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Review by: Alexander
SERIES: 2017 Advent Calendar – Stocking Stuffers
AUTHOR: Charles Payseur
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 12,620 words
RELEASE DATE: December 1. 2017
Ray seems like the perfect boyfriend—he’s gorgeous, incredibly romantic, and has a mechanical suit he invented to become the dastardly MantaRay. For Alec, who also spends his nights making life difficult for do-gooders everywhere, it’s a match made in supervillain heaven. Except that Ray is a bit too into the hit soap opera All My Werewolves. When tempers flare during what’s supposed to be a quiet night out, Alec nearly ruins everything over a stupid bet with an alien gorilla.
Desperate to prove his feelings to Ray, and with Christmas fast approaching, Alec decides the fastest way to Ray’s heart is to embrace the thing that threatens to divide them—a certain werewolf show with a certain actor who Ray admires. A simple kidnapping promises to do the trick, only fur (and fandom) fly when Alec’s romantic gesture leads to a very hairy situation. Can Alec prove to Ray how much their relationship means to him, or will his plans be ruined by the werewolf before Christmas?
First admission: I had some difficulty getting into the story the first time I tried. Second admission: I had no idea that this is the third story in the author’s Spandex and Superpowers series.
Third admission: I loved it.
As I mentioned above, I had a bit of difficulty getting into the story, but once I did…wow! I enjoyed it so much that I re-read it within 48 hours. Ray (AKA supervillain MantaRay) was by far my favourite character, who was well written and exhibited traits that you would expect to see in an everyday person, such as his dislike for drama in his relationship, and his extreme love for the soap opera All My Werewolves. Alec was a little less likeable, and not because he isn’t a fan of AMW, with his need to prove himself, even when unnecessary, and his devious ways, made him a suitable albeit less than impressive supervillain.
The storyline was well thought out and worked extremely well, and in the spirit of an alternate universe, was totally believable and the ending, satisfying. I liked the fact that the title has a dual meaning, and thought that the way Payseur painted the supervillain community in a strangely positive light while almost mocking the one superhero, Tech Knight was original and fun. Definitely something different and well worth the read.