Monday 6 August 2018

Book Review: Equilibrium by Katey Hawthorne (MM/Fantasy)

Title: Equilibrium (Superpowered Love #1)
Author: Katey Hawthorne
Less Than Three Press

Publication Date: 1 August 2018
eBook - EPUB
ARC via NetGalley

Hansen has been hot for Sam since they first bonded over their secret superpowers—literally hot, since Hansen can produce fire from thin air. But Sam is always covered in girls, so Hansen keeps his feelings deeply buried and settles for being Sam's best friend.

Then Sam's electrical powers go haywire in public, and in the fallout a mutual attraction is forced to the surface—but bisexuality is new to Sam, and Hansen is afraid to admit he's in love. And in the midst of trying to figure out themselves and each other, they have to face—and survive—the unfriendly witness to Sam's explosion.

I am a huge fan of stories with superheroes and superpowers. Therefore, Equilibrium seemed an obvious pick for me. There were things I liked about it: the prose was good, the characters came across well, and I enjoyed the idea of needing to control newly discovered powers. However, the book fell a little flat for me because of the imbalance between sex scenes and plot. In many ways, I felt you could have taken the bedroom scenes and put any plot around them. I experienced no sense of drama or concern over the events unfolding, because I wasn't given enough detail and time to dwell on them. For me this was a three-star read. It was well written, but I simply prefer there to be greater balance between plot and romance, and this book could have accomplished that either by trimming the sex scenes a little or spending extra time on the plot elements.

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