3.5 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Alternate World Angst Level Book co-workers to lovers Contemporary Dee Dreamspinner Fantasies Gay Gay Heat Index Humor Little to no angst m/m Mid level steam/heat Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Opposites attract Paranormal Part of a Series Secret Identity Standalone Superhero/powers

Comic Book Romance by Charles Payseur

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents


A Spandex and Superpowers Novella

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.


Calvin Kant (loved the name) is a reporter who’s decided to switch newspapers. Cal is also a superhero called Maxim (“don’t call me Max”). At the new job, he meets hotshot reporter, Liang Lu. Both men are immediately assigned to their first story and the mayhem begins.
I really liked it ☺! It’s a fun novella, and while you don’t have to be a comic book fan to like it, but it’s a bonus. There are many cultural references to keep you amused and engaged. For a short story, it is very well paced, well written and packed with humour, heart and adventure. There was one thing that irked me a little – (actually, it jolted me out of the warm fuzzy feeling of the book) – an anatomical description. I don’t think anyone uses that in steamy scenes, but I could be wrong.
Other than that, I have no complaints about the story. Would I like to see more about the duo? Yes!
Definitely recommend this really fun read!

3.5 stars out of 5


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