Review: Where There’s Smoke by Cari Z.

April 30, 2015 Review 4

Review: Where There’s Smoke by Cari Z.

Panopolis is a rough place to be an average Joe. I came here looking for adventure and excitement, but nobody cares about one more normal guy in a city filled with super-powered heroes. The closest I’ve come to glory is working in a bank that villains often rob.

But then I maybe accidentally-on-purpose helped a villain escape the hero who was trying to save the day. Imagine my shock when, a week later, that villain asked me out for coffee. One date turned into more, and now I’m head over heels in love with Raul.

Falling in love with the guy dubbed the Mad Bombardier isn’t without its downsides, though. I’ve had to deal with near-death encounters with other villains, awkwardly flirtatious heroes who won’t take no for an answer, and a lover I’m not sure I can trust. It’s getting to the point where I know I’ll have to make a choice: side with the heroes, or stand fast by my villain.

Either way, I think my days as a normal guy are over.

Title: Where There's Smoke
Author: Panopolis
Series: Panopolis
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Where There's Fire, Where There's a Will
Published by Riptide Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: April 27, 2015
Genres: Male Male Romance, Sci Fi Romance
Pages: 88
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Purchase your copy: Amazon
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: two-half-flames

A while ago I listened to an an audio book with characters that had super abilities that put themselves above the law and were walking a fine line between good and evil. I enjoyed it. I would have enjoyed it more had it been targeted towards adults.

With Heroes and Villains, a broken justice system, and a corrupt political system, with a small side of romance, Where There’s Smoke was right up my alley. Panopolis is swarming with Heroes and Villains. There is a thin gray line that differentiates the two though. I liked this. It really worked well for our heroes Edward and Raul. I also loved the little tidbits of Panopolis facts that open each chapter through SuperTruther’s blog posts.

Bank teller and simply human Edward manages to fall in love with Raul after they take notice of each other during a bank robbery. Raul is not a plain human, he is known to others as the Mad Bombardier. Edward sees that there is nothing mad about the man and the courtship ensues. Everyone knows that when you run with trouble the trouble generally attacks you too. Edward finds out firsthand just how unjust and broken the system is when he gets caught up in someone else’s mess.

Cari Z created a fascinating world with even an even more interesting array of characters. I’m looking forward to what she has planned for Edward, especially so with that little game changing twist Where There’s Smoke ended with.

Gay Romance

4 Responses to “Review: Where There’s Smoke by Cari Z.”

  1. H.B.

    Thanks for sharing your opinion. Definitely a book I’ll be interested in reading.

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  2. Jen CW

    Thank you for the review. I love seeing what others think about a book when I’m new to the author.
    jczlapin(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. Carolyn

    Great to see another satisfied reviewer. I’m so looking forward to when I can read this book and the series.

    caroaz [at] ymail [dot] com