a dogged investigator, and an upstanding citizen. Oh, and a superhero. At least, his alter ego, Maxim, is. Fleeing a messy situation at his last job, Cal arrives in Capit A maximum-security supervillain prison plus a new colleague with a reputation for attracting trouble. What could possibly go wrong? Calvin Kant is what anyone would want in a reporter—an excellent typist, a dogged investigator, and an upstanding citizen. Oh, and a superhero. At least, his alter ego, Maxim, is. Fleeing a messy situation at his last job, Cal arrives in Capital City without much direction—until fellow reporter Liang Lu sweeps him into a dangerous assignment. A supervillain prison break leaves them trapped and in peril, with Cal juggling his growing attraction to Liang with his need to protect his secret identity. And that mess Cal’s running from could catch up with him at exactly the wrong moment, leaving him vulnerable. Luckily Liang’s got more than good looks going for him, and together the two men might just save the day—and each other—and find their own comic book romance.

30 review for Comic Book Romance

  1. 4 out of 5

    * A Reader Obsessed *

    3.5 Stars! Consistent enjoyment for those who love to indulge their geeky nerd side! Set in the same universe as How the Supervillain Stole Christmas, this really expanded on the alternate comic book reality. Payseur good naturedly pokes fun at and pays homage to canon with a nice play on words, paralleling beloved characters we grew up reading and watching. This series is growing on me for sure, and it was cheekily entertaining showing the burgeoning romance between superhero Maxim, and his new jo 3.5 Stars! Consistent enjoyment for those who love to indulge their geeky nerd side! Set in the same universe as How the Supervillain Stole Christmas, this really expanded on the alternate comic book reality. Payseur good naturedly pokes fun at and pays homage to canon with a nice play on words, paralleling beloved characters we grew up reading and watching. This series is growing on me for sure, and it was cheekily entertaining showing the burgeoning romance between superhero Maxim, and his new journalistic partner Liang. These two of course, get into all sorts of trouble trying to thwart evil-doers and when the dust settles, will Maxim be forced to “come out” and live with the consequences of his dual identity or will he have to start anew? Again, quite fun with a dash of smexy! I'm off to read the next!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Serena Yates

    Capital City with its plethora of superheroes (and supervillains!) is back, and this third story in the ‘Spandex and Superpowers’ series is no less creative than the other two. They are linked through the world they are set in only, so you can read each one separately, but they all have a few things in common: a great sense of humor, superheroes with flaws and very “human” issues as well as supervillains to fight, and a plot where secret identities as well as secret crushes play a major role. Al Capital City with its plethora of superheroes (and supervillains!) is back, and this third story in the ‘Spandex and Superpowers’ series is no less creative than the other two. They are linked through the world they are set in only, so you can read each one separately, but they all have a few things in common: a great sense of humor, superheroes with flaws and very “human” issues as well as supervillains to fight, and a plot where secret identities as well as secret crushes play a major role. All the books in this series also excel at transferring the feel of a comic book with all its over-the-top characters and events into the more “traditional” written form. I think that is a big part of why I am enjoying them so much. Please find my full review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lisa The Novel Approach

    4.5 Stars This was a fun read that played on the superhero comic books that have become all the rage thanks to the Marvel movies. There’s all kinds of nods to comic lovers and enough silliness and fun to satisfy those looking to branch out into a new genre. The plot itself is typical good vs bad, with enough reality and common sense that it doesn’t seem as over-the-top as the main character’s comic book counterpart, nor as over-powered despite having the exact same (Maxim-um) power. The author man 4.5 Stars This was a fun read that played on the superhero comic books that have become all the rage thanks to the Marvel movies. There’s all kinds of nods to comic lovers and enough silliness and fun to satisfy those looking to branch out into a new genre. The plot itself is typical good vs bad, with enough reality and common sense that it doesn’t seem as over-the-top as the main character’s comic book counterpart, nor as over-powered despite having the exact same (Maxim-um) power. The author manages to show the dual personalities of the main character and superhero Cal/Maxim, leading to a slight difference in narration when Cal dresses as Maxim that is excellent to see. I absolutely loved the rash and inquisitive Liang, who seemed to know just the right thing to outsmart the villains, or negotiate with them. Even each of the supporting characters were clearly thought out, even if we didn’t get to know them too much. The attraction between the two main characters was very palpable despite the fact that there wasn’t too much in relationship building. The author did make sure that there was trust built up between the two of them, and it was clear that this was just the beginning of the road for them, so I didn’t mind that there wasn’t much relationship building. Though short, the author managed to squeeze a lot of laughter and fun into the plot and didn’t leave any loose ends or unanswered questions, which is a skill in itself in a novella. A great book if you’re looking for something a little silly and fun to read. Reviewed by Jenn for The Novel Approach

