Phenomenal Girl 5 by A. J. Menden
Published: October 2008 by Love Spell
From the back:
Lainey Livingston has just been made a member of the Elite Hands of Justice, the world’s premiere cadre of superheroes. Her work with the Red Knights and the Power Squad was impressive; all her senses are extraordinary, and her great strength and ability to fly are equally remarkable. But no one gets a free pass to active duty, and Lainey’s next test is going to be her hardest. She’s to train with the Reincarnist.
Robert Elliot, the Reincarnist. A magician who has lived multiple lifetimes, he’s the smartest man in the world — and Lainey’s last obstacle. He was personally responsible for seeing Pushstar wash out. But his eyes are the softest, kindest that Lainey has ever seen, and he’s just the sort to knock her for a loop. Lesson #1: Romantic entanglements among crime fighters are super exploitable, and falling in love with a man who “can’t die” is like waving a red flag at a bull. Especially when the most fiendish plot ever is about to break over Megolopolis like a wave of fire.
I loved this book. It’s not only a fun, superhero story, complete with aliases and arch-enemies, but it’s an incredible romance, too. Lainey and Robert’s story brought tears to my eyes, and I am so glad that the book held true to the romance formula with a happy ending.
Menden’s characters are superheroes, but they have to deal with regualr, everyday things, in addition to saving the world. They have heartaches, betrayals, and someone has to still get the coffee. Oh, and most of heroes are not above wanting their picture in the paper. Each of the superheroes has a power, but they also have a personality.
I’m looking forward to visiting Megolopolis again when Tekgrrl comes out this summer.
My rating: 4.5/5
A. J. Menden has a blog and some info on Tekgrll at her website.
You can purchase Phenomenal Girl 5 and pre-order Tekgrrl at Amazon.