Where There’s Smoke (Panopolis #1) by Cari Z.

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.addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16

Panopolis is a city full of superheros and villains. Edward is tired of being just an ordinary human. Until he meets a villain, Mad Bombardier, and helps him escape during a bank robbery. Mad Bombardier is intrigued by Edward and seeks him out to get to know him better. Edwards agrees to meet him and sees more to Raul, aka Mad Bombardier, than anyone else can. They are instantly attracted to each other and a romance begins between them. I really enjoyed this story and the push/pull between the superheroes and villians. Raul and Edward were very likeable and easy to root for, even though they were seen as villians within the city. But, trouble eventually catches up to Edward because of his association with Raul just like with any other “bad” man.

This was a very enjoyable story and a great start to this series. I especially liked the way each chapter begins (you have to read the story to understand). The author created a fun and fantastic world in which good vs evil isn’t always what it appears to be.


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