Spandex and the City by Jenny T. Colgan


Little Brown kindly sent me the latest book by Jenny T. Colgan, and this review is part of their blog tour.

From the blurb:

LOCAL GIRL SWEPT OFF HER FEET

Mild-mannered publicist Holly Phillips is unlucky in love. She’s embarrassed beyond belief when the handsome stranger she meets in a bar turns out to be ‘Ultimate Man’ – a superpowered hero whose rescue attempt finds her hoisted over his shoulder and flashing her knickers in the newspaper the next day.

But when Holly’s fifteen minutes of fame make her a target for something villainous, she only has one place to turn – and finds the man behind the mask holds a lot more charm than his crime-fighting alter-ego.

Can Holly find love, or is superdating just as complicated as the regular kind?

This book is funny, quirky, and fast-paced – it’s the perfect book to read on a sun-lounger. I loved that the chapters were only a few pages long, so you can read it in small chunks between naps by the pool.

Plot wise this book reminds me of Megamind. Evil genius Frederick Cecil keeps trying to kidnap Holly Barker, after she is saved by Ultimate Man, caped crusader of Centerton. His evil plan? To create a town without the Internet, a place where people chat in cafes, enjoy their food, and read books! Quelle Horreur!

There were a few inconsistencies around Holly’s age and she seemed really naive in some areas- she is familiar with A Cry in the Dark and Pretty Woman, but has never heard of Laurent Perrier or Filet Mignon? She seemed to be stuck between two generations without belonging to either. 

Overall this was a super quick, highly entertaining novel about the perils of falling in love with a superhero.

Let me know your thoughts and beach read recommendations in the comments below. 

Cheerio!

Stephani Xxx

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