Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Review: Losing Better by Katey Hawthorne

Losing Better (Superpowered Love #4) by Katey Hawthorne
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Superpowered Special Agent Gabriel Genêt's first solo mission: go to Hooperstown, North Carolina, find evidence that Andrew Wynne is operating as a vigilante, then bring him in. Ten years ago, Gabriel spent a summer alternately torturing and hooking up with Andrew as they tried to ignore their parents' embarrassing affair. Of course Andrew, the big puppy dog, will be happy to see his old friend and never suspect a thing. Career-driven, cocky young Agent Genêt can hardly believe his luck.

A covert game of betrayals ensues. Things start out complicated, with Gabriel using Andrew's open arms and attraction to him for all it's worth. Gabriel tells himself he doesn't reciprocate, and then that he can control it, but it's too violent for either of them to deny. As he gets closer to the evidence he needs, a heady combination of nostalgia, genuine affection, and even understanding brings Andrew closer to him. Dangerously close, in every sense.

The stakes are much higher than just their livelihoods. Gabriel begins to fear it'll come down to a choice between everything he's ever believed in, wanted, and stood for--and the only love he's ever known.

I haven't read this series in order, but I decided that it doesn't really call for it as long as you've read the first book, keeping up is fairly easy. While I enjoyed the first book Equilibrium, I sorta love the crap out of Losing Better. So very sexy, and the angst is so angsty it almost killed me, another amazing job by Katey Hawthorne.

Special Agent Gabriel Ganet is heading back to a place he once called home to catch a vigilante and the memories are painful and bittersweet. The suspected vigilante is Andrew Wynne someone he shares a personal history with, which is probably the reason he's on the job. Gabriel remembers a summer ten years ago where tortured and played around with an innocent Andrew while their parents embarrassed themselves with an affair. It was both a blessing and a curse when Gabriel's father hightailed it out of Hooperstown. Now Gabriel is back in the disguise of being on vacation and reconnecting with an old friend, and Andrew being the big ole heart of good will never a suspect a thing.

Gabriel is still attracted to Andrew after all these years, and it doesn't help that he turned into a sex god over the years. While he can't condone Andrew's fighting crime ways he can't help but be attracted to the man, and a job that should have easily wrapped is taking longer than anticipated. He's suddenly over his head but one thing’s for sure he can't lose to Andrew, but then again would losing be so bad?

At first this book didn't really have me, but it really picked up the pace and turned into something quite entertaining and sexy. As I mentioned I didn't read the series in order but from reading Equilibrium I understood where the Superpowered came from and what it means to be an awakened. Gabriel and Andrew’s powers weren’t the important part of the story, but the avoidance dance they do around each other. Overall, they're sexy as hell and throw in a ménage and this story was golden.

I love the idea of a love that lasted ten years, whether they knew it or not. I love that Gabriel stuck to his guns, his ethics were strong and he didn't lose his objective just because he got some loving (conflicted yes, but he stuck to his guns). Just an all round amazing set of characters.

Should You Read It?? For sure yes, this one was really good, but I can't really make a call on the series. Katey Hawthorne does write some pretty amazing stuff, so it wouldn't hurt to catch up on her backlist. Losing Better was pretty much the best.

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Review: Book #1 Equilibrium
Review: Book #3 Nobody's Hero

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