Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Reviewette – “How to Date a Superhero” by Jean Johnson

Anthology: The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance
Story: 6 of 24
Pages: 19
Romance Featured: Superheroes
Opening Line: “Man, that was a great movie!”

Foresight as the name suggests can see the future. Her partner Steelhand can turn his skin to steel. Foresight is having a fit of jealousy that Steelhand shows no interest in her romantically but seems to favour Farshot. Defenders and protectors of the city, the local chapter of the Ascendant League of supeheroes meets for their nightly assignments. Foresight uses her abilities to help plan their evening patrols predicting trouble spots. Only tonight she has a vision of her and Steelhand in the throes of passion. Is it a true vision? Can it be changed? Does she want it to change?

Some nice interplay between the various League characters made How to Date a Superhero a cute relationship story with some nice world-building touches, but it felt unfinished to me, the ending unsatisfying. While there was a promise of romance, no action was taken (strange for action heroes wouldn’t you say?). Inclusion of this story in the anthology seems a bit of an odd choice. I don’t really think of superheroes as paranormals, although I am sure the argument can be made.

Mini Profile of Jean Johnson
Bestselling author of the Sons of Destiny series.

More about the anthology and ‘reviewettes’ here.


  1. Very cute! Not really surprising that it reminds me of Estep's Bigtime superhero series though.

  2. Ladytink it seems superhero stories are becoming even more popular. I think that Caitlin Kittredge and Jackie Kessler's new novel Black and White is superhero based too.


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