  4. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I see this as #2 in the series but I really don't know what the order is suppose to be, I am just going by the release dates and Comic Book Romance is listed as November 29 and Werewolf Before Christmas is December 1. Truth is, it doesn't really matter because each is a separate story in the Spandex and Superpowers universe, some character mentions overlap but the plots themselves are individual. As for Comic Book Romance, well it is just as fun and unique as the two Christmas tales in the series I see this as #2 in the series but I really don't know what the order is suppose to be, I am just going by the release dates and Comic Book Romance is listed as November 29 and Werewolf Before Christmas is December 1. Truth is, it doesn't really matter because each is a separate story in the Spandex and Superpowers universe, some character mentions overlap but the plots themselves are individual. As for Comic Book Romance, well it is just as fun and unique as the two Christmas tales in the series. The obvious difference is the main character, Maxim is a superhero as opposed to the supervillains of the other two. But once again, I was completely bowled over by the cleverness and levity that is not often found in a genre that is about good vs. evil. Can't think of anything more to say without giving away the plot so I'll just end with this: brilliantly clever and intriguingly fun that will brighten your day, and that is never a bad thing.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Maya

    Calvin is the guy who just changed jobs, going from one rival newspaper to another, all in effort to avoid being outed as superhero Maxim. Of course the first task he gets from his new boss is superhero related and his partner is sharp investigative reporter with focus on superpowered people. The story cheerfully pokes fun at the plot but the writing style wasn't easy to follow. The story was clearly aiming to be satiric and funny, but it didn't quite hit the mark. I kept reading because I liked Calvin is the guy who just changed jobs, going from one rival newspaper to another, all in effort to avoid being outed as superhero Maxim. Of course the first task he gets from his new boss is superhero related and his partner is sharp investigative reporter with focus on superpowered people. The story cheerfully pokes fun at the plot but the writing style wasn't easy to follow. The story was clearly aiming to be satiric and funny, but it didn't quite hit the mark. I kept reading because I liked hunting allusions to comic books (you can guess which one) but that was about the extent of my interest. If there was a little more depth to characters or their relationship the story would have fared better. It is however, what it says on the tin: a book which plays up comic book heroes and plot, so if it is your cup of tea, go for it. I received copy of this book in exchange for review. The review is also posted on Gay Book Reviews

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    Fun, light, romantic pastiche of that Super Man we all know. Lots of fun, in-joke winks and nods (some blatant, like the lead characters' names) and some not so. It's a quick read and I smiled all the way through it. Fun, light, romantic pastiche of that Super Man we all know. Lots of fun, in-joke winks and nods (some blatant, like the lead characters' names) and some not so. It's a quick read and I smiled all the way through it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    My favorite of the series so far.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Galloway

    This was a lot of fun — sweet and funny, full of geeky jokes and comic book hijinks.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Simon

    Fun, sweet, with understated depth. Would happily read more by this author.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Estance DH

    Cute. I would have enjoyed it more where it not for the cringy sex scene at the end.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Elaine White

    I was a bit disappointed to find that this book wasn't about Rex and Sanjay, but I did like that Rex was mentioned by his supervillain name. I do have to admit that it was a little cheesy to have the main characters as Calvin Kant, Lexu Luzo, Liang Lu, so closely named to the Superman characters. There's even a mention of Ragnarok, though they're two people in this story, Ragna and Rok, a brother and sister supervillain duo. Saying that, this was a good plot with interesting characters. There were I was a bit disappointed to find that this book wasn't about Rex and Sanjay, but I did like that Rex was mentioned by his supervillain name. I do have to admit that it was a little cheesy to have the main characters as Calvin Kant, Lexu Luzo, Liang Lu, so closely named to the Superman characters. There's even a mention of Ragnarok, though they're two people in this story, Ragna and Rok, a brother and sister supervillain duo. Saying that, this was a good plot with interesting characters. There were nonbinary characters, Liang was bisexual, and there was a more complete background and superhero/supervillain atmosphere throughout. I loved that Liang wasn't an airhead and that he put the pieces together to figure out that Maxim and Calvin were the same person. Calvin was your typical superhero, someone who is hesitant about the spotlight for fear of exposing his real identity. There was a hint of some kind of interesting story in his past, but it was never followed through on. The adventure / superhero aspect was good, but again I didn't feel that the adventurous super-sex was necessary. "We haven't exactly been on a date." "Of course we have. We stopped a nefarious supervillain plot. What could be more romantic?"

  12. 4 out of 5

    CrabbyPatty

    Um, this was .... okay. Perhaps my least favorite of the Spandex and Superpowers series but still entertaining with a Clark Kent-like superhero (his alter ego is Calvin Kant) who works for Peri Blanc. 3.5 stars. Visit my blog, Sinfully Good Gay Book Reviews Um, this was .... okay. Perhaps my least favorite of the Spandex and Superpowers series but still entertaining with a Clark Kent-like superhero (his alter ego is Calvin Kant) who works for Peri Blanc. 3.5 stars. Visit my blog, Sinfully Good Gay Book Reviews

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

  14. 4 out of 5

    dian

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jesse

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pepón

  17. 4 out of 5

    Reece

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jason Bradley

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sumire_k

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ana

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kragthang

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dee

  23. 5 out of 5

    Seeilin

  24. 5 out of 5

    Theodora IK

  25. 5 out of 5

    BTina

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carlton

  27. 5 out of 5

    Georgie-who-is-Sarah-Drew

  28. 4 out of 5

    Maebhinn

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

  30. 5 out of 5

    Al

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