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Beneath the Cape—The Superhero Anthology
Created with the sole purpose of benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.
Only available July 1st – October 1st.
Save the world and protect mankind.
But what’s beneath the cape? Behind the mask? Under the steel-plated façade?
Eight bestselling New Adult romance authors have come together to bring you seven stories about superheroes and what it takes to win their hearts. From the skies, to the cities, to the ocean, our superheroes face death, fight villains, conquer evil and—
The world is full of heroes. Every-day men and women who risk their lives for the sake of others—for life, liberty, freedom, and justice. Often these men and women are wounded—physically or mentally—in the line of duty. Therefore, we have created this anthology with the sole purpose of benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project.
Because heroes should never be forgotten.
Reaping Angels by Laura Thalassa:
The Executioner’s touch can kill.
Angel’s can heal.
A villain and a hero. One who stood for death, and the other for life. Mortal enemies until the impossible happened.
And now, a manhunt.
Cat Love by Sunniva Dee:
A sexy thriller about the animal in all of us.
Aidan uses his superpower to stabilize minds at the Hollyreed Specialist Hospital. Ulani uses hers to chase rats on rooftops. Until she’s caught and deposited in Aidan’s care.
At the hospital, Aidan finds Ulani’s room empty—save for a cat, whose fur retracts in favor of silky skin and a vamp-gorgeous femme fatale.
Aidan’s obsession with Ulani grows, while patients go missing.
Making the couple use their powers to bring criminals to justice.
Gypsy Love by Angela McPherson & Lynn Vroman:
For two hundred years, Adrian vowed to seek revenge against the Gypsy woman who bound his spirit for eternity.
The one man Mia wants only exists in dreams.
Until he doesn’t.
The curse may be broken, but not without a price.
One love must end for another to begin.
The Only Difference by Magan Vernon:
The Only Difference between a hero and a villain is what they do with their power.
Leonel “Short Stack” Garcia-Shapiro’s life changed the night he decided to stop one of his fraternity brothers from taking advantage of a girl. Now he can’t stop thinking of that girl and how he can save her.
Heroes by Christine Zolendz:
Kelly Black can’t believe she’ll be the new teaching assistant to Alexander Masters. The Alexander Masters—the head of the entire biology department. As soon as they begin to work together sparks fly and danger swirls around them.
Breaking Through by D. Nichole King:
Two years after her brother Nate died during a Navy operation, aquator Nautia Olson’s nightmares began, and her ability to manipulate water became erratic. Anger, fear, joy, desire—they all trigger disaster.
Now, the Navy wants her for a top-secret mission, but Captain Riley Barton has his reservations. He’s read her file. He knows the damage she’s capable of, and yet—
If he can harness her ability—break through her walls—
She’ll be unstoppable.
Villain by Cheryl McIntyre:
How can you tell a hero from a villain?
If you’re Ember Willis and the villain is Lanely Frost, you can’t.
How can you tell a superhero from a delusional young woman?
If you’re Lanely Frost and the woman is Ember Willis, you don’t care.
For both, finding the balance between right and wrong and love and lust are not the only battles they’ll face.
Reaping Angels – Laura Thalassa
This is an interesting take on the typical hero/villain story. The villain isn’t a bad guy because he is inherently evil, he’s forced into doing the job he’s awfully good at. A really cool story about not being able to choose who you love and doing anything for those people.
Cat Love – Sunniva Dee
Not so much a super hero story, rather than a story with people who have special abilities. Cliffhanger ending. Girl who can change into a cat but without being able to control the shift or her emotions/impulses. And a man who can calm people by forcing calming emotions out of himself. He teaches her control and they start to fall in love and discover a secret and are in truth becoming heroes.
Gypsy Love – Angela McPherson & Lynn Vroman
A young gypsy girl wants to fall in love and finds a very handsome man to fall in love with. He woos her, beds her and when she thinks things are going to get better, catches him flirting with another woman. This angers her, and she kills him and curses him. Fast forward 200 years, he has been haunting her descendants, and he finds one that can join him in that in between realm while she sleeps. They find out though that this is killing her. So he stops because he’s fallen in love with her. She moves on and starts to fall in love with a normal man, who then gets stabbed and when he comes out of his coma, he’s Aiden, the ghost. Cliffhanger ending.
The Only Difference – Magan Vernon
Guy just about to graduate from college lives in a frat house with lots of guys he doesn’t like much. He has the hots for this girl, but she’s busy sleeping with all his frat brothers to notice him. And she starts being abused by a frat brother, and he takes exception to it. Tries to get her to see her value isn’t in her hoo-haa, and he tries to get Rico to see that he’s more than everyone’s belief in his failure. And he learns in the process that he’s more than everyone perceives him to be.
Heroes – Christine Zolendz
Alex Masters is the hottest professor on campus. And Kelly has noticed him since day one. She gets all tongue tied and twisted in knots when she sees him but since she found out she is to be his teaching assistant, she’s trying to be professional about him, but there’s something there and she’s not the only one to notice. Alex has noticed Kelly, and he’s dying to get close to her, but he’s terrified that he’s going to hurt her. But he finds out that she has the same powers that he does and he cannot hurt her. They both can take on the local gangs and take their city back and make it safe for everyone.
Breaking Through – D. Nichole King
Nautia is broken. She doesn’t remember much of her past, but she remembers really random things. She knows who she is, and what she’s supposed to do, but she can’t remember how to do it. And because of this, she’s considered unstable and incapable to manipulating water. Riley is a young navy captain. He doesn’t have powers like many of these special officers that he’s picking up, but his intelligence is on such a level that he’s considered a special as well. And Nautia is on his crew and he needs to get her to learn to control her emotions as well as to control the ocean otherwise, everyone is going to most likely die. So he sets out to teach her how to control it, all while trying to fight his growing attraction to her. This ends in a cliffhanger.
Villain – Cheryl McIntyre
Ember is a walking lie detector. She’s been lied to by everyone for any reason known to man. When she’s lied to, her hands burn up and she is able to burn people, which is exactly what happens to her boyfriend when she catches him in a lie about cheating on her. She turns to her online friend Frosty to help keep her in perspective. And he does, with a load of flirting and pervy talk. And on NYE, Ember’s car takes a dive, and she ends up at a local dive bar. There she meets Lane. And Lane takes to her instantly, and surprisingly enough, even with all the come ons he’s giving her, she knows that he hasn’t lied to her. He even told her that his job isn’t legal. She takes a chance with Lane, and he keeps himself honest with her. Until one night, they start getting intimate and he sees a tattoo on her hip that he knows belongs to his online friend, Pyro. So begins the back and forth between them. When she starts working on this case of catching a vigilante named Winter’s Wrath, things get extra hairy.
I will say that overall I enjoyed the stories. It is interesting to see the shape of hero through the eyes of all these different authors. Some are typical superheroes, some are ordinary people who are capable of accomplishing seemingly ordinary things, but they change someone else’ world. I think this is an amazing idea, and I bought the book because it supports a great cause. This is only available for a short time, so I would suggest highly that you buy this book too.