Stronger, Better, Faster, More by Carlin Grant & Katey Hawthorne #mm #review @loveunleashed


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When he gets super-endurance powers out of nowhere, being a culinary student and kids’ soccer coach isn’t enough for Beau Warren–he has to be a superhero too. A sweet, hardworking trans man from a close knit family, it’s important to Beau to use his new abilities to stand up for people who can’t protect themselves. When he runs into a speedster at a fire rescue, he doesn’t expect it to be his high school crush, Vel Chandrasekhar. Turns out Vel got superspeed when Beau go his endurance, so they decide to make their single supe act into a duo.

With their immediate attraction and superpowered libidos, it’s not long before Beau and Vel are roommates-with-benefits. That’s the idea, anyhow, if only Beau can keep from falling back into his old crush hard, since Vel’s self-esteem issues have left him skittish about relationships. Just when things are at boiling point between them, though, their search for their own superhero origin story leads them and their families into mortal danger. The only way to survive the truth is to depend on each other–and admit they’re a lot more than friends.addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16April's Showering Words

Beau is shy and has always felt he didn’t fit.  He has had the surgery on the top to change him into a male, but has not completed the transformation.   Months earlier his body changed and now he has a large muscular build and unrealistic endurance.  He heals from bullet wounds and smoke inhalation no longer affects him.  In a word ” Superhuman ” .  Beau can not explain where these powers came from but he believes he has them for a reason and uses them to save people from harm.  On one such trip into a burning building,  a man with super speed shows up and they work together.  After Beau asks the man to meet so they can talk.

Ven was just a normal guy, who had ADHD , than months earlier his whole system sped up. Now he goes through life as though each second is almost an hour.  When he arrives at a fire to save anyone still in the building he runs into another super.  They agree to meet up after and talk over coffee.  When they meet Ven is happy to see it’s  Beau,  a guy he played soccer with in high school.  As they talk like the old friends they are, Beau says he’s looking for a roommate and Ven jumps at the chance to move out.

As time goes by they become friends with benefits,  but really they both have to many feelings for each other.  Neither one is up to talking about their feelings so they go on saying nothing.  They do work towards finding out what happened to them and the few others they have found. They have narrowed it down to a few months time but have no idea what happened. As things heat up in their search for the truth innocent people get drawn in and the stress of it all could drive a wedge between them at the worst time.   Ven has to decide if Beau is worth taking a chance on.  Beau must take a chance that Ven will be there no matter what.  Can they pull together or will the stress of a relationship pull them apart right when they will need both of their super powers combined to get out of this alive.

This is an entertaining story, and a relatively fast read.  I fell into Beau’s character and it was like he was family.   He is the quiet one who just kinda watches and draws in all the facts.  Of course there is Ven who uses all his bluster and movement to cover his insecurities.   He is smart and sexy, but doesn’t have the self-confidence because his father is not the loving and caring person he needs.  As for the superhuman aspects of their personalities that seems to bring out their insecurities and their positive traits depending on their mood.


4 stars

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